DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION – ALPHA [Advance Review]

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DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION – ALPHA/ Script by CAVAN SCOTT & GEORGE MANN / Art by RACHAEL STOTT with CRIS BOLSON,PASQUALE QUALANO, ELTON TOMASI, KLEBS JR & JB BASTOS / Colors by ROD FERNANDES/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT’S JIMMY BETANCOURT/ Published by TITAN COMICS

The Doctor is an immortal traveler, who champions the oppressed across the whole of Time and Space.

He roams the universe in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) – a ship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It is also permanently stuck in the shape of a 1960’s British Police Box. Usually he travels with at least one companion and quite often that companion is from the planet Earth, which The Doctor has adopted as a second home.

As a Time Lord of the planet Gallifrey, The Doctor can regenerate an entirely new body when mortally wounded, poisoned or otherwise injured. He has met many ends over the course of his long, dangerous and terrible adventurous life. As a result, he has worn many faces and had many personalities over the years.

Whatever the face and personality, The Doctor always remains true to his promise. Never be cowardly or cruel. Never give in. Never give up.

When the fabric of the universe is threatened… when the laws of Time, Space and all of Reality start to break down… on those dire days, different incarnations of The Doctor can meet.

It should never happen.

Not all of them will remember it properly afterward.

But this is one of those days…

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If this first chapter of The Lost Dimension is any indication, Titan Comics has another hit Doctor Who story on their hands. The most miraculous thing about this book is how easily accessible it could be to readers who have never read a Doctor Who story in their lives. The action of this issue doesn’t require an extensive knowledge of Doctor Who history or the story-lines of the four ongoing Doctor Who comics.

Of course the long-time fans will love the various in-jokes George Mann and Cavan Scott sneaked into the script. My favorite is the name of the library at St. Luke’s University, which is a nod to Terrance Dicks – the writer/editor responsible for most of the multiple Doctor team-up tales. It should also be noted this story sees the return of a character that fans of the show have been clamoring to see again since their first appearance.

The art team does an equally wonderful job. Rachael Stott, who may be my favorite of the many artists who work on Titan’s many Doctor Who books, does the lion’s share of the pages here. All of the artwork looks good and apart from some visibly thinner inks on some pages than others there’s no real loss of visual continuity as the story progresses. Rod Fernandes’s colors also astound.

If you haven’t given Doctor Who a chance, you couldn’t do better than making this book your entryway into a bigger universe. The story is fantastic and the artwork stunning. I would advise having an experienced Whovian friend on hand, however, so you have someone to talk to afterward who can explain all the little bits you might have missed.

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension – Alpha will be available for purchase on August 30, 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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