Thursday, April 08, 2010
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR STRANGE
Back in the day, when I used to read comics with greater avidity, Dr. Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts was one of my all-time top favorites. In fact, being Master of the Mystic Arts seemed like a pretty nifty life-niche, and I freely admit that certain memories of Strange were incorporated in the creation of Victor Renquist. For some time, I’ve wondered why the good doctor has not returned, seeming – in modern terms – a triangulation of Raymond Chandler, H. P. Lovecraft, and Harry Potter. The good news is that Dr. Strange is back, although looking uncommonly like Prince, and not, alas, in his own book, but as a major guest star in Spider-Man Fever #1.
“The plot is simple enough, Stephen Strange has ordered a book on Albion Crawley, a turn of the century occultist who wrote about some crazy spider gods. Upon arrival, the book releases some spider demon who becomes involved in a conflict between Spider-Man and the Vulture. Spider-Man appears to go tripping the light fantastic in Strange’s bath tub and all holy hell breaks loose. No seriously, that’s about it for this first issue, other than an intriguing last panel cliffhanger. Yep, this is some seriously messed up psychedelic comics. The art is the real star here with Brendan McCarthy melding some blend of Riley Rossmo style lines with the day glo world of Madman. It looks like a spider comic on acid and honestly, it reads a bit like one too.” (Click here for more)
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The secret word is Dormammu
Posted by Mick at 4/08/2010 03:41:00 PM