Doctor Who: Four Doctors #4

The Doctors come face to face with the shocking identity of their deadly foes!

Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artist:
Neil Edwards
Colours:
Ivan Nunes
Publisher:
Titan Comics

I’ve said of this event in the past that I’ve been a bit let down by it, on how I felt it was, despite the scale, a very by the numbers event that probably wouldn’t be remembered that well. Those are rather bold statements to make. But with this issue, I can see how the series may balance out and read better when collected, forming a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Which is perhaps given the villains are an almost hive mind species called the Voord. The shape shifting biological lifeforms have ambitions to try and save the universe in a way the Time Lords never could, by uniting it under their banner and making everyone a part of their collective.

It’s here where the tension really cranks up. From killing key companions to having the Doctor’s future set so the villains themselves can set up their own victory to definitively come true, it’s a really enjoyable ride.

The artwork, provided by Neil Edwards, isn’t the most detailed, but the Voord themselves have a very strong presence on the page, so it evens out. One thing Edwards does seem to nail is eyes though. Be it the somewhat crazed look in (*removed to avoid spoilers*) eyes or the determination in Alice and Gabby’s desperate and almost fatal run towards a Tardis that may save the day, just having those small details carries a lot of weight in the comic.

So consider me slowly being won over. This issue has proved that things can change on a dime. I know for certain now that when the whole series has been completed I shall be re-reading it re-evaluate my thoughts on it as a whole. What’s greater than a comic that can make you do that?

Doctor Who: The Four Doctors is available from Titan Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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