By Robbie Morrison, Rachael Stott, Ivan Nunes, Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
“Clara Oswald and the School of Death”. Much better than the last couple of DW stories I’ve read.
Clara is searching for one of her former coworkers who transferred to a school in Scotland and is joined late by the Doctor. Not much is revealed about the threat they face, other than it involves a remote location cut off by high tides and slimy aliens that burst out of glowing green eggs.
Morrison has found the best timeline for him to write the 12th Doctor, in a middle-ground early in the latest season. The Doctor is strutting around in his hoodie and plaid pants, Sonic Sunglasses ready to go. Morrison also takes advantage of his tendency to forget people he meets to possibly seed a future conflict. Morrison nails the voices of the Doctor and Clara at this point in their lives. He also gives the story that little spark, the thing that makes itfeel more immersive and I can easily see this as an actual plot in the show.
Rachael Stott is the new artist on the book and together with Ivan Nunes’ colors, make it a visually pleasing one. She nails the characters expressions and really makes the Scottish locals seem real. Stott does a great job at drawing the furniture and architecture in the book. As a side note, the Doctor’s outfit is almost spot-on. It’s a tiny thing, but always nice to see done. His plaid pants are more of a darkish green, but blue is usually chosen when the actual color is too hard to replicate (a multi-patterned coat for instance).
Overall, a promising start and an entertaining issue. The cast is well-established, the villain(s) are teased in just the right way and the art is great. This is probably the most well-rounded out of the 3-4 Doctor Who comics that Titan is publishing every month, which is good because it is operating under the most “constraints” in terms of following the show’s story-line so close after its ended.
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