Thursday, December 15, 2016

Comics Rant: Doctor Strange #12

Doctor Strange #12
Written by Jason Aaron
Penciled by Chris Bachalo
Inked by Tim Townsend, Richard Friend, Al Vey, Victor Olazaba & John Livesay
Colored by Antonio Fabela

Well, well, look what we have here, a Doctor Strange comic that has Baron Mordo and the dreaded Dormammu, (two m's, fam). With the new movie out you know that someone at Marvel thinks some one will go out and buy this book. Not damn likely but can we really blame them for trying? You can't, but I sure can. But that's not how the issue begins.

We start off at NYU medical center where we have Mister Misery torturing the students. Not like they need a supernatural being to do that. Pretty sure debt
will do that for them. Who's Mister Misery? Why he's the amount of pain that Doctor Strange has locked up in his cellar to keep himself alive. So, thanks to Jason Aaron for expanding the Rogues Gallery for the Doctor Strange. Kudos.

Strange uses the very little magic he has to drive Misery away. Since his magic is at an all time low, Doc has to to hail a cab. Nothing more humanizing than seeing our Sorcerer Supreme catching a damn yellow cab. Strange then goes to drown his sorrows at the Bar with No Doors and learns that Baron Mordo came looking for him. Huh, Mordo could have just sent a text message. Would have been easier.

After a few drinks the good Doctor goes home and Mordo shows up. Yup. He just shows up and rings the door bell. Well, maybe Baron Mordo isn't so bad after all. Wong and Zelma don't want Strange to go fight Mordo but hey, he is the hero and wants to live up to his billing and steps out and it's a fight. Well, not really. A fight is a fare chance, Strange just gets beat pillar to post by Mordo.

Strange doesn't get killed because a dark hand pulls him away! But Dormammu it ain't. Old fans will remember Nightmare! He's back and with a cool new redesign! Well, really it looks like a knock off Sandman, but I'm not going to complain. Speaking of complaining, I normally complain about Chris Bachalo and his art style but since there were so many inkers the style is a bit subdued but easy to follow from panel to panel. I enjoyed this issue a great deal, so ya know, good stuff.

-Tash Moore

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