DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: YEAR THREE #4 [Review]

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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: YEAR THREE #4/ Written by GEORGE MANN/ Art by MARIANO LACLAUSTRA, FER CENTURION & NICO SELMA/ Colors by CARLOS CABRERA & HERNAN CABRERA/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT’S JIMMY BEATENCOURT/ Published by TITAN COMICS

Loneliness would be a constant companion to The Doctor if loneliness, by its nature, did not require a lack of companionship. Small wonder then that he sought out his old jamming partner Hattie, who has gone on to become one of the 40th Century’s most famous punk musicians. Hattie, in need of a break from the insanity of the fans and the touring, was all too eager to run off with The Doctor again… even when their plans for a quiet visit to get some fish and chips ended with seaweed monsters abducting The Doctor!

The conclusion of Beneath The Waves proves a perfect conclusion to an exciting and thrilling Doctor Who story. George Mann writes a ripping yarn like few other writers can manage. This tale has had a decidedly retro aesthetic, with even The Doctor commenting on how the simplicity of the sea-monsters reminds him of something from a 1960s BBC show. (Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge, Say No More!) It’s also nice to see the return of Hattie, who is one of the most interesting of the original companions created for the Titan Comics’ line of Doctor Who comics.

The art matches the story in quality and detail. Mariano Laclaustra (assisted by Fer Centurion and Nico Selma) has crafted some truly breathtaking visual images for this issue. Indeed, the first half could serve as a master class for how to tell a story without dialogue and the importance of comic writers trusting their artists to do their part in aiding the story flow. The colors by Carlos and Hernan Cabrera provide the perfect finishes to the excellent artwork.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #4 will be available for purchase on June 21, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don’t know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

About Matt Morrison

Matt has been writing about comics on-line since before the word "blogging" was coined. When he's not busy being the World's Finest Teen Librarian, he enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. He also writes for NoFlyingNoTights.com and MyGeekyGeekyWays.com. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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