DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR COMPLETE YEAR ONE HC
Writer: Robbie Morrison and George Mann
Artist: Brian Williamson, Dave Taylor and Mariano Laclaustra
Publisher: Titan Comics
368pp – $49.99 – On sale: December 5
The Collected Year One Comic Adventures Of The Twelfth Doctor, as played By Peter Capaldi.
The Twelfth Doctor has just regenerated – but the universe won’t give him a minute’s rest! Not when there’s a violent star on the warpath on a terraformed ice planet – or an ancient alien, masquerading as the goddess Kali, murdering her way towards resurrection in the year 2314!
Enter the TARDIS with the Doctor and Clara for four stunning new adventures! First, the pair battle an enemy who can slide between the cracks of the universe and take over unwilling human hosts – the FRACTURES! Then, the pair discovers an alien invasion in 1960s Las Vegas – forcing them to team up with gangsters!
On a jaunt back to 1845, the pair discover a horrifying secret hidden in a stately home! After that, the malevolent Hyperions return to scorch the solar system of all life – and the Doctor is pulled into in an epic war for the future of all humankind!
W: Robbie Morrison
A: Dave Taylor
C: Hi-Fi / Luis Guerrero
Cover: Alice X. Zhang
FC – 128pp – $14.99 – On sale: Jun 15
The first softcover collection of the Twelfth Doctor series!
On the terraformed ice planet of Isen IV, the Doctor and Clara discover a monstrous Hyperion has been awakened at the planet’s core. Can they halt the rampage of a living star, in the middle of the celebrity wedding of the century, before it escapes to conquer the galaxy?
And when Clara and the Doctor land in India, a conspiracy hundreds of years in the making comes to light! The Thuggee cult of Kali is trying to resurrect one of the most deadly aliens yet known… Split across two time zones, our heroes must stop Kali’s return at all costs – with the help of Rani Jhulka, ‘the renegade Amazon’ in the 1820s, and Priyanka Maratha, daughter of one of the Doctor’s oldest friends, in the Mumbai of 2314!
To find out just what makes Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor so intoxicating, get on board now!
This arc of Nowhere Men has given readers insight on the humans at the heart of the science, leaving flawed but extremely well-developed characters at the center of the story. The creative team, consisting of Eric Stephenson, Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire, really manage to keep each issue balanced in terms of both art and story.
This arc has focused on the aftermath of the World Corp disaster, specifically on the scientists involved. However, it has also introduced a number of unknown variables, including Simon Grimshaw and Thomas Walker, as well as the mysterious physical transformations of Susan Queen and Kurt McManus. The story has followed a natural progression that leaves the fate of many characters hanging in the balance as they all come to terms with what has happened. Nowhere Men #10 hints at answers and ends with the biggest cliffhanger of the arc so far.
One of the greatest accomplishments of the series is Stephenson’s ability to write all of the (numerous) characters in a way that doesn’t leave any neglected. They’ve all been developed with distinct personalities, through their interactions with each other (the World Corp crew), the insert advertisements and interviews (the World Corp founders), and the supplementary visual diaries (Monica Strange). This method is particularly effective, as it allows for both character and cultural background within the story without getting too much dialogue and exposition-heavy.
The narrative balance is met with visual balance from Lenox and Taylor. Lenox’s guest artist spots give a voice to Monica Strange, who is developed through her sketch diary entries. In the rest of the issue, Taylor’s art captures the larger-than-life characters perfectly. The panel layout and two-page spreads emphasize characters who appear in the story more infrequently, and boast some impressive visuals. Pages 22-25 are especially noteworthy, with some incredible colors from Jordie Bellaire.
Overall, this is another well done issue from a fantastic creative team. It is both thought-provoking and entertaining, and will make readers glad its publishing break is over.
Story: Eric Stephenson Art: Dave Taylor, Jordie Bellaire, Emi Lenox Art: 9.5 Story: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
For a comic about science, Nowhere Men contains a refreshingly small amount of science. That is to say, writer Eric Stephenson does a consistently great job of making sure the story isn’t bogged down by its subject material. The concept of Nowhere Men is a world in which scientists are given the same pop culture treatment as the Fab Four, and the plot centers on a secret space station where World Corp scientists are studying. The station tumbles to Earth with the added biohazard of an unknown viral infection plaguing the scientists and having unforeseen effects on both scientists and civilians.
