Doctor Who: The Chains of Olympus (Doctor Who (BBC)) Paperback – 27 Sep 2013
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Mike Collins has a long career in comics publishing working on both creator-owned and licensed properties, including contributions to "Batman, Superman, Justice League, Uncanny X-Men", among others. Mike lives in Wales, England.
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The Eleventh Doctor is travelling with Amy and Rory in these stories:
The Chains of Olympus (DWM 442-445): This is a great story, set in Athens in 410 BC, where the Doctor is determined to meet his hero, Socrates. But what he finds is a city under attack – from the gods?
Sticks and Stones (DWM 446-447): This is a two-part story where Rory’s trip to the late night superette becomes a mission to save the world.
The Cornucopia Caper (DWM 448-450): The Doctor, Amy and Rory are going to Carnival in Rio – but where they end up is most definitely not Rio; and quite a few people are not happy about them being there. Can the Doctor save them all before they’re sacrificed to greed?
There’s 112 pages of the stories, followed by 15 pages of commentary on the stories, and artwork. This is a great collection of stories; the art work is all good, particularly in the first story, Chains of Olympus, where Ancient Athens is very realisically brought to life. The stories are well paced and interesting, and the overall story arc which is resolved in Volume 3 (Hunters of the Burning Stone) is well planted in the stories. I look forward to the next Volume.
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However, this particular section of Doctor Who Magazine strips are different--they broke the series in half, like they have been doing with series 6 and 7 of the new Who. So this is part one of this particular series in Doctor Who Magazine, starting the over-reaching arc, and Hunters of the Burning Stone concludes that arc in spectacular, 50th anniversary fashion. What with the nature of the show/stories, I supposed this had to be done, but you will still have to purchase Hunters of the Burning Stone to get the overall arc, but I bought both of these together, so that was good enough for me.
In the previous Doctor Who magazine collection, The Child of Time, these were the first Eleventh Doctor comic strips, starting in Series Five with the introduction of Amy Pond, but then things got complicated...the comic strips had an overall arc, and the commentary section mentioned that halfway through, Series Six started, and Rory Williams was part of the crew on television, but they could not really stick the character into the comic strips without disrupting the arc/having to explain everything that happened on television, so no Rory Williams in The Child of Time. But here, starting in Chains of Olympus, we finally get Rory Williams traveling together with the Doctor and Amy, and he is excellent. (Rory the Roman makes an appearance! Clash of the Titans style!)
Anyway, the adventures are excellent, but the Amy/Rory era is starting to wind down...their final comic strips will be in the next collection, and they are sort of heart-breaking in their own way. But the adventure continues, with a new mystery/arc phrase...What lies buried in Man?