The second collection of the sell-out smash new Tenth Doctor series, from award-winning writer Robbie Morrison and Daniel Indro, sends the Doctor and new companion Gabriella Gonzalez hurtling back into the past – and into the trenches of World War One!
Bombed by the German artillery, arrested as spies by the British, Gabby and the Doctor soon learn that there’s something even worse moving in the gas and wreathes of smoke out in No Man’s Land… stone statues who move only when you’re not looking at them! The Weeping Angels have come to feed on the futures of young soldiers — in their hundreds of thousands!
It’s clear Robbie Morrison gets Doctor Who. He’s done his time on several comic series about our titular character now and this collection so clearly brings into focus exactly what worked about the 10th incarnation of The Doctor, you would swear it was written by Russell T. Davies himself.
From the clever writing to a plot that mixes the essential human touch that characterised Davies tenure as showrunner, it’s a mighty tome that is only made better by the artwork by Daniel Indro and Eleonora Carlini. Though their styles a very different, they match the stories they are given perfectly. Indro’s gritty artwork matches the sombre and hopeless tone of the WW1 setting, as The Doctor and his Companions are slowly picked off my an army of Weeping Angels. Meanwhile the overwhelming onomatopoeias that burst from every every frame are exactly what the secondary story, about a sound virus, needed.
I’ve admitted as such in the past that I’ve not always been the biggest supporter of the 10th Doctor comics because they’re a bit unspectacular. I don’t mean that in a bad way – no, it’s purely a personal thing – the Weeping Angels of Mons is a high quality story that any Doctor Who fan will love, created to a standard many comics wish they could achieve. It’s really good. It’s just that I’ve been spoiled by the 11th Doctor comic series, which is hitting it out of the park so spectacularly that I don’t have time for ‘merely’ really good.
If the first story is really good, then like Volume 1, the secondary story is where things pick up as the strip is allowed to be a bit more experimental. Visually, it’s a real feast, with bizarre villains, spectral beauties and back to back vibrant pages, courtesy of Slamet Mujiono. The story is a little more lightweight and is pretty much a continuous running scene, but the inclusion of Gabriella’s, (the companions) family and a tight script that doesn’t have any extraneous elements to it meant I really enjoyed it.
Overall, it’s a good volume. Whilst my personal preferences mean I will always prefer the more experimental stories, the main draw of the volume (a Weeping Angels arc) is still very enjoyable and different enough to past stories that fans worn out on the creature won’t feel short changed. It’s certainly been a while since I’ve seen to see a story that shows the appropriate reverence for WWI.
With that, all I can do it recommend you buy it. It’s a much stronger volume that the first one and far more consistent in it’s highs. For fans of the 10th Doctor, it’s an essential purchase.
Doctor Who Volume 2 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.