Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #64

Writer – Ann Nocenti
Artist – Tony Salmons
Inker – Tony Salmons
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Joe Rosen

Ann Nocenti and Tony Salmons step in for the sixty-fourth issue of Doctor Strange with a lighthearted tale that finds the man humouring a young woman with her problem and discovering that it is more serious than he thought. Though Stephen and this title is no stranger to humour, it ill-suits him and while the story is not a funny one per se, it still manages to bring a slight smile to the lips during the first act of the book. Most of that comes from Wong, who does not often get the chance to shine and it makes the story that much better for it. As Strange investigates the young woman’s claims, the mystery of where the mischief and the magic is coming from is soon revealed and all that remains is trying to defeat it. Things are often easier said than done and the evil that inhabits not only the house, but the woman’s father does not want to leave and thus makes it just a little harder for Doctor Strange to exorcise it. The artwork by Salmons is not as slick or as polished as previous artists on the book, but it does have a lot of charm and it fits the mood and wit of the story perfectly. Though this was a surprisingly fun issue, it was assumedly just a fill-in and seeing things get back to the status quo would be more than welcome.

2.5 out of 5

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