Friday, February 19, 2016

Comics Rant: Docor Strange #4

Doctor Strange #4
Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled & colored by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay, Wayne Faucher, Victor Olazaba & Jaime Mendoza

Hot damn! That's a ton of inkers. It's about the same amount of artists that come together whenever Mark Silverstri needs a comic inked. And by inked I mean "Pencil Assist". We all really know what that means. Homeboy just drew the one main character and then the inkers filled in everything else. Then Marvel forgets to send those poor fuckers a paycheck. They call it the Kirby Special. I kid. (Do I?) That or the book was running late and they needed to get it to the printer ASAP. With the way Marvel has been publishing titles I'm pretty sure that's what's been going on. C'mon, Marvel, get your head in the game.

But all the complaints aside, Doctor Strange is a legit, fun comic book. Jason Aaron always seems to inject a fresh perspective into each title he writes. Oh, and humor, lots and lots of humor. Doctor. Strange is hanging out at the Bar With No Doors. It's pretty much the Marvel U bar for magicians. Huh. I wonder what they pay their tabs with? Magical dust? I don't know. I'm just grabbing at straws here.

Doctor Strange is receiving other magical sorcerers into his home and they die. So like anyone with manners, Doctor Strange tells all the magical goobers of the Marvel U to "stay safe, fam!" Or something like that. Things go wrong when the Doc returns home to learn that the magic in his books are dying, too. Yup. Apparently magic can die, too. Bummer. How's the Doctor going to keep us safe?

Another thing that's an awesome thing is watching all the weird shit Doctor Strange has to eat. So, regular food just doesn't quite cut it with our hero. I mean you gotta buy this book to see some of the odd stuff the Doctor eats that's prepared by Wong. It's gross looking, yet you can't look away. Which is thumbs up to artist Chris Bachalo. I haven't always been the biggest fan of his but he changed his style somewhat here. Also the bevy of inkers help solidify the look of the book.

So that's it, folks. Magic is being killed by machines. And there isn't a damn thing that Doctor Strange can do to save us. That is unless you buy the next issue. Maybe the Doctor can rally the magical goobers of the Marvel U and team up. That'd be pretty sweet. Stay tuned.

-Tash Moore

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