EDITORS NOTE: This review many contain spoilers
The Tenth Doctor returns! In the first of a two-part adventure ‘Breakfast at Tyrannies’, the Doctor and his companions have to come to terms with circumstances that they can’t remember getting into.
At the end of last year’s comic ‘run,’ we saw the Tenth Doctor defeat the mighty Sutehk. Assisted by Gabriela, a would-be artist from New York and her friend Cindy, it seems things were looking up. The newly assembled gang should be ready to set off on adventures across time and space. However, It’s their own world that’s not how they knew it.
From reading this first issue, it’s clear that Titan Comics are aiming to bring in a new audience, providing a great ‘jumping on’ point. I hadn’t read any previous realises but I seemed to pick up the plot with relative ease. However, there are a couple of elements that would have been wasted on new readers.
Writer Nick Abadzis, holds off from the action, to begin with, with much of the first pages spent with our main protagonists trying to piece together their memories. Previous readers would realise that this links to the aftermath of Sutahk’s shenanigans. An unusually ‘stubbly’ Doctor is aided by a homeless man, as he struggles to come to terms with why he has woken in a dingy back alley of Brooklyn. He doesn’t look out of place in the gloomy setting (no offence David!).
Companion Gabby’s life, on the other hand, seems to have rewound to a time before the Doctor entered it, at the start of last year’s adventures. We join her as she is back working as a waitress in an American diner. It’s interesting to see her slowly, become aware of a gap in her life and that needs to be filled.
In terms of the style of the comic, I think this is one of my favourite designs. It presents a beautiful array of colours contrasted, by the darker shadowy tones of the slump-like alleys, that the Doctor spends most of his time in. Artistes provides intricately detailed close-ups combined with simpler distant landscapes.
An Inescapable, Cliff-hanger?!
The climax once again brings about a cliff-hanger which seems impossibly inescapable. The prospect of the return of another classic enemy, (one that I feel was lacking an outing in the Tenant era) leaves me more than intrigued for the following instalment.
To summarise, I really enjoyed this issue. It was interesting seeing the characters ‘size up’ their surroundings as the story progressed. If you are new to the world of Titian comics, this is a great point to pick up a copy. Plus it’s an excuse to see the Tenth Doctor in action again if we needed one!
Blogtor Rating: 8/10