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REVIEW: Doctor Who: The 10th Doctor #9

STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Daniel Indro
COVER BY: Slamet Mujiono
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2015


Finally the much anticipated wrap-up of the Weeping Angels of Mons tale has dropped! I have been catching myself thinking about this story in the weeks between new issues. Perhaps it’s that I’m a WWI and WWII buff and also a Doctor Who fan, but there are so many aspects of this story that have kept me interested.

I liked the introduction that caught us up on the story thus far. It was a “personal touch” to an opening I’ve seen before, but it fit nicely with Gabby’s personality. A little meta, a little 4th wall break, but as it’s Doctor Who, I can easily forgive it.

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Our merry weary band of time travelers and soldiers has gotten themselves split up, with each side thinking the other is at the mercy of the Weeping Angels, who seem to have tripled in number since last we saw them. I always get the urge to cry out “Too soon!” when I see the Tenth Doctor separated from his companion.

But I live for  those awkward moments when the Doctor shows a spark of his dark side and makes god-like statements that absolutely thwart his “totally not going to change anything because it personally affects me” attitude. They’re the best. He’s two sides of his own coin. His conviction is both his strength and his weakness. The Doctor is always more real to me when his benevolent shell cracks and we see his passion glowing ominously underneath. I think that Morrison has done a fantastic job with the Doctor’s personality these last few books. As I’ve read them monthly, I’ve seen an obvious consistency which sometimes can be hard to achieve.

The Doctor, who has been part of a rather large ensemble cast these last few issues, finally gets a few moments alone to wax poetic over the marvels that are the Weeping Angels. Scenes featuring him standing face to face with a pack of his most terrifying foes (really, does the Doctor have any non-terrifying foes that travel in packs?) are always scenes I look forward to. While the Doctor might always be battling against dark forces, or intergalactic regimes, he also likes to take a moment to appreciate foes in all their wonder and horror. And it usually lends to some awesome insight into how to defeat them.

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Some might disagree with me, but I found both the Doctor’s and Gabby’s solutions to their separate standoffs pretty enjoyable, but for totally separate reasons. I think we got a really gorgeous wrap up of the story line. I loved the simple, not overly sappy tribute to those who gave their lives during WWI. And of course, there was a little something thrown in to keep us reading on.

This book has been an interesting blend of the portrayal of the Tenth Doctor that we’ve come to expect from the television show and a unique take, and the style of storytelling that makes comics so engrossing. I would have been just as happy watching this storyline on TV as I was reading it on paper. And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been attempting Indro’s dynamic crosshatching technique in my own sketchbook.

Did you read the whole arc for the Weeping Angels of Mons? Tell us what you thought in the comments!

Included is another installment of Rose the Cat, along with an intriguing teaser for May’s issue #10!


Doctor Who: 10th Doctor #9 retails for $3.99 and hit the shelves Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 

 

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