Friday, March 18, 2011
One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Doctor Who (2011) #2
GOOD THING: This issue does give us a genuinely original plot idea. As far as I know, The Doctor has never gotten involved in the case of Jack The Ripper in any story in ANY medium. And it is an idea that is long overdue, in my opinion, give the prominence of both figures in the British zeitgeist.
BAD THING: There is no way to sugarcoat this, so I shan't bother - the artwork in this book is AWFUL. Simply awful. There are no circumstances under which it is acceptable for Amy Pond to look like Rocky from Mask
I can understand that they were going for a certain dark, moody style with this art. And for the first few pages it looks good. But at about the mid-point of the story, it seems like artist Richard Rayner began rushing his work. Admittedly, I'm just guessing on this point, but apparently he had some trouble finishing the pages as TWO MORE artists were brought in to finish the last three pages of the book!
The Final Verdict: Good story, which gives us a new twist on the classic Jack The Ripper mystery by bringing in The Doctor as an investigator. Sadly, the artwork is nowhere near as good as the writing. Many pages in the middle of the book look like they were made by an artist who was behind on his deadline and the last three pages (created by two different artists!) are not much better.