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Doctor Strange #383

by Michael D on December 20, 2017

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Niko Henrichon & Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Marvel
            The mystery of how Stephen Strange lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme is finally revealed this week in another issue of Doctor Strange. The story is moving at a break neck speed and fails to capitalize on the big reveal of last week but still manages to provide an incredibly fun issue. Joining this fantastic creative team is Niko Henrichon.

            Last week ended with the giant reveal that Sentry is back on earth. Instead of jumping right into this, we are treated to a flashback sequence explaining how Stephen lost his title.  We see Stephen hit rock bottom and the team captures the anger and defeat well. Henrichon takes over art duties for this part. He’s done a few Doctor Strange issues before so I was glad to see him return. His art meshes very well with the supernatural world that Stephen resides in. He has the honor of depicting the mystical tournament hosted by The Vishanti and he depicts it so well. It’s just a disappointment that we only get to see the aftermath of the tournament rather than the tournament itself. Doctor Strange fans might recognize this tournament from the classic Stern and Mignola graphic novel Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment. It’s nice to see Cates pay some respect to Doctor Strange’s past.

            The next part of the issue takes place directly after the bombshell from last week. Stephen’s plan with the Sentry is revealed. Turns out, he just needs him as a distraction as he sneaks into Asgard. While it was incredible to see the Sentry in Asgard again, striking fear into the hearts of everyone, it’s only a small part of the plot. He only takes up around two pages of the action in this issue. I just expected Sentry to play a bigger role but the plot is moving so fast that there’s no time for us to soak in the reveal and instead, he’s merely a plot point. I hope he becomes a supporting member of the book so we get to see more of what he’s been up to since Uncanny Avengers.

            The rest of the issue involves Stephen taking a big risk and gaining some serious power. There will definitely be a showdown between Stephen and Loki very soon and it will definitely be exciting. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Bats gets to be a good boy one more time. Overall, the creative team keeps this a high quality title. It’s a lot of fun with plenty of both heart and kick ass moments.

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