Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #7

Doctor Strange Vol.2 #7Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – John Romita
Colours – Phil Rachelson
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

Clea might be in over her head just a little bit as Dormammu and his minions surround her down in the center of the Earth. At first, Clea thought it would be an easy thing to go and answer a plea from Mother Nature, but upon arriving and seeing whom she is enslaved by; Clea knows that if she cannot get out of there fast, she may not get out at all. It is only with what little help that Mother Nature can provide that Clea escapes and Dormammu finds himself otherwise occupied to stop her. At the same time, Stephen Strange – the Sorcerer Supreme has entered the Dark Dimension so that he might put a stop to Umar and whatever it is that she has planned. More than likely, it has something to do with her brother Dormammu and he cannot allow whatever it is to come to pass. The one thing that Stephen does not realize is that all of this was planned and that he was lured to the Dark Dimension so that Umar might bring about his death. Visually, the book is stunning and Gene Colan is a master at framing the story in just the right way to bring forth the required emotions at just the right time. For the most part, you read this story with awe and wonder as it is so outlandish and fantastic and when mixed with just a little bit of horror, it truly makes for a very gripping adventure. Steve Englehart continues his story in grand fashion from the previous issue and we get to see what happened to the drug user our heroes ran into in the park, we learn of Dormammu’s return, Umar’s plan and the reason behind Clea’s determination not to return to the Dark Dimension which ultimately does not matter, for she finds herself there anyways. One of the more interesting moments in the story is when Clea reaches out to other magic-users across the world in the hopes that they will be able to go to Stephen’s aid and it shows you that there are many forces at work within the Marvel Universe other than what we normally see. One of the plot threads from the first arc of the series is also carried over into this one and it is nice to see that Englehart cares about the continuity of it all, wasting nothing and making use of everything. This was definitely an exciting chapter through and through by two masters of the genre.

4.5 out of 5

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