Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #11

doctor-strange-vol-2-11Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Tom Palmer
Colours – Tom Palmer
Letters – John Costanza

After receiving the grim news that the Earth was in peril and about to come to an end, Doctor Strange has sworn to do what he can to stave it off. If that means battling the emissary of that news – the embodiment of the universe itself, Eternity – then that is exactly what he is going to do. It is not too often that Eternity makes an appearance in any book to anybody and despite this being the second time in this series alone, it is even rarer still to see the entity of all there is in battle. Steve Englehart who pens this tale never really makes things too easy for the Doctor and nothing is ever as it seems either. The fight between the two takes on an odd shape as Strange ends up facing himself. It is not just one version of himself either, but many – all of them different facets of his personality and it is more than just a little enjoyable to see him do so. Aiding Englehart on this tale is Gene Colan whose pencils are a perfect match for all of the madness that is currently taking place – a man used to delineating horror of all kinds. Stephen has not had the easiest of lives and he has not always been the nicest of people. Having to not only look back, but face these incarnations of himself is proving to be a challenge, but it is a good thing that he knows exactly how they will act in most cases because they were him at one point and who knows him better than himself? Noticeably absent is anything to do with Nightmare, the monster who started all of this with his haunting of Baron Mordo. You can be sure once Doctor Strange is finished with his battle against Eternity, that Nightmare will be the next one on the list. But there is also Baron Mordo, once mindless and seemingly unaware of anything and now awake with his astral form seeking out a man that Steven visited last issue. Thus far, many of Doctor Strange’s experiences have been somewhat on the side of insanity, but they always tend to work out in the end. Whether he can defeat Eternity is one thing, but seeing him try is a lot of fun.

3.5 out of 5

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