Sunday, December 27, 2015

Comics Rant: Doctor Strange #2

Doctor Strange #2
Written By Jason Aaron
Penciled and Colored By Chris Bachalo
Inked By Tim Townsend, Al Vey & Mark Irwin


So much like R. Kelley, Chris Bachalo loves his mamma. Which he dedicates this issue of Doc Strange to. I can dig it. We get right back to where we left off from the first issue of the relaunched Sorcerer Supreme from the mind that made X-Men lighthearted, Jason Aaron.

We have Zelma, who's from the Bronx and also has some weird little purple demons coming from her head going to see Doctor Strange for help. Because let's face it, no amount of Oxypads will solve that shit.
So yeah, doc Strange should totally be your first stop. Yup. One of the funniest scenes in the book has Strange showing Zelma around his home and tells her that since, you know, it is the home of the most powerful Mage in the Marvel U, almost anything can kill her ass. Also, stay away from his Fridge. Fore the love of God, stay away!

The small purple creatures inside Zelma are mind maggots and they break free and attack our hero, which knock him out and ends up pushing Zelma through a door that takes her to another part of the house. Not good. For her. But great for us, the reader. For just a second, Doctor Strange tries to use the Crimson bands of Cyttorak and they don't appear. That's a first.


Back to Zelma who winds up in the kitchen and the Mind Maggots break open the Fridge and shit hits the fan. But, hey, no worries, it's Wong, the good Doctor's servant to save the day and close the fridge. While no doubt whipping up a healthy afternoon snack for Strange. Huh, meal prep would probably be a good idea in this house. Just saying. Wong, Zelma, and Doctor Strange meet up once again and after a quick stop to his library. He learns that the Mind Maggots can be recalled by shouting out your most deepest and darkest secrets. I won't go into great detail what Zelma said here. But the best one is that she voted for J. Jonah Jameson for Mayor. That one cracked me up. See, Marvel writers, you CAN use current Marvel continuity and not ruin your ongoing story.

Instead of Zelma taking on the Mind Maggots, Doctor Strange steps in her way and takes them on. They die off in Doctor Strange and, since Zelma is a librarian, the good doctor offers her a job to clean up and organize his magical library which no doubt hosts countless copies of Harry Potter. I'm willing to bet money on this one, folks. Zelma thinks he's hitting on her, which I guess that's one part to it, but yeah, he also really does need his library to be in a neat and orderly fashion.

The issue ends with an ancient evil that hates all magic getting prepared to attack Doctor Strange. Is it me, but is this story turning into the God Killer story from the pages of Aaron's Thor run? Sounds like it, but only Jason Aaron can take the same story and make it entertaining and not make it seem so damn obvious. Take notes, Marvel's young guns. Which are really just old dudes who are just now getting their breaks in the industry. Oh, you all know it's true. So go buy this book, it's awesome.

-Tash Moore



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