Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

9 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 10/10
Story: 9/10

A solid story that is well worth checking out, the prefect way to handle a licensed comic.

The art was solid except for the Doctor, it seemed like the artist was tracing photos.

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“After Life”

Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Fraser

After finishing the Tenth Doctor comic from Titan Comics – I quickly jumped into the other Who book they released on July 23rd – Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. The story takes place soon after the episode “The Big Bang” at the end of the season 5 (or series 31 if you track the show from the beginning) – as with the other Doctor Who book the placement is explained in the “previously” section on the into page. The story is entitled “After Life” and written superbly by Al Ewing & Rob Williams. Ewing has written for 2000 AD and most recently has been writing Loki: Agent of Asguard for Marvel. Williams also has plenty of 2000 AD under his belt as well as the recent Vertigo series The Royals: Masters of War. These two writers together wrote an incredible one and done issue that approaches Doctor Who from the outside and brings the reader right to the heart of the character.

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The story is told from the point of view of Alice, a young woman who we first meet at the funeral of her mother and quickly watch her life fall apart. She is a sad character who seems lost in a freefall of despair … that is until a mad man in a blue box shows up. The Doctor quickly pulls her into a mad dash to catch a giant rainbow dog (seriously), but when the dog gets away – poof the Doctor leaves. What happens next is the real heart of the story and makes this book stand out against other Doctor Who comics. The TARDIS materializes in Alice’s apartment. The Doctor steps out and tells Alice that she “seemed sad.” He offers to listen to her problems and in that we are exposed to the 11th Doctor’s character in a way I have never seen in comics. It is a quiet moment, and that’s something you really don’t see in comics.

The rest of the story sees the Doctor and Alice tracking down the rainbow dog. There are few comments on London politics (that is pretty much true everywhere) and even an appearance from UNIT. All in all it was a tight story that worked on several levels and stands out as what should be done with licensed comics. There is a sub plot involving another time-lord (or so it would appear to be) that could be interesting, but I fear might go nowhere as we already know the fate of the Doctor and all the other time-lords.

I am adding this title to my pull list and look forward where Titan is taking the Doctor Who comics.

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