Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #3

Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #3Writer – Steve Englehart, Stan Lee
Artist – Frank Brunner, Steve Ditko
Inker – Alan Weiss
Colours – Jan Brunner
Letters – Tom Owzechowski

Doctor Strange is still within the Orb of Agamotto when he starts thinking of Clea and a memory of her comes to the surface of which he cannot ignore. The book then flashes back to a previous adventure as penned by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko featuring not only Clea, but the Ancient One and the Dread Dormammu. With only the third issue in the series, it makes the big mistake of offering up a reprint instead of all-new material. While there is a time and a place for reprints, for instance in the re-telling of an origin, the middle of a storyline is not it. Even when presenting the origin of the character, you should always let the current creative team do so in their way, but as it was the 1970s, Marvel was always in the habit of saving money where they could which does make sense in a way. Still, Going from Brunner’s beautiful pencils to Ditko’s is jarring to say the least and looks highly out of place. It was still a good story and had some dynamic action as Stephen and Clea faced off against one of his greatest enemies, but getting back to the story that was originally being told and finding out what happened to Clea and if Strange will survive will be a good thing.

3 out of 5

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