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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, Vol. 2: FracturesDoctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, Vol. 2: Fractures by Robbie Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


After a lackluster First Volume, Robbie Morrison hits his stride with the Second Volume of 12th Doctor Stories.

"Fractures" is the story of one of Clara's students dealing with the loss of her father, only to have him mysteriously re-appear and then the family is menaced by a strange alien race. The story has a great deal of emotion. It also captures the feel of the Twelfth Doctor perfectly with that crustiness combined with a heart of compassion underneath it.

"Gangland," finds the Doctor and Clara arriving in Las Vegas in the 1960s and meeting up with the Wolf pack (a knock version of the Rat Pack meant to avoid paying license fees.) and it features a somewhat typical alien invasion story that's spiced up by a Time Lord legend. It's a very stylish story. There's a gorgeous spread of the Doctor rolling the dice at a Craps table which stands out as a favorite image.

The lowlight of the book is the Free Comic Day comic that's included. The story itself is kind of forgettable, but the tale is written with Clara narrating and it includes some of the most smug narration I've ever read and manages to capture what people like least about her.

Overall, though, this is a very solid collection and the Twelfth Doctor comic stories appear to have hit their stride.



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Published on July 29, 2016 10:18 • 137 views • Tags: titan-comics, twelfth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 4 (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor (2015-))Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 4 (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor by Simon Spurrier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Eleventh Doctor and Alice are taken prisoner and the Eleventh Doctor is about to be executed after having been convicted in absentia for crimes he allegedly committed while the War Doctor. Soon, he's on the run and looking for the truth and he and Alice are joined by the others. There's the Squire who claims to have been a companion during the Time War, and then there's Absalom Daak, a violent anti-hero so tough that Doctor Who Magazine couldn't hold him.

The book features some really fine characterization of the Eleventh Doctor, capturing his voice and tone perfectly. There's clearly an emotional journey going on for the Doctor and Alice is a great grounding for the reader. The story is a fine mystery and keeps thrwing one mind-blowing blot twist at you after another. This was a story that had me fully and completely engaged. The guest characters are both fun with Daak being unpredictable and the Squire being part of the mystery. The titular monster for the book is awesome but is almost blown away by everything else featured in this book.

If that's not enough, as a break from all the intense action each issue has a cute 1-2 page light comic short featuring the Doctor, Amy, and Rory.

Overall, this is just delightful and one of Titan's absolute best Doctor Who releases.



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Published on June 02, 2017 19:43 • 55 views • Tags: doctor-who, the-eleventh-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 7 - War of GodsDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 7 - War of Gods by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book brings Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two to an end with issues 15-17 and also includes Issue #5 of the Year 3 series.

Sutekh has returned to menace Anubis and our heroes in a final showdown and he has some allies. The art is very good and brings the scale of it to life beautifully, and the story is okay. To be honest, I think the Osirian storyline has dragged on far too long and outlived its usefellness. This storyline has been running since the Third Volume of Year One off and on.

Issue 5 is a one shot featuring a monster trying to feed on the Doctor’s pain. The art is substandard. Gabby doesn’t look like herself at all, and the story’s been told before and a little bit better.
Overall, this is an okay volume but just okay. I hope Year 3 brings a better fresh start for the Doctor.




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Published on June 29, 2017 13:52 • 69 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, Volume 5: The OneDoctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, Volume 5: The One by Simon Spurrier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book continues the story begun in Volume 4 which finds the Doctor trying to clear himself for a crime committed during the Time War where his memory is vague and the whole thing is timelocked. Joined by his companion Alice, as well as Absalom Daak, River Song, and the mysterious Squire (an alleged companion from the Time War), the Doctor seeks to unravel this mystery.

The book once again features several solid mysteries with some mind-blowing Time Lord stuff that you couldn't portray on TV. There are some problematic elements. There's some frontmatter dedicated to a character profile of Daak which I'm not sure how it works. River Song is pretty quickly sidelined, and the Doctor spends much of the book being mean to Alice. Though, there's later an explanation for this.

The book's ending certainly doesn't wrap things up but it does make Volume 6 a must-read. Despite it's problems, this is a truly awesome ride and I'm looking forward to reading how it wraps up.



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Published on July 09, 2017 06:44 • 52 views • Tags: doctor-who, eleventh-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 6 - The Malignant TruthDoctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 6 - The Malignant Truth by Si Spurrier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor 2.11-2.15 as we finally learn the truth about what happened with the War Doctor and the Cylors.

This book finds Alice returning through the Time Lock to the TiTme War and meeting the War Doctor. Here, the War Doctor is probably given his most gritty characterization in any media as he's ready to destroy in the name of "peace and sanity." The book has a creepy villain and also a lot of time related plot twists.

Overall, this book brings the Year 2 adventure to a satisfying conclusion with some good emotional moments for Alice that allow her to shine in a way she couldn't in the last volume, and also manages to sort all the key plot points including those involves Absalom Daak and the Squire.



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Published on August 24, 2017 17:29 • 63 views • Tags: 11th-doctor, doctor-who, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 8 - Breakfast at Tyranny'sDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 8 - Breakfast at Tyranny's by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 1-4 of Year of the Tenth Doctor's adventures. Issues 1 and 2 open with the Doctor having lost his memory and everyone in a strange position because of a strange villain. The story leads the team back to Ancient China for Issues 3 and 4 in pursuit of Cindy and a strange red TARDIS.

