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Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #42

doctor-strange-vol-2-42Writer – Chris Claremont
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

With Baron Mordo defeated, it is time for Strange to say goodbye to his former love, Madeleine. Chris Claremont makes it bittersweet as well, as both parties still hold feelings for the other, even after all the time that has passed between them. Stephen heads home where he discovers his neighbour Sara in the house, having enjoyed herself all the days that he has been gone. One would think that at this point, Strange would be worried about Wong and Clea and it is surprising that he is not. Obviously the man is in need of a rest as the recent ordeals he has gone through would be more than any other person could handle, but to casually dismiss the fates of your friend and your lover is another thing altogether. Eventually Strange goes off in search of his missing companions and while he does not end up finding them, he does encounter trouble. Gene Colan returns as penciller and ramps the action up exponentially as Doctor Strange not only faces his fellow man, but other sorcerers and a dragon of all things. It is a frenzied few pages as the Master of the Mystic Arts finds for his life and there comes a point where Claremont and Colan paint the man into a corner with seemingly no way out. It is tense and exciting and sports some of the best pages to grace this book of any given issue in the series, a complete opposite to the first half of this book. It was not as if these first pages were uninteresting, but it felt like it could have been a fill-in issue, those pages taking up space because the author had no idea where to go. Thankfully that changed by the end of the book, leaving the story on a cliff-hanger that still finds Clea and Wong missing in action, and the fate of the Doctor’s very own life up in the air. Are the sorcerers featured in this issue part of the plot involving the missing friends and what of these shades belonging to Dormammu? Questions unanswered and a promise of action, end this book in a great spot for readers who like a little mystery and mystical madness.

3.5 out of 5

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