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)
I had little but for disdain for much of what Bendis did to the Avengers books. Which was sad, considering how much I loved Po...moreDamn, this book is good!
I had little but for disdain for much of what Bendis did to the Avengers books. Which was sad, considering how much I loved Powers and his other indy work and even found Ultimate Spider-Man enjoyable.
But then he comes along with this X-Men book. With rare exceptions, the X-books (far, far too many) and their convoluted storylines (that not even a flowchart could untangle) have been boring and uninteresting to me for going on 20 years. (Whedon's and Morrison's runs are notable exceptions.) Bendis is on track to creating one of those exceptional runs.
Bendis is writing a book that manages to capture the freshness I loved in the early X-Men without ignoring recent developments, yet somehow being accessible and not feeling weighed down by continuity. It's an impressive balancing act.
It's hard to imagine how this will eventually play out and the "young" team will get back to their proper era. But till then, this is proving highly entertaining---something I haven't said about a regular X-book in a very long time.(less)
Well, as this collects both the original 1982 Wolverine mini-series and issues 172 & 173 of Uncanny X-Men, it should really be Wolverine by Clarem...moreWell, as this collects both the original 1982 Wolverine mini-series and issues 172 & 173 of Uncanny X-Men, it should really be Wolverine by Claremont & Miller and Claremont & Paul Smith. But that's a minor concern.
What this is (other than Marvel's attempt to cash in and tie in with the recent movie) is a stellar example of what originally made Claremont's run on X-Men great. This was the heyday of X-men becoming a big thing and regularly holding its own creatively and sales-wise among Marvel's big guns.
This story may feel old hat to modern fans, but it was really the first time we get a deeper look at Logan and a true solo effort. Plus you get some great art, both from Miller in the mini-series and Smith in the regular issues.
This particular reprint collection looks great. Nice paper and honest reproduction on the limited color palette available to a standard newsstand comic of the time. Those accustomed to today's computer colors and more advanced printing technology may look down on this. But Glynis Wein does a superb job within those limits and I'm glad they didn't attempt to modernize them. Page 69 is a perfect example of how a simple color scheme can pop dramatically and work better than many of the Photoshop overkill layouts we see today.
If you just can't stomach 80s comic style, this is not for you. If you have a mind open to comics of every era on their own terms, this is a gem worth visiting again and again.(less)