Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #57

Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Kevin Nowlan
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Something weird is going on and for Doctor Strange, that is usually just an everyday occurrence, but this is something different. For whatever reason, people seem to really want to be his new apprentice. Not just one or a few, but a lot of people – hoards of people. It makes no sense because he has not been actively looking for anyone to take Clea’s place and secondly, how would the world at large even know that she was gone? It vexes Strange and when it finally gets to the point that he has not one, but two people enter his home, he then decides that something must be done. Roger Stern and Kevin Nowlan provide a fun post-Clea tale, one that not only sees the Doctor under assault, but one that finds him continuing to move on from the heartache that he had been feeling of late. This particular threat is also unlike many that he has faced in the fact that many of the people who are looking to become his disciple are fairly normal, if not low-level mystics and are normally not a threat to anyone. Stern slowly builds up the tension as the book moves forward, Strange not only discovering who is behind the latest trouble to face him, but setting a trap of his own so that he might deal with this problem definitively before it can go any further. While there is a bit of action present, it makes up only a small portion of the book as it focuses more on the powers and the workings of the mind of Doctor Strange and not what he can do mystically. Everyone knows he has powers and knows that he can do most anything as the Sorcerer Supreme, but it is in the applying of them and the figuring out what the situation is and what is called for that really proves him to be the Master of the Mystic Arts. That is on full display here and it is good to see the man more like he used to be and more like he should be than has been seen in the last number of issues. This was an interesting story to say the least and one that finds the Doctor accepting his new lot in life.

3 out of 5

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