Drawing Blood From A Stone, The Fourth Doctor And Sarah Jane’s New Adventures: Summary & Review Of #2

Drawing Blood From A Stone, The Fourth Doctor And Sarah Jane’s New Adventures: Summary & Review Of #2

How do you fight evil? With goodness. How do you fight death and desperation? Perhaps with time. 

This IS Issue #2 of Titan Comic’s “New Adventures With The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of Medusa, Part 2.” The Doctor And Sarah Jane are facing one of their biggest challenges with these players and series of events. 

The writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby keep the story and action going. And the artist and colorist – Brian Williamson and Hi-Fi respectively – paint light and darkness with precision and high entertainment value. 

The last time we left the time duo, Sarah was held captive by the Lady with the veil, aka Lady Emily Carstairs. And, Sarah Jane was facing her own mortality: literally in the form of a stone statue of herself, dated to be over three thousand years old. Meanwhile, the Doctor got acquainted with a pair of father and daughter Chrononautologists/”experts in time travel.”

It is through the perspectives of Chrononautologists Professor Odysseus James and his daughter Athena with the Doctor, and Lady Emily with Sarah Jane how these events precipitated. Professor Odysseus and Athena tell the tale that he was laughed at by his fellow peers that one could actually travel through time, or the “Chrono-stream” as the professor calls it. Until one day, Lady Emily walked into his life claiming that she believed him. 

As Lady Emily tells it to Sarah Jane, she offered the Professor a device, the “Lamp of Chronos,” that he could use to not only see through time, but also communicate and travel as well. Lady Emily’s late husband was an “antiquarian” who had found the object in Greece. After Lady Emily’s husband’s death, she discovered what this lamp could do. The Professor was shocked, and intrigued by what he discovered with the lamp. But all Lady Emily wanted was to communicate and see was her husband and two children that had passed away. 

When the Professor refused, Lady Emily took the device back and attempted to make contact on her own through time. Lady Emily unwittingly created a gateway to take her to her family, but it had disasterous results: it turned almost all of her body into stone. It also gave her the power to summon the Cyclopsian henchmen.

The Doctor, the Professor, and Athena attempt to rescue Sarah Jane and stop Lady Emily. Have you ever fought with a Cyclops before? The Doctor and his new companions sure try to. Everything ends in a mess. With the activation of the lamp, the Professor, Sarah Jane, and one Cyclops henchman get stuck in time, in what looks like a graveyard of lifelike stone statues. And the Doctor, along with Athena, appear to be stuck with the Lady Emily in Victorian London. 

In this four part series about the man from Gallifrey and his trusted companion Sarah Jane Smith, it is an entertaining continuing story. Stay tuned for more. 

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No Unhappy People At The Amusement Park, Alice And The Tenth Doctor: Summary & Review #2 

No Unhappy People At The Amusement Park, Alice And The Tenth Doctor: Summary & Review #2 

Unspoilt nature is the Doctor’s favorite, but when it becomes spoiled by greed he has to find out what is happening. 

This is Issue #2 of Titan Comic’s “New Adventures With The Eleventh Doctor,” along with new companion Alice Obiefune. In this episode titled “The Friendly Place,” there is something sinister on the surface, as well as in the background on the planet Rokhandi and its amusement park.  Writer Al Ewing, along with artist Simon Fraser and colorist Gary Caldwell, bring dark humor and saachrin sweet color to this story. 

In this episodic “Doctor Who” graphic novel, the Tenth Doctor was supposed to take Alice to the beautiful Rokhandi with “diamond hummingbirds, and forests of light.” Instead, it is now a theme park where everyone is suspiciously happy, according to the Doctor. 

He asks Alice “What is it you don’t see?” Alice replies, “No unhappy people.” 

While the man from Gallifrey and the lady from London explore the amusement park, in the background there is a young man, with green hair, defacing the park’s property. The young lad then gets escorted by the park’s workers to another area. It is there he gets his mind and consciousness absorbed by something unseen. 

