Review: Doctor Who #13
The Doctor and Clara cross paths with Oscar Wilde and Calamity Jane in the frontier town of Deadwood as they pay their respects to the recently passed Wild Bill Hickok. But soon they discover the grave is empty and that the town is being plagued by a masked gunman who shoots his victims with nothing but a finger! Join us for the four-part “Dead Man’s Hand”!
Tony Lee returns to Doctor Who comics this month with a story featuring The Doctor and Cara in the old west, crossing paths with Oscar Wilde and Calamity Jane. The story features art by Mike Collins, colors by Charlie Kirchoff, and letters by Shawn Lee. Doctor Who uses a lot of famous faces at times, but things haven’t always went well when it involved the old west. How does Tony Lee’s return to Who fare?
The story opens in Deadwood, Dakota Territory on March 1882. The townspeople are running scared because a gunfighter is a’comin into town to take on the sheriff. In the streets of Deadwood the sheriff comes face to face with the gunman. He looks like Wild Bill Hickok, except he’s wearing a big red mask. The mysterious gunslinger is also able to dispatch the people he faces simply by pointing at them. Just as the newest sheriff falls dead, Oscar Wilde arrives to town in a stagecoach. Riding hot on the heels of the stagecoach is Calamity Jane. She’s looked in the graveyard and found that Wild Bill’s grave is empty. In the present, Clara is trying to get into the TARDIS. The old girl won’t let Clara in. After a little persuading, Clara is finally able to enter and start her adventure with The Doctor. What The Doctor thinks will be a wild time in the Wild West turns into something bad in only a few short minutes. With The Doctor becoming the new sheriff, it’s up to him to find out what’s going on with the masked gunman and whether he is Wild Bill Hickok come back to life. Will The Doctor be able to figure out what’s going on before the gunman takes out another victim by simply pointing his finger?
Lee comes back to Doctor Who in style. You have a great story featuring not only Deadwood and Calamity Jane, but Oscar Wilde as well. That’s some mixing, but Lee pulls it off and gives all the characters plenty of time to shine. We have a rollicking good Doctor Who story with plenty of action, mystery, and humor. The gag where The Doctor tries to inspect the gunslinger’s mask is particularly great. Collins’ art is fantastic. The past few stories have featured some cartoony takes on The Doctor, but Collins really nails down the likenesses of all parties involved. From the TARDIS console to The Doctor wearing a Stetson, it’s all fantastically drawn and colored. And if I’m not mistaken, it looks like Collins drew Lee into the bar scene.
Bottom Line: Tony Lee and Mike Collins have presented a stellar first entry for their four part story. Dead Man’s Hand looks to be an incredibly fun and intriguing story mixing a lot of things that make Doctor Who so great. 4.5/5