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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor’ #3

[Warning: the following review contains Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #3 spoilers]

4D_#3_Cover_ATitle: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #3
Written by: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art by: Brian Williamson
Published by: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’ continues, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane team with Professor Odysseus James, and his daughter, Athena, to face down an ancient alien horror. Battling a malign influence all the way from Ancient Greece to London in 1887, the Doctor is faced with a petrifying challenge – and physical evidence that he cannot win!”

This storyline continues to get better and better as it continues onward, and the writing is still amazing and on point.

The Doctor and Sarah Jane are written very well and the two of them are very reminiscent of their TV doppelgangers. I enjoyed that the writers mentioned things like they “copied Time Lord technology” and the idea that the Doctor hit the device with a hammer in order to get it to work. These are the little things that make the Doctor in the comic seem like the Doctor on the screen.

I also liked the fact that device was the one that pretty much saved the day against the Cyclops. I do like the idea of the team equally saving the day (or maybe  just Sarah Jane doing it), but having the Time Lord technology/device save the day is an interesting twist which adds variety to the story.

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The plots where the Doctor and Sarah Jane are separated are really interesting. The two are forced to work in their own dynamics, highlighting their individual strengths. The two are always together (even with the Doctor being in different incarnations), and it’s great to see them being able to work apart from one another. It makes their characters seem like they are able to be their own separate entities.

This comic features incredible art, and I loved the details so much. The style works really well and it makes the Doctor and Sarah Jane look just like their television characters. The stone people in particular were absolutely gorgeous (especially when Sarah Jane is turned into stone), and the Doctor’s curls were beautifully detailed.

I can’t wait to see how the story continues!

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Free Comic Book Day Reviews!

Free Comic Book Day has come and gone once again, and this year I hit up my favorite shops: Maximum Comics and Alternate Reality Comics! I grabbed the following titles to read and review:

  • Bob’s Burgers
  • DC Superhero Girls
  • Doctor Who
  • Spongebob Freestyle Funnies 2016
  • We can Never Go Home/Young Terrorists

I will warn you, not all of these comics are child friendly, so keep that in mind before reading my reviews!

Bob’s Burgers

This comic includes three short stories, and I will cover each one in this review. As an overall note, I will say that there is more cover art than story in this comic, and I wish there more time and effort was dedicated to the latter.

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Published by: Bento Box Entertainment
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!
Title One: Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction Presents: Take A Chance On Me(s)
Written by: Brian Hall
Art by: Frank Forte

Summary: Darryl has invented a cloning machine for a scientist and he needs Tina’s help to test it. She refuses to help until she finds out that Jimmy Jr. needs back up dancers for the talent show. So what does Tina do? She clones herself to help him, and they win the talent show, which leads to Jimmy dating all 26 of the Tinas. How is Tina going to get out of this one?

This is my least favorite of the three stories, mainly because of how Tina was characterized. Darryl is her friend, and I would understand if she was scared to be cloned, but she isn’t. Instead, she is too worried about Jimmy Jr. to help out her friend and that’s not something Tina would do.

I’m also not a fan of the art style due to the fact that the character’s noses look very weird on their faces. The same nose is used on everyone, and it looks bad. Overall, the art looks like it could be Bob’s Burgers‘ art style, except for the very odd noses. But this is a minor nitpick compared to the whole story.

Title Two: Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities Presents: What Lies Beneath Bob’s Burgers
Written by: Justin Hook
Art by: Ryan Mattos

Summary: The Belcher kids and the Pesto kids are playing baseball outside when it starts to rain. They decide to go down to the basement to continue the game when Jimmy Jr. hits the ball and cracks the wall. Louise decides to break the wall further and the whole crew ventures behind the wall. What kind of creepy things will they find behind the wall?

This is probably my favorite story of the three. The art style is noticeably difference from the show and works really well with the story. The art is a little more round and stout while the show’s art is more long and oval. I think it works really well with this story because it is a little more cartoon-like without sticking to the usual Bob’s Burgers‘ feel of “realistic cartoon”.

I love seeing Louise as the featured character – she makes me laugh and can be really dynamic when leading the story. Her leading an adventure-type story is a very fun read, and even though the ending may seem dull to her, it’s realistic, and it brings back that feeling of the show very well. The storyline is not too overly out there, which would be more fitting for a Gene story, not a Louise one.

Title Three: Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes That Could One Day Be Songs Presents: Full Moon Lounge Gene
Written by: Mike Olsen
Art by: Derek Schroeder

Summary: Gene in this rhyming scheme is a singer that can’t be held down by chains and can’t fight the urge to go out every full moon to go sing in lounges. During the full moon, he doesn’t turn back to normal Gene… that is until he starts missing home and his family.

