Review: Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 – Doctor Who Crossover Event Comic Series!
Steven Moffat’s run on Doctor Who, has been nothing but epic. He has reminded long time fans what brought them to Doctor Who in the first place and has made Doctor Who cool, for all science fiction fans. Needless to say, he has made the Doctor’s adventures not only universal but classic in its own way. His imprint has even trickled into the comics medium as can be seen by the multiple series of Doctor Who currently at Titan Comics.
The last four Doctor Who incarnations, I have to say have been the most interesting and not only because they were made in the internet age. These four incarnations seem to reveal more about the Doctor, than ever has been revealed, as Moffat, has gone show his strength, but also fragility, which makes for a well developed character, no matter the medium. The most illuminating of his Moffat’s inventions, during his run, and quite a surprise to most Doctor Who fans, is unnumbered Doctor, the War Doctor, as some have come to call him, as played by John Hurt in the show. Within this event series, a team up between the 10th, 11th, 12th and the War Doctor occurs, which proves not only be exciting but at times very meta, a la Supernatural.
In the opening scene, we are taken to the Time War where the War Doctor is in a discussion with the Vords, who are pleading for the Doctor to make the case of their faction before the High Council of Gallifrey. As with most of their episodes, the reader is taken to a different time, Paris, 1923, where Clara has clairvoyantly seen something tragic, that only happens with the union of the 10th, 11th, and 12th doctors, which causes her to try and stop it but soon she finds out she is too late. As the 10th Doctor is in the same place and time with his companion, Gabby, just across town as well, which actually allows the companions of the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors to actually meet and ultimately the different incarnations to meet as well, which has happened on the show but not with the 12th Doctor. The issue ends with a huge argument between the three incarnations and the entrance of Reapers into this weird timeline.
Ultimately, the reader is in a for a treat, as one can see that this what an event series should read like, and as quirky as the Doctor Who Universe is, this would typical be a two part episode or an extra long episode. The story by Paul Cornell of Father’s Day fame, so far sets up a larger story which has this reader hooked already. The art by Neil Edwards provides excellent renderings of the actors who portray the different characters and beautiful backdrops for the characters to operate in. Overall, a great comic, that not only die hard fans will love but casual fans will enjoy.
Story: Paul Cornell Art: Neil Edwards
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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