Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #63

Writer – Carl Potts
Artist – Carl Potts
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Carl Potts, who takes over for Roger Stern this issue, writes and draws a familiar story that puts a bit of a different spin on it featuring Doctor Strange. The tale finds Stephen and Sara out and about for the day when they come across a young man being terrorized. The situation is soon righted with said young man running away with Strange and his assistant going their own. They soon meet a man and his daughter, the former a mystic who has learned how to use a force called Kiai. This of course interests the Doctor greatly and they eventually retire to his house, with the daughter to follow later. Later on, the daughter arrives in a very bad state, assaulted by a man whom Strange and the mystic go in search of. They find the perpetrator and Strange realizes that it is the man he saved earlier, much to his shock and dismay. Potts creates a very interesting issue, as it deals with not only grief, but rage, shame and the fallout of making a decision, whether good or bad. The book does not further any storylines, but it does build upon Strange’s character as we see the man experience a number of things, both directly and indirectly. Some of them are felt through his new friend, who Stephen eventually does battle with in order to protect him from doing anything he may regret later. It also sees Stephen grapple with feelings of guilt, for even though he has no control over the actions of another person, he feels like he might have been partly responsible for the tragedy that took place. Altogether, this was a good interlude to the usual fare the book usually sports, with Potts surprising the reader with a very emotional story.

3.5 out of 5

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