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Review – Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #14

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #14
WRITER: Al Ewing, Rob Williams
ARTIST: Simon Fraser
PUBLISHER:  Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE:  $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I can’t lie… the Eleventh Doctor has been my least favorite Doctor to date.

People tell me it’s because I miss David Tennant, but I know it’s because Eleven irritates me. He’s like a small child who bounces around the grocery store picking everything up, putting nothing back, and the whole time you’re screaming in your head “where are your parents!?” So this issue was particularly nerve-wracking for me because the Doctor finally has to deal with the harsh consequences of his behavior, but all he does is squirm away and whine about how unfair it is that he’s being held accountable.

By the end of the previous issue, the Doctor had defeated the Entity, but lost Jones, his eccentric musical companion. Jones, believing himself dead, floats through space signing amongst the stardust.

Screenshot 2015-07-09 at 8.54.04 AMMeanwhile, in Ancient Rome, the Doctor sits with Alice, rejected by the TARDIS. The Doctor realizes the TARDIS has been warning him for a while, and he pleads with the phone box not to spurn him. As he admits his arrogance and mistakes that he’s made over the years, the TARDIS remains significantly silent. The Doctor changes tactics and insists he could save lives again if the TARDIS would only let him. When he’s met with the same deafening silence, he snaps and demands to be let in immediately!

If the TARDIS wasScreenshot 2015-07-09 at 8.58.40 AM capable of giving the finger to the Doctor, then that’s totally what happens next.  The box lets out some signature VWOORRRPs and begins to fade as the Doctor begs it not to leave him.

With the departure of the TARDIS, the Doctor begins to have an identity crisis. He warns Alice that, in the wrong hands, the TARDIS is a weapon that can rewrite time and destroy space. It’s programed to return to Gallifrey, or to the nearest Time Lord. But since neither of those things exist any longer, the Doctor has no idea where the TARDIS has gone.

The odds are not in the Doctor’s favor, but with the combined efforts of Alice, Jones, and A.R.C., all may not be lost. But the story is not the Homeward Bound homage it sets itself up to be. Improbable odds and an impossible ending await you in this latest adventure of the Doctor!

A ridiculous-but-probably-accurate two-page humor strip by Mark Ellerby features the Doctor, River, and the pros and cons of social media!

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #14 “The Comfort of the Good – Part 1” is in stores now.  It retails for $3.99.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #8

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #8
STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Brian Williamson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Ahhh, the sweet satisfaction of the end of a great three-part story! If you haven’t picked up the Twelfth Doctor series yet, see if your shop still has #6 and #7 in stock and catch up on this last story line. It’s a fast-paced, quick-hitter that gives us the best of Twelve and Clara, with some wibbly wobbly science on the side.

Dr Who 12 BWhen we last left the Doctor and Clara, we weren’t quite sure where he went, or what she was going to do next. But we open right in the thick of things with Clara piloting a double decker down the streets of London, and the Doctor rummaging through the TARDIS for a Rubik’s Cube. Or…something that looks like a Rubik’s Cube, anyway. Oh, well, I’m sure that will be useful later! The Doctor disposes of Paul Foster’s rift-jumping suit, complete with the particles the Fraction has been using to track the man, out the door of the TARDIS into a burning sun. Clara, cool as ever, and possibly enjoying the chaos a little, calls the Doctor up to touch base. And good thing she does, too, because the Doctor is quite sure that Clara is in serious peril. Really, she’s a companion, so why wouldn’t she be?

Meanwhile, UNIT is busy firing physical bullets at the Fracture, which is all sorts of wispy and ethereal. And that should tell you everything you need to know about UNIT right now.

Dr Who 12 CThe Doctor introduces the Fraction to the Time Lord version of a Poké ball as he separates one of the human hosts from the rest of the group. After some interrogation, the Doctor comes away with a better idea of what must, and must not, be done. He then decides to use the TARDIS as a sort of bait, then leaves Clara with his spare sonic screwdriver and UNIT boss Kate Stewart with a gun I’m pretty sure he bought from Jeebs, the MiB informant.  P.S., why I love Clara is concentrated on page 16. She’s just crazy enough to roll with the Doctor. Straight up, Clara is damned plucky.

I think Robbie Morrison writing Twelve is enjoyably reminiscent of Nine at his best. He’s slick but put together, and still excited after 900 years to be doing what he does. And Brian Williamson’s artwork reflects that. I love love love the ending. It’s 100% the Doctor in all incarnations.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #8 is on sale Wednesday, May 27th.

