Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #52

doctor-strange-vol-2-52Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Marshall Rogers
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Though Doctor Strange might have been successful in his mission to rescue Clea and Morgana, something is still seriously wrong with the latter. Something is also slightly wrong with Clea which Roger Stern introduced last issue and that being Morgana’s all-encompassing love for Stephen, a love that Clea cannot hope to match. Not everything that happens in this story is constrained to the Earthly realm though and Strange soon finds himself in the Dream Dimension, face to face with Nightmare. While it seems like Stern is going to venture into familiar territory, he takes a left turn and delivers something a little different with said villain Nightmare asking for the Doctor’s help. The reader soon learns that whatever it is that affects Morgana is a magical disease in a way, and that it will ultimately destroy mankind. To stop it, Strange will have to travel back through time, travel along Morgana’s various incarnations and see if he might end it before it reaches the beginnings of man, thus ending humanity before it even started. As has become a bit of a habit with Stern, he makes Strange look a little like a buffoon, falling for traps and such where normally he would not. Everybody is fallible – even Stephen Strange, but making him look a fool and doing things that are out of character only cheapens the story. At the end of the day, the tale Stern and Rogers tell still manages to be an entertaining one, simply because of the very weird team-up between hero and villain. One has to wonder as well what the fallout from Clea’s actions might be and if going forward, she yet remains a part of the book in any way. Overall this was an okay story as far as recent issues have been concerned, and it presents some interesting possibilities as to where it could lead.

3 out of 5

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