Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Complete Year One by Nick Abadzis & Robbie Morrison

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Title: Doctor Who : The Tenth Doctor Complete Year One by Nick Abadzis & Robbie Morrison

Premise:

The Doctor recently had to leave Donna Noble behind and is currently traveling alone.  During one of his adventures he bumps into a young lady named Gabriella Gonzalez, whose family is caught in the middle of an alien invasion.  Gabby helps the Doctor set things right and accompanies him on several more intergalactic journeys.  Includes comics #1-15 of the Tenth Doctor Year One series.

My thoughts:

I saw this at the library and just had to check it out!  Doctor Who?  Yes, please!  This is my first foray into Whovian comics.  I sort of expected this book to feature characters we had met in the TV series, but it brings in a whole new cast of characters.  At first I wasn’t sure about Gabby, but after getting to know her through the stories, I’ve come to appreciate her spunk and determination.  The storytellers did a great job of capturing David Tennant’s portrayal of the Doctor on the written page–his mannerisms, way of speaking, looks.

Don’t expect a completely seamless artistic experience when cracking open this big, honking book.  It was illustrated by a variety of artists, some of them with widely differing styles.  One of the stories is fairly gruesome as it deals with the subject of WWI.  I wouldn’t want my middle schooler getting his hands on that, but you’ll have to be the judge for your own kids.

I recommend Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Complete Year One to Doctor Who fans.  If you love David Tennant, you will want to see the Doctor’s additional adventures!  I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of these!

Possible Objections:

  • Some violence & gore (particularly in “The Weeping Angels of Mons”)

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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The Astrosmurf by Peyo

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Title: The Astrosmurf by Peyo

Notable: Book #7 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series

Premise:

Astrosmurf dreams of traveling into outer space to visit another planet.  He tries a few different methods, none of them meeting with success.  Eventually Papa Smurf hits on a plan that will give Astrosmurf the spacey experience he desires.  Includes: “The Astrosmurf” and “The Smurf Submarine.”

My thoughts:

The Astrosmurf is one of my more favorite Smurf graphic novels.  All of the Smurfs work together to make Astrosmurf’s dream come true.  Papa Smurf cooks up a sleeping potion and administers it to Astrosmurf, the Smurfs disassemble the rocket, move it all to a dormant volcano, reassemble it, take a potion to make themselves look like aliens, build a new village, then hang out with Astrosmurf when he awakes.  All this so that one of their own can have the experience of a lifetime!  Of course, when it’s time for Astrosmurf to leave again, he is fed another sleeping potion, everything is taken apart, lugged back home, reassembled, and the Smurfs welcome Astrosmurf back when he awakes.  Those Smurfs sure do hustle in this story!

This was my husband’s favorite Smurfs graphic novel when he was a kid.  He’s a sci-fi guy, so I can see how it would be right up his alley.

I recommend The Astrosmurf to Smurf fans everywhere.  It’s a classic!

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori