Synopsis: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’ continues, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane team with Professor Odysseus James, and his daughter, Athena, to face down an ancient alien horror. Battling a malign influence all the way from Ancient Greece to London in 1887, the Doctor is faced with a petrifying challenge – and physical evidence that he cannot win!
Review: Titan’s New Adventures With The Fourth Doctor “Gaze of the Medusa” #3 picked up where the previous instalment left off.
Writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby smartly paired The Doctor and Athena and separated them from Professor James and Sarah Jane. This allowed Athena and Sarah Jane to shine throughout the story.
I especially enjoyed how Athena figured out how to use the Lamp of Chronos against the Scryclops. Not to be out done, Sarah Jane kept the professor safe and bravely came to terms with being petrified in a time loop.
That brings me to the creature that did the petrifying. Artist Brian Williamson’s obviously alien “Medusa” was a Lovecraftian masterpiece. With serpentine body, multiple limbs, glowing eyes, and tentacles for hair, the creature was a comic reader and comic artist’s dream.
I’d also like to thank the letterers Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. As a visually impaired reader, I find straight forward larger fonts much more useful than variably sized clever ones. That said, I have a harder time with lighter fonts on darker backgrounds. As a result, I had trouble deciphering Lady Emily’s dialogue.
All in all, though, “Gaze of the Medusa” #3 carried the Hinchcliffe inspired story along wonderfully with a nod to “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” along the way. “Never any 51st century technology around in the late 19th century when you really need it.”
Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
- Story, Art
- harder time reading light lettering on dark background.