Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa #2

Issue #2 is almost all exposition with a couple of passages by Homer thrown in for good measure.

Synopsis: After the PETRYIFYING reveal at the end of last issue, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith pry further into the affairs of Lady Emily Carstairs and her legion of Scryclops! What mysteries lurk within her half-veiled mansion? And what light can be shed by PROFESSOR ODYSSEUS and his daughter, ATHENA?

Review: Issue #2 is almost all exposition with a couple of passages by Homer thrown in for good measure. That said, it was well-structured exposition. Lady Emily explained herself to Sarah as the Professor explained himself to the Doctor. They were paralleled and intercut in such a way that the story moved at a brisk pace. Moreover, it was refreshing that Lady Emily wasn’t driven mad by power but by grief and by the need to survive. In addition to the structure and characterization, the wonderful art made the exposition bearable. I especially enjoyed the depiction of the Lamp of Chronos — very Steampunk by Tiffany. All in all, it was an effective set up chapter, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

Writers

Gordon Rennie

Emma Beeby

Artist

Brian Williamson

Colors

Hi-Fi

Letters

Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt

Publisher

Titan Comics

9.5
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa #2
  • Story, Art
  • Exposition is a necessary evil.
  • Story
    8.5
  • Art
    10
  • Lettering
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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