Review – Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #15 (Titan Comics)

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Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Release Date: 2 September 2015

It’s with a heavy heart that I reach for the latest issue of the Tenth Doctor. For this is it kiddies, the season finale of our latest adventure!

We open with narration from Anubis, set against the majestic backdrop of the galaxy. Groggy from his millennia-spanning nap, the Osiran accosts our heroes as he tries to make sense of the situation before him. Anubis, it seems, has been left behind by his kin to guard the Circle of Transcendence: a portal crafted to transport the Osirans from our universe to the next. Now, much like ET, Anubis just wants to go home.

It’s an interesting and unexpected twist to the tale. On first appearance, Anubis cuts a menacing figure (even with that questionable chin hair). To remove his metaphorical teeth is an intriguing choice, but it works in the hands of Abadzis. There’s a simple, yet elegant feeling to his storytelling. The focus is no longer upon vast world-painting storytelling, but instead on an intimate character study of a son plagued to suffer for the sins of his father.

The action is sparse, with much of the plot focused on the battle of wills between Anubis and the Doctor. As a consequence, the issue is a slow-burner, but with the developments that unfold, no less satisfying for it. Even if there is a sense that the series has tied up a little too neatly in the final third, never fear, the issue closes on a chilling note that promises the best is yet to come.

Despite Anubis’ presence throughout, we’re sadly not treated to the delightful Egyptian art that featured so heavily in the last issue. However, given the above, there’s arguably no place for it here. The accompanying artwork by Casagrande is suitably understated for the story that unfolds. However, the stark white cover featuring the Doctor and Gabby is a striking final parting shot; a clear last-ditch invitation for those not yet acquainted with the latest adventures of Ten. It’s charming, much like the series that has preceded it.

Whilst this latest installment is unlikely to blow you away, there’s no denying that Abadzis has weaved an engaging and magical tale for the Tenth Doctor that has been an utter delight to read. This is a grand master at work on a character he understands to the core. If we’re extremely lucky, it’s work that will continue very soon.

Rating: 4/5.

The writer of this piece was: Claire Stevenson
Claire Tweets from @cookie___raider.

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