Thursday, November 28, 2013

Book Review: A Fairytale Life

Author: Matthew Sturgess, Kelly Yates, Brian Shearer
Title: Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life
Publisher: IDW Press
Publish Date: Nov 29, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
What's better: an ugly reality or beautiful fantasy? This is the question the Doctor is forced to confront in a medieval fantasy world where Amy Pond finds herself reluctantly cast as a damsel in distress. Matthew Sturges, Eisner Award-nominated writer of Jack of Fables, spins this yarn, featuring covers by Mark Buckingham of Miracleman and Fables fame.

Review: I was so excited to see a Medieval Doctor Who graphic novel. It is a shame that there was so much about this particular story that fell flat for me. The first thing is the art. I realize Matt Smith's face is perhaps not the easiest to draw, but really? The Doctor hardly looks like ...well...The Doctor. At least Amy looks as she should. It is also a shame that except for a drawing in the book's last pages, there is no reference to Rory Williams anywhere.

Boo hiss!

I prefer the Doctor with the Ponds...not with just Amy, though I will give Amy credit here, she was pretty kick ass.

I did enjoy the tone of the story, the author really got the voices of 11 and Amy down perfectly, it felt like I was settling down to a bonus episode of Doctor Who. I liked the references to Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth the first...good continuity there.

I actually felt bad for the villain in the story....his decision while not the right one definitely gave the Doctor pause for a few minutes.

This is very quick fun read probably more so for younger Whovians because of the plot, but still worth checking out.

Rating: 3 flowers


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