Mind Capsules – Doctor Strange #10 and Nailbiter #27

Doctor Strange #10
Doctor Strange #10

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Chris Bachalo
Inker – Tim Townsend, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey, Jaime Mendoza, Wayne Faucher
Colours – Chris Bachalo, Rain Beredo
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

The final chapter of The Last Days of Magic by Chris Bachalo and Jason Aaron arrives and it is a fitting and exciting finale to one of the better Doctor Strange stories ever put down. Some may not like the end of the book and that is to be expected, but if you read the entire storyline, you will see why it works and what it means for the good doctor going forward. Suffice it to say, this is the battle of all battles, the biggest one that Stephen has ever fought for if he cannot defeat the Empirikul once and for all, right here and now, there will not be any magic left in the world to qualify him as a Sorcerer Supreme. What little Strange does have at his disposal is used up quickly but he does notice that while the Empirikul is trying to destroy magic with every fibre of his being, it is also his one weakness and if Stephen can summon more of it, there is a good chance that he can defeat the monster. While the two battle it out, Strange is made aware that he not only has to defeat the Empirikul, but also his pain made sentience over the years, the Thing in the Cellar – a being made possible thanks to Wong and Strange. What Strange also becomes aware of is that this Thing is a being of pure magic, magic that he had discarded and magic that has only grown stronger over the years and thankfully, a creature that would rather see Stephen dead at its own hands than that of the Empirikul’s. Aaron and Bachalo lay it down hard as the three beings fight for all that there is essentially and by the time the end of the book arrives, you do have to wonder just where it will all go. What it does provide is opportunities, not only for Doctor Strange, but for the entire Marvel Universe and it could very well provide a beginning to the Doctor’s next great quest. As evidenced, he has a lot of friends and you have to know that their magic is going to be effected as well. Will there be a Sanctum Sanctorum going forward? What about Wong and Zelma? One of the more interesting things about that finale is just where it leaves the Empirikul. Will we see him again and could he be the answer to magic’s resurgence? Thanks to Aaron and Bachalo for not only providing a very amazing story, we now have something to look forward to as well.

4 out of 5

Nailbiter #24
Nailbiter #24

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski
Letters – John J. Hill

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson continue to reveal the secrets of Buckaroo and their Butchers – though not everything. The book opens in the past where we see a doctor building the underground temple and why a temple is never explained but it does make for a good horror prop. We also see the man welcome the newest residents of the temple – a bunch of the worst killers he could find so that he might experiment on them and discover just what it is that makes them kill. Alternatively, we also get little bits of history from Warren who is relating it to Alice and elsewhere, Crane and Finch interrogating the doctor’s son who has been watching the fallout from his experiments with something akin to glee. It seems like a very short story which is the only drawback to all of it as it breezes by so fast, but it is a good one and exciting to boot. For those that have been reading the book, Williamson and company have been piling one mystery upon another since day one and at times, while it does get a little frustrating, finally discovering the why’s of things is really quite thrilling. One thing that you cannot expect to happen is that they will reveal all of it right now, otherwise there would be no point in continuing the book, but what they have shown us explains a little and that is better than the nothing we have been getting. It does make you start thinking about what direction they are heading in though, because while they could essentially just wrap it all up in a few issues time, it does not feel like the whole story as of yet and there are still so many things that need answering. Who is the Master? Is it the doctor from the beginning of the issue and who is this latest Butcher and just how is it that he factors into everything? One thing that is for sure is that the book continues to get crazier and crazier with each turn of the page and the creative teams seems to be having a lot of fun with it. With a great story by Williamson and some truly stupendous artwork from Henderson and Adam Guzowski, Nailbiter is the best comic about serial killers you will ever read.

4 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. I think I’ve read all of your back stuff on Doctor Strange now. I don’t know him at all so it’s been useful to even get a scan on him as a character and what his place is in the universe.

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