COMIC REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Issue 1

A Stunning new era begins for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith!

 

Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life.

 

But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat?

 

In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!

 

Series architects Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Trifecta) and Rob Williams (Revolutionary War, Ordinary, Miss Fury, The Royals: Masters of War, Trifecta) kick off a whirlwind adventure through eternity with artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Grindhouse, Doctor Who)!

One of the handy things about the Eleventh Doctor is that there are quite a few “holes” in the television adventures into which creators can slot their own stories. This comic jumps nicely into one of these and sees the Time Lord wandering around after the Ponds’ honeymoon (and presumably A Christmas Carol) to check on the state of the newly rebooted universe following the events of The Big Bang.

Before I get into the issue proper, I just want to offer a round of applause to the design team at Titan Comics. I love the “information” page design even more, having read both – the blue elements in Tenth are green in Eleventh. It then twigged that it’s matching the colour of each Time Lord’s respective Sonic. I love these little touches.

As with The Tenth Doctor, this issue opens with a “pre-title sequence”.  This one is suitably grey as we are introduced to the woman who will presumably become the Doctor’s travelling companion for this run. The writing and art is strong enough to really start to drag the reader’s mood down – right up until the craziness, the Doctor and the Title page hits. Love it.

I love the craziness of this story. Poor Alice gets dragged along into the Doctor’s world. There’s no doubt this is the Eleventh Doctor. Al Ewing and Rob Williams have done a great job of capturing the voice of the character. The situation just suits the Doctor so well and it’s one of those comic scenes that you could imagine on the screen – but it somehow wouldn’t work quite so well as it does on the comic page.

I think more than almost any other television property, Doctor Who works in comic form. It’s a property that can go anywhere, any when and do any thing. Comics really allow for that while retaining the visual aspect for the audience.

The issue takes the reader through a genuine roller coaster of emotions. There’s the sad opening, the fun crazy bit. Then the reader is hit right in the feels by honest compassion. The issue is stand-alone. I rather liked that. It’s an introduction story for a new companion that manages to achieve its goals in one issue of comic goodness. In true “New Who” arc style, there are hints of a grander story – but that’s all they are at this stage – hints.

Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor #1Simon Fraser (with colourist Gary Caldwell) bring the story to life. The emotion of the piece shines through the art and I loved every panel. OK, there are some panels where The Doctor doesn’t look quite enough like Matt Smith, but that doesn’t matter. The story shines through and flows from panel to panel well enough that reading the issue is almost like watching a fast moving television story.

So, would I recommend this issue? Hell yes. As an introduction to a new ongoing series, it’s superb but it also serves nicely as a stand-alone work. Without any real knowledge of the property, a reader could pick this up and be introduced to either a lovely tale or a whole universe of adventure. So good job team. Great job, in fact. I can’t really fault this issue at all.

Title: DOCTOR WHO – The Eleventh Doctor Issue 1

Publisher: Titan Comics

Rating: 5 /5

Reviewer: WedgeDoc

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