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: the Eleventh Doctor – “Conversion – Part One”

Doctor Who the Eleventh Doctor #12
WRITER: Rob Williams
ARTIST: Warren Pleece
COVER BY: Simon Fraser
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Jeezypetes, will I be glad when all the Doctor Who issues I write reviews for are out of the teens. I can’t tell you how not fun it is to have dyslexia and be assigned to cover the Tenth Doctor #11 Eleventh Doctor #12 and the Twelfth Doctor #10. Can we just pull a Todd McFarlane and skip a few numbers, thanks?

Enough of that! Let’s get in it! Geronimo, and all that rot!

We start with the Doctor and one third of his companions, Jones, trying to dodge East Doctor_Who_11_12_preview_page_1German bullets as they motorbike across the top of the Berlin Wall. See, just a boring intro, as typical of the Doctor! Jones causally remarks about how he’s been feeling a bit low lately, and the Doctor, ever the empath, suggests it may be because everyone’s been trying to kill them lately.

Although this issue starts a new story arc, there are still tendrils of the last reaching into this one. The Doctor is still trying to set right the harm he did to the Entity while under the influence of SERVEYOUinc. Unfortunately this relationship is not without it’s firery climax. While fleeing the East Germans, the Doctor and Jones escape into space and encounter a “not-a-comet” which engulfs the TARDIS and hurls them and Alice and ARC into Roman times. The Doctor realizes that the TARDIS is willingly allowing itself to be Doctor_Who_11_12_preview_page_2sucked into the “not-a-comet’s” flames! The motive for such destruction is tied to the mysterious Entity, of which ARC is the brain. This intimate relationship proves invaluable as the TARDIS hurdles to Earth in the “not-a-comet’s” wake.

Meanwhile two opposing Roman rivals are poised for war on Earth, 312 AD. Their bloodshed is interrupted by the bright light of the “not-a-comet” entering the atmosphere. What the impact reveals is more terrifying than the prospect of world destruction via meteor strike!

This is a great start to a new arc! I like the banter, I like the set up, and I like the setting of ancient Rome. I didn’t start feeling a kinship to Alice, Jones, and ARC until last issue, so I’m very glad to be going into this storyline with a bit of skin in the game. It’s not necessary to have read the recent previous adventures of the Eleventh Doctor to enjoy this new arc, so go ahead and jump right in with issue #12.

This issue’s humor strip includes the adventures of Eleven and Rory “enjoying” one of Earth’s greatest pastimes, a football match. Unfortunately the Doctor, who we know doesn’t like to just sit still and watch (“Doctor Who” – The Power of Three, Season 7, Episode 4, you’re welcome), has some ideas on how to improve the game.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #12 fell to Earth yesterday, Wednesday the 20th, but did not try to entrap the TARDIS, as far as we here at Geek Girl World is aware.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #10

DOCTOR WHO: TENTH DOCTOR #10 – “Echo”

WRITER: Robbie Morrison
ARTISTS: Eleonora Carlini
COVER BY: AJ
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32​pp​
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: May 13

Our story begins, as most things do, at the end of something else. Gabby and the Doctor are arriving back on Earth in present day New York less than an hour and a half after they left. Of course weeks have passed for them, and Gabby is excited to call up and tell her best friend, Cindy, all about her adventures in love and in war against both German and Weeping Angel alike. But as much as Cindy would like to gossip about her friend’s exploits, it’s rather hard to hear the conversation over the din of … Whatever the heck that rising cacophony is!

In Echoes, Gabby, the Doctor, and all of New York, must face a terrifying enemy: NOISE. It’s all around them, from traffic honking to babies crying, from the guns of war to dogs barking. But it’s not just Earthly noise that vexes them: there’s an interdimensional hunting party passing through the tri-state area!

Robbie Morrison’s storytelling is always enjoyable. He can write a heavy four-parter and deftly pen a one-shot. One thing I really appreciate about Morrison’s writing style is that it so flawlessly translates to the page of a comic, but could just as well be a storyboard for an episode on telly. Anyone who likes the pacing of the the Tenth Doctor’s series will feel at home with Morrison’s writing.

TenthDoctor#10_ArtPreview_p1 TenthDoctor#10_ArtPreview_p2At first I didn’t care for Eleonora Carlini’s artwork. I thought it looked chunky and rushed. But as I reread the issue a second and then a third time, it grew on me, and I really feel it’s a great match for this particular story. There’s something rough and urgent about the lines, something a little grating. It works with the tension and fear induced by the faceless enemy.

It’s nice to see an open and shut case contained in one issue. It was a good sorbet after the lengthy arc of the Weeping Angels of Mons which, while fantastic, did leave both Gabby and readers a little emotionally exhausted. Echoes is a great palate cleanser for everyone involved, especially since we’ve got a five-part arc coming up to celebrate the Tenth Doctor’s first year!

