Monday, July 29, 2013

Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End Graphic Novel Review

Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End
Tony Lee, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Blair Shedd, and Kelly Yates

Diamond Book Distributors

Pub Date: Aug 27 2013

                                   3/5 Stars

        The Doctor Who Series 1 Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End graphic novel has some excellent stories in it.  I wasn’t very fond of the art, ANY of the art.  But the stories are pretty fantastic.  Classic Doctor Who stuff, but with a VERY light hearted twist.  Perhaps this is the reason that most of the art is so throw away and carbon cut out.  Some of the faces are all right some of the time.  But much of the art looks far too run of the mill to be worth anything.  There are two major stories in the book; one mainly about Victorian England a very big surprise that is waiting for the Doctor, Rory, and Amy.  The other is about a “Boys Night Out” that Amy insists that Rory and the Doctor need.  Both stories are a bit over long and while they both are entertaining, some more editing might have been a good idea.  However, as I’ve said both stories are great.  I would suggest that the perfect reader of this work would be someone who is a huge Doctor Who fan.  Mostly of the last couple seasons of the television series.  Some of the things that happen and some of the asides would be completely incomprehensible to someone who is not all ready intimately familiar with the source material.  If you are a HUGE Doctor Who fan, I would definitely pick this up.  After all, they are both original stories and as the generation of Doctor that is in this is going to be going away soon; you’ll want all the material you can get your hands on.  However, the casual fan of Science Fiction, time travel stories, etc..  Need not apply.  There is FAR too much back story here to make it worth your while.

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