THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) is back in the TARDIS for more of his comic adventures in a new Titan adventure. Written by Nick Abadzis with the artistry skills of Giorgia Sposito and Arianna Florean.
In the previous issue, the Doctor, Cindy, Gabby, and Noobis were inside a wonderful dreamworld where every one of their wishes came true. But the dreamworld was a trap, and a creature called an entity was their captor. The entity disguised itself as a red TARDIS, but its intentions were to use time as a prison rather than as a journey. As the travellers fight the entity, Cindy is captured and whisked away to a new destination in the Time Vortex.
It’s All TARDIS
As the new issue begins, the Doctor and his companions are in the familiar blue TARDIS, chasing the entity in the red. They catch one last glimpse of Cindy clinging to the tentacles of the entity, and then she is gone. The Doctor worries that since the entity hasn’t navigated time streams before that the results of a time ram could be disastrous. The two TARDII collide, and in the background, we see Earth below…
Off To China
Meanwhile, we meet a family in China, a father and son. The son asks for a story, a good one with a dragon and excitement, and the father obliges by telling his son the very story we are reading. It’s a brilliant trick from writer Nick Abadzis.
The father, known as Ftaher Wu Wei, tells his son about the river dragon, the people who fear the river, and their joy when a stranger arrives to build them a wall to protect them. Soon a mysterious stranger does, in fact, appear along with his companions on a mission to find their missing friend. It’s clear that Father Wu Wei and the Doctor have met before, or perhaps later, than this time.
Father Wu Wei helps guide them to the wall, where villagers stand together to fight the elemental forces that protect the wall. But when Gabby is able to ascend the wall, she finds only a greater mystery.
The artwork from Giorgia Sposito and Arianna Florean is simply fantastic. The depiction of the river dragon on page 9 is incredible. The artists cleverly and beautifully turn the artwork into ancient Chinese scrolls – page 12 is a delight. The colouring is an appropriate sepia and the design looks authentic to the period. A sensational issue all around.