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Nemesis of the Daleks
on 29 September 2013
This is a collection of Doctor Who Seventh Doctor comic strips from the Doctor Who magazine, published in 2013. There are 16 stories:
1. The first story, from which the collection takes its name is Nemesis of the Daleks (Doctor Who magazine 152-155) and features that well-known galactic Dalek-killer Abslom Daak. Daak teams up with the Seventh Doctor to foil the Dalek's latest plan-for-total-domination-of-the-universe (a fairly stock phrase for Daleks), the Dalek Death Wheel!
2. Stairway to Heaven (Doctor Who magazine 156). The Doctor visits the Chardaz Museum of Modern Art, but isn't sure he likes what's exhibiting.
3. Once in a Lifetime (The Incredible Hulk Presents 1). The Doctor is enjoying lunch on a park bench in Solar City on Galactica Minor when he gets unpleasantly interrupted. I love the link in time of the kid with the balloon in this one.
4. Hunger from the Ends of Time (The Incredible Hulk Presents 2-3). The planet Catalog, repository for all collated knowledge in the Universe. But that's a problem when you have bookworms. This is a great Dan Abnett story.
5. War World! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 4). Where does humanity begin and end?
6. Technical Hitch (The Incredible Hulk Presents 5). Another Dan Abnett story - long journeys can be such a drag!
7. A Switch in Time! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 6). Tv can muddle your mind ...
8. The Sentinel! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 7). When you get a bang on the head, you have to watch those bandaids.
9. Who's That Girls! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 8-9). A peace conference on the planet Okul gets more Who than they bargained for.
10. The Enlightenment of Ly-Chee the Wise (The Incredible Hulk Presents 10). Enlightenment sometimes has a winding path ...
11. Slimmer! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 11). Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet.
12. Nineveh! (The Incredible Hulk Presents 12). Where Gallifreyans go to die?
13. Train-Flight (Doctor Who magazine 159-161). This is a solid three-parter with Sarah Jane Smith making a welcome return.
14. Doctor Conkerer! (Doctor Who magazine 162). Who did invent the game of conkers?
15. Abslom Daak... Dalek-Killer (Doctor Who Weekly 17-20). The Fourth Doctor narrates the story of Daak. A 36-pager. Loads of testosterone...
16. Star Tigers (Doctor Who Weekly 27-30, Doctor Who Monthly 44-46). A continuation of the previous story, and loads more testosterone.
There's 174 pages of artwork. Followed by in-depth commentary on all of the stories, and their evolution - 17 pages. And the final few pages outlining further graphic novel Doctor Who offerings. Nearly 200 pages- great stuff.
Some of these stories are just a few pages, light, rather frothy and kinda silly. Others are well-crafted and have depth to them. But that's all good in a mix of comics from a mix of magazines, and it's nice just to have a graphic novel offering a solid selection of good graphic art, even if the individual stories themselves are not all 5-star. Some great stories, some fillers. Overall, definitely recommended.