As dense as that story could potentially be, Nowhere Men is an accessible comic, which makes it all the more enjoyable. It’s the perfect blend of pop culture and (comic book) science, and though it requires some suspension of disbelief (as most comics do) the homages to the way in which the media treats celebrities and the diverse characters keep it fresh and engaging. Nowhere Men #9 spends a lot of time focusing on the personality and humanity of its characters, rather than their viral mutations, something that is hinted at in the cover. Readers learn more about the surviving scientists’ backgrounds and motivations as scientists, which in turn sheds light on who they are outside of the lab.
While there’s a lot of conversation and exposition happening in this issue, it’s difficult to say how things are otherwise progressing. The pacing is slower in this arc, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing. While the first issues worked to develop a solid profile of each of the four founders of World Corp, the second volume is shaping the newer World Corp recruits into rounded, well-developed characters. Nowhere Men largely offers glimpses of its characters, never focusing on an individual for too long. The discussion in this issue is broken up by short scenes that take place outside of the hospital, as well as another issue of Emi Lenox on Nowhere Men’s meta-comic, The Mixed-Up Adventures of Monica Strange.
Dave Taylor’s art is another constant in the series. His expressions convey extra depth in each character, even in those like Kurt and Susan, who respectively can be described as a cooler-looking Red Hulk and a void that can project thoughts. Taylor is as much a part of the character development as Stephenson as he brings each scientist alive with expressive faces and body language.
While people looking to read Nowhere Men purely for science will be disappointed, the comic continues to be an enjoyable read for its art and themes of humanity. Stephenson builds tension in the waiting, leaving much room to wonder what the endgame will be.
Story: Eric Stephenson Art: Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire, Fonografiks Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
Nowhere Men #8 is the second issue of the new arc since the series returned in January following a two year hiatus. Eric Stephenson doesn’t waste any time in this issue, forcing the scientists (and the reader) to think about the moral consequences of a secret spaceship crashing and spreading a disease that could kill millions.
As with the previous issue, Nowhere Men #8 opens with a short, four page comic about Monica Strange, drawn by Emi Lenox. This Monica Strange comic is titled “Expectations,” and while it reads as Monica talking about the expectations others seem to have for her, it doesn’t seem to bear much relevance to the story. However, as Monica Strange becomes a larger part of the story (with the emphasis on her introduction and the attention paid to developing her character with miniature comics, she likely will) these interludes will hopefully begin to fall into place within the story.
This issue is light on Simon Grimshaw villainy, instead playing up the conflict within the group of WorldCorp scientists. The main issue is something that has been brewing under the surface since Kurt began his transformation, and that is the divisive physical difference between those who have visibly mutated and those who have more “invisible” powers, so to speak. It will be interesting to see where this takes the story, especially given the fact that nobody knows how far the virus has spread. That, as well as Emerson Strange’s fate, hang in the balance.
Another unknown is Thomas Walker. His appearance at the end of Nowhere Men #7 was brief, and his intentions are anyone’s guess. Very little time progresses during this issue, but reading it is akin to watching puzzle pieces being laid out.
Dave Taylor continues to rock the art, and has created some especially cool sequences during a scene with Dr. Susan Queen. Emi Lenox’s illustrations for the short Monica Strange comics are a standout, and give Monica a depth that rounds out her much more clinical in-story personality.
If the last issue of Nowhere Men felt like the calm before the storm, #8 seemed to ripple the waters a bit, and the comic continues to excite.
Story: Eric Stephenson Art: Dave Taylor and Emi Lenox Story: 7.9 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Nowhere Men’s first arc ended more than two years ago, and it went out with a bang. Now, Eric Stephenson’s series returns with Dave Taylor and Emi Lenox on art.
Nowhere Men #7 is a comic about a world where scientists have the pop cultural impact of rock stars like The Beatles, but readers don’t need a science background to enjoy the comic. The newest issue is a direct continuation of the first arc, and introduces a few new characters, including Emerson Strange’s daughter, Monica, who was only mentioned once in the first issue. The story also jumps directly into the fallout of the previous issue, and clarifies some of the points that were lost in the chaos of Ellis, Strange, and the station scientists’ escape from the Arctic lab.
