Series: Titan Comics Tenth Doctor #1
Published by Titan Comics on August 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
THE TENTH DOCTOR IS BACK, IN AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! NEW COMPANION! NEW FOES! UNFORGETTABLE NEW HORIZONS! ALLONS-Y!
Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.
So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations – talking about an infestation of psychic aliens – she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.
After Donna’s tragic exit, the Doctor thought he was done with new companions. But Gabby Gonzalez is going to prove him wrong… if she survives the night!
Please note: The purchase links above will not work, but you can order a copy of this collected hardback of issues 1-5 from Forbidden Planet.
I’m not usually a big reader of comic books but I saw this one at the library and thought I’d give it a go. How gorgeous is that cover? The artwork is by the very talented Alice Zhang, whose DW and other fan art I have admired for a while now. You can check out more of her beautiful work on her website and her Deviantart gallery.
But back to the book! Set in New York around Halloween and the Day of the Dead, something scary is happening in the streets and everyone is hiding inside. Gabby’s father’s laundromat is the source of an alien invasion. The Doctor has recently lost his friend Donna and is travelling solo for now, but he knows something is up in this area of New York City.
The first part of the story was kind of scary, but the resolution was so-so. I didn’t think it was a great Tenth Doctor story, or maybe it just didn’t come across well in graphic format. There are plenty of references to previous adventures, as well as hints to how the Doctor was missing Donna, but I felt it didn’t really have the tension that would have made it feel like a real episode.
In any case, things changed in the middle when Gabby finally got on board the TARDIS. She starts telling the story through a journal and sketches and wow, I loved this part! It really encapsulated the joy of discovering new worlds and journeying with the Doctor. It made me realize this is probably what I love about the show so much – the exuberance of the traveler and explorer in both the Doctor and whoever his companion is at the time. Gabby was pretty amazing. I hope there are more stories with her involved!
The artwork is bold and colorful and the pages in this edition very glossy and nice to read. I think I’ll be on the lookout for some more DW comics next time I’m at the library!