The Doctor is still incensed by the park’s happiness. He decides to try an experiment in the hopes that he is taken by the park employees. It works and he is subsequently taken away, Alice soon follows. The Doctor is brought to the mysterious area of the unseen creature. It is a giant white mass, a gelatinous entity trapped in a glass cage, the employees have used to make everyone zombie-like happy. 

The Doctor surmises it is the last form of indigenous intelligent life that existed on Rokhandi, before it became the amusement park. Alice tries to rescue the Eleventh Doctor with a toy gun, but it alerts security. The security guards, and the head security guard, August Hart, have apparently met the Doctor and Alice before, but the time duo have not. 

Alice soon realizes the creature’s capabilities, and she explains that it has to be invited into one’s mind. It gives what you desire, therefore you open yourself up to it. Mr Hart and his guards try to force the Doctor to the creature, but the man from Gallifrey hits upon on an idea, he wants to get reconditioned. 

Under much protest from Alice, the Doctor is convinced his plan will work. The creature explodes and the conditioning over the people and everyone at the park have been relinquished. The Doctor gave the creature a complex problem to solve, it could not. 

The way how an amusement park should be is returned: crying children, angry patrons, sick people, etc. After the Doctor and Alice return to the TARDIS and leaves Rokhandi, fast forward 10 years. There is a big surprise of future story lines to come.  

This episode is both silly and fun. It is also a serious commentary on pollution, capitalism and corporate greed, as well as conditioning. A great Issue #2, a reminder of greater stories to come. 

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Ice, Fire, And The Sun, The Twelfth Doctor And Clara On Their Newest Adventures: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 

Ice, Fire, And The Sun, The Twelfth Doctor And Clara On Their Newest Adventures: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 

The Doctor is like ice and fire. His various character regenerations can be cold: apathetic and smarmy. And too hot to touch: deeply compassionate and ready to fight for everyone. The Twelfth Doctor is pervasively both. 

This Doctor does not have any catchy lines, what he does have is style and intelligence. Luckily Clara Oswald is there to make him be more human. For the Titan Comics’ “New Adventures With The Twelfth Doctor: Terrorformer, #1,” this is more of a thinking man’s Doctor rather than in previous “Doctor Who” comics. 

The Doctor and his resident companion Clara are simply continuing their adventures together. 

The story begins with two technicians, one robot and one alien humanoid, investigating a temperature descripency in the “crystal-clear fresh-water lagoon,” on the planet ISEN VI. By the time they arrive it is not a lagoon but a lava lake, and it is alive. It consumes one of the technicians. The colors and artisty are alive in this comic thanks to Hi-Fi and Dave Taylor.

Cut to the Doctor and Clara, in the Blue box,  discussing where they are going to next, and human vanity. The time travelling duo are off to ISEN VI – which according to the Doctor is supposed to be a planet of ice – so Clara is all equipped to go skiing. When the TARDIS land on the aforementioned planet, it is now a man-made tropical jungle. The other reason the Doctor chose ISEN VI, the TARDIS picked up a faint signal coming from deep within the core the planet. They must investigate. 

The more they explore, not without incident, the more the time duo realizes something is happening, unbeknownst to the people who transformed this ice planet. The writer, Robbie Morrison, takes the Doctor and Clara, as well as the reader, on a long journey before we see any real action. The time travelling gang soon learn that the ice planet was terraformed to the point that the atmosphere was modified, including the planet’s temperature, topography, and ecology. But not everyone is welcoming of the Doctor’s presence. 

Nevertheless, the planet’s problems appear to be growing. When one crew is stranded and facing an emergency, Clara and the Doctor, along with the TARDIS, step in to save them. After that, rather than take the two science technicians back to the command center, the Doctor and Clara go to explore the signal. It is there all of them descend into hell or a Sun. 

This new adventure with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara is a slow burn. It starts off strong, but the story seems watered down with the constant dialogue between Clara and the Doctor. Clara elevates the story a lot.  

