Characters Appearing: Chaynn, Dr. Strange, Sara Wolfe, Tymon
Doctor Strange #70
Issue(s): Doctor Strange #70
We learn that the Warlord's name is Chaynn. His wizard Tymon has been teleporting Earth army equipment into their dimension (Kobar) to be analyzed and replicated. After the first few items are swapped out for awesome barbarian equivalents...
...the army sends a reluctant General to Dr. Strange to help with the investigation. The General's visit interrupts Strange's attempt to enter the Dark Dimension undetected.
The story turns out to be an anti-nuke issue. The most recent item stolen from Earth is a nuclear missile...
...and Dr. Strange uses his magic to show the Kobarians what would happen if it were actually detonated. The experience is enough to convince Chaynn that our dimension is crazy and that he wants nothing more to do with it.
It's a good story all the way through, but there's just the tiniest bit of a "awwww, this is a 'message' issue" at the end.
I shouldn't be too dismissive of the fact that Stern is taking issue with nuclear war. The lettercol for issue #73, which prints the reactions to this issue, has a letter from a PFC Jim Scribner:
Sure, believe what you want to believe. The Nuclear Peace Movement isn't being manipulated by the KGB. The USSR isn't a national socialist secret society plotting to rob and murder the rich Western nations. Given absolute power, the Kremlin wouldn't herd us into mass graves in a Gulag. No, we're just crazy paranoids.
In any event, nice art by Bret Blevins (his wife Pat is assistant editor on this book, incidentally), especially on the crazy barbarian creatures.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
PFC Jim Scribner is probably a proud tea party member today.
Posted by: Paul | May 29, 2012 10:28 PM
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