This is exactly the kind of story that I expect out of Gene and I loved it. The story does also play well with a good mix of imagination and slight realism that comes with the show.  Gene is much more adventurous in real life as well as in his dreams, and this comic is the perfect personification of this. I found it really funny how he thinks his dad thinks he’s really cool and it’s sweet because you can see how supportive Bob can be in his eyes. The art style is pretty consistent with the show compared to the other two comics. Though it is slightly more cartoon-y, I liked this comic a lot, and it is my second favorite story between the three of them.

DC Superhero Girls

dcWritten by: Shea Fontana
Art by: Yancey Labat
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!

Summary: Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special FCBD issue features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINAL CRISIS that readers of all ages will enjoy. It’s the day before finals and the student body is hard at work…and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman spars with Cheetah in gym class as Batgirl and Supergirl watch from the sidelines. In the next class, the girls sit next to an empty seat. Where could Supergirl be? Don’t miss this chance to meet the students as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all part of growing up!

This comic is the cutest thing I’ve ever read, and I know I would have went hog-wild over it when I was a kid. The costume designs are very cute, but still are practical for girls who moonlight as superheroes or villains. They aren’t over-sexualized, either, and even Harley Quinn looks appropriate in super cute shorts with black and red tights. I loved looking at all the background characters, and there were a few different heroes in the back of this universe that were absolutely adorable. Starfire and Beast Boy were the best ones background-wise. I’ll probably be grabbing the novels and toys because of their very cute design and the fact that they are perfect for their intended audience.

When it comes to the writing, I really did like the overall lesson of the story, which was that even though you may have made a mistake in the past, that shouldn’t hold you back from doing something again. It’s scary, but you can do it. This is a lesson that I’m still trying to learn as a grown adult, so teaching this to younger audiences is wonderful.

This story is not designed solely for children, which I really appreciated. The writers could have made the story full of selfies and twerking, but they chose not to. This comic is not dated nor directly labeled”for kids”.

Doctor Who

This comic is comprised of four different stories, one for each Doctor, so I will be reviewing each one in the same format as I did with Bob’s Burgers.

doctor blehPublished by: Titan Comics
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!
Title One: The Twelfth Doctor “Robo Rampage”
Written by: Robbie Morrison
Art by: Simon Fraser

Summary: The Twelfth Doctor is called in by Osgood when she and London is being attacked by K2 Superior. Will the Doctor, pretty recently regenerated, be able to save them all?

As I was reading this and story taking notes about it, I realized that I had no positive things to say this story. I am not a fan of the Twelfth Doctor, but even so, I was open to this comic and wanted to see where it would go. I tried giving this comic leeway, but even a few of my Twelfth Doctor friends didn’t like the comic either, so that made my criticisms of it feel just. From the art to the story, this comic is all together not very good.

Let me start with the “time bubble” to save Osgood. What is a time bubble? That seems like a concept from a cartoon, not Doctor Who. It was a really flimsy way to move the plot along.

I hated Osgood in this. This is the exact reason why I hate creators writing “fan” characters. Osgood is used purely to move the plot along, making it so the only thing the Doctor does is use his screwdriver to save the day, and to talk up how great the Doctor is. How quick she was to identify where we might have seen the monster before wasn’t a nice nod, it was really lazy. I would have preferred to see Doctor try to wrack his brain and try to figure out why he had seen it before… it would have been a good nod and more interesting than Osgood spoon feeding the reader.

The Twelfth didn’t have much going for him in the personality department. He seemed to have just regenerated and was still trying to figure out who he was going to be, and his only purpose is saving the day, which makes this whole comic not enjoyable. This isn’t even a companion focuses story, it’s a fan service gone terribly wrong.

Title Two: Eleventh Doctor “Obsessions”
Written by: Si Spurrier and Rob Williams
Art by: Leonardo Romero

Summary: the Eleventh Doctor has found companions in Alice Obiefune and Abslom Daak. The only reason Abslom is still on the TARDIS though is because she took his wife. What will Abslom do if he does find his wife? Will he leave or continue the journey?

The art in this comic is okay at best. The Doctor is the worst drawn character out of everything, but Matt Smith is a little funny looking, so I understand. But thats’s just a minor point.

His story is not only all talk, no action, but it’s also really gross. Abslom trying to find his wife in the TARDIS is viewed by the others as an unhealthy obsession, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. As someone who has lost someone close to him, Abslom probably wants to find his wife so he can have closure. He doesn’t know if she’s dead or alive and that’s a scary thought. To write it off as “he’s just obsessed with her” is really shitty and it makes it appear that the characters have no sympathy towards him.

