Captain Jack and Benton attempt to save Mr Yaxley’s son from the Daikaijul while the Ninth Doctor reunites with the Brigadier!
Modern Who meets the seventies as the Doctor, Rose and Jack discover UNIT has been besieged by ferocious beasts who are hell bent on destruction and chaos. The story begins with Jack and Benton as they try to protect Mrs Yaxley and her son.
Injection of Humour
Writer Cavan Scott excels at creating a gripping and atmospheric story which injects humour to the huge scale moments. There is a mystery to Mr Yaxley’s involvement as he aids his son and wife to escape the Daikaijul using a form of astral projection.
The characterisation of the Ninth Doctor and the Brigadier are especially successful, the Brigadier pointing out the Doctor’s Northern accent is a delight and expels the clashing of two different time periods remarkably well.
Likewise, the Ninth Doctor has become more defined in the role as he appears more relaxed and confident within his current incarnation. His easiness to deduct and unknowingly insult people proves that he is comfortable with the people he shares company with.
There is a unique blend of militaristic organisation and modern language which is a refreshing mix of developed culture. Captain Jack and Benton as a team-up is a dynamic role for including diversity across two time lines.
Artist Cris Bolson and Colourist Marco Lesko have created spellbinding images of the Daikaijul. The texture and shimmering effect of light blue water blended with the multitude of greens and browns of the creatures’ body adds an impending sense of danger and scale.
The precision of the visual environment is enticing and invoking as it produces a realism to the science fiction themes. There is a structure that the art direction has taken which presents a subdued nature to the connection between Mr Yaxley and the monsters. His environment is full of oranges and light browns which show’s a clear distinction between his physical manifestation and his ghost like body.
This issue is action driven with huge scale visual pieces which will astound the eyes. The magnitude of colour, comedic dialogue and political manifestations will arise conflict as the cliff-hanger will leave you hurrying for the next issue.
Blogtor Rating 8/10
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I’ve yet to read it. I prefer the hardcovers to individual issues. I’m a big fan of the Ninth. But I was very apprehensive about this Doctor running around with the 70’s cast. But you’ve really, really sold me on its quality.
Thanks so much for your feedback! I agree, I do enjoy the hardcovers as well. I think each issue has a unique aspect that it brings to the story. If you do decide to read it, I think you will enjoy it.