Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2
Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Rachael Scott, Giorgia Sposito, and Valeria Favoccia
Colorist: Enrica Eren Angiolini
Color Assistant: Viviana Spinelli
Flatters: Sara Michieli & Andrea Moretto
Letterers: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Sarah Jacobs & John Roshell
The Doctor and her friends find themselves captured by the Grand Army of the Just, along with a stranger they saved from a time loop. As he tells them that his name is Dr. Leon Perkins, as well as explaining how he got to where he was, they all begin to concoct a daring escape plan. However, it won’t be as easy as they initially thought. Can the Doctor and her friends escape from the army unscathed? And what exactly is Dr. Perkins hiding from them?
This first arc for the Thirteenth Doctor’s comic series is shaping up to be something truly unique, interesting, and all-around fun. While it’s still not clear when exactly this takes place within the continuity of the show, the more I read, the less I started to care, as this story has me one-hundred percent invested.
The characters all feel like flawless recreations of their live-action counterparts, to the point that I can absolutely hear Jodie, Bradley, Mandip, and Tosin all reading these lines effortlessly in my head. Dr. Perkins seems to be an especially interesting side character, and his motives for keeping much of his past in the dark are ones I look forward to finding out in future issues.
Stott’s art continues to be incredible and all-around beautiful, which is only enhanced by Angiolini’s and Spinelli’s coloring. While I can easily see some people having an issue with how the faces are drawn, I for one think they look great, and capture the likenesses of the actors very well. Like last issue, this one ends on a cliffhanger, albeit a far more interesting one, and I look forward to seeing how the next book resolves or continues it.
Overall, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor is two for two now, and I hope it continues to succeed as the series goes on. The characters feel like they’ve seamlessly transferred from screen to page, the story is engaging, the art is beautiful, so what’s not to love? Aside from a bit of a Deus Ex Machina near the end, I’ve really enjoyed this issue, and I definitely recommend fans of the new series to start reading this comic.