Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #17

doctor-strange-17Writer – Steve Englehart
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Tom Palmer
Colours – Tom Palmer
Letters – John Costanza

With things somewhat back to normal, Gene Colan and Steve Englehart decide to have a little fun with the Sorcerer Supreme. After taking care of a tiny bit of unfinished business, namely the man named James Mandarin and the things he stole which included a book called new Atlantis, Doctor Strange decides to teach Clea her latest lesson – time travel. Readers of this title might find it a little weird that Englehart would have Clea progress from rabbits during the first few issues of this book to time travel in such a short amount of time, but he and Strange must think her pretty competent to handle a spell such as that. So it is that Strange and his companion head back in time for an adventure to learn the beginnings of America in Europe with Sir Francis Bacon who is coincidentally, the author of New Atlantis. After sixteen issues of some pretty serious fare, what with the world ending, Satan and all that jazz, it is nice to see the book adopt a lighter tone for this next story-arc. That is not to say that our beloved creators have forsaken all dangers in favour of niceties though. Even back in 1618, there are things that could still give Strange a headache and indeed, they soon make themselves known. Of course, there are magic users present and while some are benevolent, some are not and Strange soon finds himself up against this era’s Sorcerer Supreme. Englehart also manages to dish up a surprise amongst all of this and you can see it being a real thing if anything within these pages could be considered a truth. By the end of the book, a lot of fun was had, very different to what had transpired previously and while you might worry as to the fate of our heroes, the danger, while grave, does not seem as bad as it could be. Very interesting is the inclusion of Bacon and his famous text and Englehart’s take on the missing half. After hundreds of years, there is no evidence to suggest that the book was even finished, but it is a nice little mystery lost to the ages and even better was the fact that Englehart included it in this story.

4 out of 5

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