Doctor Who Comics For Beginners
Rejoice fellow Whovians! Your favorite Doctor's adventures are not over!
Titan Comics has begun publishing ongoing and miniseries titles based on various incarnations of The Doctor. Starting with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors just before the Twelfth Doctor took to the screen. Once Peter Capaldi took on his role as The Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor comic began.
For mini's we've gotten to look at the Eighth and Ninth Doctor's as well as a crossover featuring Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and the War Doctor!
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor
In this series The doctor is as close to Tennant in comic form as I think we can hope for. His charisma and optimism is spot on. As are his mannerisms and language. The companion Ten travels with in comic form is probably my favorite aspect of Ten's comics. She's very artistic and passionate bringing a interesting world view to The Doctors adventures.
Tennant fans: These comics (including year 2) are a MUST READ!
There are currently two collected editions of this title:
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor - Revolutions of Terror (#1-5)
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor - The Weeping Angels of Mons (#6-10)
With 5 issues remaining to be collected in a third trade paperback.
There are currently two issues out with a third on the way December 2, 2015 (Ongoing Series).
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 2
I've had the good fortune to be able to review Year 2 issues before they release for www.comicplug.com
As I stated in the beginning of my review of the first issue:
"As a fan of the reboot of Doctor Who, and the Tenth Doctor in particular, my inner Whovian is very pleased with this issue. It starts as a vacation of sorts for the Doctor and his companion Gabby exploring and “impossible” world when three species (human included) live in harmony. A race of conceptual creatures that exist as music and for symbiotic relationships with “cloud cows” and the humans who inhabit the sky city of this gas dwarf planet. Slowly it turns into a world saving mission as crisis threatens three way genocide! Of course, who didn’t see that coming?"
I have to say I really enjoyed the poetic story for the first arc and the doctor's companion in this series is fantastic!
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor
Each regeneration of the Doctor embodies it’s own personality and quirks reflecting who he is/wants to be at the time. Number 11 is about atoning for his past and owning up to everything. The good and the bad. The subtlety of the Doctor’s body language as drawn, his word choice, and how he approaches situations are really well done to capture the essence of this incarnation.
I'm not overly fond of his companion in the comics, she just doesn't appeal to me, but each story is written well enough that I'm sure there are many readers who will/do connect with her. She may not be my cup of tea, but definitely a wise choice for Eleven.
Just like the Tenth Doctor series, This title currently has two collected editions:
- Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor - After Life (#1-5)
- Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Serve You (#6-10)
with five remaining issues to be collected.
There are currently two issues out with a third on the way (Ongoing Series).
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2
As I mentioned above, I've had the good fortune to be able to review Year 2 issues before they release.
Year 2 isn't far along just yet, but I think my verdict from my review of the first issue sums up my feelings and anticipations quite nicely:
"This is thrilling start to new adventures with a great incarnation of the Doctor. In this first plot line we get to learn more about the mysterious War Doctor and see the eleventh in a rare position: Without a clever plan! This is definitely the kind of ride I want to take with the Doctor. Consider my ticket punched!"
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor
As a Whovian, I am really pleased with the uncanny adaptation of Peter Capaldi's portrayal of his Doctor considering how little time he's spent in the role, as well as Clara. I can hear Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's voices clearly in every page. I think they have truly captured the dynamic of these two characters. This title also has pretty amazing pacing, capturing that distinct Doctor Who episodic feel.
If you're enjoying the Twelfth Doctor and Clara on TV then this title will feel like home.
Like the other Doctor series, This title currently has two collected editions:
- Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor - Terrorformer (#1-5)
- Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor - Fractures (#6-10)
with three issues uncollected (ongoing series)
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Miniseries
Like all of Titan's Doctor Who titles, this mini has the characters down-pact in mannerisms and dialogue to the point that the reader knows what The Doctor, Rose and Jack will say before they say it. The story flows like a typical standalone Doctor Who episode: The TARDIS shows up in random time and location, our heroes are in the middle of something unexpected and shenanigans ensue.
This is an excellent tribute to the fans of The Ninth Doctor and Rose. It really feels good to see them again. Even if only for one more wild ride. As Nine would say: "Fantastic"!
The trade paperback for this series will be released February 16, 2016
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Miniseries
As a "New-Who" Whovian, the Eighth doctor is before my time sadly. As such I feel ill equipped to discuss how well this adaptation hits the mark.
Quoted from the solicit:
Five amazing, interconnected new stories take the Doctor on a rollercoaster of threat and misadventure, as he investigates the mysteries surrounding his new companion Josie. Victorian magic shows, murderous trees, lost books, crystalline life-forms, barges in space crammed with the undead... and the grand journey all begins in a sleepy Welsh town... besieged by living paintings!
Buckle up for a wild ride that embraces all the Gothic Romance and interstellar terror of the Doctor's eighth incarnation!
I can say that I am a fan of Gothic Romance and the "interstellar terror" is spot on. If this is what I can expect from the Eighth doctor in his other appearances, well then I say I've truly missed out!
The trade paperback for this series will be released on May 3, 2016.
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Miniseries
The Official Press release:
The Fourth Doctor And Sarah Jane Smith Return
For An All-New Adventure!
(November 10, 2015, London/New York) Titan Comics and BBC Worldwide are pleased to announce a brand-new mini series starring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Tom Baker and the late Elisabeth Sladen.
This series expands Titan Comics’ hugely popular and critically acclaimed Doctor Who comics line, which already includes adventures from the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors.
Entitled ‘Gaze Of The Medusa’, the five-part series will hit stores in March 2016 and will be penned by Gordon Rennie (Missionary Man, Judge Dredd) and Emma Beeby (Witch Hunter, Judge Dredd) with art by Brian Williamson (The Twelfth Doctor, Spider-Man, X-Men).
The all-new adventure is set in Victorian England, where 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!
Issue #1 will come with six covers to collect: a painted cover by fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang; a photo variant; art covers by artists Brian Williamson, Jay Gunn and Matt Baxter; and a blank sketch variant.
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1 debuts in comic stores and on digital devices from March 2016.
Doctor Who: The Four Doctors
IT'S CROSSOVER TIME!
The Four Doctors, also referred to as Doctor Who: 2015 Event, is a pretty wild "Timey-Wimey" ride as Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and even The War Doctor, must work together to stop a cataclysmic event. Starting from Clara's good intentions to warn the other Doctor's companions all the way to the dramatic conclusion and restoration of the timeline, this event feels distinctly "Who".
As I've mentioned in earlier series summaries, everyone meshes with their on-screen personalities quite well and there’s a healthy respect given to each character.. Even the “Comic-Only” companions interact exactly how I imagine the Doctor’s companions should. The way they talk, especially about their Doctor’s, really brought a smile to my face and definitely a laugh or two in regards to the predictable nature of the Doctor’s different incarnations.
I love how the Doctors interact in this series. Their personalities clashing and the shared disbelief in how they (Ten and Eleven) could become Twelfth: it did my nerdy heart good.
My only real complaint lies with the conclusion which, to me, felt a little soft. After all the dramatic tension the momentum seemed to fall a little flat with the villain seeming a little too easily thwarted given how much he is built up throughout the series.
The Trade Paperback for this event will be released Jan 19, 2016
Titan has done a wonderful job with their comic adaptations and seem in no rush to put an end to our beloved Doctor's respective adventures. Even delving into older incarnations to bring back some nostalgia for older fans and introduce them to "New-Who Whovians".
If you're a Doctor Who fan, WHY ARE YOU NOT ALREADY READING THESE!
Go! Go Now! The Tardis is whirling and the Doctor is calling!