Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #58

Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Dan Green
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

With this issue, Roger Stern presents it almost as a ‘day in the life’ kind of story and though things obviously do happen, by the same token, nothing really does happen. There is no big villain to fight and no mission to accomplish, no mystical quandary to solve and nothing threatening the Earth or the universe at large. Instead, all the reader gets to see is Doctor Strange going about his day and taking care of things so that they do not come back to bother him again. The first bit deals with a visit to the Aged Genghis so that he might get this disciple business under control, the second sees him using the Orb of Agamotto to see if all is right with the world and if he is able, with Clea. For an hour or so, Strange and Wong work out together, for honing the body is just as important as honing the mind. Finally, Sara gets a letter which leads them to an encounter with a vampire who turns out to be the one and only Hannibal King. All in all, it is a full day for the Doctor and while it is interesting to see what the man does on a day off so to speak, a new quest would have been nice. Thankfully it looks like Stern ended the book on what promises to be one, for when Hannibal King is involved, there is a good chance that Dracula cannot be too far behind. If this happens, it can only mean great things for the book because a good dose of horror is definitely needed and has been sorely lacking for quite some time. That being said, Dan Green comes on board to pen this issue and continues to propagate the current status quo which finds the book presented with clean, sharp lines and nice, bright colours. It is nice to see as well, for consistency is always good despite the rotating artists that have been on the title as of late.  The artwork suits the story that Stern writes and the only drawback of it all is the lack of action, though seeing Clea again was nice. Altogether, Stern and company deliver a solid tale, packed with characterization and the tying of loose ends, something which readers are not always made privy to.

3 out of 5

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