Finishing up the second two-part story, Doctor Who #4 is a nice, simple and humorous tale. Whilst there is still a plot, the main charm here is the simple humor and interactions explored in the writing.
The official description from IDW:
The second issue in a special two-part story featuring the art of Philip Bond! With the Doctor and Rory on a boys night out gone wrong, Amy must face the Silence on her own! All that plus lots of beer!
This issue is mainly divided into two parallel sections. Amy is on her own for most of this issue, giving plenty of room to demonstrate the character, often doing things that she might not otherwise do in front of the Doctor. Its simple, yet allows the writing to shed some light on the character.
On the other hand, there is also the parallel plot of Rory and the Doctor’s attempts to reach Amy. This is very quirky and humorous, as the two men are often disgruntled by each other. The dialogue bounces off each of them, contrasting each other. Much of the charm and atmosphere isn’t from the dialogue, however, more than the bizarre situations that happen. This plot offers a quick romp through various scenes, showing what Doctor Who is very capable of.
The use of the silence is also very minor, and doesn’t serve much purpose, unless its setting something up for future issues. Their appearance in this issue also firmly puts this story within a specific time-frame in the Doctor Who cannon, which may handicap or limit the writing in later arcs.
As far as summaries go, things reach a funny and simple conclusion. There’s no cliffhangers or open plot threads, everything wraps up rather well, providing a fun little story that serves its purpose.
As for actual looks, the artwork is beautiful. Phillip Bond’s style is a little more ‘cartooney’, but it suits some of the more silly aspects of the franchise. The detail makes it much more clear when it comes to defining the characters; some of the previous art occasionally struggled to define the cast when compared to their on-screen counterparts.
In short, this is a quick and easy read, but its worth picking up. From start to finish, its highly engaging if, like most things Doctor Who, you suspend your disbelief for a little while.