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Doctor Who Supremacy of the Cybermen #2 (Comics From The Basement)
Hello Dwellers and Welcome to Comics From the Basement... This week, I'm reviewing Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cyberman issue #2 from Titan Comics.
Hello Dwellers and
Welcome to Comics From The Basement
Last month we took a
look at Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cyberman #1, the first of a five
issue mini-series done to celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of one of Doctor Who’s iconic villains. And we’re back this month
to go over issue #2.
To briefly recap, we
are following four storylines featuring the 9th 10th
11th and 12th Doctors as the Cybermen are
conquering all of time and space with the help of Rassilon who is
looking for revenge following the Doctor the events seen in the
episode Hell Bent last December to close out series 9 of the NuWho
series. And for those wondering, yes I will do a recap and review of
the Christmas special when that airs on BBC America.
But lets talk about
this comic and the cover, which sees the 9th Doctor
Running towards the reader, leaping from a purple cyber vortex and
looking like he’s’ going to punch someone… probably the person
who removed the switch on the TARDIS console that opened and closed
the doors! Seriously, the cover is fine, if a bit bland. Then again
the alternate covers are a simple photo cover of the Christopher
Eccleston and the other features the modern Cybermen posing so yeah,
not a good assortment of covers.
The story is of
course done in segments, going 12, 11, 10, 9, 10, 11, 12, but for the
sake of this review, let’s summary each Doctor’s Story
Doctor gets the low down from Rassilon, finding out why is he back on
Gallifrey and why has he hooked up with the Cybermen. The answer
being Rassilon wants revenge, he ran into the Cybermen (or rather a
giant Cyberman head), an alliance was forged to build an empire of a
Time Lord & Cyberman union, and to the Doctor’s announce he’s
rescued by The General (the Timelord that regenerated into a woman in
Doctor and Alice are on the run from the Cyber-Silurians and discover
the Cybermen are planning to build Ark Ships to spread their
Cyber-Tech through the galaxy before humanity evolves
Doctor, Gabby & Cindy are brought before Sontar-Prime, the
‘original’ Sontaran (cause they are a race of clones). The Doc is
briefed that the Cybermen have conquered all basically the entire
Sontaran empire, with the home planet the last target, and while the
Doctor came to the Sontar home world looking for an army as they were
his last hope, turns out he is their last hope as he is made a Field
Marshall in the last great Sontaran War Fleet
With the 9th
Doctor, he, Captain Jack, Rose & Jackie Tyler make it back to the
TARDIS but as soon as the Doctor starts to engage the controls, the
TARDIS console explodes!
despite being on the cover, the 9th Doctor story is the
weakest presented here as its right in the middle of the issue. I
like the dual last hope situation the 10th Doc and the
Sontarans find themselves in, and the stuff with the 11th
Doctor realizing the galaxy is screwed if the Cybermen can build Ark
ships and leave pre-historic Earth. The strongest story is the 12the
Doctor as it serves as a fall out & follow up for the episode
Hell Bent. The art work is kind of all over the place with faces and
body proportions looking rather bloated at times and a fairly
inconsistent look in comparison from the 12th Doctor
portions compared to the other 3 Doctors. That said, the comic
continues the story well enough to build up how bad things have
gotten with the Cybermen conquering everything.
Next Time: Now next
week we won’t be taking a look at part 3 of this story, no, we’ll
save that for January. Instead next week, I’m going to take a look
at a digest featuring the Real Ghostbusters!
So till then by
friends and you are my friends have a good one!
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