Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #23

doctor-strange-vol-2-23Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Jim Starlin
Inker – Rudy Nebres
Colours – Andy Yanchus
Letters – Joe Rosen

Now that Clea is safe, Doctor Strange can finally get back to the mystery of the Creators, the beings that sent Xander to take care of him one way or another. To that effect, Stephen must enter the Quadriverse, a strange realm of space where things are definitely not what they seem and the usual rules do not apply. Written by Marv Wolfman, this issue enters that particular area between genius and crazy that Steve Englehart visited earlier on in the series. There are all sorts of creatures and villains that Stephen must battle on his way and it is not particularly because he has to, but when he sees a person in distress and in this case it is a woman, he cannot do anything but reach out to help them. The interesting thing about the Quadriverse is that Strange’s magic is not as effective as it might have been back in the regular universe and while he manages to come out on top during his various struggles, they are exactly that and he has a really hard time trying to overcome each successive trial. There comes a point in the story where Doctor Strange realizes that this mysterious woman is just a foil, almost like a trap to keep him from reaching his goal and the longer he spends trying to save her, the longer it will take for him to reach the creators – if ever. Once Strange gives up on her, though for the moment she does seem to be safe, it is only then that he can begin to make any real progress. Wolfman’s story is a good one and compelling as well, but readers have seen the crazy-landscape type of stuff before and it would have been nice to see something just a little different. This go round, the book features Jim Starlin on pencils with Rudy Nebres taking over the inking duties and it all looks incredible. Overall it was a fun story and seeing him meet up with the Creators should be pretty exciting.

3.5 out of 5

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