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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter Destrii, 19 Feb. 2007
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S. Bentley "stuarthoratiobentley" (North Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Oblivion (Complete Eighth Doctor Comic Strips Vol. 3): Oblivion v. 3 (Paperback)
This is the third of the four collections of Eighth Doctor comic strips taken from Doctor Who magazine and the first full colour collection. It details some major upheavals for companion Izzy and the introduction of Destrii, a fish-like alien who plays an important part in the Doctor's future.

The first story, Ophidius which takes place in an alien space craft designed to destroy worlds, starts off an arc that runs through to the last story, Oblivion, which takes place on an alien world where animal-faced humanoids are in charge and gladiatorial combat decides rights of succession. Along the way old friend Fey Truscott-Sade returns in a World War 2 adventure, Izzy has a baptism in the TARDIS swimming pool and alien artists plague Mexico and Frida Kahlo helps save the day. The Daleks are here too, having discovered peace...

The stories have the usual action and intelligence that I've come to expect from these collections. Scott Gray weaves a story that is cosmic in scope but very intimate and moving as Izzy undergoes some distressing changes that even the Doctor is unable to help her with. I think the Doctor really comes into his own in this collection. McGann's Doctor has always been somewhat nebulous. Writers have tended to write the Doctor they wanted to see, rather than taking into account McGann's performance and attitudes to the character. The comic book version solidifies here, showing weaknesses and anger and great joy. The relationship with Izzy, like the 7th Doctor and Ace, is a real precursor to the new series approach. The art is also very good and the colouring is very rich and deep. High points include John Ross' art on the Fey/WW2 story and Lee Sullivan's daleks.

If you haven't been buying these collections, do so.
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