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Doctor Who #1 - Hypothetical Gentleman, Part 1 of 2 Review4
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory head to London in 1851. Surely, nothing bad can come of this, right?
There's a bit to go over in this issue, but what's most important here is that Andy Diggle is the man. I mean this in the best way possible for one reason, he captured the voices of The Doctor, Rory, and Amy beautifully. When they speak, I can really hear their voices and speech patterns and tones. To the average comic book fan, this may not be a big deal, but to a Whovian, this is a MUST HAVE for any Doctor Who related comic.
While us Who fans have to wait around for the rest of this season to air, we need something to quench our thirst, and this issue helps, a lot. The issue feels like you're watching an episode of Doctor Who, a good one. We're introduced to the world the Doctor and companions will be involved with, and said world has something a tad off about it. The Doctor arrives, finds something weird, but there's something sinister happening. It's a nice start to a two-part issue.
I'm a sucker for 19th century England. I have no clue why. I loved the setting here and how Diggle weaves the world of Doctor Who around it. We get a great sense of mystery here, and while we think we may have an understanding of what is going on here, the final moments of this issue lead the reader to believe there's a whole lot more coming down the tubes.
My biggest problem here is the art. For the most part, it's solid work. However, there's a few times where faces look very distorted and the shading mucks up the the panel. It's a bit weird because there are times where this looks great, and others where it's ugly. There's also quite a bit of disappearing backgrounds here as well. The backgrounds contain flat colors instead of an actual background.
Fantastic first issue of this Doctor Who run. This is the Doctor Who comic that fans deserve! It fits extremely well into the Who Universe, and it feels like a great episode of the television show.
My only real concern was a bit of inconstancy with the art, mainly in the shading. It wasn't a huge problem, but it wasn't ignorable at the same time.
I've very excited to see where the Andy Diggle run will take us, especially since he really does a great job at capturing these characters in this issue.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue.