Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #5

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12D_Year_Two_05_Strip_DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR TWO #5

Story By: Robbie Morrison

Art By: Rachel Stott

Release Date: 5/11/2016

My ear isn’t too close to the ground with the Doctor Who fan base. I’m not sure whose version of Doctor Who is they’re favorite. I’m still pretty fresh in the series. I think that separation between myself, and the fans of the Doctor keeps my biases in check. With that being said this is my favorite Doctor Who comic that I’ve read so far. That’s not knocking the other titles in the series, since they’re all outstanding. Read my other reviews and you’ll see how much I like them. The Doctor and Clara’s adventure this time takes place in a comic book store. It get’s a little meta this issue, which I can appreciate it. It hit me right in the heart, since I read the issue and wrote this review all on free comic book day.

From the first to last page you get your money’s worth. Watching the Doctor break the fourth wall, and reading himself as the “Time Surgeon.” DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR TWO #5, is a fun popcorn read. This comic embodies what I believe to be the definitive Doctor Who experience. In another review I mentioned that the best format for the Doctor is the comic book. Well I think this issue proves my point. Unless you bust out the blockbuster Hollywood budget for a film adaptation, this is, as good as it gets. Robbie Morrison gets it spot on with this issue.

Rachel Stott has been crushing it, her art is top-notch. Her comic versions of the cast look great. DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR TWO #5 breaks a lot of fourth walls, and gave Stott more room to play with. Reaching out beyond panel walls and pages, she’s able to reveal more action than normal allotted in pages. The way she drew her pages, with some action happening in front of and behind panels give the illusion of depth. In a sense Rachel narrows your peripheral vision and lassos your imagination. Your brain does this when you play videos games or watch a movie. Stott shows her range with this issue. Aside from all this talk about depth, her art looks so good. Expressions are a big thing for me in comics. It’s hard to take Captain America serious when his eyes are too close together. Rachel makes her expressions believable, they look authentic and stay far away from the uncanny valley.

My job is to recommend titles. Along with recommending I like to get you to get others into comics too. Well this book happens to be safe for young readers. Do you have a niece whose reading anything she can get her hands on? Buy two books this Wednesday then. You’ll thank me later, when she becomes a Pulitzer prize-winning millionaire and buys her thoughtful uncle a new car! All because you got her that one comic book that one uneventful Wednesday. In all seriousness though, I’m totally digging Morrison and Stott’s work here.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #5
  • 8.8/10
    Story - 8.8/10
  • 9/10
    Art - 9/10
8.9/10

Summary

My ear isn’t too close to the ground with the Doctor Who fanbase. I’m not sure whose version of Doctor Who is they’re favorite. I’m still pretty fresh in the series. I think that separation between myself and the fans of the Doctor keeps my biases in check. With that being said this is my favorite Doctor Who comic that I’ve read so far.

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