Arrested for Tara’s murder, The Doctor is purged of his negative emotions as Rose goes undercover as an examiner to free him.
Part One of Sin Eaters begins in the 53rd century at The Hesguard Institute, where the Doctor is being purged of his negative emotions, courtesy of the mysterious Sin Eaters. Rose poses as the examiner to free the Doctor but is found out by Director Highsmith.
Writer Cavan Scott has an extraordinary skill at building three-dimensional characters and engaging worlds that shock and excite us. The script is engrossing from the beginning as the Doctor’s purgation explores the dangerous and terrifying side of his many facades. Cavan Scott’s creation of Director Highsmith is exceedingly well crafted; she’s commanding but hides an inner vulnerability.
The story itself explores aspects to the Doctor’s darker personality which physically manifests into a Hulk-like monster, full of the Doctor’s anger, hatred and fear. The characterisation of the Doctor in this state is remarkably accurate, as are the rest of the characters. Rose’s concern for the Doctor shows her fears and anxieties, but also her strength.
Artist Cris Bolson and Colourist Marco Lesko create a vigorously rich and impactful visual world. The depth and intricacy of the character’s physicality, especially the Doctor’s body as he is purged from his negative emotions, is a real treat for the eyes.
The shots of space and the shimmering purples and green, like the aurora borealis, are incredible pieces of artwork. The beautifully imagined close-ups of the Doctor’s face as he thrashes in pain are emotionally harrowing, but engrossing at the same time.
Sin Eaters has been set up fantastically well; the script and artwork are dark, truthful, harrowing and beautiful. The strength of the story, character development and fabulous aesthetic makes this comic a true success.