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The Sorcerer Supreme suffers Secret Empire! New York City is under attack by dark forces, and only Doctor Strange has a shot at saving it - but it's quite a long shot! And to have any hope, Strange must ally himself with some unsavory people. No, not Spider-Woman - though the Doctor is recruiting her, too. We're talking about Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. the Kingpin. Together, they The Sorcerer Supreme suffers Secret Empire! New York City is under attack by dark forces, and only Doctor Strange has a shot at saving it - but it's quite a long shot! And to have any hope, Strange must ally himself with some unsavory people. No, not Spider-Woman - though the Doctor is recruiting her, too. We're talking about Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. the Kingpin. Together, they'll take the fight to the person running New York City...Baron Mordo! But even if they win, are they ready for the Hydra-occupied America waiting outside of the dark-domed Manhattan? COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 21-26


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The Sorcerer Supreme suffers Secret Empire! New York City is under attack by dark forces, and only Doctor Strange has a shot at saving it - but it's quite a long shot! And to have any hope, Strange must ally himself with some unsavory people. No, not Spider-Woman - though the Doctor is recruiting her, too. We're talking about Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. the Kingpin. Together, they The Sorcerer Supreme suffers Secret Empire! New York City is under attack by dark forces, and only Doctor Strange has a shot at saving it - but it's quite a long shot! And to have any hope, Strange must ally himself with some unsavory people. No, not Spider-Woman - though the Doctor is recruiting her, too. We're talking about Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. the Kingpin. Together, they'll take the fight to the person running New York City...Baron Mordo! But even if they win, are they ready for the Hydra-occupied America waiting outside of the dark-domed Manhattan? COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 21-26

30 review for Doctor Strange, Vol. 5: Secret Empire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Did you ever wonder what Doctor Strange was doing during the worst Marvel Event in recent history? Well, wonder no more. New York (or Hell's Kitchen?) has been pulled into some magical pocket dimension (or something?) by Baron Mordo (or someone?) and he has to team up with an unlikely group of blah, blah blah... I only read it on the off chance there was something in there I would need to know so that I could move on to God of Magic. To be honest, it's not bad. In fact, I thought it was bet 3.5 stars Did you ever wonder what Doctor Strange was doing during the worst Marvel Event in recent history? Well, wonder no more. New York (or Hell's Kitchen?) has been pulled into some magical pocket dimension (or something?) by Baron Mordo (or someone?) and he has to team up with an unlikely group of blah, blah blah... I only read it on the off chance there was something in there I would need to know so that I could move on to God of Magic. To be honest, it's not bad. In fact, I thought it was better than the last bit of Aaron's run. Still, it was Secret Empire and mostly disposable. Read it or don't.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Dennis Hopeless turns the Secret Empire crossover into a night of Dungeons & Dragons. If you like his run on Spider-Woman you'll enjoy this too. It's full of pop culture references and quips. Dr. Strange teams up with Spider-Woman, Kingpin and Ben Urich to take on Baron Mordo. I'm not a fan of Niko Henrichon's art. It was all swirly and smoky with too much black. The last 2 issues are 2 fill in issues by John Barber while waiting for Donny Cates run to start. Anytime you can get Kevin Nowlan to Dennis Hopeless turns the Secret Empire crossover into a night of Dungeons & Dragons. If you like his run on Spider-Woman you'll enjoy this too. It's full of pop culture references and quips. Dr. Strange teams up with Spider-Woman, Kingpin and Ben Urich to take on Baron Mordo. I'm not a fan of Niko Henrichon's art. It was all swirly and smoky with too much black. The last 2 issues are 2 fill in issues by John Barber while waiting for Donny Cates run to start. Anytime you can get Kevin Nowlan to guest on an issue you should. Issue #25 is a flashback issue and Nowlan draws a mean Dr. Strange.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    2.5 stars. With more black word bubbles than a Venom comic, more comedy than a night at the Apollo, and more D&D references than you can shake a Vorpal Sword +5 at, we have Doctor Strange's Super Secret Empire Crossover Spectacular!!!!! Ok, so I haven't read Secret Empire yet (although I hear that I would have more fun by smearing my balls in peanut butter and jumping crotch-first into a pack of wild dogs) but I didn't have too much trouble following this book...mostly because it is ridiculous non 2.5 stars. With more black word bubbles than a Venom comic, more comedy than a night at the Apollo, and more D&D references than you can shake a Vorpal Sword +5 at, we have Doctor Strange's Super Secret Empire Crossover Spectacular!!!!! Ok, so I haven't read Secret Empire yet (although I hear that I would have more fun by smearing my balls in peanut butter and jumping crotch-first into a pack of wild dogs) but I didn't have too much trouble following this book...mostly because it is ridiculous nonsense that, I imagine, isn't very important to the overall Secret Empire plot. How you feel about that is going to greatly affect your rating for this book. I give it a tentative 2.5 stars, but I had to remind myself to not take this book seriously at all to get there. So, my notes: This is basically a comedy book, and everyone is trying to be hilarious (yes, trying...). Even dour heroes like Daredevil are suddenly Lenny Bruce. The funniest part about this book, however, is that a guy named "Hopeless" is one of the writers and it's not that good. Maybe he should change his name to Dennis Awesome Sauce. In a related note, almost everyone is completely out of character. At one point, Wilson Fisk (the freaking Kingpin) says "She went full Gandalf!". Now, I'm no Marvel expert, but this is so out of character that I had to re-read it two or three times to make sure I was seeing what I thought I saw, and then I physically cringed. Get ready for a lot of stupid pop-culture references. