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Comic Spotlight: Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #6
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Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #6
Dirk Gently created by Douglas Adams
Written by Arvind Ethan David
Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by Shawn Lee
Executive Producer: Max Landis
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release date: March 22, 2017
Print | Digital

In 2015, IDW Publishing launched an ongoing comic book series for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, based on the works of Douglas Adams. This was to be a lead-up to the BBC America television series of the same name, which debuted last year. After the first miniseries, the TV show’s executive producer Arvind Ethan David, who had been serving as co-editor on the comic, took over writing duties for the next arc “A Spoon Too Short,” with art by Ilias Kyriazis and colors by Charlie Kirchoff. This next wave also had the distinction of having Max Landis, the television show’s writer and executive producer, on board as executive producer.

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Comic Review: Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes #5
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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3 review
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #5
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by Rachael Stott
Colored by Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by Tom B. Long
Essay by Dana Gould
Edited by IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos & BOOM! Studios’ Dafna Pleban
Cover art by Rachael Stott & Charlie Kirchoff and J.K. Woodward
IDW Publishing/Boom! Studios
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #5 is the epic conclusion to the crossover every sci-fi fan has always wanted! After four thrilling issues of Captain Kirk and George Taylor leading forces against the Klingons and the evil apes, what could possibly happen? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

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Comic Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3
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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3 review
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by Rachael Stott
Colored by Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by Tom B. Long
Cover art by Rachael Stott & Charlie Kirchoff, and Kevin Wada
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

Star Trek Planet of the Apes #3 continues the crossover that we’ve all wanted to see for so long! Kirk working with Taylor! The Klingons and General Marius! And why isn’t someone enforcing the Prime Directive?

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Comic Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1
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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by Rachael Stott
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Letters by Tom B. Long
IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios
Release date: December 31, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Comics book publishers IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios bring two fan-favorite franchises together for the first time in Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, a 5-issue miniseries which sees the original Star Trek crew enter the world of the original Planet Of The Apes. While this crossover seems unlikely, this is Star Trek we’re talking about – Captain Kirk and crew manage to boldly go where no man has gone before and live to tell about it.

Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes #1 is mainly set-up for the collision of these two worlds in what largely feels like a typical Star Trek comic book story. Crew members in disguise beam to the surface for some quick reconnaissance, hasty retreat required; Spock ascertains just enough information from the data retrieved to make the daring Captain Kirk want to rush into uncharted territory to investigate; and there’s a whole Captain’s Log portion that gives you the background you need so that the action can begin.

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Comic Review: Sherwood, Texas #1
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Sherwood, Texas #1
Written by Shane Berryhill
Illustrated by Daniel Hillyard
Colored by Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Andrew Robinson
12 Gauge Comics
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Cover Price: $1.00

Sherwood, Texas #1 is a reimagining of the classic Robin Hood tale, set in present-day Texas. Written by Shane Berryhill and illustrated by Daniel Hillyard, the first issue infuses themes and characters from the original story with intense additions such as sex trafficking and biker gangs.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #12
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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12 cover by Francesco FrancavillaDoctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #12
Written by Scott & David Tipton
Art by Kelly Yates and Charlie Kirchoff
Cover by Francesco Francavilla, Charlie Kirchoff, Dave Sim
IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Spanning fifty years, Doctor Who may be better identified for its impact on television viewers, but the universe of comics have had its share of significant tales of the Time Lord, and with the finale of Prisoners of Time, we reach a closing chapter on the comic book celebrations for the 50th anniversary.

With The Time Of The Doctor still to come on television on Christmas Day, there’s still much to come – but just like the impending regeneration into the Peter Capaldi Doctor, the concluding chapter of Prisoners of Time promises that the Doctor Who comic legacy will also continue into the future.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #11
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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #11 cover by Francesco FrancavillaDoctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #11
Written by Scott & David Tipton
Art by Matthew Dow Smith and Charlie Kirchoff
Cover by Francesco Francavilla, Charlie Kirchoff, Dave Sim
IDW Publishing
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

If only it were possible that Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time could be a simulcast event. What an amazing spectacle it would be… but therein lies the charm of this comic series: Scott and David Tipton are able to jump through time and grab Doctors and Companions as we remember them – amalgamating them into a major story that has become the comic book story of the year as far as I am concerned.

Issue #11 of Prisoners of Time shifts gears from the previous issues. Whereas 1-10 all had a particular stand-alone adventure for each Doctor, with an ongoing arc in which a Nemesis is kidnapping the companions; in this installment, the issue BEGINS with the kidnapping – forcing the Matt Smith Doctor to investigate where this man from his past (and now his enemy) could be.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who Omnibus, Vol. 2
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IDW Publishing: Doctor Who Omnibus, Vol. 2 cover by Tommy Lee EdwardsDoctor Who Omnibus, Vol. 2
Written by Tony Lee, Jonathan L. Davis, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Matt Sturges
Illustrated by Al Davison, Matthew Dow Smith, Blair Shedd, Kelly Yates, Brian Shearer
Colored by Lovern Kindzierski, Charlie Kirchoff, Phil Elliot, Al Davison, Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by Chris Mowry, Robbie Robbins, Neil Uyetake, Al Davison, Shawn Lee
Cover by Tony Lee Edwards
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $29.99

Doctor Who Omnibus, Vol. 2 is a massive collection featuring the tenth Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant. It collects issues #1-16, as well as the 2010 annual comic, and an eleventh doctor story, “A Fairytale Life.”

Now, I’m a pretty big Doctor Who fan, and the tenth doctor is my favorite, but this collection largely fails to capture that Whovian magic I was looking for. I would have expected to have larger, more explosive stories in a comic because the special effects budget has no limits, but I found the majority of the stories were contained to a handful of “sets” and sometimes felt claustrophobic.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9
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Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9 cover by Francesco FrancavillaDoctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #9
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by David Messina, Giorgia Sposito, and ScarletGothica
Covers by Francesco Francavilla, Dave Sim, Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Entering into the new era of Doctor Who, Prisoners Of Time centers on the Christopher Eccleston Doctor, and his companion Rose – in a standalone adventure that would have made a great television episode. But more importantly, we finally get some answers in this chapter, including the identity of the previously unknown nemesis that has been kidnapping the companions of all the Doctor’s incarnations.

Sometime after the Doctor’s first visit to Satellite 5 and before his return to it, he takes Rose to the Grand and Glorious Monument to Drake Ayelbourne of Altair VII. Suggested to be the wealthiest human in the galaxy, the Doctor claims the man dwarfs the likes of Bill Gates, Howard Hughes, and Scrooge McDuck combined.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #8
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Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #8Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #8
Written by Scott & David Tipton
Art by Roger Langridge, Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by Francesco Francavilla, Charlie Kirchoff, Dave Sim
IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

I’ve always likened the Paul McGann era of Doctor Who to be the transitional stage between Classic Who and Nu Who. Despite having only been in one television adventure, the McGann incarnation of the Doctor is interesting in that this 8th version of the Time Lord has had possibly more explorations in print than most of the other Doctors.

Despite my praising, I also often feel that McGann got the raw end of the stick in the Whoniverse – having only had one televised adventure and never since been given a chance to make an appearance in the modern series. (Come on, Steven Moffat; let him show up in a Multi Doctor story!!!)

So it was with great anticipation that I received the eighth issue of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, focusing on the McGann Doctor. Although it’s never specified how far along in his incarnation he is within the confines of this issue, the comic finds him arriving back in San Francisco in February 2000, to meet up with his companion from the TV movie, Grace.

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