Synopsis: The penultimate chapter of ‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’! Sarah Jane and Professor Odysseus are trapped in the ancient past, while the Doctor and the Professor’s daughter, Athena, attempt to steal the Lamp of Chronos from Lady Emily Carstairs and her giant Scryclopes! And looming large over both time zones… the ‘MEDUSA’ itself!
“Gaze of the Medusa #4” was a long exposition dump. It was also an elegant exposition dump that tied the Classic and Modern eras together. “Like the Weeping Angels, for example — if you believe they really exist…” the Medusa quantum locked, not itself, but its prey in a stone-like state. The Medusa did this to feed on its victims for centuries. With issue #4, writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby masterfully fused Greek Mythology with Doctor Who mythology. All the while, readers were treated to an effectively sibilant Medusa and fearing that the implied Angels could be around the corner too. Fittingly, this story centered on Greek mythology then culminated with a marvelous deus ex machina.
Artist Brian Williamson captured every line and shadow of Tom Baker’s distinctive face. I especially liked the poignant panels in which the Doctor touched Sarah Jane’s petrified hand with his own, bidding her goodbye. I also liked the panels in which Lady Emily Carstairs discovered the perfectly rendered Tardis.
I should also mention the lettering. Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt used a blood red font on a black back background for the Medusa’s dialogue. The combination was problematic for me with my vision issues. However, it was perfect for the creature.
“Gaze of the Medusa #4” was a solid, well-drawn set up for next month’s conclusion. Titan Comics have truly done the Fourth Doctor justice so far.
Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
- Story & Art
- Series Has Gone By So Fast