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Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #51

doctor-strange-vol-2-51Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Marshall Rogers
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

The final part of Roger Stern and Marshall Roger’s latest story-arc featuring Baron Mordo takes place in this issue and while it does end somewhat satisfactorily, getting there was a task. Ultimately, it seemed Stern would throw everything he possibly could into the tale until it was literally bursting and with so much going on, it became a little hard to follow. Having been abducted and taken to the past in a previous issue, Morgana is now a prisoner of Mordo and Dormammu during World War II. Also present is another magician or two, Hitler and various soldiers among others, who look to defeat Doctor Strange once and for all. Also missing in action is Clea who was also kidnapped and though she does make an eventual return during the story, she is for the most part, missing in action. So with a ton of Nazis, the Howling Commandos, magic users good and bad, back-stabbings and alliances, the book is simply overflowing and is not only a slightly confusing read, but a tedious one. The best part of the entire story is when it is all said and done, the bad guys defeated by the good ones and the fact that it can finally move on to whatever might come next. One thing of note that happens that almost seems to get lost amongst it all is the moment after Clea helps Strange out to save the day when she comes to a realization. It is near the end of it all when Clea comes to know that Morgana is also in love with Stephen, a love so deep that it even eclipses her own and it shakes her to the core. It strikes a chord within Clea, and it leaves the book off on something of a question mark as to their collective fates. Will Clea make way for Morgana or will she and Stephen stay together? It is an intriguing question and one that Stern will hopefully address in the next issue or two.

2.5 out of 5

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