Monday, July 11, 2016

Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1 (of 5)

   Titan Comics has started a fun tradition with its line of comics devoted to Doctor Who: every summer they offer a special mini-series that teams up different Doctors in one big adventure!

   For 2016 we have the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors teaming up (well, eventually - they haven't met up yet by the end of this issue) to deal with the menace of the Cybermen!

   The Cybermen are a robotic race that assimilates humans and turns them into easily-controlled cyborgs (and yes, they were doing that long before the Borg first appeared).

   As Doctor Who villains go, they're second only the the Daleks (though many fans may give you an argument on that score).

   So what's their evil plan this time around? No idea.

   But apparently there's something wrong with time, as each version of the Doctor discovers as they each pursue different adventures (which usually involves lots of running, natch) with different companions (including some new faces and some old favorites).

   The story by George Mann and Cavan Scott is fun, though it's all about the setup at this point - but they mix lots of characters and settings across time and space as they lay the groundwork.

   The art is by Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez and Tazio Bettin, and it's very good, with lots of energy and animation - though to be fair, the likenesses are a bit shaky in a few panels.

   But that's a minor quibble. This is a fun story that should help hold over fans until the new adventures of #12 start up again.

Grade: A-



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