Strange Takes Back His Mantle in Doctor Strange #384
The Vishanti have made Loki the Sorcerer Supreme, taking away Dr. Strange’s mantle. Loki was doing an exceptional job! He could absorb the “cost” of magic extremely well and seemed to be doing some good in the world. The thing, though, about the trickster god Loki is that he only ever looks out for himself. Loki starts to figure out how to basically steal all the world magic for himself, which would be catastrophic! Strange realizes this and, with the help of Wong and the surprising return of the Sentry, sets out to take back his mantle as Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange #384.
Donny Cates writes an incredibly awesome story in Doctor Strange #384. I won’t spoil anything, but I love how he uses the Sentry to aid Strange with his fight against Loki. Giving Dr. Strange the magical powers of Asgard is also a nice twist on the story and will obviously have some great repercussions in the future.
Cates does a fantastic job of writing these characters. The dialogue between Loki and Strange is great and both of the characters are well written. Cates does a great job of building up the story and making the stakes high, while also throwing in some lighter, more comedic moments in there.
Gabriel Hernandez Walta does some killer artwork in Doctor Strange #384. There is a scene when Dr. Strange first uses the magic he has acquired from Asgard that looks fantastic. It is a great new costume design and Dr. Strange looks crazy intimidating. If you have read The Vision you know Walta does wonderful facial expressions and great “acting” with his characters. That all continues in Doctor Strange #384; the facial expressions are spot on and increase the storytelling tenfold as you get the exact feeling the characters are having from how they look.
Jordie Bellaire once again does a superb job on coloring. I reviewed Batman #39 this week, which she also did the coloring on, and it is crazy to see the different palette and style she uses between these two series. Where Batman had a little bit more gloss or sheen type look to it, Doctor Strange has this really toned done softer feel. The colors only really “pop” when magic is used, and it is absolutely perfect for this series!
Doctor Strange is a must-read title for Marvel Comics, with exceptional writing and beautiful artwork. Even if you are not a fan of the Sorcerer Supreme you will enjoy it. Donny Cates is quickly becoming one of the best writers in comics. With fantastic creator-owned books like God Country and Baby Teeth coupled with his fantastic start of a new story arc in Thanos, Cates is showing his skills as an exceptional writer. You also cannot go wrong with an artist like Gabriel Hernandez Walta, whose character details and panel layouts that can tell a story without words, combined with Jordie Bellaire’s beautiful colors. You really are missing out if you’re not reading Doctor Strange.
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