Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachel Stott
Colorist: Enrica Eren Angiolini & Tracy Bailey
26 PagesPublished by Titan Comics 6 March 2019
The fifth issue of the ongoing Thirteenth Doctor comic book from Titan begins a brand new adventure for the Doctor and the gang. This time they land in a small village in 1500s Europe, during the Guelders Wars. This isnt a period of history I am really familiar with, but no matter, there is an alien menace that gets involved!
****I try not to dive into too many details, but Spoilerphobic Folk Beware****
The village seems deserted, but they find one woman on the run, her name is Magda. Through her they find that an army is apparently on the way, and accroding to rumors, they have the help of demons. Demons implies Aliens to the TARDIS team, so they are ready to take them on. And they eventually find a bunch of flesh eating monsters hiding away...so aliens confirmed! And while she is beginning to talk to much, and alien bites the Doctor. As cliffhangers go, this one is kind of lame, but there have been much worse in the long legacy of this franchise.
This issue is all about the set up of the new storyline, and as such it is really all about building up our new setting introducing the current problems, introducing some the guest character, and eventually unveiling the monster of the story. It can be difficult to review the first issue of a story. It's like writing a review for the first 15 minutes of a movie. Sure...I could say it's good or bad, but at the same time I have no idea where any of this is going, so how can I judge the story on the whole.
What I can judge is that the writing of the characters is still top notch, and the art remains excellent. As long as Houser and Stott are running this show, I will be satisfied to keep reading each and every issue.