If you’ve clicked this article, it probably means you’re a big fan of Missy.
So you’ll be glad to hear that her first comic issue is everything you want it to be and more!
Check out our review of the first issue of Missy from Titan Comics below. Plus, take a sneak peek inside the pages.
Missy #1 Review
Missy is one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who characters, so I was excited to hear she was getting her own comics series.
Throw in the fact that this series is a multi-Master, multi-Doctor story, and well, I didn’t need much convincing to check it out!
(And ok, maybe I’m a little biased in favor of this series from the start. Because Capaldi and Pertwee are my favorite doctors, and Gomez and Delgado are my favorite Masters. What can I say? This series was made for me!)
Blending new and old stories
One of my favorite things about the Doctor Who fandom is the way the extended universe can lean into blending the classic era with the modern series. In this comic, we get Missy and the Twelfth Doctor, plus the original Master (played by Roger Delgado) and the Third Doctor.
Specifically, the first issue finds Missy headed to break her former regeneration out of prison, so she can recruit his help with her latest scheme.
And it’s not even just the characters meeting up that blends the two Doctor Who eras together. The Master’s imprisonment calls back to classic Who during the Pertwee era, when the Third Doctor’s TARDIS couldn’t leave Earth. But he’s locked up in Stormcage, an outer space prison first coined in the modern series by Steven Moffat. And Missy’s mission relates to the Key to Time, which played a significant role in the Tom Baker era.
It’s a really fun nod to long-time fans, and done in a way that keeps the story accessible for the newer crowd as well. You don’t have to pick up on all the Classic Who references to enjoy Missy. The story stands alone without them. But the references add a little something extra for those in the know.
It’s Missy at her best
And of course, Missy is her devilishly amusing self throughout. Author Jody Houser said she worked to write dialogue that you could really hear Michelle Gomez saying, and she nailed it. Fans love Missy for her humor and chaotic energy, and that definitely makes it onto the pages in this comic.
I also love that artist Roberta Ingranata got the chance to give Missy some special accessories in this issue. I’m obsessed with the rubber duck hat. (Peep them in the preview page below!) Yes, there is a reason for the “whimsical accessories,” as Missy herself refers to them. No, I won’t be commenting on that reason. (That would be spoilers.)
Overall, the first issue of Missy was everything I hoped it would be and more! I can’t wait to see what mischief she gets up to next.
Take a peek inside the first issue with the preview pages below. (Note: these are non-consecutive. Again, we’re avoiding spoilers here!)
Missy #1 is available from Titan Comics now. It’s the perfect addition to your Doctor Who collection!
You can also hear more about the series straight from the creative team here.
Description: CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASTER WITH A BRAND-NEW COMIC STARRING FAN-FAVORITE MISSY!
Missy’s up to her old tricks, but this time she’s not alone! How will the Doctor survive this latest maniacal plot in this special story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master?
FEATURES THE THIRD AND TWELFTH DOCTOR BATTLING THEIR ICONIC NEMESIS! KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR OTHER TIME LORDS!
Author: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Release format: 4 issues, debuting monthly beginning April 2021