The Twelfth Doctor’s story looks like it will be continuing through out. Stay tuned for more upcoming summaries and reviews of the “Doctor Who” Comics.  

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Alice In The TARDIS: The ‘New Adventures With The Eleventh Doctor,’ Summary & Review Of Issue #1

Alice In The TARDIS: The ‘New Adventures With The Eleventh Doctor,’ Summary & Review Of Issue #1

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No Ponds. Only rain, despair, and a lot of fun with the Eleventh Doctor.

In this first issue of Titan Comics’ “New Adventures With the Eleventh Doctor: After Life,” the Doctor is not accompanied by Amy and Rory Pond, but he does have a new companion and a new reality to explore.

After the man from Gallifrey and the Ponds rebooted the “universe with a second Big Bang,” the Eleventh Doctor sets out to explore and search this new world – “Reality 2.O” – for anomalies, whilst the Ponds enjoy their married life. In this issue, the Doctor meets Alice Obiefune.

Just before the pair meet, Alice’s life is in free fall: her mother whom she loved and cared for has died and is buried; she has been laid off from her job as a Library Assistant, and she has been threatened with eviction. The artist Simon Fraser and colorist Gary Caldwell paint Alice’s story with gloom and doom, and also with a pop of color, the blue TARDIS. And the story moves at near breakneck pace, thanks to writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams.

Alice first meets the happy looking multicolored space dog, who is somehow drawn to negativity. And then there is the Eleventh Doctor. The Doctor entreats Alice’s help in capturing the space dog, they both try to no avail. But in that moment of a selfless act Alice’s life is changed: she returns home to fight for her rights that could prevent her from getting evicted.

However, the Doctor is not yet finished with Alice’s help. The TARDIS appears in Alice’s apartment, the Time Lord again asks for her help, Alice agrees. The Doctor gives Alice the customary tour of the Blue Box, but she does not utter those famous lines as all previous companions and others have said, but she does notice that everything in the TARDIS is upside down.

Then the Blue Box, along with the intrepid pair, locate the space dog in the British parliament, as Alice suggests, this is where a strong amount of negativity occurs. Unfortunately, the more negativity the intergalactic animal feeds on the bigger it gets.

Suffice it to say, the Doctor finds the space dog’s friend, albeit under near destruction of the parliament building and danger from the Unified Intelligence Task Force, U.N.I.T.

After the reunion of the space dog and his friend, the Doctor convinces Alice to come with him:

“Anywhere and Anywhen,” the Doctor says.

“Let’s go somewhere mum would’ve like,” Alice replies.

This first issue with the Eleventh Doctor appears to be more episodic than a continuing story over several comics. There will be other stories in the future that will be continuing as well. This is a great beginning for the Doctor as it captures drama, comedy, compassion, and a moral tale similarly like the TV series.

This comic book series first came out in 2014. There will be other continued stories that I will be featuring. Stay tuned.

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The Doctor And The Day Of The Dead, The ‘New Adventures With The Tenth Doctor’: Summary & Review Of Issue #1

The Doctor And The Day Of The Dead, The ‘New Adventures With The Tenth Doctor’: Summary & Review Of Issue #1

 

Monsters, Halloween costumes, and strange goings-on at the local laundromat: a typical day for the Tenth Doctor.

Out of all four of the “Doctor Who” graphic novels released by Titan Comics, the Tenth iteration of the Doctor is the most unique and fun. There is no Donna Nobel, Rose, nor Martha Jones; there IS Gabriella, an overachieving young Mexican-American lady living in Brooklyn, New York City.

This first issue is titled “New Adventures With the Tenth Doctor: Revolutions of Terror, Part 1.”

The responsibility that the Tenth Doctor has is brought to life with the writer Nick Abadzis, and artists – Elena Casagrande, Michelle Pasta, Paolo Villanelli, and Luca Lamberti, and colorists: Arianna Florean, Claudia SG, Fabiola Iene, Valentina Cuomo, and Azzurra Florean. The writer and artists deliver influence, meticulousness, and richness to this graphic novel series. They also create a strong Mexican-American family living in Brooklyn.

