Considering that I’ve only been a Whovian for about a year, I’m still relatively #newtoWho, but I am a very big fan of the Doctor and his adventures through space and time. When I first got into ‘Doctor Who’ with the 9th Doctor, I made sure to watch everything I could get my hands on, however, I never thought to read everything I could get my hands on as well. I was unaware of any ‘Doctor Who’ comics, but this week a new number one was released by IDW Publishing and a whole new story began, so I thought I’d check it out.
Firstly, I am not a fan of the art style utilized in this book. Mark Buckingham’s methods remind me of high school watercolors. It’s like he’s trying to go for realism, but the splotches and smears take away from that, especially when characters aren’t in a close up. This mostly goes for when he’s drawing The Doctor, Amy, and Rory because the other characters look fine. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to seeing the real life versions of the characters onscreen, but either way, I’m not fond of the artwork.
Next, it’s hard to judge the whole story of ‘The Hypothetical Gentleman’ since this is only part one of two, but it seems like it’s a filler story right now. It’s like an episode that you semi-enjoy watching at the time you watch it, but then you end up forgetting about it later on. That could change when the conclusion of this adventure comes in the next issue, but for now, I’m not too stoked on it.
Finally, just as I was slowly getting over being a wreck from The Fall of the Ponds in ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’, here comes Amy and Rory back into my life again. Man, I’m gonna miss them.
Anyway, as of right now, I’m not fully sold on this book. We’ll see how it turns out in the next issue.
DOCTOR WHO #1
Written By ANDY DIGGLE
Art By MARK BUCKINGHAM & CHARLIE KIRCHOFF