Well this certainly is exciting; my first ever comic review! To dip my toes in the water, I thought I’d start by looking at the special Doctor Who Comic Event for this year; Supremacy of The Cybermen, featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors against their cyber-foes as a fiftieth birthday celebration of the silver menaces.
The Twelfth Doctor struggled through four billion years of torture to reach Gallifrey, his home world, which now resides at the end of the universe.
One man was not pleased to see the Doctor return: Lord High President Rassilon, responsible for the Doctor’s imprisonment and ordeal. Responsible for the death of his companion, Clara.
Rassilon, whom the Doctor subsequently ousted in a bloodless coup, exiling him from Gallifrey to what was left of the cosmos.
But the Doctor’s ‘mercy’ will have repercussions that will echo back through all of his past lives.
At the end of the universe, Gallifrey is not all that remains..!
I must start with a confession; I’ve only ever read two previous Doctor Who comics. The first being The Four Doctors from last years event, and the first Eighth Doctor comic. I must make another confession; I read this whole thing in about ten minutes and I absolutely loved it.
One thing that I have to point out is that this issue only contains 19 pages of story, so it’s great for a quick read, but, if like me, you wanted something more substantial; I can guarantee that it’ll end just when you thought the action would take place. Boy do they know how to make you crave the next issue right now!
This being the first issue in five, I have to say it’s all set up to what I assume is going to follow. The Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors don’t meet at all in this issue, but they all seem to have their own personal agendas to attend to. The four time zones that the Doctors are in are varied, both in the historical sense and visually, so you always have a delightful eyeful of beautiful art to peruse.
Just from the set up in this issue, I must admit that writers, George Mann and Cavan Scott have really cemented themselves in the Cybermen’s mythos and history. If you’re expecting just Cybermen, accompanied by maybe a few Cybermats or Cybermites, I can tell you that you’re going to be getting much, much more.
Now, I can’t draw at all; I struggle with a stick man, but Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez and Tazio Bettin’s art is of a very high standard. You can tell who all the characters are, and even in the backgrounds, the attention to detail really should be commended. I must admit that a few panels are ever so slightly off from looking natural, but it doesn’t detract from the story whatsoever.
Overall, I think that Supremacy of The Cybermen #1 is a promising start to what could be a really interesting and rathe unique storyline, both honouring and adding to the Cybermen’s history in the Doctor Who universe.
Supremacy of The Cybermen #1 will be available digitally 6th July and physically on the 9th July on Doctor Who Comics Day!