Following their encounter with the Fractures in Twelfth Doctor #8, the Doctor and Clara are obviously in search of something more relaxing than running from beings that want to kill them. They head to 1963 Las Vegas, which sounds utterly fantastic to Clara, but as always with the Doctor it doesn’t turn out quite according to plan (in other words, vacation time quickly turns to “Run for your lives!”).
It’s the first issue of a new arc, which generally leaves me with a slew of questions, but this issue does the miraculous–it provides me most of the answers I want without giving away the game entirely. I’ve got a sense of all the players in this story even if I don’t know why they’re there or how the story evolves into the teasers in the first four pages. And how can I resist a story that involves Rassilon? Answer: I can’t. I love the Doctor playing the odds, and I love Clara playing the fangirl with the “Wolf Pack.” As an aside, this is the only jarring note in an otherwise fun romp: these characters look exactly like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., but due to what I can only imagine are copyright issues, Clara meets “Frankie Seneca,” “Dino Martinelli,” and “Solly Dancer.” I get that it’s irresistible to include the Rat Pack in a Vegas caper, but I wish they could be called by their real names.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating that I’m really enjoying Titan’s Doctor Who series–all of them. The Twelfth Doctor books have a special place in my heart, though. Robbie Morrison gives us consistently good storylines and his ability to channel Capaldi’s Doctor is downright freaky. Brian Williamson and Mariano Laclaustra capture Clara and the Doctor in all their moods, and I’m particularly in love with this issue’s panel featuring the Doctor rolling dice and Clara looking on adoringly…it’s the Whouffaldian in me, what can I say? If you aren’t reading this series, issue #9 marks the start of a new story arc, always a good time to get on board. I’m giving this one 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artists: Brian Williamson & Mariano Laclaustra
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: July 1, 2015