Review: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #8 (with preview)

The thing about Doctor Who is that I’ll always give it a second chance. I’ll call it for bad if it’s bad, but I’ll always come back to see if it’s gotten better. I’m not ashamed to say that I didn’t like the first couple of issues of The Twelfth Doctor, but I came back for another try, and it just so happens that it’s the end of another storyline. Was I going to be impressed or a little disappointed again? Read on for my take on the end of “The Fractures”

Doctor_Who_Twelfth_Doctor_8_CoverDOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #8

STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Brian Williamson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:
The thrilling finale of ‘The Fractures’ is here – and it will get under your skin!

Bursting from a twisted parallel universe and clawing their way through the void, the Fractures are here, and nothing could prepare the Doctor for their insidious assault on reality!

The Doctor, Clara and UNIT must battle the Fractures, as they slip through the cracks in our world to wear the skin – and bodies – of innocent people, puppeteering them from the inside!

When the war spills out of quiet suburbia and threatens the world, it will take a father and daughter – separated by whole universes – to bring the conflict to an end!

PREVIEW:

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REVIEW:
All of the problems I had with the first couple of issues of this series are not here. I’m even coming in at the end of the story and with the brief synopsis on the title page, I’m up to speed and able to strap in for the ride. The Twelfth Doctor is written completely to character, and is very much the type of Doctor that you would want him to be. Clara doesn’t upstage him, but completely serves the role of a companion that can be counted on instead of being a damsel in distress.

The art even has a Doctor Who feeling, with the fantastical rendered to co-exist within the same reality as all of us pudding-brains. The civilians come across as a little generic, but I’m okay with that as long as the artwork makes this feel like Doctor Who. The special effects were a bit more limited, keeping things grounded to our reality. It seems like the key style choice with this issue was restraint. The big moments felt big, and everyone established in the television series seemed to be carrying themselves here like they do there. I could have used my Clara to look as much like Jenna Coleman as the Doctor looked like Peter Capaldi, but she was still clearly Clara.

Am I disappointed? No, not by a long shot. As a matter of fact, I’m actually a little impressed, but then again, I did go in with the expectations set by my previous visit to this title. I will be back for next issue, though, and any comic that can get me to do that deserves that you give it a look.