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Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer

Book Review by David Lawrence

A relative picked up a copy of this graphic novel for me whilst in England recently, as it has yet to become widely available here.

Basically, the book is composed of four stories - three comic and one text. The book has an introduction by Ben Aaronovitch, supposedly translated from Swahili; a section from a book Aaronovitch refers to in his Remembrance of the Daleks novel. In my opinion, the whole introduction is a waste of time.

Each of the comics is taken from past issues of DWM. The first story, Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer, deals with Daak being tried, then sentenced to death by vapourisation or Dalek killing, and he chooses Dalek killing ( surprise surprise!). No sooner has he been sent to a Dalek infested planet than he saves Princess Taiyin from extermination and then the two of them destroy the entire Dalek base. They fall in love, the Taiyin is killed (cliche, cliche!), by Daleks and Daak vows to kill every Dalek in the Galaxy.

In the second story, Star Tigers, Daak gets a ship, a crew (sounds like Blake's 7), and a desire to kill every non-organic thing he comes across. Of the four stories, this is probably the best.

The third story is a text fill-in between the second and last stories, and is fairly boring. There's a very nice pun on Coronation Street in it, though.

The last story, Nemesis of the Daleks, is the one that was recently in DWM. It's the only one to feature the Doctor, although the other two comic stories feature an introductory panel by the Doctor. Nemesis isn't a particularly brilliant story, it has a naff ending - Daak finally achieves his ambition and gets killed.

Overall, the graphic novel isn't bad - nicely drawn and a good, if slightly rushed storyline. Worth adding to any Doctor Who merchandise collection.

This item appeared in TSV 21 (February 1991).