Doctor Who

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Doctor Who PDF ebook download Even more so than IDW's popular comic line of Doctor Who, the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips (a few pages monthly, with each story being from something like 1-8 months total, averaging around 3-4) is a fascinating visual glimpse into the Whoniverse, precisely because while IDW is largely tapping into into the mythos of the show, the DWM strips have often existed slightly outside of it: hence how we get shape-shifting penguins and Dalek-killers and surreal landscapes with confusing time/space plots featuring actual floating clocks up in the sky. It is Doctor Who as a Saturday morning cartoon, or it can be, with some of the more recent strips feeling a bit as though they were playing back to center.

That's why I like this collection, because overall it has that late-80s-/early-90s-DWM-strip feel back.The eponymous "The Chains of Olympus" is fairly Eleventh-Doctor-normal, with the Doctor meeting one of his human-heroes (and the stress that brings him), with an alien invasion (of sorts) in historical Earth that is partly a cool-idea and partly a commentary on the show itself. The volume picks up some shine with "Sticks and Stone", a silly-yet-scary story about a graffiti artist reaching critical-meme-mass. Has exactly the sort of thing the TV show would struggle to show, and exactly the sort of bad-guy that wouldn't work on screen, working perfectly on page. Then the big-boy in the room is "The Cornucopia Caper", with its good-guy-scoundrel Horatio Link and its various bad-people-guilds and a giant treasure-filled space-ship. It is exactly what makes the DWM strips sing. Especially when you notice the various Easter Eggs on the ship, a bit of nice fun.

The downside to this volume is, compared to the previous two DWM comic strip collections, it is half-sized. If you were to add it and its sister, Hunters of the Burning Stone, you would get roughly the same number of strips as the previous DWM volumes like Child of Time and The Crimson Hand. Made even more perplexing is that the two volumes are one mega-arc, with a storyline that develops across the both of them. They would have made a nice collected unit, but are split into two.

Still, on its lonesome you get two great stories and one good story (with some great moments) and the commentary pages are excellent as well. Worth the price, though you will need both volumes to appreciate it fully.

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