Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #38

doctor-strange-vol-2-38Writer – Chris Claremont
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

Doctor Strange has been doing a lot of soul-searching lately, sending his astral self out in the hopes of finding answers as to who was behind the many recent attacks he has faced of late. Suffice it to say, there are no answers to be had and Clea, partly out of frustration and partly out of concern, draws the Master of the Mystic Arts back into his body so that they might hit the town for a little relaxation. At this point it has become a little cliché, but new writer Chris Claremont has to do it at least once and that is interrupting the couple with a new problem that demands their attention. This time it is a friend of a friend and said person gets struck down by a mystical bolt of lightning, turning the poor soul into dust at the club Stephen and Clea just happened to be attending. Claremont then introduces the reader to the perpetrators, a couple of demons disguised as a brother and sister and more than a match for the two sorcerers. In fact as the four meet up, it is all that Stephen can do to keep Clea and himself from being killed. No matter the spell he tries, it is ineffective against the two until he remembers something they said that might lead to their defeat. Gene Colan and Dan Green grace the book once again and they injects a good amount of horror into the pages, whether it be atmosphere, setting or creature design. There have been many a great penciller to make their mark on the book, but Colan is perhaps the very best. Additionally, there is a secondary plot, a small one at least and it involves Wong. Having been summoned to Chinatown, Wong finds himself in a spot of trouble with no way to extricate himself from the situation. This particular point of the book leads to one of the only problems to face the title in its run and that is the seemingly inconsequence of Wong. Hopefully, with this event taking place, the man will get a bit of the spotlight and become a little more integral to the book than he has been. With a little doom and a bit of gloom and things left in the air, Claremont and Colan leave things with a question mark.

4 out of 5

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