Doctor Tomorrow #3 Review: Not Everything is as it Seems
Doctor Tomorrow #3
Writer: Alejandro Arbona
Artist: Jim Towe
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez and Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Assistant Editor: Drew Baumgartner
Senior Editorial Director: Robert Meyers
Spoiler Warning: This review may spoil events or actions from this issue of Doctor Tomorrow #3.
Previously in Doctor Tomorrow, we met Bart Simms, a regular kid who loves baseball and just being a kid who ends up meeting Doctor Tomorrow and finding out that the good Doctor is an older version of Bart from another universe and he’s here to recruit Bart to end the threat of Hadrian, a mysterious foe from another dimension who is after an energy type known as dark energy. Along the way, they bring together the rest of the heroes of the Valiant Universe for a big-time fight.
This latest issue sees that big-time fight happen but the real payoff to this latest issue of Doctor Tomorrow comes with an unexpected twist involving the main players of the story. Apparently, not everything is as it seems. We see what Hadrian’s motives are surrounding his desire to have the dark energy and when the issue wraps, we get the appearance of another Doctor Tomorrow, one who appears just a bit older than the kid version.
What I liked about this issue is that the Doctor Tomorrow story isn’t afraid to take some chances. This isn’t the kind of superhero universe that has lots of capes flying around. I feel like alternate realities and extra sets of the same character are so hit-and-miss but I do think that series writer Alejandro Arbona, who served his share of time as a Valiant editor, knows the ins and outs of the universe and isn’t overdoing things, at least not yet. I did have some worries about this being the kind of issue that has some rather quick dialogue to read through, but the second half of this issue really got things going. There’s a comment about whether that universe had a ‘man of the atom’ a throwback to the character Solar, who is no longer for Valiant’s use but was always there in the 90s when there was any kind of big kerfuffle. Now, while the style of art here is not exactly my thing, I really like Jim Towe’s art in the pages of Doctor Tomorrow and with the tone of the story being your typical superhero throwdown (something that’s not quite common with Valiant) I feel it’s the right kind of art for that. The colors really help the art pop and the lettering completes the package. The last thing is I have liked the covers so much on this issue but the B cover is my favorite one of the entire series.
Any dislikes? No, not really. 3 issues into Doctor Tomorrow and I am enjoying this series quite a lot. It certainly has the makings of a truly memorable story and it’s not easy to throw a bunch of new characters out there, coupled with a multiverse, but I really dig what’s happening with this book and can’t wait to read the next issue.