Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #25

doctor-strange-vol-2-25Writer – Jim Starlin
Artist – Al Milgrom
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Letters – Alan Kupperberg
Colours – Sam Kato

Doctor Strange has done something he should not have for destroying the Cosmic Wheel of Change has now elevated the Creators into the bodies of stars and he has no idea if he can reverse the change. Because of that, the universe had to make way and now some stars have fallen and as such, slowly but surely, the Creators are changing the universe to their liking and it may not be for the better. When Wong and Clea show up looking for him, Strange knows something is wrong and they soon relay their story of the Earth having been destroyed and it is then that Stephen realizes that it was due to his machinations. The man is racked with doubt and guilt, and Jim Starlin paints him as a man in a war against himself – yet one who knows that this is out of character and there must be some outside influence affecting him, which is not far from the actual truth. What is slightly interesting about this story is that we have seen the Earth destroyed before and not that long ago either. It is also a little repetitive for the exact same point and you have to wonder just how it is that Strange is going to put things right. Come the end of the book, he is calling for the Ancient One, again, something we have seen more than once as Strange cannot seem to handle the big problems without a little help from his mentor. Be that as it may, the book is not all high-drama, there is a bit of action to courtesy of Starlin and Al Milgrom as our hero must face-off against a doppelganger on a very much changed and reborn Earth. All Clea and Wong can do at the moment is follow Strange around, slightly in shock at what everything has become and more to the point, helpless as there is absolutely nothing they can do. It is disheartening and as the book leaves off, they have no idea if things will ever go back to normal, if Strange can fix what he has wrought. A fun tale to be sure and one that paints our Doctor the way readers love him best – in the thickest of trouble.

3.5 out of 5

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