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Titan’s New Doctor Who Books Hit the Sweet Spot!

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I hit Midtown Comics with a vengeance Thursday night after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean on the Intrepid (I know, living in New York is awesome), and among the dozen or so books I picked up were the first issues of Titan’s new Doctor Who, both the Ten and Eleven series. I had high hopes for both, particularly Ten. Nine was “my” Doctor, since he’s how I entered the fandom, but Ten grew on me in a way that Eleven never did. That being said, both books were really strong. I’ll take them one at a time.

Doctor Who Review! Titan's New Books Hit The Sweet Spot!Ten’s storyline begins in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and since I live in a nearby neighborhood, it gets bonus points strictly for that—it’s always lovely to see the Doctor in your backyard and pretend that he could be coming for you, after all. The companion-to-be in this book, Gabriela, is the child of a Mexican immigrant, stifled by the expectations her father has for her participating in the family businesses. In the meantime, something sinister is growing under the ground in Brooklyn, altering forms of people and wreaking chaos on inanimate objects like washers and portraits, and the Tenth Doctor is trying to track it down. Gabriela’s and Ten’s paths collide in the subway, and there we hang until the next issue. Gabriela has a compelling story, and the decision not to have Ten meet her until late in the issue is a bold and ultimately good one. Unlike so many companions, I feel like we get a good sense of her before she meets the Doctor instead of along her travels with him. It doesn’t hew strictly to DW pattern in that sense, and I admire the creative team for making that choice. The art is well drawn without being photo-realistic, and although Ten obviously resembles David Tennant, Gabriela occasionally reminds me of Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel. This was probably unintentional, but I really liked it—I got a subliminal superhero vibe through the whole story. I also loved the slight tip of the hat to Donna Noble, who Ten is thinking of as he makes a bad pun. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Issue #2.

Eleventh Doctor #1Eleven’s storyline… I’ll just say it up front, I found the Eleven issue to be the more moving of the two. His companion-to-be, Alice Obiefune, has just lost her mother, and her world is grey. Literally, grey, as the panels show her depression. She goes through the paces, but her life has lost all of its color until she meets the Doctor accidentally as he’s chasing what appears to be a dog from a Chinese New Year parade. He disappears briefly, she gets back on with things, and he returns because she’s sad. This Eleven has some empathy, I’m guessing because he lost the Ponds. Alice and Eleven help the rainbow dog and head off for future adventures, with the ominous threat of something waiting in the wings. Of course. I love the artwork on this one (it’s not photorealistic, either, but Eleven does look like Matt Smith), particularly the drab colors of Alice’s depression before she meets the Doctor. Alice seems like she’ll be a good match for Eleven as he deals with the loss of the Ponds and she deals with her mother’s death. Also looking forward to where Issue #2 takes us on this one.

I also have to mention that both issues have a little #WeLoveTitans page featuring a gag with Titans figures. It’s a nice little bonus for the fans who probably have a couple of Titan DW figures around the house.

In recap, both Doctor Who comics have heart and are off to an excellent beginning. Doctor Who: New Adventures with the Tenth Doctor #1 gets 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts, and Doctor Who: New Adventures with the Eleventh Doctor #1 gets 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #1
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Colorist: Arianna Floean
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Comic
Release Date: 7/23/14
Price: $3.99

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #1
Writers: Al Ewing & Rob Williams
Artist: Simon Fraser
Colorist: Gary Caldwell
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Comic
Release Date: 7/23/14
Price: $3.99

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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