When it is revealed that his wife is dead, you the reader doesn’t have anytime to feel heartbroken because the Doctor is “sitting on the intercom button” and says two really garbage things about “obsessions”: “One: You accept that the things which keep you going are only ever temporary, and you prepare to switch obsessions like clothing. Or Two: You make your mission so impossible, you’ll never ever succeed.” This is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard come from the Doctor. The Doctor shows no compassion for Abslom. He knows his wife is dead and doesn’t care – it’s still a gross obsession especially since Abslom doesn’t know.

This was the by far the most inappropriate Doctor Who story I’ve ever read.

Title Three: Tenth Doctor “Lady of the Blue Box”
Written by: Nick Abadzis
Art by: Elenora Carlini

Summary: As the Doctor needs some quiet time to work on something, Gabby helps a new traveler get used to life on the TARDIS, giving her a pretty thorough tour.

This story really doesn’t have much to do with the Doctor, and usually I don’t mind that, since the companion is just as important as the Doctor, but I am not that familiar with these companions, and to be frank they are not at all interesting. Readers don’t even know the name of the “new companion” whose aboard! How boring and uninteresting.

The Doctor is written poorly in this comic. Much like the Eleventh and the Twelfth, he’s kind of a jerk, which I found really unnecessary. So on top of new two new companions that are really boring, you have a jerky Doctor. It was also weird that the other companion, Gabby, had met previous regenerations of the Doctor, but she doesn’t remember because of her “fading memory.” Really?

This whole comic ultimately feels like a sitcom more than an episode of Doctor Who. It only succeeds in giving readers a house tour and the story has very little to do with the Doctor at all. But if the companions were actually interesting, then I honestly wouldn’t have minded this story.

Title Four: Ninth Doctor “Hacked”
Written by: Cavan Scott
Art by: Mariano Laclaustra

Summary: Nine, Rose, and Jack are back on an adventure in the eye of Orion. Though the Doctor claims it’s tranquil, it doesn’t appear that way when buildings begin appearing out of nowhere.

This is my favorite of the four stories, and I love the trio of Jack, Rose, and Nine. All three of them are really well written in this comic and they seem identical to their television counterpart. This story is very short, but it definitely is more action packed than the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s. Everyone in the story played an important part and each could be considered the hero of the story.

The art is amazing in this story – everyone looks amazing, and they look exactly like who they are suppose to be. It is comforting that at least one artist was able to translate the characters into comic form well. I really loved how the pixelation looked when it came to things that came in and out of the world. Overall, this comic is visually the best out of these stories and is by far the best written, as well.

Spongebob Freestyle Funnies 2016

This comic includes six different stories, but three of them are no longer than a page.

SB_Page TemplatePublished by: Bongo Comics Group
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Price: Free!

Title One: Ship Swap
Written and Art by: Andrea Tsurumi

Summary: A pirate swaps his hat for the new Spongebob comic, leading to a swap with everyone, ending where we started.

This story really has nothing to do with Spongebob besides the fact that it’s a Spongebob comic they are trading. It has a really interesting art style that is different from the show. The pirates all look very interesting, but since this story is only a page long, there’s not much more I can say, but I did like that they explained a pirate reference so children could easily understand what was going on.

Title Two: Farewell to my Arms!
Written and Art by: Israel Sanchez

Summary: To keep up with the demand of senior citizen fishes getting a half cent discount on Krabby Patties, Spongebob keeps up with the demand by stretching his arms to the limit and growing multiple arms. He ends up flinging the arms to try and make them make the burgers quicker. When they don’t do a good job, what’s Spongebob going to do to get the patties out to everyone?

The art is not my favorite in this story. The shading is comprised of really dark colors and it’s not bright like how Spongebob usually is portrayed. The style is also way more angular and it’s just not all that nice to look at.

When it comes to the actual story, the idea of the arms being sentient enough to make the patties, but not enough to make them correctly is weird to think about. I think that the arms would still have feeling in their hands and would be able to tell “Oh that’s not something that goes on a patty!”. They know enough to tell what the condiments container feels like, but not enough to tell that a knife isn’t a hamburger patty or anything food wise. The only thing I could say is that the story was pretty easy to follow.

Title Three: Whirled View
Written by: Robert Leighton
Art by: Jacob Chabot

Summary: Spongebob messes around with a kaleidoscope, looking at Sandy, Patrick, Gary, and Squiward through it.

This story is also only a page long but the art is very similar to the show, which I really enjoyed. The colors are much more bright and the art is round instead of having gross colors and angular shapes like the previous comic.

The story is really simple, but the only real nitpick I have is the fact that the kaleidoscopes was not portrayed accurately. Usually, kaleidoscopes have colored tiles in the tube, making pictures more of a rainbow and distorted. In the comic, it’s more of a repeating pattern, with no change to the coloring.

The only other thing I have to mention is that there is one panel where Spongebob is looking at Squidward’s butt through the kaleidoscope, and that makes me question why. I understand that butt jokes are funny to kids, but it doesn’t really make any sense.

