Once, Jack Harkness was a Time Agent – one of an elite group chosen to police the whole of space and time in the wake of The Last Great Time War and the disappearance of The Time Lords. Even among the Time Agents, who were generally considered to be the best of the best among law enforcement officers, Jack was considered something special.
Then something happened. What, precisely it was, Jack didn’t know. All he remembered was not remembering the last two years of his life. Not trusting his own agency anymore, Jack Harkness went rogue and became Captain Jack Harkness – freebooter, mercenary and all-around con-artist. Such was his life until a chance encounter with The Doctor and Rose Tyler reminded Jack of the hero he once was and hoped he might become again.
Unfortunately, even a time traveler cannot outrun their past forever. And while Jack was nominally a soldier in the battle for law and order as a Time Agent, there were still a lot of things he did that might not sit well with Rose and The Doctor. It was a fear that was confirmed when – during a recent adventure – Rose and Jack uncovered evidence that Jack spent part of his lost time working with a gang of slavers! The shame sent Jack on a search for answers, on his own once again…
Captain Jack Harkness is undoubtedly one of the most popular companions to come out of the Doctor Who revival. He was certainly popular enough to headline a spin-off and it says a lot that fans still keep pushing for John Barrowman to make another appearance on the show years later. Small wonder then that Cavan Scott should devote a whole story to Captain Jack’s solo adventures and small wonder that it proves an engaging tale.
Scott conveys Captain Jack’s character just as well as artist Cris Blson encapsulates John Barrowman’s likeness. The action sequences in this issue flow smoothly from panel to panel and the designs for the various alien races depicted are truly unique and memorable. This comic perfectly captures the essence of the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who and is a must-read for all fans of Captain Jack and Torchwood.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #13 will be available for purchase on May 31, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don’t know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.