STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Brian Williamson
COLORS BY: Hi-Fi
COVER BY: Blair Shedd
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
One thing I hear from friends who want to start getting into comics, Doctor Who or otherwise, is that they just don’t know where to start. The story lines sound so good, but they don’t want to miss any of the back story or the action. It can seem intimidating to pick up a book twelve Doctors and six issues in, but fear not! Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #6 is the perfect jumping off point for a new adventure!
The story starts by mourning the loss of U.N.I.T. scientist Paul Foster who was killed by a drunk driver a year ago. While his widow discusses the struggle of carrying on without her husband with his old boss from U.N.I.T., the Fosters’ daughter, Molly, is drawn away from the house by a mysterious winding ribbon. (Hey, it’s Doctor Who, after all!)
Meanwhile the Doctor and Clara are in the middle of freeing a planet from an impending slave trade with the style and panache only the Doctor can provide! Really, this is my favorite scene in the whole issue. There’s something so wonderful about the Doctor standing stalwart on the lone rock in the middle of the proverbial sea crashing around him. He’s truly in his element, and it’s the best of the Doctor for sure.
Now, if there’s one thing the Doctor loves, it’s the sound of his own voice. Robbie Morrison has captured The Doctor’s rambling soliloquies to Clara perfectly! I’d honestly love to hear a train-of-thought banter battle between any incarnation of the Doctor and Spider-Man. First one to laryngitis loses!
The story takes off fiercely when several property sales executives find themselves taken over by something menacing called “The Fracture,” and arrive on Mrs. Foster’s doorstep, ready to foreclose on her for breaking the laws of reality. Obviously they take “real” estate very seriously!
The artwork of Brian Williamson is absolutely well-suited to Doctor Who storytelling. He depicts the familiar actors who portray these beloved characters not just accurately, but with their charm and personality intact. And the effects that Williamson has used to illustrates that which inhabits those who are possessed by “the Fracture” are subtle yet befittingly eerie.
I haven’t watched much of the Twelfth Doctor yet, but from what I have seen, Morrison and Williamson capture him well, along with the style of adventuring we’ve come to love from Doctor Who. The only problem I had with this issue is that it left me with a cliffhanger ending that I can’t wait to remedy with April’s offering.
The exploits of the Titan Vinyl Twelfth Doctor continue in this issue, and we also get a very funny comic called “The Partying of Ways” which features some familiar faces!
Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor #6 arrives March 18th for $3.99
Tell us in the comments if you’ve been reading any of the Twelfth Doctor and Clara!