Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #41

doctor-strange-vol-2-41Writer – Chris Claremont
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Ed Hannigan
Letters – Diana Albers

After a brief excursion into Man-Thing’s ongoing title of the time, Doctor Strange finds himself in the Florida Everglades. It is here, after he picks himself up, that he discovers Man-Thing and Jennifer Kale prisoner of the man he came to see – Baron Mordo. Now with those helpless before him, Mordo is intent on opening up the Seven Gates of Chaos and destroying all life as it currently exists and does so by calling forth a creature from within that Strange has no hope of defeating. Doctor Strange of course, is going to do anything that he can to destroy said creature, but it will not be an easy task. Chris Claremont and Gene Colan provide a stunning finale to the latest story-arc, one filled with magic, action and excitement. The choice of guest-stars could not be any better as Man-Thing and Jennifer Kale are two of the better mystical characters in the Marvel stable. A most interesting development is the fact that Mordo has returned Ted Sallis’ consciousness to the muck monster, a prisoner in his own body and unable to move due to the sorcery Mordo has cast. When all is said and done, Strange tries to help the man out, but his spells prove ineffective and Salis is cast into Limbo once more as the monster regains his mindless composure. There can only be one conclusion as Claremont well knows and Mordo is deflated, the day saved and it also happens to be one of the better endings this book has seen in quite some time. Colan’s pencils are as stunning as any the book has seen and seeing his depiction of Man-Thing makes the reader wish he had spent some time on the character’s title. The only thing this particular story failed to show was any sign of Clea or Wong, their tale taking a backseat so that Claremont might finish off the main plot. That being said, hopefully he gets back to the mystery of what happened to Strange’s faithful manservant before moving on to the next magical foray.

4 out of 5

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