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Doctor Who (2011 Series) #2

April 7, 2011

Title: Ripper’s Curse Part One
Tony Lee
Richard Piers Rayner, Horacio Domingues & Tim Hamilton
Phil Elliott
Shawn Lee
Tommy Lee Edwards
Denton J. Tipton
Publisher: IDW Publishing

In 1888, the streets of London ran with terror as a mysterious killer left a string of dead, mutilated women in his wake. In this special, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in that time, mixed up in the most famous murder investigation in history… can even the Doctor thwart Jack the Ripper?

The awesome thing – well, one of the awesome things – about Doctor Who is how easily the stories can leap genres. The show is primarily science fiction, of course, but it’s so easy to lapse into fantasy, or comedy, or even (as we get in this issue) a little horror and mystery put together. There’s a lot of fun to be had with the still officially-unsolved Jack the Ripper killings, and lots of authors have put their own stamp forth on the case over the decades. It’s actually a little surprising that the Doctor hasn’t encountered Jack before, and Tony Lee has some real fun with the concept. The sheer joy and enthusiasm of the Matt Smith Doctor bleeds into these pages at every turn. Lee is also really adept at penning the Amy/Rory relationship. There’s a unique chemistry between the two of them that could easily be screwed up or lapse into stereotype, but Lee doesn’t do that at all.

It’s a shame that, on the second issue, it’s already time to bring in some guest artists. That said, the artists they went with did a fine job. Domingues and Hamilton bring in a bit of the horror feel to the visuals that other artists may not have done, preferring to remain more whimsical. It works very nicely in the context of this story.

Excellent issue. I hope Lee keeps this going for a long time.

Rating: 8/10

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