Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled and Colored by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba and Jamie Mendoza.
Yet again, a million people came together to ink this issue of Doctor Strange. Yet again, I, Tash Moore am here to totally rant all over it. Why? Because I really, really love comics and not because I can't afford any other hobbies. I mean, really who could, comics cost an arm and a leg to make sure creators like Todd McFarlane can stay nice and cool in his Arizona compound. Okay, maybe not totally that but I just felt like throwing shade on him. I'm petty like that.
The force of the Empirikul has Dr. Strange and the other
magical beings of the Marvel U tied up outside Dr. Strange's crib. Since they've taken away the magic they're like sitting ducks. Waiting to be roasted and eaten. Huh. I think that last line might have been because I was hungry. Anyway, things look different as we get the origin of the Empirikul, as the leader of their group comes from a world where his family was killed because they practiced science instead of magic. How dare they? People in the Bible Belt would no doubt be fine with all this, but the Empirikul leader isn't, so he's going the 180 and killing anyone who's down with magic and not the sickness. (1990's reference FTW)
Nice of Jason Aaron to bring legit magical characters to this story like, Magik from X-Men and the Scarlet Witch from, well, just about every fucking thing. Because the plot demands it, some old drunk who just happens to own the bar where all the magicians in the Marvel U get wasted at has just a little bit of magic life to help Strange and the crew get free. But because this dude wasn't anyone the fanboys could care less about, he ends up getting killed. Or to get the story more emotional weight, I don't know. You decide. My guess is the first one.
Hey, the art here by Chris Bachalo is looking a hell of a lot more fluid than normal. That's a good thing here, folks. Sometimes he's on point, the other times I'm left wondering just what it is I'm looking at. Comics can be abstract, but holy shit, not like that, to where I totally get lost to what's going on in any given page. Fluid art along with the kick ass colors save this issue. Again, Jason Aaron goes to the well one too many times with this type of story. It's pretty much the Thor God Killer story from a few years back. But sadly, Jason Aaron's worst is loads better than Marvel right now at their best.