Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sci-Fi Celebration With Doctor Who & Battlestar Galactica (Review)

As a huge sci-fi fan I'm excited to give you a glimpse of two graphic novels based on two of my favorite tv shows.  Keep reading to get my impressions of Doctor Who: The American Adventures by Justin Richards and Battlestar Galactica: Six by J.T, Krul, then try them out for yourselves.

When it comes to the world of Doctor Who it's all about the Doctor.  It's his personality, idiosyncrasies, and temperament that set him apart from his predecessors and plays the biggest role in my enjoyment of each new regeneration.  In this collection it's the depiction of the Doctor that causes these stories to fall a bit flat, despite one or two having entertaining storylines, and which left me a bit disappointed.
The Twelfth Doctor's seriousness blended with a bit of arrogance was nowhere to be seen as the story's overall interpretations were a bit too generic.  If Number Twelve wasn't on the cover I wouldn't have known he was the one featured.  A few of the stories ended far too quickly as well as being wrapped up far too easily.  When the Doctor goes against a villain you expect it to be full of fireworks, but in two of the stories all it took was a shove.  Stories that conclude but still leave you thinking mark the best kinds of sci-fi, but here conclusions were wrapped up with a big bow in ways too quickly and cleanly.
There was some good here though, especially when it came to the graphics themselves.  Twelve was nicely depicted, and as his personality was so generic, the well-done likeness reminded readers of who was in charge.  The villains chosen were clever and harken back to the early years of Who to bring a bit of nostalgia to this collection.
On a whole, this was an entertaining read that could have been better.  It held my attention but had me knit-picking quite a bit.  While I found this entertaining, and some other Whovians might also find something to like, I think that the overall storylines skew to a younger crowd as none of the tales inspired too big of chills.

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

As a fan of the cheesy original, and of the re-imagined version on SyFy, I was looking forward to reading this origins story as Six was a very complex character on television screens.  From the moment readers see the cover of this collection, they'll be confused as to who this story really is about as it doesn't exactly look like Six.  Add in a choppy narrative and visual depictions of other beloved characters that look nothing like readers expect and there's a lot of disappointment.
Overall, while I applaud the attempt to do something new in the BSG world, this fell flat for me.

My rating for this is a D.

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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