Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic (Vol. 2)
By: Jason Aaron (Text), Gerry Duggan (Goodreads Author) (Text), James Robinson (Text), Chris Bachalo (Illustrations), Leonardo Romero (Illustrations), Danilo Beyruth (Illustrations), Mike Perkins (Illustrations), Various (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
They have crossed the dimensions, purging them all of sorcery, one by one. Now the Empirikul are here. And with Earth’s Master of the Mystic Arts weakened beyond measure, is there any chance of stopping them? The Sorcerer is no longer Supreme, and he will find himself at the mercy of the Imperator! With his magic destroyed and his world on the brink of disaster, are there any more tricks left up Strange’s sleeves? Or, failing that, how about some cool weapons? Plus: as the Empirikul wreak havoc on magic users across the Marvel Universe, discover Wong’s ultimate sacrifice, watch Brother Voodoo make a stand, and meet a new player just as she is about to lose the game!
COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 6-10, DOCTOR STRANGE: LAST DAYS OF MAGIC 1
I was pleasantly surprised by the first volume of Doctor Strange (review) and it obviously ended on such a cliffhanger that I just had to find out what happened next! At long last the comic came out in paperback so I snapped it up as soon as I could to find out what happened next 😛
Admittedly the story reminded me of Jason Aaron’s first story with new 52 Thor and the God Butcher (review) but that’s okay because the threat is just massive and Doctor Strange finds himself grasping at straws as he faces the Empirikul with little magic on his hands (quite literally). It’s always interesting to see superhero characters backed into a corner with their usual arsenal not at their disposal. Granted, Doctor Strange isn’t entirely alone as he’s got fellow magic-wielding heroes also fighting for their lives, but Strange is the strongest and is the Sorcerer Supreme so the responsibility lies on his shoulders. This volume was a lot more serious in that sense as he and his colleagues are on the run with the Empirikul getting stronger and bolder as well as mysteries hinted at in the first volume becoming more prominent in this volume.
I don’t know what else to say about this volume except that I enjoyed it. For a moment I thought perhaps it might falter compared to the first volume but the segways made sense, and I guess to make up for the seriousness I thoughts bits from the added chapter at the end was a bit hilarious (the Mexican version of Doctor Strange? Yeah, that was funny…and Mahatma Doom was pretty weird too, lol). I was surprised–or perhaps I should’ve seen this coming–that while the immediate threat wrapped up in this volume, there’s still the consequences that Strange needs to face, which I’m guessing will be the story arc for the next volume xP