In Review: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa #5

Lady’s Emily’s transformation into the Medusa’s vessel was worth the price alone.

Synopsis: The shocking conclusion of ‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’! Can the Doctor and Sarah Jane defeat the Medusa and use the Lamp of Chronos to restore those it has turned to stone – or are the victims of Lady Emily Carstairs pertrified forever? Who lives, who dies, who tells their story?!

Review: I loved this final issue. Writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby gave readers a holographic Zeus and a time loop as Greek tragedy. That Lady Emily saw her own face amid the statues her husband dug up was fittingly poignant and chilling. Moreover, I appreciated the underlying horror that Sarah Jane had felt the passage of two thousand years as a statue. All in all, the story was a superb blending of Doctor Who, the Medusa myth, and “Pygmalion and Galatea.” Plus, fans of the Fourth Doctor’s era get and extra special nod to Harry Sullivan.

I really enjoyed Brian Williamson’s art and Hi-Fi’s colors. Lady’s Emily’s transformation into the Medusa’s vessel was worth the price alone. She was a brilliant combination of Harryhausen’s Medusa, Spiderman’s Venom, and an Orion Slave Girl from Star Trek. I have one subjective complaint about the lettering, though. I have difficulty reading light text on dark backgrounds, so I wish Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt had done something else with the Medusa’s speech bubbles.

Titan Comics have done the Fourth Doctor proud on every level. I look forward to the next limited series with “my doctor.”

Writers

Gordon Rennie

Emma Beeby

Artist

Brian Williamson

Colors

Hi-Fi

Letters

Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt

Publisher

Titan Comics

9.7
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa #5
  • Story, Art
  • I didn't like lighter text on darker background.
  • Story
    10
  • Art
    10
  • Lettering
    9

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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