Category Archives: Reviews – Titan

Who’s Who?

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0
Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artists: Mariano Laclaustra, Giorgio Sposito, Brian Williamson, Arianna Florean, Claudia Ianniciello, Iolanda Zanfardino, Neil Edwards, Pasquale Qualano, Rachael Stott & Fer Centurion
Colors: Color-Ice, Carlos Cabrera, Adele Matera, Dijjo Lima & Enrica Eren Angiuolini
Letters: Comicraft’s Sarah Jacobs & John Roshell
Cover artists: Claudia Ianniciello plus photo cover
Editor: Jessica Burton
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $7.99 US

While my favorite storytelling medium is comics, I love film and TV as well, and I’m pretty well versed in a wide array of geek culture. I’m knowledgeable in Star Trek, Star Wars and other big sci-fi/fantasy properties, as well as some lesser-known ones, but one thing I know next to nothing about is Doctor Who. You’d think as a resident of the Commonwealth, such British science-fiction fare would have been prevalent on Canadian airwaves over the decades, but it wasn’t. It’s been available in recent years, as its profile in America has risen, but I’ve never actually watched an episode. My exposure was limited to commercials and merchandise in comic shops. So I thought Titan’s release of this zero issue bringing the latest incarnation of the Doctor to comics might offer a primer of sorts for someone like me who’s new to Who. The comic is subtitled “The Many Lives of Doctor Who,” after all. But while this oversized comic delivers an overview of the many iterations of the sci-fi icon, it’s not as accessible as I’d hoped. I was left with many more questions than answers, though I’m starting to see the appeal of the franchise.

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What a Dick

Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer #1
Writers: Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
Artists: Marcelo Salaza & Marcio Freire
Letters/Editor: Tom Williams
Publisher: Titan Comics/Hard Case Crime imprint
Price: $3.99 US

I’m of two minds when it comes to this revival of a classic detective character. Writer Max Allan Collins, apparently adapting an original Mickey Spillane story, certainly captures a classic period private-eye piece. Elements that would otherwise come off as cliche instead feel campy and nostalgic. On the other hand, the effort to stay true to the original character and material belies a tone that just doesn’t feel entirely appropriate for 21st century pop entertainment. There’s a blatant misogyny at play that’s understandable given the source material, but it’s also clear there’s a clear choice not to evolve. Combined with some stiff artwork, and I was left feeling a bit let down.

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