Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #78

Writer – Peter B. Gillis
Artist – Chris Warner
Inker – Randy Emberlin
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Joe Rosen

Recent events have seen Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation torn and made useless, yet even now it still retains magic within it which threatens to break free if not made whole. Strange does not possess the necessary spells or skills to do so and must seek out that person which made it in the first place, a creature known as the Weaver. In another part of town, Cloak sans Dagger who has chosen to lead a normal life, is hunting down those that pollute the streets – drug dealers, gang members and the like. It finally leads him to a woman named Ecstasy, a vile monster whom Cloak decides to enfold in the darkness he controls. But things go wrong and Cloak loses control while Ecstasy gains it. Peter B. Gillis creates a fun-filled tale, one that finds Doctor Strange encountering the Darkforce Dimension like never before, rescuing the man named Cloak who essentially embodies it. There is a fair bit of excitement which only happens during the latter half of the book, the first half delving into Strange’s current problems, the first being his cloak and the second being Topaz. As it stands, Topaz still is without half of her soul and her emotions run high and without check, something which makes Stephen just a little uncomfortable. Stephen has been without the company of a woman for a little while now and though he may not be looking at the moment, Topaz is still a woman and not an unattractive one at that. While it is never delved into, the fact that Cloak is without Dagger makes for an interesting situation as she is the person who usually helps to keep him in check, making sure that he never succumbs to the darkness that is within his cloak. Suffice it to say, that is what happens here as Cloak loses control of the force within him and it is only by the diving intervention of Stephen Strange that he is able to escape it. With a different sort of villain than the norm and an ending that was not a win by any sort, this was an unusual Doctor Strange story.

3 out of 5

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