If you’ve resisted picking up the Tenth Doctor comics, go ahead and start with this one. You don’t need to have a deep working knowledge of the Doctor Who mythos, and it’s an enjoyable read even for those who aren’t familiar with this particular iteration of the Doctor.

The adventures of Rose-the-Cat and her Doctor continue comedically at the end of this issue as well. It’s kinda the most brilliant comic strip, really.

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It’s based off the Tenth Doctor dealing with the emotional aftermath of losing Rose, his first Companion since the reboot. What better way for geeks to deal with such a loss than with catherapy? I mean, it’s really pretty relevant to geek interests.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #10 – “Echo” is on sale right this very moment (and since you just read that, it’s fixed in time!). It’s 32 exciting pages for $3.99 from Titan Comics.

 

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Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #11
STORY BY: Al Ewing
ART BY: Boo Cook
COVER BY: Hi-Fi
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32pp
COVER PRICE: $3.99


After the destruction of SERVEYOUINC and the relocation of its populace on Paradise Planet 3958F, the Doctor, Alice, Jones, and ARC are back on the proper TARDIS.

And… That’s the last thing I remember.

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I’m gonna be honest. I have no idea what is going on in this issue. I re-read the whole arc in one sitting, and I still have no idea what’s happening. I’m not trying to be unjustly rude. I took notes. I took GOOD notes. And I still don’t know what’s happening.

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I took notes. On a 32 page comic book.

Please understand that I really enjoy Doctor Who in both television and comic form. I don’t think it’s fair to call me a Whovian, but I definitely know my mythos, often quote many a line, and can make and appreciate random references to both episodes and issues alike. I’ve delved into fanfic and fanart, both mine and others’.

But I totally have no idea what’s going on in this issue.

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I think Jareth from Labyrinth shows up at one point. I don’t even know if I’m kidding or not.

Ok, to be fair, just because *I* wasn’t able to follow this issue very well doesn’t mean it’s badly written or that other readers won’t enjoy it. In fact, I suspect more clever fans will appreciate this issue immensely.

I know that ARC loses his damn mind after he commandeers the TARDIS. And then he tries to rewrite his own timeline by slamming into the Entity. And then everything turns into separate CMYK color coded panels, which is actually kind of cool.

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Also the TARDIS has a pool room.

I will say this: After careful review of my notes, I can say with certainty that the Doctor and his companions do save the day and the TARDIS. I don’t feel giving away the ending is any kind of spoiler because the middle is so complicated that figuring it out is it’s own reward.

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I don’t feel too bad. Even the Doctor had to take notes.

Also included is a pretty awesome humor strip featuring what happens when you go on a pub crawl with a Sontaran.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11 is $3.99 and has been on the shelf since April 15, so why haven’t you bought it yet?

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor #7

STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Brian Williamson
COVER BY: Hi-Fi
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2015


I have highly anticipated part two of The Fractures story starring the 12th Doctor and Clara. The combination of the trippy artwork and a new villain made me eager to see where the adventure would take us.

It’s creepy and fantastic to see that which exists in the Void, that place between dimensions. And it’s exciting, too, to meet a species that even the extensively traveled Doctor hasn’t encountered! As we’ve seen in the Doctor Who television episode “Doomsday” (Series 2, Episode 13), that which can transverse the Void is a cause for pause.

If you haven’t seen the whole episode, avoid a serious trigger warning (fans know what’s up) and check out this clip of the 10th Doctor explaining why the Void (and anything that can travel through it) ought not to be trifled with.

That being said, you really don’t have to have too much working knowledge of the Doctor Who mythos in order to appreciate this story. I’ll allow you to experience the finer points of the subplot on your own because I think they’re worth reading first hand. But really, I just want to concentrate on stuff like this:

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Moments like this are when I remember why I love Robbie Morrison’s writing so darn much.

Also, can we just appreciate that we’re on the 12th incarnation of the Doctor, but he hasn’t lost his style?

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I always love seeing a Companion hold her own when separated from the Doctor, and this issue reminds us that Clara is of the same caliber of the Doctor’s past choices. Not only does she have grace under fire, but she also knows how to take the reigns and not damsel herself though an emergency. Clara’s not just out for a wacky adventure; she steps up to be part of the story instead of a casual observer, a must for those who travel with the Doctor.

I’m still trying to figure out the end game, though. By the end of the issue we have no idea where the Doctor has disappeared to, and we really don’t have any idea how to stop the Fractures from accomplishing their task of removing from this universe that which doesn’t belong here. But I’m not worried about that. Morrison has a way of wrapping things up cleverly and staying true to character.

Who’s been your favorite writer of Doctor Who comics? Tell us in the comments!

Don’t forget the humor strip at the end, which I think is my favorite one thus far.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #7 retails for $3.99 and hit the shelves Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.

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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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