Characters Appearing: Dr. Strange
Marvel Comics Presents #19-20 (Dr. Strange)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #19, Marvel Comics Presents #20 (Dr. Strange story only)
Dr. Strange is on the hunt of a minor demon, and the trail has taken him to the suburbs. It turns out an entire house has been possessed, but the housewife inside can't see it.
Her son, however, is a different matter.
Strange is able to exorcise the demonic forces from the son, but then daddy comes home from work.
The father, it's determined, willingly allowed the minor demon that Strange was chasing to corrupt himself and his household. So Strange has to battle the father.
After probing the mind of the wife for a bit, and making his own inspection, Dr. Strange decides that the soul of the husband is not redeemable, due to his "anger, greed, and petty insecurities", so he kills him.
Well, i guess the morally ambiguous Dr. Strange of the Peter Gillis run isn't altogether gone!
At least he leaves the wife with a memory of her husband from before things went bad.
Even at twice the length, i find these short Marvel Comics Presents stories to be too insubstantial to really have opinions about.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Dr. Strange does not have his eyepatch in this story. Of course with magic anything can be explained, and i'll be placing several appearances where Strange is wearing his eyepatch after he no longer needs it, but in the absence of any other evidence i'm placing this after Doctor Strange #5-9, when Strange gets his (or rather, Silver Dagger's) eye returned to him.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I always liked this story. Nicieza's scripting was excellent. But I don't think Strange's decision to kill the husband was THAT morally ambiguous. The husband was trying to kill Strange. Plus the point was there was nothing human left in him- so killing him was arguably no more ambiguous then a hero killing a demon.
Posted by: Michael | November 16, 2014 4:53 PM
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