Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #15

doctor-strange-vol-2-15Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Tom Palmer
Colours – Tom Palmer
Letters – John Costanza

Now that his battle with Dracula is over and things are somewhat back to normal, Doctor Strange can focus upon recent events as they weigh heavily upon his mind. Steve Englehart presents yet another character study of the Doctor in this issue and while it might sound a little tedious, it is anything but due to his skill as a writer. Though all seems fine, Strange cannot help but look around at his surroundings to see if anything is out of place. The world is a copy – a duplicate created by Eternity to take the place of the original Earth that was destroyed by Baron Mordo. It bogs down Stephen’s thoughts for how does he know that the Clea that loves and studies with him is indeed the same Clea. It disturbs him to no end and when he tells his houseguests of this, it is hard even for them – talented magicians all, to wrap their heads around it. Englehart also continues to plant seeds of doubt within Clea about Strange’s devotion to her. He always makes it seem like Strange is hiding something and to be fair, the man is indeed, but he does it for a reason and Clea cannot seem to grasp that. When Stephen decides to share with her the secret that he was going to be keep from her about the Earth, she too finds it hard to understand. There is one other thing of note which happens in the issue and that is the introduction of a man who is able to see through Doctor Strange’s illusions and has been able to do so right from the very first moment Strange arrived on the scene as it were. As you read the story, you start to wonder just who this man is and then Englehart delivers a very surprise ending. Once again, Gene Colan graces the book with his incredible pencil work and he definitely sets the mood for the story that Englehart weaves. A great issue overall that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

4 out of 5

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