THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen, and Titan Comics has just released the first of an ambitious bi-weekly, five-part series on the metal menace. The first issue, ‘Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1’, available from today is written by George Mann and Cavan Scott, and the artists are Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tazio Bettin.
The story inside all the brilliant covers is a compelling one. All of the Doctors are here with their comic book companions. The Ninth Doctor has Captain Jack and Jackie and Rose Tyler, the Tenth has Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu, the Eleventh has Alice Obiefune, and the Twelfth is travelling solo. Each Doctor has a separate, thrilling storyline. The Twelfth Doctor is on the planet Karn, desperately seeking a shortcut to Gallifrey. The Eleventh is on prehistoric Earth, munching on long extinct fruit. The Ninth is avoiding Cybermen and the Tenth is on a bus headed to a planet-sized shopping mall, where “the food hall alone is the size of Africa!”
The Twelfth Doctor does eventually find that shortcut to Gallifrey – where he finds that Rassilon has been captured by the Cybermen. This issue ends on a delightful cliffhanger as the Twelfth Doctor sees Rassilon, flanked on either side by Cybermen – and not the friendly Handles version.
Now the Cybermen have access to time travel and every foe is now dead — or Cyberized.
The strands of each Doctor are not yet connected in the first issue, and that adds to the drama. How will the Doctors meet? Where in time will they meet? And how will they fight the pending Cybermen pandemic?
Much of the art is stunning, especially a lavishly coloured crimson cloud and a lushly rendered ancient forest. There is even a delightfully detailed dinosaur’s mouth, dripping with realistic prehistoric saliva. The only weak spot in the issue is the rendering of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. While the Twelfth Doctor looks quite good, and the Ninth is realistic enough, neither the Tenth nor the Eleventh quite captures David Tennant or Matt Smith. A minor enough quibble in an otherwise compulsively readable story.
The debut issue comes with five variant covers: an art cover by series artist Alessandro Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a Cybermen version by Fabio Listrani that looks like Iron Man’s nasty cousin, a blank sketch variant, and a fun colouring variant. There is also a stunning variant cover by talented artist Claudia Caranfa from Books-a-Million/Fried Pie.
Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1
- Writers: George Mann & Cavan Scott
- Artist: Alessandro Vitti
- Colorist: Ivan Nunes
- Letterer: Comicraft
- FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 6th