In Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12
The covers: This limited series comes to a major conclusion, starting with seven different covers for fans to collect. Cover A is the final piece of the puzzle covers with art by Francesco Francavilla, with this final piece not being a reveal of the upcoming Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, instead showing the control room of the TARDIS with a Doctor’s back to the reader. Such a build up with a very sad reveal. Because of this letdown, I purchased the B cover by Dave Sim with colors by Charlie Kirchoff. This cover features all 11 Doctors. This is what I want on a final issue cover. The RI cover features pictures of all the Doctors and the TARDIS in the space for the 12th protagonist. Very, very nice! The RE cover is another blank cover used for this issue’s creators to sign or draw on. This cover is an exclusive to Jetpack Comics. The next RE cover is also found only at Jetpack Comics and this features the first, eighth, fifth, ninth, seventh, and fourth Doctors with a nice image of Adam Mitchell, the series’ revealed antagonist. Where are the rest of the Doctors? They can be found on the connecting RE cover available only through Larry’s Comics. Who’s responsible for this tremendous art and coloring, I can’t say, as it doesn’t say inside the front cover of the book I bought. The final cover is also from Jetpack Comics, this being a wrap around cover of the previous two, featuring the pencil art of the previous two exclusive covers. Really cool! Overall grades: A C, B A, RI A, RE sketch B, RE Jetpack (first half of image) A, RE Larry’s (second half of image) A, and RE Jetpack (wrap around pencils) A+
The story: The eleventh Doctor is confronted by Adam and the Master. He must choose: one of his companions will live, the rest must die! He chooses to get some help, and without saying who it is, it’s what I wished “The Day of the Doctor” could have been. I swear I heard music when I opened to Pages 2 and 3. The revelation on Page 4 was joy to a long time reader of Doctor Who comics, and this inclusion was wonderful! Page 13 was exactly what was called for in that moment, and what each character says was gold. The Master continues to be evil incarnate and his actions and words on Pages 15 – 17 were stupendous. The final two pages were also great, and, again–I hate to harp–but this is what I wanted in the anniversary episode. Scott & David Tipton are to be congratulated for bringing 50 years of Doctor Who wrapped into 12 issues to a successful close that hit all the right beats. Well done. Overall grade: A
The art: A good job is done by Kelly Yates, which is no small feat considering that every companion and every Doctor makes an appearance. I really liked the way the Master looked, and I hope that Yates will return at some future date to draw him again. Outstanding pages included 2 and 3, 7 – 10, 14, and the third panel on 16. Yates also does a really good job with explosions, such as on 17. This is a good job that should please all fans. Overall grade: A
The colors: The setting, the interiors of a building, limits the palate that Charlie Kirchoff can work with. For the most part, the interiors are cool blue with some greens thrown in for shading. The only time bright colors appear are when characters’ costumes demand them–Thank heavens for Tom Baker’s scarf! Even several sound effects are blue; I wish they had been brighter. Overall grade: A-
The letters: There’s plenty of dialogue and lots of fun sounds from Tom B. Long, with the best being the BOOM on Page 17.
The final line: There were some lows in this series’ run, but there were more highs overall. The conclusion was great and gave me what I wanted. A worthwhile addition to any Who fan’s collection. Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.