Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #47

doctor-strange-vol-2-47Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Dan Green
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Clea has faced much during her time as Doctor Strange’s disciple, perhaps not as large an amount as the Doctor himself, but a goodly sum. Now thanks to Roger Stern and Gene Colan, the time has come to see if she has what it takes to either move on in her studies or not. Of late, it has been interesting to see the book put more of a focus upon Clea and doing so in a way as not to ignore its star. There is even a moment where Wong and Sara get a moment to shine, albeit quite briefly. Stern sets up the main plot when Stephen feels a strange disturbance, one strong enough that Clea can feel it too. Once again, this is a singular story, self-contained and as such, Stern can let loose and tell the entire tale without worry that it will be interrupted or drawn out. The villain of this issue is a magical one, as if there were ever any doubt, and it comes as a bit of a surprise to Stephen as it is none other than Ikonn, a progenitor of a few of the spells he happens to use. That begs the question of just how Strange is going to defeat this creature. Some of his magic is not going to work on Ikonn, namely due to the fact that the monster is a being of magic itself and Strange realizes it will take a bit of ingenuity to best it, if at all. For the most part, the battle is pretty status quo, the reader having seen some of it before many a time, but it is those moments where Stephen steps outside the box that it really gets good. Clea also helps out, newly confident, and if she were not there to aid the Doctor in the battle, the outcome might have been far different than what it was. Gene Colan’s pencils are as slick and as wonderful as ever, but Ikonn sports one of the worst designs ever seen not only in this book, but ever, bordering on ridiculous. Perhaps it was just laziness on Colan’s part, or maybe it was suggested to him, but whatever the case, it could have been a lot better. A tough battle though it may have been, the heroes continue on to fight another day.

3.5 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. I like these self-contained stories for Doctor Strange, they make a nice change of pace. Something modern comics could do more often I think. Really enjoying revisiting this awesome Doctor Strange series again 🙂

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