Title Four: Flotsam and Jetsam Ocean Facts Underwater Mountains
Written and Art by: Maris Wicks

The comic teaches the reader about underwater mountains and volcanoes. I think this is a nice nod to Steven Hillenburg (the creator of Spongebob), who has a degree in Marine Biology.

The art is pretty cute, and the information is easy enough for anyone to understand. Though it has literally noting to do with Spongebob, it’s a very cute and educational break from the comics to learn about Spongebob’s home under the sea (slightly).

Title Five: Patrick’s Guide to Getting Stuff for Free
Written and Art by: James Kochalka

The art style in this comic is more than simple, it’s kinda lazy. This style was not very appealing to me and if it was more than one page long, then I probably wouldn’t read it. This piece definitely wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t that thrilling either.

Some of the tips included stuff like “find it on the ground” or “ask Sandy to invent it”. It’s obviously for kids so I can’t be too harsh, but it was still really boring.

Title Six: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in Bedlam in Bikini Bottom
Written by: Evan Dorkin
Art by: Ramona Fradon

Summary: When a mysterious giant orb from outer space plunges into the deep blue sea, it takes the help of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to figure out what it is.

The art in this comic is very similar to the Golden Age of comics. It has a very older feel to it and that’s something I really liked about it.

I feel like the writers were trying to make Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy a Batman and Robin type duo, but they did it very wrong. Mermaid Man is a huge jerk to Barnacle Boy when in reality, his sidekick is trying to help. Barnacle Boy was right in a lot of ways in this story and Mermaid Man just blew him off and ignored him. It wasn’t an enjoyable exchange and it kind of ruined the story for me.

Young Terrorists

wcngh-young-terroristsThese are two comics in one book, referred to as Side A and Side B, like a cassette. This comic is rated M for Mature so if you are interested in this comic, please keep this in mind.

Published by: Black Mask Studios
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Price: Free!

Side A: We Can Never Go Home “Dead Set on Destruction”
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon
Art by: Josh Hood

Summary: Morgan and her boyfriend, Dale, are going to a motel after seeing a movie when something strange happens right outside the motel door.

This comic was really short but it still provided a really good way to hook readers into their story. This comic is rated M for Mature due to sex references, swearing, and *spoiler alert* slight gore when Dale gets shot. The gore wasn’t a huge pushing point away from me, but it’s not something I’m usually comfortable with. This comic was pretty well written for just a few short pages, but I really like Morgan and I want to know more about the bulletproof girl so I’ll probably be looking to see if my comic book shop has subsequent issues

The art style does have a good mix of cartoon and real life inspirations, making these characters more believable as real people. Having Morgan be sixteen and look sixteen also helps set readers more into the world around them, and it also helps readers kind of jerk when they realize that this world is not as close to ours as they may think.

Side B: Young Terrorists “Lies from My Father”
Written by: Matt Pizzolo
Art by: Amancay Nahuelpan

Summary: Sera is in a concentration camp type facility after the death of her father. She has been in a lab, being trained to be not only super intelligent, but poisonous, in addition to also having amazing strength. Will she make it out alive?

This comic was much too gorey for my taste, and it reached the point where I didn’t want to finish the story. It also was difficult to hold interest, as the story constantly bounced from the past to the present. This leads to a lot of confusion when a reader is trying to get into the story but is barraged with too much background information

The art is similar to ‘We Can Never Go Home’ in the sense that is very realistic, which truthfully makes the gore harder for me to stomach.

Even though these comics are from the same company, it’s strange to see the two paired together in one issue. One succeeds in introducing and submerging the reader into the story, while the other does not. I probably won’t be picking this series up to finish the story, but if you’re a fan of the series, don’t let my criticism discourage you.

Did you pick up any comics on Free Comic Day? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Mini Series #2

Synopsis: After the petrifying reveal at the end of last issue, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith pry further into the affairs of Lady Emily Carstairs and her legion of Scryclops! What mysteries lurk within her half-veiled mansion? And what light can be shed by Professor Odysseus and his daughter, Athena?

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Written by: Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby

Art by: Brian Williamson

Publisher: Titan Comics

Price: $3.99

I was just as excited reading this comic as I was the first and I’m so glad that same energy transferred over. I was worried when I started reading this comic that this would be more focused on the Doctor when this was clearly more about Sarah Jane in my mind. I was worried that they were going to do something that they often do in the current show of taking a plot that is mainly for the companion and making it about the Doctor.

Sarah Jane is one of my favorite companions and she could arguably be the most important. I really like her in this comic and the role she plays. I do like her being used as kind of the alien, figuring out what exactly is going on, and what the technology is. It plays very well with the Doctor who does know about the technology, but isn’t bragging about it or saying anything like “How can you not know what this is?” That’s one thing I like about the dynamic of the Doctor and the companion in general, but especially with Four and Sarah Jane.

