Nice hat trick of continuity squeezing this in, but I think most fans would have liked to see more of a Rose/Doctor adventure rather t...moreFun little read.
Nice hat trick of continuity squeezing this in, but I think most fans would have liked to see more of a Rose/Doctor adventure rather than a made-from-whole-cloth companion. A little Captain Jack Harkness wouldn't have gone amiss, either. Considering the 10th Doctor one also doesn't use Rose, it seems like a real gap in this Anniversary short. All the others used a classic companion.
Still, good to see one of my favorite (and I feel under-appreciated) Doctors in action.
Haven't finished the #11 one, but I was also hoping for more of a thread to tie them all together, rather like the Decalog stories back when Virgin had the license. But that's a minor quibble.
Quibble #2, and I can't harp on this enough: Kindle exclusive in the US. Really? Not a technical problem, just annoying. I like choices, not being locked in. Still, you got my money, so I can't have minded too much. >sigh<(less)
This paperback collects the first few issue of the Baxter paper series (back when decent paper was a novelty for comics) and about 4 years into the creative team's run on the book. This was back when new #1 issues were not yet de rigueur seemingly every few months.
This is a true Wolfman/Perez classic. I've never been a Trigon fan, and this falls slightly short of the series' high marks (the original Brother Blood saga, Who is Donna Troy?), but it's still great fun and light years ahead of what passes for a Titans book these days.
Sure, it may be a little melodramatic by today's standards, but not too much for a hero book.
This is a little slice of why so many people love the Teen Titans.
Spore is possibly the best of the Anniversary e-shorts yet.
Partially, that might be due to the fact that there is only one televised story to compare...moreSpore is possibly the best of the Anniversary e-shorts yet.
Partially, that might be due to the fact that there is only one televised story to compare it to. Sure, there are various novels, audio plays, comics, etc. But none are absolutely canon and they are nowhere near as familiar to the more casual Who fan as televised stories of the earlier Doctors.
So, working from pretty much a blank slate, Alex Scarrow manages to turn out a creepy & touching tale of the 8th Doctor.
Some may be off-put by the less familiar Doctor and no familiar companion or villains. I think this must have been incredibly freeing for the writer to not be bound by so many expectations. It shows in a good and memorable story with a flavor that is distinct from other Doctors. It would have been so easy, in the absence of familiar touchpoints, to write a generic Who story and slap some 8th Doctor set dressing on it. Scarrow goes beyond that and gives this a particular tone that captures what is known from the TV movie and gives a hint (of one version at least) of what could have been.
This series of short stories has been a mixed bag, all of them more or less enjoyable. This one I quite liked, but then I always like the 7th Doctor &...moreThis series of short stories has been a mixed bag, all of them more or less enjoyable. This one I quite liked, but then I always like the 7th Doctor & Ace as characters, even if their televised stories occasionally fell short.
The Ripple Effect bridges the gap in tone between classic and new Dr. Who in ways that make much more sense here. Some of the earlier shorts suffered from a slightly off tone that was more suited to modern day than the classic era. Not so here. We have classic elements and some nice foreshadowing of the Doctor's harder, unflinching attitude towards the Daleks seen in the newer series.
The story is clever and enjoyable. The chemistry between Ace and the Doctor is much more like in the TV series than in the (now presumably non-canonical) Further Adventures series. Which, to me, is a good thing. I never did like how their relationship played out in them, despite some really good stories.
If there is one down side about this book and the entire series, it's on the publishing side. I am not a fan of Kindle exclusives and only bought them there because, well, I had no alternative source.(less)