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Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #8

Writer: George Mann
Artists: Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Klebs Junior, Leandro Casco
Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Andy Walker
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: August 16

Brand-new standalone one-shot featuring The Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #15

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #15

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Iolanda Zanfardino
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Simon Myers Watercolor
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

Continue the journey through time and space with Christopher Eccelston’s incarnation of The Doctor? in The Bidding War Part 2!

Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3.7

Eleventh_Doctor_3_7_Cvr A“Year Three” of the Eleventh Doctor in comics features the two-part arc The Memory Feast, which takes place over issues #3.6 and #3.7 of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. In the story, Eleven, his human companion Alice Obifune and their, uhm, progeny?, a creature called “the Sapling”. The three find themselves on an impossible ship in deep space, chased by hooded figures through portal after portal of an alternate reality. The Doctor soon determines that the ship is a memory ark for an extinct species called the Xerzes. The species only exists now in the memories stored by the ship. Immediately, he empathizes and encourages his companions to help him eradicate the hooded baddies called the Thrake.

Comics adaptations can sometimes feel forced, like they’re a simplification of the original rather than a re-interpretation for the comics format. The Memory Feast is the latter. Artist I.N.J Culbard uses a two-page spread to show the companions running through portal after portal, and another to let a Xerxes projection explain the species’ fate to Eleven without exchanging a word. The climax of the arc takes place largely without dialogue, as well; instead the events unfold in dramatic artwork. The result is a story that feels like it exists specifically for a comic book.eleven.png

 

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Sapling, where did you COME FROM?????

It’s nearly impossible to read George Mann‘s dialogue without hearing Matt Smith’s voice, from his goofy non-sequiturs to his panicked shout when The Sapling finds himself in danger. While Eleven’s behavior is certainly screen-accurate, Mann avoids leaning on Smith’s many catchphrases or tics, including only one interrupted “geronimo!”.

 

Personally I like that the dialogue and interactions were original rather than grabbing directly from the show. It reflects back on the original while staking a claim on its own territory, as well.

Overall, The Memory Feast is a fun, quick arc in what I hope is a deeper story from start to finish. 3.6 and 3.7 together make for what feels like a “filler” episode in the main storyline: Alice and Eleven’s creation of the Sapling. That said, it’s worth keeping on the shelf if only for the art. I will definitely be diving in to the rest of Year Three to find out what happens next.

Story: George Mann Art: I.N.J. Culbard
Colorist: Triona Farrell Letterings: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7

Tenth_Doctor_3_7_Cover AWelcome to the Vortex Butterflies story line, featuring the Tenth Doctor and his comic-exclusive companions Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu. #3.7 is the second issue in the Vortex Butterflies arc, so I recommend picking up 3.6 before diving in. However, the arc so far is a wonderful entry point into the Doctor Who comics. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7 starts with the Doctor at a space junkyard, picking up a machine that will help him record temporal waves and register “vortex leaks”. He left his companions at a safe house in London, and their travel buddy Noob on the Xenopsychology planet of the Zokadyll. All three stories unfold simultaneously, and their narratives are well-balanced and easy to follow. There are answers to some questions (what do Gabby’s new powers actually DO? What is Noob up to on that giant library planet?) while others are left open-ended, meaning I’m now anxiously awaiting 3.8!

Writer Nick Abadzis captures David Tennant’s interpretation of the Doctor (as well as a couple other show-based cameos) and blends him right in with original characters like Gabby and Cindy. He introduces them with a equal measures of exposition and character action, making them well-rounded and compelling even after the Doctor leaves them behind for some intergalactic alone time. And isn’t that the mark of a truly great companion?

marcieNoobThe book has appeal for both die-hard Whovians, and those new to the series. Most importantly, it adapts the show into the comics format seamlessly. There is plenty of timey-wimey talk, but the elements that matter get a closer examination, making the rest the familiar background noise of our favorite show-off timelord.

Artists Giorgia Sposita and Iolanda Zanfardino don’t miss a beat, bringing both 20th century London and deep space to life. Colorists Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi‘s do some heavy lifting, as well, with remarkable renderings of the time vortex, deep space, and multiple planetary backdrops, and Gabby’s new powers are delightfully other-worldly. The characters are stylized just enough to keep those based on actors from dipping into the uncanny valley–something other Who books sometimes suffer from. Letterers Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentacourt enhance the book, as each species has their own distinct speech pattern, reflected in a completely unique rendering.doc in space

Rose and DocRachael Smith’s bonus comic at the end of the book took me by surprise. It’s a breath of goofy fresh air at the end of a high stakes adventure-in-progress. I don’t think I stopped smiling from the first panel to the last. Bringing Rose back to Ten’s side in such a realistically teenage way while kicking the comedy up to eleven (no pun intended). I hope this is a tradition we will see continued in future issues.

