Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #49

doctor-strange-vol-2-49Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Marshall Rogers
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Despite the rocky start last issue, the artwork by Marshall Rogers tends to grow on oneself with its Ditko-lite flare, though at times it is still a little too cartoonish to be taken seriously. Putting that aside, this issue marks the return of Baron Mordo once again and this time he seems a little more than ready to take on the Sorcerer Supreme. Mordo strikes out at the Doctor through a woman named Morgana, last seen when Strange rescued her from a nasty situation in the previous issue. Roger Stern who crafts this fine tale, brings Morgana back in a way that looks to possibly set her up as a rival for Stephen’s affections. Sure, she uses the excuse of writing a book and needing help with the research, but Morgana knows exactly what she is doing and more to the point, so does Strange. If this should happen to continue on, it will be a very interesting situation that Stephen finds himself in, especially as the love between Clea and he seems to be stronger than ever. As for Mordo, he has been biding his time ever since his last defeat, yet even now, while he does have a couple of new tricks up his sleeve, so too does Doctor Strange. The battle between the two archenemies is a lot of fun and it is nice to see Stern and Rogers break away from the mold in the portrayal of it. Though she was left behind at Strange’s house, Clea is not forgotten as she is contacted by people from the Dark Dimension needing help. While the news they bring is half-good, Clea has no interest in helping them when in the past, they failed to help her. Astute readers will also notice that this issue was a definite product of its time when Strange transforms into his white leather pants and jacket, high collar included. Truly atrocious.

3 out of 5

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  1. I’ve never heard his art described as “a little too cartoonish to be taken seriously” before, but if that’s how it hit you, that’s how it hit you. You give a great example about how truly subjective art appreciation is. Marshall Rogers was one of the fan favorite artists of the late 1970s nominated and artist on one of the definitive Batman runs of the day (short but highly influential) and one of my favorite artists of that era.

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