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Doctor Who The Four Doctors Review

320471._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Paul Cornell, Neil Edwards, Ivan Nunes, Richard Starkings, Marc Ellerby, Jimmy Betancourt,  Neil Slorance, Colin Bell, Rachel Smith

Titan’s crossover event of 2015 is collected in its entirety for Whovians to enjoy. So how does it stack up?

Compared to Prisoners of TImeThe Four Doctors is the most ambitious Doctor Who story I’ve read in comics. It makes numerous references to classic stories pre and post 2005 revival, and uses them to the fullest to enhance the story.

Paul Cornell has a great handle on each Doctor’s personality and relationship with their respective companions, as well as what story beats make Doctor Who enjoyable.

Cornell frames the beginning of the story with the War Doctor helping to destroy a Dalek ship alongside his allies the Voord. As the Doctor examines the ship for resources, the Voord question if the strength they’ve gained from fighting in the Time War will be undone after its conclusion by the Time Lords. The War Doctor gives his best non-answer, having more pressing concerns and trying to placate the Voord. Flash forward to long after the Time War, Clara is traveling with the 12th Doctor and discovers an event that will end the Universe involving the Doctor and his two previous incarnations. Trying to prevent this with the 12th’s knowledge, she travels to 1923 Paris, France to enlist the 10th and 11th Doctor’s companions, Gabby and Alice. Like all great time-travel stories, Clara ends up bringing about the very events she tries to avoid. The Doctors do come together, try to save the Universe and end up causing it’s destruction. With the help of their companions, they get a second (and third chance) and win in the end. They’re plenty of surprises along the way, creating the most intricate time-travel story I’ve seen since Rian Johnson’s Looper.

Handling the majority of art duties, Neil Edwards creates maybe the most “epic” looking DW comic I’ve seen yet. Each Doctor stands posing heroically against wide expansive backgrounds, and the TARDIS control rooms are rendered with a huge birds-eye view. Edwards has the difficult job of drawing not one, not two, but over four Doctors. It’s one that carries high standards and at times he doesn’t live up to it. Many times the 10th and 11th Doctors have almost the same face or bone structure, despite being portrayed by different actors on the show. It stands out even more when he creates splash pages rendering each Doctor in glorious, photographic detail. He has so much to draw in this series, so its a minor thing if certain characters share the same face. He excels at drawing the companions and making them distinct from each other in size, height and age, which helps develop out three female leads that occupy important roles in the comics right now. Seeing that Alice Obefune’s clothing is baggier than other companions, or that Clara is the shortest companion are little details that add to the visual storytelling and also add to the characters themselves.

Proving art for the backmatter stories, Ellerby, Slorance and Smith illustrate humorous little tales of the Doctors trying to one-up each other or every one of his companions having a self-help meeting to deal with the various issues of time-traveling with a near-immortal alien. Ellerby’s stories in particular are little moments set before, during and after the main story to explain how plot-twists happened. It’s an effective device, that adds levity the story and fills in the blanks of the plot.

Overall, The Four Doctors is a story full of twists, Easter eggs, and timey-whimey science. It’s more creative and engaging than the last great Doctor Who crossover and sets a standard for the rest of Titan’s output with the license. While the book has some minor flaws (in art, continuity bugs in accordance with the show’s), it is an enjoyable read and one of those rare event comics that lives up to its hype and purpose.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Disclosure: Publisher Titan Comics provided an advance review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site and publisher or agreement on the review’s content.

Dr Who The 12th Doctor Year Two #1

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By Robbie Morrison, Rachael Stott, Ivan Nunes, Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt

“Clara Oswald and the School of Death”. Much better than the last couple of DW stories I’ve read.

Clara is searching for one of her former coworkers who transferred to a school in Scotland and is joined late by the Doctor. Not much is revealed about the threat they face, other than it involves a remote location cut off by high tides and slimy aliens that burst out of glowing green eggs.

Morrison has found the best timeline for him to write the 12th Doctor, in a middle-ground early in the latest season. The Doctor is strutting around in his hoodie and plaid pants, Sonic Sunglasses ready to go. Morrison also takes advantage of his tendency to forget people he meets to possibly seed a future conflict. Morrison nails the voices of the Doctor and Clara at this point in their lives. He also gives the story that little spark, the thing that makes itfeel more immersive and I can easily see this as an actual plot in the show.

Rachael Stott is the new artist on the book and together with Ivan Nunes’ colors, make it a visually pleasing one. She nails the characters expressions and really makes the Scottish locals seem real. Stott does a great job at drawing the furniture and architecture in the book. As a side note, the Doctor’s outfit is almost spot-on. It’s a tiny thing, but always nice to see done. His plaid pants are more of a darkish green, but blue is usually chosen when the actual color is too hard to replicate (a multi-patterned coat for instance).

Overall, a promising start and an entertaining issue. The cast is well-established, the villain(s) are teased in just the right way and the art is great. This is probably the most well-rounded out of the 3-4 Doctor Who comics that Titan is publishing every month, which is good because it is operating under the most “constraints” in terms of following the show’s story-line so close after its ended.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Disclosure: Publisher Titan Comics provided an advance review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site or publisher or agreement on the review’s content.