Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Comics Rant: Doctor Strange #8

Doctor Strange #8
Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Tim Tonsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay & Victor Olazaba
Colored by Chris Bacjalo, Antonio Fabela & Java Tartaglia

Yet, again, you can tell that almost a million people worked on this book. I wonder if they all got paid the same amount. Probably not, but hey, comics! Jason Aaron and crew bring us a tale this month that has our hero, Doctor Strange (if you couldn't tell from the title of the book) and Scarlet Witch scouring the globe for whatever leftover pieces of magic to battle the Empirikul. With the way things are going, that shit is clearly no easy task.

If it wasn't for some silver magical slug, ol' Doctor Strange wouldn't have even found the magical item he was searching for, a magical bow and arrow. Thank the man upstairs that Strange took lessons from Hawkeye at Avengers Mansion. No word yet if Hawkeye charges by the hour. I mean, the dude has to pay Brooklyn rent so you know he needs to make that money, honey.

Did I mention that the Empirikul has giant wolves that shoot lasers from their eyes and they are trying to kill Doctor Strange? I didn't? Well, I am now, and it's fucking awesome. The story is good but yet again, I've never been one of those guys who buy into the art of Bachalo. Is it stunning? Yes. Is it a strong storytelling style like JRJR? In a word, no. So, sometimes, I get confused where my eyes are supposed to go then I'm all like "The Fuck! ARRGH!" Yup. Just like that.

But that's not all that happens. Zelma from the Bronx is still at Doctor Strange's crib back in the village and the Empirikul is distorting any and everything that's got magic in it. They approach the fridge but Zelma comes bursting out and throws acid green goop. Could it be the X-Men's Doop? I'd sure like to think so. Thankfully, Wong shows up to save her hide and teleports them to Tibet. Why, I'm not sure. But Zelma reveals that she left open the basement door. Wong, who in my head sounds like Mr. Sulu, says this is clearly a HUGE problem!!

Back with Doctor Strange he talks about how he's been using magic and not paying his magical debts. Hmm, I bet the interest must be sky high! I would know, I do that shit all the time. (Don't tell Visa, okay.) Doctor Strange reveals that what he keeps down in the basement isn't his twin brother Hugo. (He's loose. Hugo is loose! See ya, soon!)  It's all the pain and suffering given form. Yikes. Now that shit is loose and its bad news for the Empirikul, Strange, and all our asses!

-Tash Moore

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