Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #30

doctor-strange-vol-2-30Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Tom Sutton
Inker – Tom Sutton
Colours – Phil Rache
Letters – Irv Watanabe

There is something mysterious going on out in the wilds of New York City, a darkness that means death and as such, Stephen is called upon by a detective who could use some help with his case. It is of course a mystical problem, one that Stephen is perfectly suited for and to which he agrees to do all that he can. It is at this point that Roger Stern finally addresses one of the longest running plotlines in the book, that of Clea and her extreme disappointment in the way that Stephen has been treating her. So it is that there is finally a conclusion to it all and all that it took was a simple apology and a promise to include her in further missions going forward. Whether this is truly the end of the subject remains to be seen, but Stern is a masterful writer and there is a good possibility that what might seem solved could in fact, remain alive and well and all we have to do is wait and see. The villain of this book is not a villain per se, but a monster and there is more than one. The first is an ugly being, a creature that feeds on fear and it looks like the two sorcerers are going to have their hands full in dealing with it. Luckily they get the upper hand and dispatch their foe, but their troubles are not yet finished for there are two more creatures, seemingly made of darkness and while they look formidable, they are not what they appear to be. What makes this book so notable is that it introduces the Dweller in Darkness, one of Doctor Strange’s more powerful foes, not to mention memorable. The Dweller may only have a cameo in this book, but it is an appearance that signals dark things ahead for the Doctor and as any Marvel Zombie will know, it will be on more than one occasion. Bringing this book to life and Strange’s latest foe into the light is Tom Sutton – a man that has been doing a great job on the book and giving it all a sort of majesty in the way things are portrayed. A fun issue overall and it was good to see Clea in action which happens far too little.

4 out of 5

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