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Issue by Issue – Doctor Strange Vol.2 #79

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

Seventy-nine issues in and Doctor Strange can still excite even with little to work from. The plot for this issue is a fairly basic one as some extra-dimensional monsters can feel Topaz and her missing half-soul and thus use that to attack Doctor Strange on Earth, looking to put an end to him for good. Simple though it may be, it works well and the book is packed with action courtesy of Chris Warner whose pencils look great. One of the most interesting things to happen in the story happens when Strange is mortally wounded, his body no longer able to keep up the fight and so instead, takes residence within Morgana Blessing in order to do battle. Seeing Morgana as the Sorcerer Supreme is actually a lot of fun, definitely a different look to the Doctor than ever before and makes a person wonder just how the dynamic of the book would play out if the change were permanent. The creature that looks to deal death to the good Doctor is fearsome and it definitely puts his future in doubt by the end of it all. During the first part of the book, there is a little bit of drama, Strange declaring that everyone in the house needs a bit of a break and while he heads off to what is a disastrous date with Morgana, Wong and Sara have some awkward words with each other once again, their relationship still as strained as ever. With his life essentially torn down around him come the end of the book, it makes coming out on top of this particular altercation very doubtful. Though not a very original story, nor one with very much depth, it is nevertheless, quite thrilling and it is good to see a real threat to the Doctor emerge, one that he may not be able to beat.

3.5 out of 5

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