Though I’m not very familiar with the Fourth Doctor (sorry Tom Baker!), I do think that this comic does portray him really well still. The writing is still consistent when you read from comic to comic and the ending did leave me just as excited to read the next one. This comic is pretty consistent and fun. The art style is really consistent still and characters look like who they are suppose to. I really like comics that do that. I don’t know why it bothers me when it doesn’t. Consider it a peeve of mine, I suppose.

The only down side I see is there isn’t as many variant covers. There’s only two and I wish there were more since Titan does an amazing job with the variant covers. If that is the only problem, and it isn’t really a comic book issue, then I think Titan is golden.

If you haven’t read it yet, there’s only four comics so it’s not too late to read the adventures with Four and Sarah Jane!

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: Doctormania’ Pt. 1

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SynopsisThe Ninth Doctor is BACK – and this time he’s ONGOING! In Part 1 of ‘DOCTORMANIA’, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video. Tracking down its source could help Jack uncover why his mind was wiped – but the first step takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!

Writer: Cavan Scott

Artist: Adriana Melo

Publisher: Titan Comics

Release Date: April 13, 2016

Price: $3.99

Review:

The Ninth Doctor is back with Doctormania, and it has a really unique plot.

This comic has the Doctor in a world where people are aware that he is a television character. It made me wonder if the actual Doctor looks like his television counterpart, or if the Doctor on TV looks as close to him as producers could find. This comic does imply this plot point, and I hope they go into further detail in the subsequent issues.

The Doctor is approached by his fans in this comic, but I wasn’t too pleased with how those fans were characterized. It’s very tricky for shows and comics to adequately portray their fan base, and most of the time that portrayal is done poorly (a notable example being past Doctor Who and Sherlock episodes). I was not a big fan of Cavan Scott’s portrayal of Doctor Who fans, who were characterized as squeeing little girls wanting to take selfies with the cute Doctor. There may be some fans who would act like that, but the majority are civil, making this interpretation not the most accurate.

That characterization is the only negative I have for this comic, and it’s not a big deal, it’s just a peeve of mind that doesn’t necessarily reflect the comic’s worth.

The actual story is very engaging and builds up the ending very well. It ended on a note that made me very excited to read the new issue, but it did also make me a little upset when I realized that there will only be three comics in this miniseries. I hope that three is the magic number, and I can’t wait to scoop them all up from my comic shop!

The last thing I want to mention is the variant covers , which are so beautiful. I’m half tempted to go out and buy all of them. Titan Comics always has such beautiful variant covers, and it makes me really happy that other artists are invited to come in and show their love and care for the comics.

Here are a few of my favorite variant covers:

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It’s upsetting that this comic is short, but it definitely left me excited to go on more adventures with Nine, Rose, and Jack.

 

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Archives’ Vol. 1

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Archives Volume 1

Synopsis: Go back to the beginning with these archive Tenth Doctor adventures! In “Agent Provacateur”, the search for the perfect milkshake tips the Doctor and Martha into a cosmic horror odyssey in the darkest reaches of space. And in “The Forgotten”, an amnesiac Doctor is forced to confront all his past selves!

Release Date: March 23, 2016c

Released by: Titan Comics

Price: $24.99

 

Review:

David Tennant was my first and favorite Doctor. Without him and Doctor Who, I wouldn’t have been able to get through the death of my grandmother, who has the same name as my downright favorite companion: Donna.

So when I saw a comic series based on the Tenth Doctor, I got excited.

Both ‘Agent Provacateur’ and ‘The Forgotten’ are great Tenth Doctor stories, and their wonderful writing is a reminder of how well the Doctor can be written. These stories seem like episodes that could have been included in the television series.

Although both stories are great, I will admit that ‘Agent Provacateur’ was my least favorite. Martha and the Tenth Doctor are characterized really well, but the story is really long, and I had a hard time trying to get through it because it builds the different worlds and environments too heavily. This building may work in the show, but it didn’t work well in comic form.

‘The Forgotten’ was my absolute favorite. I loved the use of other Doctors and other companions in this story. The Doctors are characterized well, and this comic is the perfect way to introduce new Doctor Who fans to the past Doctors. ‘The Forgotten’ is much more interesting than ‘Agent Provacateur’, and it was very easy to follow. It had a really good continuation when coming in and out of flashbacks, but they did seem a little out of place.

The main problem that I had with both of these comics was the art style.

Some characters (like the other Doctors) look really good in this comic’s style, but the Tenth Doctor, Martha, and Tegan Jovanka didn’t not look so great, and Tegan looked absolutely nothing like the actress who portrayed her. David Tennant is very interesting looking so he may be hard to transcribe into a comic form, so I will give the artist a little bit of leeway there, but other than that there are no excuses.

