DOCTOR WHO #1
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Mark Buckingham
Release Date: October 3, 2012
I’m going to get this out in the open right now: I know nothing about Doctor Who. Nothing. I’ve never seen a single episode of any of the volumes of the series, nor have I read a single comic. I’m as new as it gets, which is why I decided to read this #1. Why not jump in at such an obvious starting point? Let me say, I’m very happy I decided to jump in, this comic was fun!
Diggle’s Doctor (that’s a fun couple words together) is charming, witty, and a lot of fun to read. This tale Diggle is weaving is a fun little science fiction romp that does a great job of staying away from being bogged down in details. Time travel is just an everyday occurrence in this world as I understand it and I loved how it was treated as so. To read science fiction that wasn’t so bogged down in the rules of space-time was refreshing and original. Add in the humor and some intrigue and Diggle has himself a great little story that does the primary things an ongoing comic should: entertain me and make me want more.
Mark Buckingham’s art is solid throughout, with some really nice panels throughout the issue. His layouts are solid, and Buckingham is definitely a veteran of the medium. There is no visual confusion in this issue at any point like you can sometimes get with newer artists, and I appreciated his exceptional storytelling. What surprised me throughout this comic was how there were no splash pages. I thought this was a great choice to keep this from feeling like a superhero story and putting the focus on the events in the book and not a lot of pinup glory shots. Details like this made me really respect this comic and if I had a single complaint, I guess it would be the coloring. This is minor, but a little more visual punch and a little less muting would be up my alley.
All in all, I enjoyed my first foray into the world of Doctor Who, and I will definitely be back for more. This didn’t immediately jump to the top of my read pile, but there is a lot of potential for this to be a really entertaining comic series.