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Sky Jacks! by Andy Diggle

Sky Jacks!

by Andy Diggle, Andy Kuhn (Illustrator), Eddie Robson

Other authors: Matthew Dow Smith (Illustrator), Len Wein (Contributor)

Series: Doctor Who (Graphic Novel), Doctor Who Ongoing (10)

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For the first three chapters, this is classic Doctor Who: the Doctor and Clara (yay!) end up in an infinite sky, where they fall in with the crew of a British bomber from World War II. It's a very cool, sprawling world, and it's very fun-- thanks especially to the art of Andy Kuhn, who eschews dull tie-in realism for a more cartoony style to good effect. His Clara Oswald may not look like Jenna-Louise Coleman, but she does look like Clara. There are a lot of cool visuals and neat ideas here, plus dogfights, and what's more exciting than that?

It all crashes down in chapter four, though, when it's revealed who's behind it all-- tying back in to Andy Diggle's first story in The Hypothetical Gentleman. (The book credits Andy Diggle and Eddie Robson with writing; I'd guess Eddie Robson scripted it from a plot by Diggle, whose presence on the book has been inconsistent at best.) Unfortunately, it's a maniacally evil Matrix, having escaped the destruction of Gallifrey. There's potential here-- the Doctor vs. the dead memories of his race-- but it comes across as an excuse for continuity (there are tie-ins to The Deadly Assassin, The End of Time, and "The Day of the Doctor") and really it could be the Doctor fighting any evil robot spider. I really like Eddie Robson as a writer, but this final chapter does not play to his strengths.

Finally, there's a short tale by Len Wein and Matthew Dow Smith: "In-Fez-Station!" The Doctor, Amy, and Rory fight the Slitheen while wearing fezes at the Fez Music Festival in Fez, Morocco. It's fun.
  Stevil2001 | Sep 25, 2015 |
Sky Jacks!: This one has an over-complicated story-line and the art leaves quite a lot to be desired. It's nice that Clara gets to kick some baddie butt, but that's about it. In-Fez-Station: This is an excellent and very funny story that is plotted around the eleventh Doctor's affection for the Fez. Really nice to see the Slitheen back as well. The art is not very fun, though, but that's the only drawback. ( )
  -Eva- | Oct 10, 2014 |
Series 3, vol. 3
  hapaxes | Apr 10, 2014 |
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Kuhn, AndyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Robson, Eddiemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Matthew DowIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wein, LenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The TARDIS has recently been on the fritz, but now it has gone completely out of control and the Doctor is nowhere to be found! Meanwhile, white holes have been forming throughout time and space, sucking in everything around them. Now Clara must find the Doctor and help him figure out what is going on.… (more)

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