DOCTOR WHO : THE EIGHTH DOCTOR VOLUME 1 Review
DOCTOR WHO : THE EIGHTH DOCTOR VOLUME 1 Retrospective
DOCTOR WHO : THE EIGHTH DOCTOR VOLUME 1 : A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ( 2016 )
Writer – George Mann
Artist – Emma Vieceli
Colorist – HI FI
Letters – Richard Starkings and COMICRAFT’s Jimmy Betancourt
Collects Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1 – 5 ( 2015 – 2016 )
Beginning in 1996, the Eighth Doctor (Paul McCann) appeared in a limited number of television programs, along with a whole bunch of spin-off stuff – e.g., BBC Books’ Eighth Doctor Adventures novels, more than 70 audio plays from Big Finish Productions, and the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip.
In each of the spin-off venues – fiction, audio, and comics – the Doctor had different companions. In the opening pages of A Matter of Life and Death, he picks up a brand-new one, Josie Day. Together they follow a set of clues through a series of adventures, which in turn leads them to a startling final revelation.
I liked Josie well enough, and the Eighth Doctor was okay, even if the bad guys were forgettable. The plotting is competent but uninspired, hitting all the usual tropes : companion with a secret here, Doctor’s impassioned speech there, Big Reveal over there, you get the idea. The dialogue is nothing special, and the Doctor’s lines lack the whimsical charm and clever turn of phrase that one associates with the character. All in all, the writing is serviceable but second-rate.
If the writing is mediocre, the art is just plain bad. The draftsmanship is clumsy, and there is very little in the way of shadowing or perspective, resulting in a lack of visual depth. Even worse are the palette choices, with pastel pinks, blues and greens everywhere. I know that Doctor Who stories are supposed to be upbeat, but the color choices here would be more appropriate for My Little Pony merchandise.
Taking all these points together, I got the feeling that this series was haphazardly slapped together solely to make money, with no consideration at all given to production values. I know that committed Whovian collectors will have to have it, and I can respect that – but the rest of us can safely give this one a pass.
Total Rating: 2/5
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