Part two of Titan Comics all singing, all dancing multi-Doctor, five-comic fortnightly epic has arrived.
‘Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #2’ is written by George Mann & Cavan Scott, and illustrated by Ivan Rodriguez & Walter Geovanni.
A beautiful opening shot of the citadel – in all its glory – opens this magnificent second chapter. A story that instantly starts where Supremacy of the Cybermen #1 finished, with the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) confronting exiled Time Lord president Rassilon and a legion of Cybermen.
The Doctor’s fighting mad and not afraid to ask the right questions. Why (and how) is Rassilon back? Where did he go? Why is Gallifrey full of Cybermen?
References are made to events during and after Hell Bent (from Rassilon’s viewpoint). There was always a plan B in case he found himself banished from Gallifrey. Indeed, too much credit to the quartet of writers and artists involved, the current incarnation of Rassilon in this comic is becoming more powerful than in the Series 9 finale.
There are a few more connections between the Ninth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors’ individual storylines. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Alice encounter familiar foes the Silurians – but not how they normally appear. This confuses and excites the Doctor a great deal, who discovers something big! The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Gabby are taken prisoners by the Sontarans. Not everything is how it seems, especially when the Doctor’s summoned and is given a new name. The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), Rose, Jackie and Captain Jack are desperately trying to get away from the Cyberhounds and return to the TARDIS – but things get a bit explosive! Meanwhile, the Twelfth Doctor returns home, only to be greeted by someone he wishes to forget… This cliffhanger took me back to The Five Doctors for some odd reason.
Writers George Mann and Cavan Scott promise an exciting story throughout, and certainly deliver – accompanied with stunning colourful artwork from Ivan Rodriguez & Walter Geovanni, the stories instantly come alive. All the scenes feel much more substantial, perhaps controversially than some broadcast stories, but they still manage to reflect the different eras and characterisations of the programme to perfection.
The writing is very quick and fast and doesn’t appear to slow down anytime soon, with adventure happening all the time. In turn, this moves the story along very quickly.
In terms of artwork, you could sit for eternity, admiring the page-by-page craftsmanship and expertise of such shots and imagination that only the TV series could dream of.
But there are outstanding questions which need resolving sooner rather than later. How are all the components linked? When/ where will the Doctors meet? Will Rassilon be back for good?
As a wise man in a Hawaiian shirt once said, ‘Stay tuned!’
Blogtor Who Rating 9/10
DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN #2