Review: Doctor Who. 10th Doctor #2 (Titan Comics)


Publisher: Titan Comics
Written by: Nick Abadzis
Artwork by: Alice X Zhang (cover) and Elana Casagrande
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

When we last saw The Doctor and Gabby, they were on a subway train being confronted by a hideous looking monster, in issue #2 they spend a lot of time running and talking.

After a fast paced subway chase at the start, the rest of this issue feels heavy and weighted down with information. A lot of the comic sets up the story about the monster (Cerebravores who live in the psychosphere and feed off negative emotions) and it goes on for so long that it mostly feels like a major info dump with very little progression. There is a lot to absorb within the pages and it makes the story feel slow going. It’s definitely necessary content, but it does make me wonder if perhaps it could have been trimmed down a little.

That isn’t to say I disliked it though, with issue #1 being mostly about Gabby and her back-story, it was nice to have some wonderful rich content with The Doctor. He was perfectly in character, complete with gadgets and babbling. There is a moment where a classic 10th Doctor phrase is used and feels out of place in the story, as if it was just thrown in there for the sake of it, but doesn’t detract from how wonderfully he’s been written for the rest of the issue.

Nick Abadzis has kept up the continuity of where The Doctor was emotionally in the series. He has written The Doctor pushing his potential new companion away rather than snatching her up to go running around the universe with him. I feel it fits well with where these comics are set (post season 4) so it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds and how Gabby ends up as the new companion by choice or accident.

Either way, I feel like Gabby is going to be a good companion. She’s been written very human, scared like any normal person would be when confronted with such danger, instead of being so easily accepting of new the things around her. She also has proven to be resourceful and capable, and someone who will keep The Doctor in line when his moral compass starts wavering.

We are treated to another beautiful cover from Alice X Zhang while once again the comic artwork is crisp and Elana Casagrande’s interpretation of David Tennant’s Doctor is recognisable. The colouring is also bright and attractive.

Overall a slower issue this month but still relatively enjoyable. With The Doctor now in a parallel world and Gabby in potential danger, I am looking forward to issue #3 to see how it plays out.

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