Story: Nick Abadzis
Art: Eleonora Carlini
Colors: Arianna Florean
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
What They Say:
The Doctor and Gabby are still caught between two factions as modern humanity is born. Neanderthals and Cro Magnons clash, and their actions will shape the direction taken by humankind in the millennia to come! Plus: Cindy discovers an alarming secret back in NYC… and in deep space, Anubis grows impatient!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Man, Nick Abadzis can pack in a whole lotta story in just twenty-four pages!
In the previous issue, the Doctor and Gabby fought for their lives against the alien Monaxi—beings composed of both matter and energy who troll the entirety of time to find subjects for their barbaric gladiatorial fights. With the help of Munmeth—a Neanderthal medicine man—and a group of freedom fighters, the Doctor managed to destroy the gladiatorial arena. However, the destruction brought about a tear in the spacetime continuum, sucking the all into the fissure to destinies unknown.
Meanwhile, Gabby’s friend Cindy has fought to keep Gabby’s journal out of the hands of the Cult of Anubis. She finds herself in the distant past, along with her friends Cleo and Erik, Captain Jack Harkness and Muthmunna’s daughter, Munmeth. With the exception of Munmeth, they have all lost their memories. All they know is that they are searching for something or someone, but they have no idea what or who that might be. I’ll give you a hint: it begins with the letter “D.”
The group travels through hostile territory full of bloodthirsty, raging Neanderthals and various alien creatures such as the “River Goddess” Sunzberro. Their group grows in numbers and they eventually find what they’re looking for, but they don’t get the reception they were hoping for.
It seems like the Doctor didn’t quite break the Monaxi as well as he thought, and in this issue we discover their master, the evil Mister Ebonite: a trader in alien technology, an extraterrestrial arms dealer, and snappy dresser. Mister Ebonite (cool name, by the way) possesses a grander plan than just selling time-lost souls to be grist for the mill of intergalactic entertainment, but I won’t spoil it here.
Everything about this issue sings. The story is engaging and excellently-paced, the characters immediately identifiable and sympathetic, and it’s full of great, big, fun, crazy Doctor Who concepts. Eleonora Carlini knocks the art out of the park, capturing David Tennant’s likeness without being too photo reference-y, and her action scenes, body language, and facial expressions just shine.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2.6 (man, what is with the convoluted titles lately? It’s colon city over here) is probably the most enjoyable and engaging comic I’ve read all week. The storytelling on both the writing and art is flawless, and there’s a grandeur to the overall tale that’s incredibly appealing. This feels big in proper Who fashion, and it feels like a Tenth Doctor story. Dr. Josh gives this an….
Age Rating: N/A
Released By: Titan Comics
Release Date: February 10th, 2016