Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #37

doctor-strange-vol-2-37Writer – Roger Stern, Ralph Macchio
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – George Roussos
Letters – Jim Novak

At least in part, the thirty-seventh issue of Doctor Strange and the final part of the story-arc featuring The Dweller in Darkness is a little bit of a disappointment. The reason for such is that over the course of this story penned by Roger Stern and Ralph Macchio, everything that has happened has been pointing towards one, inevitable conclusion and that being a confrontation between Strange and the Dweller. So far the foul beast has been pulling the strings and sowing discontent upon Stephen and as a reader, you would naturally assume that the two would eventually meet in battle and yet that does not happen. So at first, while one might be let down, the way the book is left off is actually even better than if they had met. For one, the Dweller ends up being seen as a far more nefarious being then was originally given credit for. The creature played the long game with a far different purpose than the reader was led to believe and by the end of the tale, Stephen is left a little less whole than he had been. Leading up to that ending, Gene Colan who would illustrate this story in tandem with his fellow creator’s words, would pack it full of action as Ningal would make his return in the statue of the Black Knight. This would end up being the hardest fight of all those fought so far and you can see Strange having a harder time of it. Not making things any easier is the fact that he thinks he must look after Clea, though she begs to differ, as well as Victoria, the woman introduced last issue. The figure of Victoria also provides a catalyst for feelings of jealousy to rise up again in Clea, feelings long put to rest, but now back with a vengeance and that cannot mean anything good for the Sorcerer Supreme. The reader has to give Macchio and Stern credit, for just when things could not get any worse for the good doctor, they go and meddle in his personal life. So with some beautiful artwork, a resurrection of an old plotline and an ending that some will love and some will hate, this issue ends up being a truly good read.

4 out of 5

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