Overall, I really did really enjoy this volume and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Tenth Doctor and Martha.

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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor’ #1

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Synopsis: Victorian England. A mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets…. and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith return for an all-new adventure: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA!

Written by: Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby

Art By: Brian Williamson

Release Date:
March 23, 2016

Publisher: Titan Comics

Release Date: March 23, 2016

Price: $3.99

Summary:

The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane are leaving a show when Sarah Jane is suddenly kidnapped by one-eyed aliens, the Denizins. The Doctor was also targeted by the aliens due to the fact that a masked woman knows that he is a time traveler, but he manages to escape their grasp thanks to a young woman named Athena, who saved the Doctor against the judgement of her father. While Sarah Jane is imprisoned, the Doctor learns about the Denizins through Athena and her father, Professor Odysseus James.

Review:

Even if you weren’t born when the Fourth Doctor was on the air (Tom Baker portrayed the Fourth Doctor on BBC’s hit series Doctor Who from 1974-1981 ), Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1 will definitely be able to give you an idea of what he was like and what kind of adventures he had!

Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby kept their characters true to the Doctor Who story, which I found to be really comforting. I love when famous characters are written well and accurately, and the writers really succeeded with this comic issue. I love Sarah Jane as a character, so to see her included in this story was an amazing feeling. She definitely was awesome when she was with the Tenth Doctor.

Brian Williamson’s art style is absolutely amazing in this issue, which is a huge relief because Doctor Who comic art is either beautiful or absolutely off base. This is not the case with this particular issue, which is a huge relief because I’ve encountered many comics that were unreadable due to their atrocious art.

In all, I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait for the next comic to be released!

 

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Want to get into Comics? Here are Some Tips!

Comics are an interesting medium that anyone can get into – there’s a little something for everyone!

But getting into comics may be confusing and a bit intimidating for some people, especially women. You may be afraid of being mocked for getting into comics or rejected because of your gender (I know I was), or you might not know where to even begin, especially with series that seem to have gone on forever.

I didn’t really get into comics until about two years ago myself, so I understand the struggle that many women face when trying to jump into the comic book world. So if you want to start getting into comics, then I have some tips for you that may help!

Check out Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in May.  Attending this national event is a great way for you to figure out which series are popular and doing well while simultaneously introducing you to your local comic book stores. These stores usually have a large and varied selection, making it very easy to collect comics and items that you might be interested in. Attending Free Comic Book Day also allows you to see what kind of fandom crowds shop at each local store and what items shopkeepers typically keep in stock. For instance, I prefer a comic book shop that is half an hour away from my location because they tend to keep Archie comics in stock and have a bigger selection of them compared to closer stores that specialize mainly in card games such as Magic the Gathering.

Click here to locate a store that will be participating in the celebration, and click here to see a list of items that store’s will be receiving!

See if your favorite TV show/movie from the past or present has a comic

If you feel more comfortable reading material that includes characters you already know and like, then consider picking up a comic book that corresponds to your favorite TV show or movie.

802549Some of my favorite shows currently on TV have their own comics, including Bob’s Burgers and Doctor Who. The latter has had some amazing stories with different doctors as the leads, and one of the new issues that just came out features the Fourth Doctor!

Many of the shows and movies that we love are based on comics. To be honest, I was first introduced to two of my favorite comic book superheroes after liking their characters in television or movies. I would have never found out about Starfire had I never been introduced to the Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (2003-2006), and I would have never known about Thor if it wasn’t for the The Avengers (2012), let alone got into his comics.

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Sabrina the Teenage Witch (both the animated version from the early 2000s and the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom), was based on a comic as well, a fact I found out while researching Archie comics when I was 10-years-old.

Point is, you never know what series or show has comics! Take a look through Google or your local comic book store – you might be surprised by what you find!

Ask for recommendations

When it comes to recommendations for a great comic, you can always ask someone who likes comics (like me!), or you can check out the staff picks at whichever store you choose to go to. At a good store, the week’s picks are varied, so you will have a few different ideas of what people think are good comics.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help on which comics to read next!

Most shops have pretty friendly staff (or they are supposed to) and they should be able to help you if you need help with finding something that may not be a staff pick. They won’t judge your choice of comics and are usually very happy that more people are getting into the medium.

If all else fails, go explore a store!

Comic stores have displays full of comics and graphic novels for you to check out, so it’s always a good idea to go walking around to see what they have to offer.  If a comic book cover catches your eye, look into that comic more!

You may never know what wonders you’ll find in a comic book unless you open it and dive into it.

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Her Universe is Promising Exciting News and Exclusive Debuts at WonderCon!

