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Doctor Who: A Tax Day Bonus From Titan Comics

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Titan has not one, not two, but three Doctor Who comics coming out this week, probably to lessen the sting of Tax Day for us Americans (yes, we still believe we’re the center of the world). Since I’ve been following the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor series nearly every month, I figured I would take a different approach this week. A very Threat Level Wednesday approach, if you will. Here we go:

Doctor Who: A Tax Day Bonus From Titan ComicsDOCTOR WHO: NEW ADVENTURES WITH THE TENTH DOCTOR #9

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.

Why? The Tenth Doctor has been dealing with the Weeping Angels story arc for a while now, but since it’s a fan favorite baddie and the story line is a good one, it doesn’t really feel like it’s been dragged out. Weeping Angels + Tenth Doctor = Magic. That simple.

Fine, I’ll spell it out for you. This series has adventure, chills, and even a non-Doctor/Companion love interest (I know, it’s shocking how enjoyable it is when a Companion falls for someone who isn’t the Doctor). It’s also got some fun timey-wimey stuff, a mid-issue cliffhanger (resolved on the next page, but damn, the stakes are exciting), and the Doctor asking and answering a question that every single Whovian on Earth has asked. I love it when a comic book addresses the elephant in the Whoniverse, don’t you?

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Added bonus, the “Gabby’s sketchbook” device that I missed in some of the middle comics is here in full force, and I still love it. Double added bonus, the humor strip “A Rose By Any Other Name.” Enough said. This is a fun read, pick it up.

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Daniel Indro
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Colorist: Slamet Mujiono
Gabby’s Sketchbook: Arianna Florean with Elena Casagrande
“A Rose By Any Other Name” Strip: Rachael Smith
Format: Comic
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 15, 2015

EleventhDoctor#11_artpreview_coverDOCTOR WHO: NEW ADVENTURES WITH THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #11

Rating: 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts

Why? To be honest, the ServeYou, Inc. storyline has gone on a little long for me, but this was a creative way of dealing with it (and it doesn’t seem to be over yet). I still like ARC and the other new companions and am invested in them, and I did like each of the characters being in their own separate reality (and color palette) for the purposes of the storyline. But at this point, Jones is starting to feel like a plot device/humor element and less like a character, leaving most of the action to Alice and the Doctor.

I will say that I still enjoy playing “spot the David Bowie reference” in each issue, and that this one hit the jackpot with Jareth from Labyrinth. So very, very many Jareth references… my head might explode soon. (This is a good problem to have.) And I also liked that Alice is such a problem-solver. Unlike many of the Doctor’s TV companions, you get the sense that Alice could quite capably handle a universal crisis on her own and get the TARDIS home for tea.

A niggling detail? Chalkboards for problem solving are the Twelfth Doctor’s bag. I appreciate trying to use it for continuity between the Doctors, but we very definitely didn’t see Eleven with a blackboard on the show, and it distracted me. But bonus, the humor strip featured Strax, the Doctor, and Rory Pond-Williams on a pub crawl, and I liked that silliness enough to get over my blackboard issue.

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Boo Cook
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Humor Strip: Marc Ellerby
Format: Comic
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 15, 2015

 

TwelfthDoctor#7_artpreview_coverDOCTOR WHO: NEW ADVENTURES WITH THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #7

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts

Why? Because Robbie Morrison channels the Twelfth Doctor’s voice like no one else (capturing the Doctor and Clara’s banter perfectly) and because I look at Brian Williamson’s drawings and actually see Peter Capaldi. That would be enough. But the story about the Fractures is compelling and builds on some of the story elements we’ve seen on the TV show: parallel universes, void energy, 3-D glasses that can detect void energy, U.N.I.T. as headed by Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and featuring Osgood. (Please tell me we’ll see Osgood again, Robbie and Brian. Please?) I also loved that Robbie gave Clara the freedom to act on her own. This arc has reminded me of the Season Eight episode “Flatline,” which was one of the best episodes of the season for me, and I love that about it. Can’t wait to see where this one goes.

And again props to the humor strip, which plays on a bad pun to make a groan aloud joke.

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Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Brian Williamson
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Humor Strip: Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
Format: Comic
Publisher: Titan
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 15, 2015

About Author

Julie Hegner has been descending the geek rabbit hole since she watched her first episode of Star Trek at age eight. A longtime fan of Trek, Who, X-Files, and the Whedonverse, it was only a matter of time until hanging out with other geek girls and repeatedly watching Tom Hiddleston led her to the awesomeness of comics. She takes a special joy in reading about ladies who kick ass, but in general anything with a good storyline floats her boat. You can tweet @julz91 on Twitter.

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