Story: Nick Abadzis Art: Giorgia Sposito
Colorist: Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy (but pick up 3.6, too.)

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Review: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

Ninth_Doctor_14_A*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*

The Bidding War, Part One begins in an unsettling fashion–with Rose Tyler giving birth to a purple alien baby. It turns out that she’s plugged in to a futuristic device which gives her access to “Memgram”, the 54th century equivalent of Facebook, and everyone has an account. The Doctor has a small collection of “experience spheres” which he, Rose, and Tara are using to find the legendary Jack Harkness. Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14 kicks off a new arc in the Ninth Doctor’s story, where he and his companions are once again in over their heads, and things are going to get worse before they get better.

For those of us just tuning in, the book includes a convenient “previously on” section which explains Jack’s jumbled up timeline. The trouble with such an expansive universe is that “previously on” doesn’t really cover it without explanations of things like “who is Zloy Volk” and “how are there two Jacks” and “what’s up with Tara?”. That’s not to say this is a bad place to start for Who fans, especially those (like me) drawn to the series by Nine and Rose. If you’re completely new to Who, however, I’d

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A more stylized approach, by Arianna Florean

suggest you start a little further back, or perhaps catch up on Nine’s original adventures on screen.

 

Once the team finds out Jack’s memories are stolen, and they’ve been set up, Nine winds up on the bidding block of an intergalactic auction. Even as a Doctor Who fan, I had a little trouble following the story in this issue, and found myself reading the book two or three times before I figured out the thread. In the past I’ve read my Who comics in trade format, and feel I’d enjoy this one more in a trade as well. The writing (Cavan Scott) was either too slow, or too fast, but until the next issue I can’t quite tell.

Another problem I have with the book, and any comic with characters based on actors, is the uncanny valley. The art is dead on in some instances, and in others doesn’t even bare a passing resemblance. If the design was consistent, it wouldn’t be as intrusive, instead it becomes a focus while reading. Artists Cris Bolson and Adriana Melo stretch their muscles in the last few pages, however, as Nine’s memories are on display for the bidders at the auction.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marco Lesko Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #14

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colorist: Marko Lesko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover A: Simon Myers
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Arianna Florean
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 26, 2017

THE BIDDING WAR – PART 1!

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator gun. But… Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene…

Doctor Who’s Next? Jodie Whittaker Announced as Next Doctor

After a lot of guessing, rumors, and false reporting, the BBC today announced that Jodie Whittaker will be stepping into the coveted role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. Whittaker will play the 13th Time Lord taking over for Peter Capaldi who last played the role. Capaldi took over the role in 2013 and will end his run during this year’s Christmas Special during which Whittaker will make her debut.

Whittaker was announced in a trailer that followed Wimbledon after much build up.

The new Doctor Who showrunner is Chris Chibnall who worked with Whittaker on the widely praised Broadcurch.

There has been a movement to shake up the character for some time replacing the usual white male with a person of color or woman. The series has been setting up the possibility for some time with the latest villain the Master changing genders (briliantly played by Michelle Gomez). This season especially the Doctor has hinted at the possibility especially in the second last episode of the season where numerous lines set up the new reality (the Doctor talks about gender being different for Time Lords as an example).

Preview: Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #4 (of 4)

DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES #4 (OF 4)

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez & Dijjo Lima
COVER A: Simon Myers
COVER B: Photo by AJ
COVER C: Fer Centurion & Carlos Cabrera
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 5, 2017

The Doctor is back in the lives of Grant, Lucy, and their daughter, Jennifer! He’s on a mission to find the other three alien gemstones, siblings of the one that gave Grant his superheroic powers – and only Grant can lead the way! Following the gems’ trail through time, the four ended up battling the fearsome entity known as THE SMOKE, and freeing a world from the Harmony Shoal – reclaiming two gems in the process. With just one gem left to find, the team fell right into the laps of the Sycorax! Now they’re trapped aboard the Sycorax flagship, as a doomsday weapon begins to fire…!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #4

Writer George Mann
Artist Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Simon Myers
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Adrianna Florian
Cover D: Raine Szramski
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On Sale: June 21

The conclusion to the Twelfth Doctor’s “BENEATH THE WAVES” arc!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 3 #6

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #6

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover A: Wellington Diaz
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: June 14

New story arc! “The Memory Feast” begins with the Eleventh Doctor – as played by Matt Smith!

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