We first meet Gabriella with her friend Cindy at Gabriella’s family-owned laundromat, all around the time of Halloween, and the Mexican festival of “The Day of the Dead.” The friends complain about their fathers’ strictness, and their parents lack of understanding. Then suddenly all hell breaks loose out of the washing machines: water tornadoes, and some kind of monster that disappears as fast as it appears.

Gabriella has had enough, and not necessarily of the incoming doom that she will encounter. Gabby is working two jobs, albeit that it is her family’s, she works at the laundromat and is a waitress at the family-owned restaurant. And, she goes to night school studying Accountancy training. But Gabriella yearns to be an artist.

Deep within the background, the monsters are occurring that has people seeing things or petrified. Also around the building mayhem, the Tenth Doctor is close by. The Doctor, Gabriella, and her Grandmother Fernanda see it. But Gabriella’s future brother-in-law Hector is not at all open to the idea of monsters, until he sees the devil.

Gabriella, after leaving her two jobs, as well as night classes that she hates, is frustrated and exhausted from the day. As Gabriella rides the near-empty train late at night, a monster appears and the Tenth Doctor is there to answer the call for help.

In this first issue with the Tenth Doctor it is exquisite and highly entertaining. It is like watching the TV show, but better. This issue came out in 2014.

Stay tuned next week for more adventures with the Tenth Doctor, the man from Gallifrey, and also Gabriella, the first Latina companion.

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Heroes. Gods. Time Lords. The Fourth Doctor Embarks On A New Adventure: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 Comic Book

Heroes. Gods. Time Lords. The Fourth Doctor Embarks On A New Adventure: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 Comic Book

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According to legend, only a God can defeat another God. Lucky for humanity we have the next best thing, a Time Lord.

“Would you like a Jelly baby?” are the most famous words spoken by the Fourth Doctor, the man from Gallifrey. Now the Fourth Doctor is embarking on new adventures, in graphic novel form with Titan Comics. The Doctor, along with his unsinkable companion Sarah Jane Smith, are thrust into a fight with Gods, demi-Gods, other time travelers, and a lady named Athena.

This is the first issue of the “New Adventures With The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa, Part 1.” The writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, and the artist Brian Williamson weave and bring to life a tale that is both dark and ominous, yet very classic “Doctor Who” canon. Perfect.

This first issue opens in 1887 London, it is nightfall, and a dark old mansion sets the tone of the story to come. In this ancient manor exists a mysterious Lady wearing black, and her face is covered with a veil. In her sprawling mansion, her servants are all blind. Curious. The Lady’s blind butler announces the arrival of “foreigners”: two Cyclopsian men who are gargantuan in nature, they tell the lady of two time travelers. The Lady is intrigued.

Meanwhile, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane are enjoying a cowboy show. As the time-traveling pair leave, the Cyclopsian henchmen appear, from a carriage, to attack and kidnap Sarah Jane. But the Cyclops’ plans are almost foiled by another pair of “others” who are foes of the Lady.

The Doctor recovers with the pair of “others” who reveal themselves to be Professor Odysseus James, and his adult daughter Athena. They have been tracking the Lady and her henchmen for a long time. The Professor and Athena identify themselves as scientists of “Chrononautology” or “Chrononautologists.” Chrononautology is the science of voyaging in time, at least according to Professor James.

At the dark manor, Sarah Jane is in the clutches of the Lady. The Lady is fully aware that Sarah Jane is a time-traveler to which Sarah Jane denies. Then for some strange reason, the Lady shows Sarah Jane stone statues, all looking very lifelike. And one statue in particular, that is over three thousand years old, is a complete stone replica of Sarah Jane.

This is an intriguing journey that pulls in the reader from the first panel. It is so far mysterious and adventurous in nature. It will be interesting to see what the writers and artist will do in this new graphic novel series, compared to what they could and could not do in the TV show.