Overall, this book is okay. It has some decent ideas, but it's nothing surprising in here. It feels short (and at 4 issues, it really is a short trade.) but it has some school elements. I particularly liked the Chinese art in the second half of the book. Overall, not bad, but not a must-read either.



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Published on August 29, 2017 21:59 • 77 views • Tags: 10th-doctor, doctor-who, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: The Sapling Volume 1: GrowthDoctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: The Sapling Volume 1: Growth by Rob Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Doctor and Alice are joined by a sentient baby tree.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book sets up the main plot as the Doctor follows some messages from the and Alice's friend Jones where they encounter Scream, a member of the Silence who is so effective even fellow Silents forget him. But he has an evil to steal the Doctor and Alice's memories in part using a powerful alien sapling. Jones once again enjoys the TARDIS, returning after a season away, now in his prime as a famous musician. This story is good as far as set up tales go. The big detraction is Scream. He looks really creepy, but one of the benefits of the Silence and what makes them creepy is they don't talk a lot and it's barely intelligible. He has a multi-page monologue, not good.

The Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling return to find Earth's timeline fractured with a neighbor of Alice's having past versions of himself having fled to his apartment. The Doctor has to things right and to do that, he has to get back to 1968, and when the TARDIS breaks down, it means taking a bus. This is a clever story and it works beautifully in comic format in a way it wouldn't work on the screen. The reveal of who the 1968ers are is very clever and has a nice message about it.

Overall, this is probably the weakest start for an Eleventh Doctor series Titan has done, but it's till pretty good.



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Published on January 26, 2018 19:06 • 184 views • Tags: doctor-who, eleventh-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor - The Sapling Vol. 2: RootsDoctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor - The Sapling Vol. 2: Roots by James Peaty

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Root's collects Issues 5-8 of the Eleventh Doctor's Year Three and has three stories plus one short:

Time of the Ood: This story has the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling traveling to an outpost where a group of Oods were unable to hear the Ood Song after the Tenth Doctor liberated their planet and are happy slaves on a resort world. This isn't a horrible story, but it's a bit thick of continuity and it has a somewhat unsatisfying revisit. I did like one of the ideas it had about activists and extremism.

The Memory Feast: The TARDIS crew arrives on a strange spaceship where strange things are happening and interacting with the Doctor's memories. This was a bit confusing. Not horrible mind you, and the art is pretty solid.

Fooled: The Doctor takes Alice and the Sapling to a local fair and people began to lose their memories at an alarming rate and the Sapling has something to do with it. This has a slight emotional kick and is the best story in the book.

The short, "Something Borrowed" is unimpressive. It tries for comedy but really misses.

Overall, this book isn't horrible, but it's disappointing. It's easily the weakest Eleventh Doctor title that Titan has put out. It feels like its waiting for the finale in the book and marking time.



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Published on February 20, 2018 22:59 • 214 views • Tags: doctor-who, eleventh-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor The Sapling Volume 3 - BranchesDoctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor The Sapling Volume 3 - Branches by Rob Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the conclusion of the Sapling storyline.

The first part of the book finds the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling landing on a planet with space-age technology and massive pollution that should be cave dwellers. Is there Time Lord interference involved?
This first story leads up to the events where the Sapling takes action to save the Doctor and Alice but inadvertently empowers the deadly Silence member Scream who has a mad plot that tests the Doctor and Alice's friendship and their sanity.

Overall, I found this a satisfying volume. The book was both imaginative and logical. The art continues to be imaginative as is appropriate with the high concept stuff in this book. The arc is enjoyable, but not as good as what we got in the first two years of the Eleventh Doctor books. But even with that said, this has still been a fun series to read.



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Published on May 16, 2018 22:41 • 241 views • Tags: doctor-who, eleventh-doctor, titan-comics
The Prisoner CollectionThe Prisoner Collection by Peter Milligan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This collect's Titan's four-issue Prisoner mini-series. Set in modern times, an MI-5 agent resigns in disgust when his partner (and romantic interest) is left behind on a mission in the Middle East and he finds himself captured and taken to the village.

There's some good things to say about the book and most of it has to do with the art. The art is pretty good throughout, with some really nice high points. The big two-page spread when he wakes up in the village is spectacular. The writing isn't bad. Each individual chapter throws our hero and the readers for a new loop, so there's some real cleverness behind these stories.

What doesn't work is more the big picture stuff. I think what writer Peter Milligan really fails to capture with the Village is the dissonance of it. In the TV show, it was a place that appeared to be the most pleasant place you can imagine, but it was contrasted by making a sinister secret. I n addition, the nice feel of the Village is designed to make it easy and comfortable to turn traitor. In this book, the Village never tries to make itself seem pleasant or alluring. Instead, it's full of people who do nasty things while wearing 50-year-old clothes for no good reason.

In addition, the book's explanation of who is Number 1 is not only nihilistic, it's also a bit daft. Overall, if you're looking for a psychological spy thriller comic, this is not a bad one to read. However, as a comic book take on the Prisoner, it leaves a lot to be desired.



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Published on January 15, 2019 17:12 • 51 views • Tags: the-prisoner, titan-comics

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Adam Graham
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