Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #8

Doctor Strange Vol.2 #8Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Tom Palmer
Colours – Tom Palmer
Letters – John Costanza

Dormammu is only as good, or perhaps as evil would be more apt, as his followers and his lead disciple is none other than Clea’s father. He is the reason that she never wanted to return to the Dark Dimension as she knows she disappointed him and that his loyalty to Dormammu is greater than the bond between father and daughter. It is here that Stephen Strange also finds himself powerless after a battle with Umar – Dormammu’s sister and a foe almost as strong as the Dark Dimension’s leader. Steve Englehart and Gene Colan pull out all the stops to deliver a very exciting tale, one involving family and the bonds that hold them together. In the case of Dormammu and Umar, those bonds are stronger than ever as they team up to get rid of Doctor Strange once and for all and though Umar believes him dead at her hands, the truth is quite the opposite. It is a lucky thing then that Clea did manage to show up and aid her mentor, for without it he would not have stood a chance. What follows is a bit of a trip down memory lane with thoughts of her father as she and Stephen try to hide from their pursuers, at least until Strange is ready to battle once again. She realizes that though she missed her home and never really thought she would ever leave it, she does not actually miss it now and the thought of returning on a permanent basis is not something she ever wishes to entertain. Learning about Clea’s background is a good move on Englehart’s part as readers of the series or those who may have just jumped on to the book of late may not understand just who she is and how she came to be with Stephen. For his part, Colan continues to wow with his pencils and while every page is a true masterwork, it is the very last one in the book that leaves everything on a cliff-hanger and provides one of the most awe-inducing moments to be found in the series thus far, not to mention all of comics. It is a stunning piece, one that not only excites, but produces a little bit of fear and proves that Dormammu is not only a villain, but a monster and one that means to cause untold havoc. Another epic in comic form from a truly fantastic creative team starring everyone’s favourite Sorcerer Supreme.

4.5 out of 5

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