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

9D_Series_01_COVER_ADoctor Who: Doctormania Pt. 1

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 Fourth Doctor’ #1

DoctorWho4DCoverAfw.jpg.size-600Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1

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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