The second Doctor and companions find themselves in a space bazaar, where danger and bargains lurk around every corner. I have to confess that I am not familiar with much Doctor Who before Christopher Eccleston’s run. So, I do miss some of the character history and backstory. For example, I have no idea who the companions are, and it is a testament to the talented writers that I felt like I knew them. Now, there are a few references for newbies like me, so don’t feel like you need to know everything about every incarnation of The Doctor to enjoy yourself.
This issue does not pick up right after the first issue, but it definitely builds on the story. For those of you who haven’t read the first issue, it is great and you should pick it up (either at your local comic shop or at Comixology). This is looking like it might be an incredible arc, and I cannot wait to see what happens. I want to tell you everything that happens in this issue, but I have been warned that any spoilers will be dealt with most severely. Instead, I will just say that both of the issues of this series have been fun and are well worth your time.
The writing in this issue is flawless. Scott and David Tipton know and love Doctor Who. It is clear from this comic book that these guys know what a good Doctor Who story needs and how to produce that humorous sense of danger that the character thrives on. They also are doing a great job of letting the single issue story work on its own, while contributing to the overarching mystery. I really enjoyed the contained story in this issue, but after reading the first two issues, the big arc has gotten its hooks in me. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.
Lee Sullivan’s art and Phil Elliott’s colors worked marvelously. The visuals sold this comic book perfectly. The characters were expressive and had real presence. The aliens were wonderful and included the best alien Uncle Sam ever. Every location felt unique and bizarre. (Get it? It’s in a bazaar.) (Editor: You’re fired.) In short, and pun-free, the art in this comic book is great. One aspect of the art that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is the lettering. Tom B. Long’s letters were invisible on the first read, but when I went back through, I noticed several little details that really conveyed a lot of emotion. This is the definition of what a great letterer is supposed to do.
This is an easy recommendation for anybody who is a fan of Doctor Who and comics. Honestly, you don’t have to be that into comics to enjoy this one. It does everything right, and I loved reading it, several times. Oh, and did I forget to mention that a man in a kilt gets into an argument with a space giraffe? Go and get this comic, and, while you’re at it, try to get last month’s issue, too. You will thank me.
Five Spectacular Kilted Companions out of Five