Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #1

Doctor Strange Vol 2 #1Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Frank Brunner
Inker – Dick Giordano
Colours – Glynis Wein
Letters – John Costanza

The good doctor has been a little preoccupied of late and so it is that Clea decides to try and lighten his mood with the simple spell of summoning a rabbit. It works to an extent, but she cannot help but worry about the man she loves, especially when he gets into a mood like the one he currently sports. Soon there is no time to think about all of that as she finds herself attacked and possessed by a villain named Silver Dagger, a magician in his own right and one who considers Stephen a demon and in need of killing. Steve Englehart spins a mighty yarn in the first issue of Doctor Strange and it finds him up against a man who is no slouch in the magic department. The fact that he was able to breach the Sanctum Sanctorum so easily, put Clea on the shelf as if she were but a doll and then to outright mortally wound Strange, speaks to his skills and preparedness. Luckily the Doctor has not yet passed beyond the realm of the living though he is so very close, he must be incredibly careful. At the moment, in order to find and save Clea and to save himself, he has turned to the Orb of Agamotto, the Eye having been stolen and in doing so, finds himself trapped within. The one thing that many will notice first off is that the book is text-heavy, being a somewhat dense read, more so than the comics that would be produced thirty years later. While a few might find it off-putting, it makes for a very packed story and is quite thrilling to boot. Englehart lets us get inside the mind of the man for a moment, not to mention Clea and it is nice to find such strong characterization present right off the hop. Providing pencils is the legendary Frank Brunner, artist of Warp, Howard the Duck and other fine works and with a little embellishing from Dick Giordano, the book is a thing of beauty. The only fault in the entire story is the naming of the villain – Silver Dagger. It is so plain and unimaginative; you have to wonder just what it was that Englehart was thinking to come up with it. Literally anything would have been better, yet as it is, it did not impact the story in any significant way and the villain himself turned out to be quite formidable. Being the first issue of an ongoing series, there is no doubt that Doctor Strange will extricate himself from his predicament, but it is quite suspenseful and this first story has everything you could hope to want within.

4.5 out of 5

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  1. How very apt to revisit Doctor Strange vol 2 #1 with the new trailer at SDCC this weekend. I’ve always enjoyed the classic Dr Strange comics, this series was really good, great stories and artwork. Will look forward to more reviews of this series!

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  2. I remember buying one of those Essential Doctor Strange compilations a year ago. A comic with as many weird things as this is really hard to make out in black and white.

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