Her Universe is returning to WonderCon! This year WonderCon is at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 25-27, and Her Universe will be hosting two panels and a portfolio review. So aspiring artists, designers, and writers, here is your chance to get noticed!

The Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con, co produced by Hot Topic and Her Universe has been a hit for the past two years. GeekGirl World was there last year when the winner was chosen and we covered some of the amazing outfits hitting the runway. In preparation for this year’s 2016 fashion show, during the “Her Universe Fashion Show Update” panel at WonderCon (Friday, March 25, 2pm to 3pm in room 502B), attendees will hear the latest information on submissions for the fashion show and get to be the first to see the new collection designed by last year’s winners, Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Ashley Eckstein, SVP of Her Universe and voice of Star Wars Rebels‘ Ahsoka Tano, will be headlining the panel along with executives from Hot Topic to give aspiring fashion designers advice on how they can get their designs in the market.

Her Universe Press, the publishing imprint of Her Universe, will be sponsoring the “Calling All Aspiring Writers/Her Universe Press” panel (Saturday, March 26, 2pm to 3pm in room 515A). Ashley Eckstein is hosting this panel for fans and writers who are working on getting their novel published. During the panel, attendees will be able to get advice from published authors Heather Nuhfer (Weirdest), E. Anne Convery (The Confidence Chronicles), and New York Times, USA Today and #1 International bestselling author Christina Hobbs who writes under the penname “Christina Lauren” with her writing partner.

At the “Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review” (Saturday, March 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am in room 150), fans and designers looking to either submit entries to the The Her Universe Fashion Show or just break into the fashion business, can share their portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic and get tips and advice on how best to prepare to show their work.

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Finally, for those attending WonderCon, you can go check out the Her Universe boutique (booth #1225) where they will debut new geek fashion designs and apparel from  Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more. Her Universe continues to make their mark in geek fashion by offering a bevy of option for all sizes with fun casual to dressy choices for ladies to show off their geekyness to the world. One of the major debuts at the booth will be the Her Universe Marvel activewear collection for juniors inspired by Captain America: Civil War. This first of it’s kind collection will be sold at Kohl’s stores nationwide and at Kohls.com the end of March in anticipation of the movie hitting theaters in May.

Check out Her Universe online at  www.heruniverse.com.

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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans – Eating Our Feelings Looking at Past Roles

We’re getting closer to the Season 5 premiere of Once Upon a Time but we’re still a month and a half away! I feel like we’ve been looking forward for most of our summer journey together as Oncers, desperate for tastes here and there of things to come. This week we’re going to go back in time with the help of the Internet Movie Database to see what some of our beloved stars were doing before they wound up in the Enchanted Forest. Let it be known! Thar be SPOILERS ahead!

Ginnifer Goodwin – Snow White

Most Snow White role: Margene Heffman, third sister-wife and entrepreneur on HBO’s polygamous drama Big Love from 2006-2011.
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I’m not saying Snow White was practicing polyandry when she lived with the Dwarves, but Margene and Snow do have a lot in common. They are bright, spirited, loving mother-types to many, and both have a closet full of skeletons no one saw coming.

Least Snow White role: Maya in Comedy Central’s first original movie Porn ‘n Chicken in 2002. I couldn’t find a clip of her as Maya, so I’m just basing my assumption off the fact that what I did find searching for “Porn ‘n Chicken” didn’t really say “motherly fairy tale princess” to me. And, while we can’t stop you from doing it, we don’t want to tell our readers to Google “porn and chicken,” so here’s a clip of Goodwin on Seth Myers talking about how her son is Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones.

Videogame roll: Roll from Mega Man. Though not a robot that we know of, she’s sweet, protective, and clever. She’s also good with a broom!

 

Jennifer Morrison – Emma Swan

Most motherly role: As Winona Kirk, in 2009’s Star Trek, Morrison gave birth to yet another little boy who was destined for more than his humble beginnings, who grew up without a proper father, and who went on to strange new lands to defeat creepy villains.

Least motherly role: Zoey Pierson from How I Met Your Mother.


Not only does she not become Ted’s future wife or mother to his children, but she’s likened to Cinderella’s evil step-mother when it’s revealed that her step-daughter hates her.

Bakery roll: Cinnamon roll. The Charming family quirk of liking cinnamon on their hot chocolate is endearing, and Emma has proven she’s very layered. It’s worth getting past her hard outer layers to reach her soft and warm heart.

 

Lana Parrilla – Regina

Most regal role: Trina Decker from CBS’s Swingtown.

Though an airline stewardess, Trina lived a very affluent life with lots of time for extracurricular activities.

Least regal role:  Janet Grafton from several 2004 episodes of NYPD Blue.  Nothing says blue collar like patrolling a beat in your home burrough. Throw in a failed marriage and this show has Parrilla in her realist role.

