Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #70

Writer – Roger Stern
Artist – Bret Blevins
Inker – Terry Austin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Joe Rosen

Roger Stern and Bret Blevins present an interesting tale with the seventieth issue of Doctor Strange, a subtle, yet not so subtle look at the dangers of nuclear war wrapped up in the fantastical as only this title can do so. It is also not so much a war as there is only one bomb and the people who have it – inexperienced with its properties – are made to experience just what would happen if it was set off. It is perhaps, a poke at the world’s superpowers that Stern does this and while standing up for one’s beliefs is always a good thing, it assumedly failed to make any lasting changes if that was indeed what Stern was going for. That being said, it is still a fun story to read for the most part as the author packs the book with a little mystery and all sorts of fantastic creatures, brought to life by Blevins upon the printed page. The book begins with an intriguing premise that finds the various armaments that the army uses, being replaced by strange creatures. They have no idea what is going on or what to do with them and so Doctor Strange is called upon to solve their problem. He too sees it as particularly weird, but he means to get to the bottom of it and so does exactly that. It becomes apparent when Strange traces it back, that those characters named Tymon and Chaynn whom he stopped in a previous issue are behind it all and while reticent at first to stop what they are doing, Strange soon shows them the error of their ways. Overall, it was a good issue with little social commentary getting in the way. As stated before, it was subtle and never hampered the story. It would have been nice if it was a little more exciting, which was perhaps the only thing lacking from the book. Mystery is good and so are these small, one-off adventures, but in a book like this where the main protagonist can literally do anything, go anywhere and fight anyone due to the extremely crazy properties that magic can deliver, this book was quite tame.

3 out of 5

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