Stay tuned next week for the continuing adventures of the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

Titan Comics’ “New Adventures of the Fourth Doctor” was published in March of 2016. This is a revisit in anticipation of the Twelfth Doctor’s return Christmas 2017.

 

 

 

 

RDR’s Nina Bonina Brown: People Of Color Are More Affected By Mental Illness & Victims Of Crime In The LGBT Community 

No Fats, No Blacks, No Fems, And No Asians.

You have read articles, and seen the statements written by “LGBT friendly” people on dating social media apps. And if you have been watching “Rupaul’s Drag Race” (RDR) Season 8, top three contestant Kim Chi, of South Korean descent, brought awareness to this discriminatory and prejudicial behavior during their drag challenges, as well as the final performance on the hit show. After a time people of color would develop an emotional complex, but it can be magnified in stressful situations as in Nina Bonina Brown’s case when she debuted this past Season 9. 

People have argued that racial discrimination is part of the fabric of American society, and as a result it affects every person of color, both mentally and physically. But this form of racial bias also exists within the LGBT community as well. Nina Bonina Brown is smack dab in the middle. In order to move from pity, to empathy and understanding we need to take the journey of how and why people of color are so affected.

RDR’S Nina Bonina Brown Is Not The Ambassador Of Mental Issues Affecting People Of Color, But She Is A Mirror Image Of Understanding 

Nina was “going through it” during this past Season, and he still did not seem to fully recover. In case you were wondering what “going through it” means, it connotes mental and physical stress. While the drag mother Rupaul gave sage advice to Nina about overcoming the inner voice that tries to sabotage your way of thinking, it was not enough to get Nina to block it out. As a result, it manifested itself in the form of paranoia and conspiracy: Nina thought the other drag performers were out to destroy her. And this manifestation also eroded Nina’s self-esteem. Do not underestimate Nina, she is still a talented drag performer and entertainer, the stress of the competition magnified these underlining emotions that already existed.

But the reaction that Nina received from her fellow contestants and fans of the show was not at all fair. If Season 7 contestant Katya, who suffered from anxiety a form of mental illness, and the fans of that particular time showed support for him, why could Nina not have received the same amount of empathy. Katya who happens to be Caucasian could arguably have played a role. There is one catch though, people of color are in the majority of sufferers when it comes to mental illness.

Minorities Are In The Majority Of Those With Mental Health Issues 

We are not attempting to box Nina into a category or statistic, but he is an example that we can learn from. According to data, 20 percent of Black American adults are more likely to experience mental health issues than the rest of the populace. Asian American adults come in at 8.6 percent of those who sought mental health treatment back in 2010. Among Native Americans, Alaska Native men and women, and Hispanics the numbers are especially staggering. 

Forty percent of Native Americans die as a result of suicide between the ages of 15 and 24. Almost 30 percent of Alaskan men and Native American men account for every 100,000 people who died of suicide in 2014, while 10.3 percent of Hispanics also account for every 100,000 who died from suicide. For Hispanic adults this figure has remained the same since 1999. And, Native American and Alaska Native women are at 89 percent of those who committed suicide, this is an increase from 1999 to 2014. 

For people of color, with mental illness, who seek treatment those percentages are smaller in comparison. White children and white young adults, 5.7 percent of them, seek out support for their mental health. Black Americans or young Hispanic people only search for help 2.3 percent in any given year. It is not as Black and White as we perceive it to be when it comes to seeking mental treatment; 40 percent of white individuals seek help, only 25 percent of Black Americans do so. For Black Americans what attributes to this head scratcher is misdiagnosis by doctors, socioeconomic status, and lack of Black American health professionals. 

There is hope. Rupaul did her drag best to reassure Nina, but no advice or outside help from fellow contestants, drag makeover participants, or anyone could have helped him to overcome it. And the fans were not as receptive or empathetic enough. 

We will talk more about Nina Bonina Brown as she too falls smack dab in the middle of LGBT people of color who are victims of crime. 

Articles Referenced: Huffington Post