Gabby, Cindy and the Doctor face their greatest challenge yet! The whole year has been building to this – what state will the Doctor and his companions be left in when the smoke clears?! Ancient evil from the heart of the universe! An impossible decision! Shocks and surprises right down to the last page!
Nick Abadzis has applied his storytelling abilities to this issue, that helps wrap up the first year of storylines, but the ‘more is better’ approach means things get more confusing than completed.
This issue is very much for those who have been following the current storyline for Doctor Who, as things come to a head with a species humanity mistook as the Egyptian Gods, trans-dimensional beings that are possessing humans and the cultists who worship both. If that sounds confusing then it can be at times, so is to Abadzis’ credit that any of it makes a lick of sense.
Elena Casagande’s artwork is at times not as great as that writing suggests however, as sometimes key characters are relegated to backgrounds which can get confusing when what they are saying is meant to be the crux of that panel. Perhaps that is down to the script rather than her work though.
She certainly cannot be blamed for the massive amounts of dialogue that is spoken by different characters though, which sometimes make panels pretty confusing. Especially given that most scenes devolve down to ‘The Doctor drops some exposition that gets him beaten down. Another character interjects, followed by The Doctor redoubling his efforts’, a lot of the dialogue feels extraneous or unneeded. The problems of exposition getting on top of you I guess.
All in all it isn’t a great issue and even though the ending tries to wrap things up in a bow, still feels incomplete. Hopefully year two will be more successful in achieving what it wants.
Doctor Who: The 10th Doctor #15 is available from Titan Comics.
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