Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen HC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Price: $19.99
Creator(s): George Mann, Cavan Scott (writers), Alessandro Vitti (artist)
Format: 128 pgs., Full-Color, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-7858-5684-6
Age Rating: Teen+
ICv2 Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

For fans of the Doctor Who series, the new comics from Titan Comics are well-crafted expansions on the show.  In this case, it’s a crossover of Doctors Nine through Twelve, without them actually meeting, but in fact there are snippets of all of the recognized incarnations, beginning with the first.

For those who have seen the show but not read the comics, the unfamiliar companions that have been added may be a bit confusing, but each of them has a personality that works well in the comic book stories.

The story itself, which is a team-up of sorts between the Cybermen and a foe even more frightening in context, is a thrilling romp which fits into the style of the modern television show.  While the cover artwork, with four different versions of the Doctor all scowly, is a bit intimidating, it also shows that this is not a light-hearted tale.  This is a winner-take-all battle for reality, and even the "fun" versions of the Doctor have to take that seriously.

That said, having fifteen artists work on the same project can lead to inconsistent quality, and that is indeed the case here.  Readers may not like one or more of the segments due to that inconsistency.

The overall quality of the book is very good, and will appeal to teen or adult fans of the modern show, but even fans of the older Doctor Who shows may find things to like in the "flashback" inserts.

--Nick Smith: Library Technician, Community Services, for the Pasadena Public Library in California.