Doctor Who #3

A comic review article by: Ray Tate
Tony Lee comes up with two genuine surprises in a more or less predictable plot, ingeniously incorporating the mysterious message left behind at one of Jack's murder scenes: "The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing."

The message itself has fueled numerous hypotheses for the Ripper murders. Obviously, some believe this message to be the product of an illiterate anti-Semitic -- a possibility, given the Ripper's ungrammatical letter challenges to Mr. Lusk. Other Ripperologists employ the message as proof positive of a Freemason Conspiracy running amok in Victorian Whitechapel. Lee pays some lip service to the latter, but his more cosmic explanation bears just as much weight as some of the loopier ideas, especially the Freemason Conspiracy.

Although the story is set in a static point in time, Amy nevertheless changes things. We learn in Russell T. Davies' four series and specials of Doctor Who that things that could not have happened before -- such as going back in time to save one's father from being hit by a car -- can happen now.

Time is malleable. So-called static points in time are just as fluid, and their designation reflects philosophy rather than physics. Regardless, Lee's exploitation of time travel and a change in history offers a unique twist for readers more familiar with the subgenre of science fiction.

As for the rest: well, despite some excellent characterization and dialogue -- "She was the Ripper's last victim. After he kills her, he's mine." -- the story's a mite predictable and traditional in theme to "[insert hero's name] meets Jack the Ripper." The art also takes a hit. The style is similar to Rotoscoping, but that doesn't really lend itself to energetic panels or characters.

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