Review: Doctor Who #8 By Joshua Hale Fialkov
“Space Oddity,” Part 2 of 2: The conclusion of a special two-part story written by I, Vampire’s Joshua Hale Fialkov! When a cosmonaut attempts the first space walk in 1965, the rest of his crew watches in horror as he’s swallowed whole by shadow. Only the Doctor can save the spacecraft and the historically important mission!
The conclusion to the two-part space story featuring Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov and the Vashta Nerada hits this week. The story is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with pencils by Horacio Domingues and Andres Ponce. Ruben Gonzalez provides inks, Adrian Salmon handles colors, and Shawn Lee tackles lettering.
The Doctor and Alexey are trapped in the dark in a space capsule with no power that is starting to be crushed by the pressure of space. The Doctor only has moments to figure something out before they get crushed into space dust. It’s the opening page, so of course he figures it out with the help of his sonic screwdriver. As he and Alexey make their way to the TARDIS, which is overrun with Vashta Nerada, The Doctor finds himself having to work even faster to find a solution. The Vashta Nerada are looking to settle down on earth and breed. If that happens, it’s game over for everyone on the planet. The Doctor only has one option, but it could end up killing Alexey. The adventure leaves Alexey completely changed. After The Doctor finds out the true purpose of the Russian space mission, he is displeased. Before the TARDIS dematerializes and goes off on a new adventure, The Doctor urges him to be a better man, a hero. Alexey is left to decide what he will do next.
Fialkov writes a great Doctor Who story. As I mentioned with the first issue, it’s incredibly fast paced. It works though. You get a well-developed story with a real eminent alien threat. The Vashta Nerada lend themselves well to this tightly contained space story. They’re a big threat that’s used in a different way by Fialkov. Domingues and Ponce’s pencils are good. The only thing I can complain about is one odd panel where the TARDIS does appear to open outwards. Either that fact slipped by or the background and colors make it appear to be outside when we’re supposed to be seeing inside the TARDIS. As a grumpy longtime Doctor Who fan, those things always get noticed. The colors are vibrant. Gonzalez gets to play around with the lighting a lot in this issue, and he does that wonderfully.
Bottom Line: Fialkov writes a fast paced action-packed Doctor Who story that uses a fan-favorite alien menace well. I’m a hard one to please when it comes to Doctor Who comics, but I really enjoyed Fialkov’s adventure. With a strong script and good art, this is one even the toughest of critics will enjoy 4/5