Doc’s Reviews for the Week of January 7th, 2020
DOLLAR COMICS BRAVE AND THE BOLD #197 DC COMICS
How do you make me happy? Give me a classic tale of the Golden Age written by Alan Brennert and drawn by my pal Joe Staton and George Freeman. Make it poignant and show the passage of time in the faces of the characters. And then only charge me a dollar for it! Now grant it, I only paid sixty cents for it when it first came out but that extra forty cents was worth it! An amazing tale as told by some of the greats of the comic business! What more could you want? I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams!
GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #5 DC COMICS
I hate discovering a new title one issue before it ends but that is extactly what happened with Gotham City Monsters #5. The only real reason why I scooped this up was Howard Porter and Hi-Fi’s excellent take on the Universal Studios Monsters. But I was enchanted to discover that these characters were much more than that. In an appearance that only lasted a few panels back in Superman #276 (1974) when the Monster Society of Evil made (as far as I know) their only appearance as the villians of a suspicious looking alternate earth hero named Captain Thunder (Can you say Shazam!). Having them popping out of the Multiverse again just serves as a reminder how great the history of the DC Universe really is! Add in the dialog between Batwoman, Killer Croc, and Orca and this one will have me hunting out issues 1-4! I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.
DOCTOR WHO THE 13TH DOCTOR #2.1 TITAN COMICS
I really wanted to not like this book. I’m old school Docotr Who (been around since Jon Pertwee on Channel 11 but quickly got up to speed with William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.) so when a multiple Doctor teamup is announced, I always believe that the creative minds on the title will be clever enough to throw a Colin Baker or Sylvester McCoy at me. So giving me one of the newer Doctors like David Tenant is a bit of a let down. But after reading Jody Houser’s very interesting story which does reach back into Doctor Who lore, I can’t stay disappointed. Taking place during the time when the 10th Doctor and Martha were shunted back into the past by the Weeping Angels, this tale reminds me of the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode where the crew went back in time to interact with the Original Crew. It also makes me wonder while the BBC hasn’t scooped her up to actually write some episodes? After what I’ve read here, seems like she’s more than ready for the job. I give it an 8 out of 10 Grahams.