Monday 13 June 2022

Book Review: Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf by Jody Hauser (Fantasy Graphic Novel)

Title: Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf
Author: Jody Hauser
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publication Date: 24 May 2022
Pages: 112
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel
Source: ARC via NetGalley

When searching for his next adventure, the Eighth Doctor meets a strange young woman from another universe… Rose Tyler. He has no idea of the destiny they share, but makes it his mission to discover what brought her here, and how to get her home.
Meanwhile, the Eleventh Doctor is summoned by a mysterious empress plagued with visions of another life. It’s Rose Tyler, but not the one he knows! Hailing from an alternate timeline and trapped here alone, she has become a liberator, conqueror, and now empress. And when she finds out she’s not the only Rose in this universe, something must be done…
All hail the Bad Wolf! 
Bursting straight out of the long-running hit television series, this
Doctor Who collection continues the time-travelling tales of the Doctor and friends.


Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf had an interesting plot idea, which is what drew me to request a review copy. It was also an entertaining enough read that I finished in 30 minutes; however, there were some issues. I questioned aspects of the plot that were never fully explained, plus Rose's Bad Wolf persona felt a bit lacking in the way she was portrayed as the Empress, especially considering the title of the book focuses on that. On the positive side, I did enjoy seeing snippets of her life in the alternate universe with her version of the tenth doctor. When it comes to the illustration that, too, was a bit disappointing. The faces of the two doctors seemed to 'overlap' a lot, with only hair and clothing helping to differentiate them at times. The panels were nicely laid out, especially in some of the full-page spreads, but the lack of distinction between the main characters detracted from that. Overall, I am giving this 3.5 stars. It had a number of problems, but it still kept me entertained for half an hour, and if you are a Doctor Who fan you will doubtless find it enjoyable too.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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