Doctor Who : Oblivion Vol 6, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 228 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Panini Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9781905239450

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A nice conclusion to Izzy's story, even if the revelations made in her final pages seem to come a bit out of left field. The run of strips compiled in "Oblivion" feel like a complete season arc, although admittedly more of an emotionally-driven one than the previous McGann colections. In fact, the emotions - centering on Izzy's forced body swap with the fish-like alien Destrii - are the best part about the strips, because for once, the longer plots are a touch lacking. There's a lot of content here that could use additional length or depth, especially "Uroboros," which has a great concept that wraps up way too quickly, and "The Way of All Flesh," which renders guest stars Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera oddly...typical. The stronger strips are the one-shots "Beautiful Freak" and "Me and My Shadow," along with the one solid multi-part strip, "Children of the Revolution." The latter, an unexpected sequel to the classic "Evil of the Daleks," presents the evil pepperpots in a way we've never seen before, but actually works really well - both as a natural development from the classic '60s story and in counterpoint to the comic arc's emotional themes.The art is also worth mentioning this time around. Aside from the regular artist Martin Geraghty (who *still* veers between capturing Paul McGann dead-on and not at all), Lee Sullivan does some great, classically clean art for "Children of the Revoluton," while my personal favorite is John Ross' stylized art for "Me and My Shadow" and "Uroboros." Adrian Salmon's wonderful colors, starting with "Children," are also worth note - they really bring this first collection of full-color strips to life with a sizzle."Oblivion" is a good collection, perhaps the most self-contained of the McGann volumes. It lacks the waywardness of the writing in "Endgame" and the overkill of 'funny' strips in "The Glorious Dead." There are some tremendously strong ideas here, too, and the color is a real book. But the McGann strips have yet to live up to the quality of the Steve Parkhouse days, and with just one collection to go, who knows if they ever will.

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