Doctor Strange #29
Issue(s): Doctor Strange #29
There's been a mysterious death at one of Kyle Richmond's labs, and after the recent Defenders events, Kyle is suspicious. Dr. Strange agrees to investigate, leaving Clea behind.
Clea is not happy about this. She's supposed to be Strange's disciple, but he always leaves her behind. This isn't just a throwaway scene, either. Stern is examining the way Clea has been treated in this book and will continue to develop her character logically.
There's a cute scene where Strange transforms his costume into civilian gear, and winds up conjuring clothes that remind people of Dracula.
After a long period of mystic adventures, Strange is forgetting what it's like to be human, which is a nice touch.
The scientist's death turns out to be the work of the Death-Stalker (who as we've seen in Daredevil has a penchant for killing the scientists that are helping him). He's been intimidating Richmond's scientists into building a high tech weapon. Dr. Strange proves himself to be truly terrifying against a Daredevil-level villain, even one with some level of mystic powers.
The weapon is destroyed and Death-Stalker is seemingly killed, although he will re-surface in Daredevil soon.
Readers write in about this issue to complain that it would have been a better fit for an issue of the Defenders, but ignoring Nighthawk and the fact that Death-Stalker is a Daredevil villain, this issue has the flavor of the old Ditko issues, where Dr. Strange is called upon to investigate some sort of mystical mystery. I liked it.
There's also a cameo by the Avengers that warms my shared-universe loving heart.
God bless Roger Stern!
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: A footnote on the opening page indicates this takes place after Defenders #58-60 (and of course Dr. Strange #23-28). As to the "recent" references (see below), i think it's pretty clear that Pym and Strange have been playing phone tag for a while, plus they've both been busy, so it's taken time for them to compare notes and therefore they're talking about older events. Also, considering the compressed timeframe, it is possible that events that were published last year really are only a few weeks in the past in Marvel time.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBeast, Black Knight Statue, Clea, Death-Stalker, Dr. Strange, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Nighthawk, Wong
Roger Stern was my favourite writer of comics, hands down
Posted by: kveto from prague | May 13, 2011 11:04 PM
I like that even in the MU, where Dracula does exist, the play was still revived in the late 70's.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 5, 2015 12:28 PM
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