Advance Review: Doctor Tomorrow #3
The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes! Doctor Tomorrow #3 is the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hadrian stands against the Valiant Universe!
It has been a long time since I’ve read a new comic. Sure, I’ve read new to me comics, but this is the first new comic that I’ve read since the world shut down because of Covid 19.
Doctor Tomorrow is Valiant‘s first all-ages book set within the publisher’s continuity. This issue has what I assume to be the heroes of our Valiant Universe facing off with Doctor Tomorrow against the mad scientist Hadrian, though there’s a great little nod to the original Valiant comics which could open up interesting possibilities in the future should the publisher choose to explore and expand upon the idea introduced by that nod.
Unfortunately, that was probably the most exciting and unexpected thing in this book. It’s not a bad story, and writer Alehandro Arbona is still able to keep the sense of warmth and fun that has been a hallmark of the series so far, but the comic echoes the first part of the first issue in a away that feels a little more familiar than it should.
Joining Alejandro Arbona is artist Jim Towe, colorist Diego Rodriguez and letterer by Clayton Cowles. The comic is effectively a confrontation between the heroes and Hadrian, with a slight twist that you may see coming, but younger readers likely won’t.
Doctor Tomorrow #3 makes no apologies for putting in as many characters as it can conceivably can without breaking the story, and somehow Arbona avoids the story feeling anything but an oddly intimate affair.
Jim Towe’s art seems to fall more toward what you’d consider an “all-ages style”, though even with that there’s a page where everybody takes on a much more youthful appearance for a panel or two, but that’s honestly the only major flaws with with the book that springs to mind right away. . I’ve said before that the art reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon in all the right ways. It’s an aesthetic that fits the style and scope of the comic by being accessible without sacrificing visual storytelling, which means that you never have to stare at a page for to long in order to figure out what’s going on – and that allows the story to move at a blistering pace.
The one downside with reading new-to-me comics and rereading older books, especially older Valiant books, is that this doesn’t stack up quite like I hoped it would. If you’ve been reading the series, you’ll know more or less what to expect from the comic. However, if you’re thinking of picking it up for the first time, then you’ll not find anything here that’ll set you world afire, but you should still enjoy the store so far.
Story: Alejandro Arbona Art: Jim Towe
Colors: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.2 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review