Review: Doctor Who – The 13th Doctor #2.1

"A Little Help From My Friends"
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist:
 Roberta Ingranata
Color Artist:
 Enrica Angiolini
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Sarah Hendricks
Review by Steve J. Ray

Summary

Doctor Who – The 13th Doctor #2.1 has finally arrived, and it’s a treasure from cover to cover.
Why am I so enamoured of this comic, you ask? There are a couple of reasons: first of all, I’ve missed the Doctor so much, and now she’s back on our screens and in a brand new comic, too. The second? Because this new story doesn’t just feature the Doctor’s 13th incarnation, as played by Jodie Whittaker… oh, no! This is also a team-up with the 10th Doctor, as played by fan-favorite David Tennant!
If anyone has access to the classic episode “Blink” which features Ten and Martha Jones being blasted back to 1969 by the Weeping Angels, I heartily recommend watching that before tucking into this comic. If you’ve ever wondered just what went on in 60s London while Sally Sparrow saved the day and before she returned the Doctor and his companion back to the present, this story has all the answers.
Don’t panic if you can’t watch it, though, as this issue stands up all by itself and tells a terrific story all its own.
See? Treasure.

Positives

The brilliant Jody Houser has outdone herself with this comic; she’s written some quirky, but completely real dialogue, with each and every character sounding exactly like they do on TV. There’s a serious threat, great humor and a ton of action… with a little bit of social commentary thrown in for good measure. Outstanding writing… but what else would you expect from an Eisner nominated talent, who’s written comics for Marvel, DC, Star Wars and is also now writing Supergirl?
Roberta Ingranata and Enrica Angiolini have been producing some stellar art on this series since its inception, and – if you can believe it –  they’re actually getting better. Not only have they captured 13, Ryan, Yaz and Graham accurately, their versions of 10 and Martha are also, well… picture perfect.
With Comicraft’s Sarah Hendricks and Richard Starkings rounding off the creative team, this book looks terrific and reads beautifully too.

Negatives

It was over far too quickly, and the next four weeks are going to be torture.

Verdict

Two Doctors, four companions and one of the greatest monsters from the show’s modern era… what’s not to love? The Doctor has triumphantly come bursting back into our lives, hearts, comic-shops and tellyboxes. I am one happy Whovian.
Images Courtesy Of Titan Comics

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