This is also a welcome refresher for the series because of the two-year gap between arcs one and two. Image’s website advertises that Nowhere Men will be released monthly through May 2016–a good thing, because nothing seems to have suffered for the break, and the story is more compelling than ever. Even the exposition necessary to begin the new plot lines is interesting, because it asks, but also answers and provides hints about other characters. Readers get to delve a little more into who Ellis and Strange are outside of their science careers, and may also soon find out what happened to the elusive Thomas Walker.
The writing didn’t lose momentum during this time, and Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire fill Nate Bellegarde’s shoes well. (The artist change occurred after Nate Bellegarde took time to deal with personal issues, which he wrote about here. We at Graphic Policy wish him all the best.) The art styles are comparable, most notable in their use of clean lines and expressive faces.
Overall, Nowhere Men #7 is a good continuation of the previous story and a strong beginning to the new one.
Story: Eric Stephenson Art: Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox Story: 8.9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Read
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Eric Stephenson teams up with new artist Dave Taylor, the returning Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografiks for the eagerly anticipated new story arc of Nowhere Men.
The next chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated series will begin with Nowhere Men#7 and will hit stores this January 2016.
Best known for his work on Batman and Judge Dredd, British artist Dave Taylor will join the creative team on the fan-favorite series that follows scientists Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker’s rise to fame and simultaneous fall from grace when World Corp.’s more unorthodox experimentations begin to go awry.
Nowhere Men#7 begins an all-new story arc and picks up where Nowhere Men, Vol. 1’s cliffhanger ending left off and will feature art by Emi Lenox in the form of the sketch diary of Emerson Strange’s daughter.
Nowhere Men#7 (Diamond Code NOV150515) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, December 21st.
Nowhere Men, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1607066910) is available as well and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR158616 (teal t-shirt cover), Diamond Code MAY150607 (red t-shirt cover).
WRITER: Robbie Morrison ARTIST: Dave Taylor, Mariano Laclaustra PUBLISHER: Titan Comics PAGECOUNT:128pp FORMAT: HC ISBN: 9781782761778 PRICE: $19.99/$22.95 CAN COMIC STORE RELEASE DATE: May 27th BOOK STORE RELEASE DATE: June 30th
The Twelfth Doctor has just regenerated – but the universe won’t give him a minute’s rest. Not when there’s a violent star on the warpath on a terraformed ice planet – or an ancient alien, masquerading as the goddess Kali murdering her way towards resurrection in the year 2314.
Thrilling writer Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Spider-man, Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante) joins unforgettable artists Dave Taylor (Batman: Death By Design, Judge Dredd) and Mariano Laclaustra (Dark Horse Presents) to blast the Twelfth Doctor and Clara – as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman – into stunning, all-new comic adventures.
Comes with a painted cover by fan-favorite artist Alex X. Zhang
STORY BY: Robbie Morrison ART BY: Dave Taylor COLORS BY: Luis Guerrero HUMOUR STRIP BY: Colin Bell & Neil Slorance COVER A BY: Alice X Zhang PAGECOUNT: 32 COVER PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BETWEEN THE FUTURE AND THE PAST: HORROR!
The Doctor and Clara and their allies are split between two time zones, as the clock counts down to the resurrection of the vengeful Kali! Will an ageless cult succeed where so many villains have failed? What chance does the Doctor have against a plan that has been in motion for thousands of years?
Find out in the pulse-pounding finale of The Swords of Kali!
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Dave Taylor, Mariano Laclaustra
Humor Strip: Colin Bell & Neil Slorance
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: 32pp, FC
Release Date: Wednesday January 21, 2015
FOUR-ARMED IS FOREWARNED!
Past, present and future collide, as the Doctor, Clara and their Indian allies struggle to unravel a mystery that has been millennia in the planning!
What secrets are hidden by the Scindia family, a dynasty whose powerful roots trace back over a thousand years? What strange genetic modifications fuel the death cult of the Thuggee? And how will Rani, renegade Amazon, play into these world-changing events?
As each Thuggee sacrifice comes closer to waking the ancient Kali from her slumber, can the Doctor uncover the truth before her resurrection spells doom for India, Earth, and the galaxy?!
An unmissable epic for the newest incarnation of the Doctor!