Characters Appearing: Dr. Strange, Dreamstalker, Morbius, Nightmare, Wong
Doctor Strange #53
Issue(s): Doctor Strange #53
It's said that Nightmare is at something of a disadvantage because he's never experienced physical pain before.
But the real clincher is when Morbius threatens to drain Nightmare's body of blood, which would destroy it and trap Nightmare in Strange's body.
Nightmare swears by Morpheus and all the gods beyond the wall of sleep that he'll leave the waking world, and he says that he is forced to honor the vow or else the gods he swore to would destroy him.
There's a weird bit in the beginning where Morbius was trying to get to Nightmare, who was in Strange's house which is protected by a magic shield. Morbius was unable to get inside the shield until Strange-Nightmare comes out and zaps him, and when Morbius fell he somehow "fell inside the shield-spells", which means he can now enter the house. Seems like an odd loophole in the spell.
Anyway, this sure was a crossover between Dr. Strange and Morbius! I'm no Nightmare fan, so i was predisposed to not liking this, but the story is perfectly fine. Nightmare's interest in Morbius seems a little contrived, but i guess not more than Nightmare taking an interest in any hero. I expected that the Jazz drug would somehow get tied back to Nightmare, like D'Spayre and D-Lite from Cloak and Dagger #19, but i guess Nightmare's plans didn't extend beyond trying to keep Morbius as a permanent source of anguish and having a little fun in the real world.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Morbius #9. It's the battle between Strange and Nightmare in Nightmare's realm in this issue that the Secret Defenders see in Secret Defenders #2, and when Strange is done at the end of this issue, he returns to the Secret Defenders for the rest of their story.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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