The vengeance of Doctor Strange, Pt. 2Posted: 07/25/2013
As we left off on Wednesday, Doctor Strange figured out that the spirit of deceased Brother Voodoo’s brother has been possessing and using superheroes to get back at the good doctor. Plus, he took down sorcerers Daimon Hellstorm and Jennifer Kale as well. Well, what’s worse than having a vengeful spirit possessing a whole set of Avengers?
That’s right. Two sets of Avengers. Unfortunately, being superheroes involves far more reaction than prevention. Mainly because the crime makes the stories interesting. But when you get a bunch of superpowered dudes (and dudettes) together and, say, a possessed Thor smashes them across the Avengers Mansion lawn — there’s not going to be a lot of discussion going on. Having super strength means you’re going to use it, you know?
Doctor Strange has some backbone. Besides his gift for lengthy monologues, he’ll always take the impossible challenges to prevent further bloodshed and mayhem. Like pinch hitting demonic baseball games. That’s the obligation of superheroes. While he may not be as strong as he once was as Sorcerer Supreme, he’s still no slouch.
As the final issue of the New Avengers commences, we learn Daniel Drumm doesn’t play fair mainly because that’s the first rule of being a supervillain. Even a ghost supervillain. The next pages consist of gorgeous double-page spreads that I don’t want to break up. Click the pictures for a larger version and see the machismo and threats flow.
That’s right, Doctor Strange fights all the Avengers. Both teams. At once. Here, I made a list:
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Vision, Red Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Thing, and Mockingbird
Now, the next eight pages, which I’ll show you uninterrupted by my commentary, are each drawn by a different artist. I’ll put their names afterwards. For those who wish to complain about the insane idea that Doctor Strange couldn’t possibly fight all of them at once, I say too bad. Brian Michael Bendis wrote the Avengers for eight years and over 200 issues. If he wants to end his run in a badass fourteen-on-one fight, I say let him. Plus, it’s an awesome idea.
Okay, so Doctor Strange loses, but fantastic effort on his part. And to give credit, the pages were drawn by Chuck BB, Yves Bigerel, Becky Cloonan, Farel Dalrymple, Ming Doyle, Lucy Knisley and the issue’s main artist Mike Deodato. Still, even beaten and defeated, our magician has one more trick up his sleeve — and it’s not a pigeon.
I’m skipping a few more pages of battles. Vision and Luke Cage have their proud moments before Doctor Strange has to clean up this mess himself. After all, I guess Daniel Drumm is in the doctor’s rogue gallery now. And why is Daimon Hellstorm watching the fight (who can’t be killed being the son of Satan and all)? Like the disembodied voices said, magic’s a test.
While I may never understand the capabilities of magic in the Marvel universe, I do know it’s super awesome and I’m cool with that. What’s Doctor Strange’s reward for singlehandedly fighting fourteen Avengers and saving the day from a crazy evil spirit? Totally worth it:
How exciting. I know I probably should have covered his relinquishing of the Sorcerer Supreme title before I covered how he got it back, but that’ll be on Monday. We’ll read Doctor Strange’s adventures one more time, as we go back to World War Hulk through Secret Invasion. Yes, it’ll end on a sad note, but after today at least you already know the happy ending.