|DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR No. 4, November 2014|
Somewhat shockingly, the British author would strongly suggest not, and in an especially unpleasant fit of churlishness has the former library assistant angrily scold the ‘madman with a box’ for failing to take her home in order to keep a solicitor’s appointment. Such disillusionment with time travelling, and a need to deal with the more mundane challenges of day-to-day life, may well have proved a palpable attitude if the person spouting such virtues had been an enduring confidant who had finally tired of their perpetual adventuring, such as Jo Grant or Tegan Jovanko. But not some condescending, ill-mannered youth whose life ‘amongst the stars’ had only just started, and to whom the Doctor had treated with nothing but compassionate kindness…
Sadly, the rest of Ewing’s script for Issue Four of “Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor” proves just as disagreeable as Alice’s new found petulant persona. True, the ‘murder mystery’ set on board “a remote space research facility” finally starts to deal with “the temporal trail of the slippery SERVEYOUinc corporation” encountered by the TARDIS crew just a couple of editions earlier. Yet it’s ‘fresh take’ on the machinations of the “humourless” August Hart, a conniving, vicious chief of security who seemingly is trying to cover up the actions of a “formless creature creeping through the station, stealing voices and inflicting comas on those research scientists unlucky enough to be caught”, hardly makes for the “terrifying space adventure” advertised by “Titan Comics”.
Perhaps the most unsettling aspect to “Whodunnit?” though, is Boo Cook’s breakdowns. Undoubtedly competent in his ability to sketch a story, the penciller really does an interesting job of caricaturing actor Matt Smith and his wayward hair. However, the same cannot be said for many of his other figures, most notably Hart and John Jones. Indeed, the incoming artist’s glowering, consistently cross-faced drawings of Obiefune is another reason why the young lady's character is so utterly detestable within this comic.
|Writer: Al Ewing, Artist: Boo Cook, and Colorist: Hi-Fi|