It’s been a long while since we last saw the Ninth Doctor from Titan Comics (April, in fact). That’s a long time Rose Tyler’s been hanging out in the Time Vortex, a long time that we’ve been wondering what happened to her. Wonder no more, Whovians, our favorite trio (or in my case, OT3) is back, and you never should have worried in the first place, because of course the Doctor finds her (what? This comic arc takes place before “Boom Town,” you know he was going to find her. No spoilers here, sweetie, not if you think about your timelines like a Time Lord would).
I’m going to admit that I read this issue on the subway during rush hour. I’m going to admit that for one reason: the manic, Whovian grin on my face made people shy away from me and left a seat open beside me on the A train at rush hour in New York. For those of you who don’t live here, they generally only give that wide a berth to crazy people with bad b.o. I showered today, so I’m assuming they just thought I was nuts. I’m okay with that. It was just so. damned. good. to see Nine, Rose, and Jack together again that I couldn’t wipe that grin off my face for anything.
The baddies in this series (in this issue an arms dealer known as Glom) still look a little…terrestrial to me (he looks like an octopus, which is probably why Rose dubs him “Squidward”), but that is my sole gripe on the art. While not always perfect renditions, Blair Shedd captures our trio realistically enough to make me happy, particularly when it comes to Nine’s manic grin. Cavan Scott is still dropping tantalizing hints about the Time War (remember that at this point in the Doctor’s timeline, the War Doctor is a freshly repressed memory), which is enough to make me tune in for more next issue. I love that Jack and the Doctor are still playing one-upmanship when it comes to Rose, as it was the defining characteristic of their early days. All of this together with a suitably epic cliffhanger off of one of the Doctor’s infamous plans? I’m in it for the next issue. And every one after that.
I give this issue 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts and can’t wait for the next one.
DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist/Colorist: Blair Shedd
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Color Flat Assist: Anang Setyawan
Cover Artist: Alice X. Zhang
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 17, 2015