Sushi roll: The “Sexy Roll.” Good or evil, fancy or down to earth, Parrilla is always alluring. And it’s not just her physical assets that make her so. Parrilla’s acting chops have only gotten more honed, making her versatile and in regal command of her stage.

 

Josh Dallas – Prince Charming

Most mighty and heroic role: Fandral, Thor’s friend and brother in arms from 2011’s Thor is one-third of the Warriors Three and is as princely and charming as Dallas’s OUaT counterpart. Sadly many of Dallas’s scenes in Thor were deleted and he was unable to reprise his role in Thor: The Dark World because of scheduling conflicts filming OUaT.

Least mighty or heroic role: Node #2 in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who called “The Silence in the Library.”

Dallas played the face of Mark Chambers, a man who donated his face to the library to be a pleasing visual representation most likely to appear pleasing to the user, in this case Donna Noble. Skip to about the 10 minute mark to facetime with Dallas.

Lunch roll: The hero roll. From lunchtime staple to party platter necessity, the hero roll is loved by all. Bonus, sometimes the nicer ones come with a little decorative sword!

 

Robert Carlyle – Rumpelstiltskin

Highest grossing role: Portraying Gaz in 1997’s The Full Monty, this was Carlyle’s, and the UK’s, highest grossing film to date, raking in $45,950,122 after a budget of only $3,500,000. Please enjoy this clip of Rumpelstiltskin embarrassing Baelfire.

Lowest grossing role: Funny enough, Carlyle also starred in a film titled Once Upon a Time in the Midlands about a petty thief who tries to get his babymama back after a decade. It had a budget of $3,041,025 but only made about $172,564. That’s right, you did the math in your head correctly. That’s about 5%. This may or may not have been a student film, I’m not sure.  See if you can sit through the trailer longer than I could.

Totally not gross roll: Scottish sausage roll. I really don’t feel I should have to explain this one. Have you had one of these? Make them and eat them with no apologies to your heart, waistline, or doctor.

 

Colin O’Donoghue – Killian Jones

Best dressed role: Duke Philip of Bavaria from 2009’s The Tudors is arguably the most opulently dressed character O’Donoghue’s played. It’s a far cry from his pirate garb, which, while practical, is undeniably the uniform of a rogue and scoundrel. Watch his doomed romance with Mary Tudor, as played by OUaT’s Sarah Bolger, here.

Least dressed role: Lead gent in Christina Perri’s music video for The Words, O’Donoghue doesn’t just appear shirtless, but also takes a pensive bath before bed.

It’s crucial to the plot, I tell you! Fun fact, Perri dedicated The Words to Hook and Emma’s romance, making her the ultimate fanvid creator.

Protip Roll: Rolling your shirts to fit more of them in your luggage.

“Not that Colin O’Donoghue needs more shirts.”

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Giancarlo Esposito – Sidney Glass

Giancarlo has the distinguished honor of having what I think is undeniably the most international Wikipedia introduction ever:

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is a Danish-born American actor, director, and producer of African-Italian descent.

Most notable role: Gus Fring, Walter White’s boss and haunted sociopath from Breaking Bad, 2009-2011. Here he is imparting his wisdom, “a man provides.”

Surprising role: Mickey, the camp counselor at Camp Echo Rock in Season 14 of Sesame Street.


Check out his scenes here, and especially enjoy the one where Big Bird thinks he’s getting mugged by the future meth kingpin of the Southwest.

Edible roll: A chocolate Danish. I won’t lie; I made myself laugh at that one.
All this talk about sushi and danish have left me hungry, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch Season 4 again and eat my feelings.

What are some former roles from OUaT stars that you think are interesting? Tell us in the comments below!

 


Streiber, Art. BIG LOVE Season 2: Ginnifer Goodwin. Digital image. N.p., 15 Aug. 2007. Web. 2 August 2015.
CBS. How I Met Your Mother. Digital image. N.p. Web. 2 August 2015.

CBS. Swingtown. Digital image. N.p. Web. 2 August 2015.
BBC. Doctor Who: Josh Dallas. Digital image. N.p. Web. 2 August 2015.
Fox Searchlight. Robert Carlyle OBE. Digital image. N.p. Web. 2 August 2015.
Perri, Christina. “The Words.” Head or Heart. Atlantic Records, 2014. Music Video.
PBS. GiancarloEspositoBigBirdRusty. Digital image. N.p. 4 September, 2014. Web. 2 August 2015. 
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‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Trailer

San Diego Comic-Con has brought us a lot of goodies, but one of the best so far is the trailer for season 9 of Doctor Who! Check it out below:

 

You can expect plenty of new foes, a city of daleks, ghosts, and nasty mercinaries when Doctor Who returns on September 19.

Excited for the new season? Let us know in the comments below!

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