Artist Kelly Yates offers his best Doctor Who artwork to date. With a trio of talented inkers and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, Yates mimics Matt Smith’s and Karen Gillan’s gesticulations and expressions. If you’ve ever seen the show, you know these two are really expressive. The artists offer a remarkable tableau of emotion that’s sometimes boisterous and other times apologetic; as the plot represents one of the Doctor’s infamous cock-ups.
Matthew Sturges imitates the dialogue and delivery of the actors, and because of his superb meshing with the artists, no one can possibly question the authenticity of the emulation. Unfortunately, the plot’s a bit slapdash.
The Doctor consults with crying children to discover what’s wrong, as he did in “The Beast Below.” A computer quarantines the planet in the same vein of “Silence in the Library.” The setting resembles “Androids of Tara.” The TARDIS gets snatched, preventing the Doctor an easy escape: “The Fires of Pompeii.” Surprisingly, TARDIS snatching is thought to be a cliché in the series, but it happens far, far less frequently than one imagines, especially given the series’ near 50 years of history. Sturges mixes and matches recent Doctor Who with classic Doctor Who, and the familiarity creates a regrettable feeling of staidness.
Let me stress: you can do a lot worse than Doctor Who: Fairy Tales #1, and it just might be the ticket for the casual fan, but the faithful Doctor Who watcher just may want to wait for the trade and see if a payoff might excuse the trip down memory lane.