TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 - COVER A
TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 – COVER A BY STEVE PUGH

It’s all change for The Twelfth Doctor – the comics have finally caught up with the TV series, meaning the start of this brand new story takes place sometime after the events of Series 9’s finale, Hell Bent. Clara is gone, the new sonic screwdriver makes its comic book debut, and The Doctor is travelling alone once again… but just because he’s flying solo doesn’t mean there’s no adventure to be had! In fact, it seems the rebel Time Lord might actively be seeking them out…

TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 - Preview 1
TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 – Preview 1

As the issue kicks off, things feel a bit more Rocktor Who than Doctor Who. The opening scene throws us into the midst of a live rock concert, with a punk band shredding away on stage and The Doctor down among the mosh pits, complete with sign of the horns as he (presumably) headbangs away. At first glance it looks like The Doctor is just out for a bit of fun – and let’s face it, after spending four and a half billion years trapped in a Confession Dial and forgetting your best friend, you’d probably want to unwind a bit too – but it turns out there’s something else that’s caught his attention. This is, after all, no ordinary rock concert – it’s taking place on the Twist, an infinity-shaped space station from the 40th Century, and deep within the hustle and bustle there’s somebody on the run. The Doctor is keen to find out who they are and what they’re hiding, as a much darker mystery begins to unfold…

Along the way, The Doctor enlists the help of Hattie, the bassist from the band and his makeshift companion for the foreseeable future (and potentially beyond, who knows!). Eventually they uncover that the runaway man, Jakob, has been falsely accused of murdering someone and he intends to find out who the real culprit is. Cue a frantic investigation for clues in true detective style, ending in a search for the murderer – however, as the issue draws to a close, it appears it may well have found them first…

TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 - COVER B BY WILL BROOKS
TITAN COMICS TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.6 – COVER B BY WILL BROOKS

Aside from the intriguing story, the artistic detail in this comic deserves special attention – the drawings are sharper than ever, with Peter Capaldi’s face unmistakable and some really top-notch design decisions on display (the electric trees in the power park being one of many visually brilliant concepts). The default cover art is also a thing of real beauty, with The Doctor strumming away on a fantastical guitar against the backdrop of the cosmos. Of course, there are the usual variant covers for collectors to seek out, but buyers of the basic edition are in no way missing out this time around.

While it’s a shame to see the era of Twelve and Clara reach its conclusion in the comics, it’s clear that Capaldi’s Doctor still has plenty more excitement to look forward to in the future. It’s a rare thing to see the Time Lord travelling alone, and if this first part of the story is anything to go by, we might be in for one of the most enthralling solo adventures so far…

  • Writer: George Mann
  • Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
  • Colorist: Carlos Cabrera with Thiago Ribeiro
  • Letterer: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
  • Publisher: Titan Comics
  • Released: 25th May 2016

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s more a shame for those of us led to believe Year 2 would be all about the Doctor and Clara. There’s no need for them to catch up to anything. They could have waited till Bill arrived on TV.

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