Doctor Strange: Blood in the Aether (Vol. 3)
By: Jason Aaron (Text), Chris Bachalo (Illustrations), Kevin Nowlan (Illustrations), Leonardo Romero (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Will Doctor Strange survive his foes converging and attacking him all at once? Journey back to the first days of Doctor Strange! How did Stephen Strange become the Sorcerer Supreme – and how has he lost it all? In the present, Strange is on the brink of death, his magic nearly depleted. Sensing the Master of the Mystic Arts is at his weakest, his greatest foes will return from the shadows, ready to strike – starting with one of his oldest rivals, Baron Mordo! But as a parade of bad guys line up to take their shot, one of Strange’s newest enemies may be the deadliest of all. The Orb, now with the immense power of the slain Watcher’s eye, has set his sights on Doctor Strange!
COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 11-16
At long last, I got my hands on the third volume. Those who have been following my comic book reviews will know that I’ve enjoyed the previous two volumes and espite telling myself I can pick this up any time, I just had to find out what happened next in Doctor Strange’s current predicament 😛
Once again I am enjoy Jason Aaron’s run with the Doctor Strange series with this volume. And this volume was MAD from start to finish: Doctor Strange just could not catch a break with this one! Like just when you thought the current trouble he’s facing was bad enough, the next one is even worst! It was just this endless turnover of baddies crashing in and causing trouble in the dimensions, I’m surprised that Doctor Strange didn’t call it a day. He’s still pretty weak after facing the baddie from the last two volumes, which adds to the alarming level of concern I felt throughout the book. At the same time you get little snippets of what he was like in the early days when he trained with the Ancient One before becoming Sorcerer Supreme, which was a nice way to harken back to his origin stories.
Where I think the story faltered a bit–and it made sense why–was when it came to Baron Mordo’s appearance in the story. Yeah he’s dangling about and posed as a threat to Doctor Strange, but given the number of bad guys that made an appearance in this volume, I can see why his impact wasn’t as great as the premise of this collected volume made it out to be. But that storyline will definitely carry on forward, including that of
Despite of this minor quibble I greatly enjoyed this volume of Doctor Strange and look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next volume.