Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Roberta Ingranata Color Artist: Enrica Angiolini with Shari Chankhamma Letterers: Comicraft’s Richard Starkings
Review bySteve J. Ray
Doctor Who: Missy #3 delivers a trip through the BBC archives, as the wonderful creative team of Jody Houser, Roberta Ingranata, Enrica Angiolini and Comicraft visit the 70s, 80s, and 90s appearances of the master, before dropping us straight into the modern era. Every iteration of the nefarious villain gets a cameo, and it’s wonderful.
There are very few comics that are more “by fans, for fans” than Titans Comics’ Doctor Who.
This series is proving to be doubly entertaining, not just because Jody Houser’s writing a great story, but also because she’s leaving readers more Easter Eggs than the most generous bunnies after a lottery win. I spotted glimpses of “Terror of the Autons” (1971), “The Deadly Assassin” (1976), “The Keeper of Traken” (1981), and “The Enemy Within” (A.K.A. The TV Movie) 1996, to name a few. After that, readers will recognise John Simms’ Master from “The End of Time” (2009/2010) and his latest (Sacha Dhawan) incarnation from Jodie Whittaker’s 2020 season.
As always, Roberta Ingranata and Enrica Angiolini have also done their homework, as their art matches the classic TV stories beautifully. It made me want to grab all my DVDs and start a Doctor Who vs The Master marathon. (My wife’s away on a business trip at the end of June, so I just might do that).
For me this has been the best issue of the series so far (that’s saying something) and I have nothing to complain about. Dialogue, characterization, art, colors, letters… everything about this story is top drawer, and each member of the creative team is going above and beyond the call of duty.
I am a huge Doctor Who fan, but many times over the decades I’ve read comics that, while invariably entertaining, haven’t felt quite right. They’ve lacked the spark of British eccentricity from the TV show. Not so with this series, or with this creative team. Doctor Who: Missy #3 was a joy from cover to cover.
Now, I’m suspecting that the Master is starting to guess that Missy isn’t Who she says she is (see what I did there?) and at the end of this issue he’s in a place and time period he’s very familiar with. I see issue #4 being very interesting indeed!
SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL… The Twilight Zone , a television series that shows no signs of letting up, is still going strong 60 years since it first debuted on CBS in 1959. Created by the already popular writer Rod Serling, the show became a series with an infinite lifespan. The Twilight Zone is now 60 years young and still has a massive appeal to those who love a bit of twisted, comedic, moralistic and, at times horrifying, science fiction. I have been a fan of this show for many years, from the original to the latest version by Jordan Peele. It was probably in the 1980’s that I first came across this show and I was amazed. Back then, just a teenager, I thought black and white shows were old and ‘fuddy duddy’ (as my kids would say nowadays). That was until my late mam (who was always there when I found my love for various things as a youngster) turned on the tv and an episode of the TZ was showing. I always remember the first episode I saw being "Ti
“ Off The Clock “ Writer: Katie Cook Artist: Butch Mapa Color Artist: Protobunker Letterers: Christa Miesner and Valeria Lopez Review by Steve J. Ray Some of my favorite comics are those that honor and follow the style of movies and TV shows. Comics like The Batman Adventures , for example. So, you can only Imagine my delight when a knock on my door resulted in my being handed the latest package from Penguin Random House. The box contained a copy of Marvel Action: Avengers : “Off The Clock”. This gorgeous little trade paperback collects issues #1-#3 of Marvel Action: Avengers , and is one of the most fun comics, both in terms of story and art, that I’ve read featuring these particular characters, in a long, long time. Synchronicity Strikes Again Recently I helped promote a couple of fan films which gave us a day, and a night, in the life of a superhero trying to get some time off. By some amazing quirk of fate, this book shows six Avengers (at first… ) trying to cope with some H.R.
Article by Paul 'Professor Elemental' Alborough When DC comics laid off so many of their staff the other day, I was devastated*. Another little piece of joy taken away, more fantastic creative people losing their jobs, another big conglomerate stripping creativity for parts then crushing the scrap, and a much reduced chance that my proposed ‘Ambush Bug VS Plastic Man’ crossover mini-series script would ever be approved. It goes without saying, but 2020 is as bad as the Marvel Swimsuit comics from the early 1990s. That’s bad. Social media being what it is, (that is to say a huge purple monster, hell bent on sucking the joy out of life, spreading division and destroying Metropolis,) has given DC comics a bit of a kicking over the last decade or so. Never quite seen to be as hip and cool as Marvel, DC rebooted with their "Rebirth" in 2016, which saw the original comic book line return to its roots. Many said this was just a cynical ploy to shore up its fanbase, and cla