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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.)

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.7

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #3.7

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Iolanda Zanfardino
Colorist: Arianna Florean with Nicola Righi
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betalcourt
Cover A: Robert Hack
Cover B: Photo by Will Brooks
Cover C: Blair Shedd
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 26, 2017

Vortex Butterflies – Part 2!

After their collective ordeal in Ancient China, the Doctor received a mysterious signal… which turned out to be from his future self!

Though the Tenth Doctor won’t remember the exact details of their meeting, the warning from the future will linger… Having abandoned Gabby and Cindy in London at the house of an old friend, it turns out the Doctor may have left more problems than solutions in his wake – as Gabby’s powers began to manifest on an unprecedented scale!

Preview: Doctor Who: Supremecy of the Cybermen #2

DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN #2

Writers: George Mann & Cavan Scott
Artists: Ivan Rodriguez & Walter Geovanni
Cover A: Alessandro Vitti & Nicola Righi
Cover B: Photo Cover
Cover C: Fabio Listrani
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 17

Cyberships on fire in the Thames, as the Ninth Doctor battles for the soul of London! Dinosaur danger for the Eleventh Doctor, as the Cybermen attempt to conquer human prehistory! Caught in the middle of an ancient alien war, the Cybermen present a third side for the Tenth Doctor to face! And for the Twelfth Doctor – a deeply personal showdown with the architect behind the universe’s current chaos. No TARDIS, no help, no rescue: THERE IS NO RESISTANCE… ONLY THE CYBERIAD!

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Preview: Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1

Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1

Writers: George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez, Tazio Bettin
Cover A: Alessandro Vitti
Cover B: Will Brooks – Photo
Cover C: Fabio Listrani
Cover D: Coloring-in Variant
Cover E: Blank Sketch
Forbidden Planet/Jetpack Store Variant
Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa (available at Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles stores)
Diamond SDCC Variant: Des Taylor (available at SDCC 2016)
Colorist: Nicola Righi, Enrica Eren Angiolini
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 6

For the Cybermen’s 50th-anniversary… YOU WILL BE DELETED! Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of Time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat is now a victory. Every foe is now dead — or Cyberized. Titan Comics’ 2016 Doctor Who event — and the biggest Doctor Who story of the year — begins here!

The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Alessandro Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a cool Cybermen variant by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, and a fun coloring variant – perfect to color in at home or in stores on Doctor Who Comics Day.

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.8

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.8

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Arianna Florean & Nicola Righi with Azzurra Righi
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 20

Abslom confesses a Daak secret. Alice develops a bond. The Squire recovers a memory. And the Doctor discovers the horrific truth about how The Then and The Now has been tracking them – and he doesn’t like it one bit. As the universe closes in around them, is escape even possible?

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