Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Parts 1-3

Every year Titan Comics comes out with a crossover special for their Doctor Who comic book line. Featuring the Twelfth, Eleventh, Tenth and Ninth Doctor comics, the crossovers usually have special kickoff issues or main story books to follow as the tale goes in and out of the individual series. Beginning every August during Doctor Who Comic Day, it’s developing into a fun annual experience for comic book readers and Doctor Who fans.
Previous crossovers include The Four Doctors and Supremacy of the Cybermen. The crossover issues tend to reflect each series. They include plenty of action, a easter eggs galore. It’s a great way for people to try out each series, see which type of stories they link best, then pick up with the new arc.

This is true for this year’s event: The Lost Dimension. I was able to do an interview with the writers of the event, before it kicked off and I had a chance to read any issues over at Comicosity. Check out what they have to say.

This event is still in it’s early stages, with only three or eight installments out so far.

The Lost Dimension: Alpha #1; Part 1
Written by George Mann, Cavan Scott
Art by Rachael Stott, Cris Bolson, Rasquale Qalano, Elton Thomasi, Kelbs Jr., JB Bastos
Colors by Rod Fernandes
Lettering by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Captain Jack and Ninth Doctor comic companion are trapped, however a mysterious women looking superhero with the Seal of Rassilon all over her shows up. It’s taking EVERYTHING within me not to spoil who she is… because it’s something fans have been BEGGING for on the television series for years. Now, here it is, in comic form. The Twelfth Doctor deals with this character directly on the university campus where he works. Bill and Nardole are along for the adventure and shock of who shows up. There is a great nugget in the name of the library found on campus. Meanwhile, Tenth Doctor and his comic companions are get their own surprise visit that ends much too quickly.
There is a jarring art change at this point for two pages. It’s not bad. Just such an overtly different style that it is clear where a new art team has taken over. After that things flow slightly more smoothly back and forth. The surprise visitors continue to roll in as well as a cliff hanger leaving many fan favorite supporting character’s freedom and lives in the balance. This is a full on fan-service issue of the best kind. Fans of the Third Doctor comic mini-series as well as New Who episodes will love this.

Ninth Doctor Special: The Lost Dimension Part 2
Written by Cavan Scott
Art by Adriana Melo & Cris Bolson
Colors by Marco Lesko & Dijjo Lima
Lettering by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Anyone who has been wanting know more of the origins of Madame Vastra needs this issue. There are hints laced in the Eleventh Doctor episodes, where she first appears. This issue makes things rather quiet clear. The theme of the Ninth Doctor comics has been to indulge in the giant monster attacks, ala Godzilla or Mothra style. This issue is no exception. It play in perfectly with the Silurian story that explores more than one type of this Classic and New Who villain. Beyond everyone’s favorite couple from the Paternoster Gang there is yet one more surprise visitor which, when combined with the cliffhanger ending, provides the tie-in to the Lost Dimension story arc.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.9 The Lost Dimension Part 3
Written by Nick Abadzis
Art by Mariano Laclaustra & Carlos Cabrera
Assists by Fer Centurion
Color by Hernán Cabrera
Lettering by Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

The Tenth Doctor comic picks up from the surprise visit he had in the first The Lost Dimension: Alpha #1 issue. As always, with the Tenth Doctor series, the issue is told from the first person perspective of his comic companion, Gabby Gonzalez. She is trying to feverishly record what is happening before time makes her forget. The other companion, Cindy Wu struggles to talk to the Doctor about they just saw. From 42  to Girl in a Fireplace to Utopia, the Tenth Doctor episodes do a great job of working aboard spaceships. This issue continues along that strand. There are surprise villains who show up in their Classic Who form. There is also some great costume spacesuit design that will immediately conjure images of Tron. This is the first issue of the crossover that does not have such a straightforward connection to the first two issue. There are small clues, however it is clear more is waiting to be revealed in future installments. With the “cameo” appearance coming right off the top of the issue, from the Alpha issue, it was slightly disappointing there was not another later on in the issue. However, this is a great example of how most Ninth Doctor comic stories play out.

You can find all of these issue on ComiXology, Amazon or at your local comic store. However, the way they are listed is not exactly straight forward. With the first collected volume not coming out until January and a second volume necessary to finish the story, I do not suggest waiting on those. The stories are just too well laid out to wait. So here is a rundown of each issue:

    1. The Lost Dimension: Alpha #1; Part 1
    2. Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #2: The Ninth Doctor Special
    3. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.9 The Lost Dimension Part 1
    4. Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3.10 Part 4
    5. Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Special #1 Part 5
    6. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3.8 Part 6
    7. Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Special #2 Part 7
    8. The Lost Dimension: Omega #1; Part 8

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