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and a whoooole lot of Dungeons and Dragons jokes are to be found within. Also, apparently the rules for magic work the same way in the Marvel Universe as they do in D&D now. Go figure (except they don't though, because the reference they make stating that doesn't make sense in the context in which they say it...Yeah, I stopped trying to figure it out a long time ago). Lots of "The cost of magic is too high!" nonsense that I am REALLY tired of in this Dr. Strange run. Can't we just go back to the days of heroes just blasting monsters with super powers with wild abandon? I want escapism, dammit! The tie-in is just about 4 issues long or so. The last two issues are one shots. In the first one, we get a flashback of Strange when he was the Strange we know and love. It just made me want to read those comics instead of this one. The next tie-in is, again, one giant D&D reference, with Strange and Zelma fighting undead in an ancient temple. This Dr. Strange run started great, but ended up being kind of terrible. Here is to hoping the new Strange run will be at least a little better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Secret Empire comes to town, and Doctor Strange finds himself trapped in the Darkforce Dimension-infested New York. But don't worry, he has help in the form of Spider-Woman, the Kingpin, and...Ben Urich? Okay, maybe this isn't going to go quite as well. This volume is kind of a placeholder for the series between larger creative teams. Jason Aaron's run just finished, and Donny Cates' doesn't start until volume 6, so we get the obligatory event tie-in in the meantime. It's.. [Read as single issues] Secret Empire comes to town, and Doctor Strange finds himself trapped in the Darkforce Dimension-infested New York. But don't worry, he has help in the form of Spider-Woman, the Kingpin, and...Ben Urich? Okay, maybe this isn't going to go quite as well. This volume is kind of a placeholder for the series between larger creative teams. Jason Aaron's run just finished, and Donny Cates' doesn't start until volume 6, so we get the obligatory event tie-in in the meantime. It's...okay. If you're a fan of Dennis Hopeless's Spider-Woman (as I am), add an extra star to the rating because it's so much fun seeing these characters again, especially in this super-weird story that has the Kingpin possessed by demons, Ben Urich swordfighting Baron Mordo, and Daredevil sitting crosslegged and wondering what went wrong with his life. Yeah, it's kooky. Also included are some one-and-done stories from issues #25 and #26 (again, placeholder stuff), that are...okay. It just smacks of 'here are some issues so that Doctor Strange is out every month', instead of 'here are some stories we absolutely had to tell'. The art on the Secret Empire issues by Nico Henrichon is drop dead gorgeous. It has a very European feel to it, full of detail and motion, and it is coloured to the high heavens by Henrichon as well. He knows his own style, and it's seriously impressive stuff. If it looks like filler, smells like filler, and reads like filler, it's probably filler. But that doesn't mean it can't be good fun anyway.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Decent filler, nothing mind blowing but reasonable short stories like we don’t get enough of these days.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    2.5🌟 I would rate the 4 issue Dennis Hopeless arc somewhere in the 3-3.5 range but it was followed up with 2 meandering one shots that I was uninspired to read therefore I gave them a quick skim. It's understandable since volume 5 is just killing time until Danny Coates can man the ship. Let's see how the sorcerer supreme can deal with the Secret Empire tie in. I think this is my first read in the marvel event. Anyways Captain America, and Hydra hook none other than Baron Mordo up with some OP mag 2.5🌟 I would rate the 4 issue Dennis Hopeless arc somewhere in the 3-3.5 range but it was followed up with 2 meandering one shots that I was uninspired to read therefore I gave them a quick skim. It's understandable since volume 5 is just killing time until Danny Coates can man the ship. Let's see how the sorcerer supreme can deal with the Secret Empire tie in. I think this is my first read in the marvel event. Anyways Captain America, and Hydra hook none other than Baron Mordo up with some OP magic to attack New York city with. Strange team's up with Spider Woman, and King Pin. What follows is a fun filled romp, a familiar script, and loads of bad jokes. The dark gritty art style doesn't really jive with me, and doesn't really embody the typical Doctor Strange look. But was still creative enough, and the pages were loaded with details. I'm hoping Danny Coates can sell me on a good volume 6. I would love to see this title recapture a sense of purpose.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Rather disappointing. I really wish writers who work in a shared universe like Marvel would stop writing absurd pop-culture references for dialogue that's totally out-of-character and think that this passes somehow as characterization. This new series of Doctor Strange was off to a good start but has really just degenerated into the same mindless stuff that has plagued the Sorcerer Supreme for far too many years. Rather disappointing. I really wish writers who work in a shared universe like Marvel would stop writing absurd pop-culture references for dialogue that's totally out-of-character and think that this passes somehow as characterization. This new series of Doctor Strange was off to a good start but has really just degenerated into the same mindless stuff that has plagued the Sorcerer Supreme for far too many years.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Confused barely related stories. Including a partial retelling of a past story - which was at least better than reprinting it at the end. They were all okay and all hinted that Dr. Strange could be a better book. But this book wasn't that better book. Art is still a little wonky but maybe fine. Confused barely related stories. Including a partial retelling of a past story - which was at least better than reprinting it at the end. They were all okay and all hinted that Dr. Strange could be a better book. But this book wasn't that better book. Art is still a little wonky but maybe fine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    Locked up in Manhattan during Secret Empire Doc Strange teams up with an improbable bunch (Spider-Woman? Wilson Fisk?? Ben Urich???) to defeat Mordo, appointed warden of the island by Hydra. On this feeble premise Hopeless weaves a loose AD&D thread resolved with a mere sleight of hand. Disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This wasn't too bad but not quite as good as earlier volumes of the series. We get a Secret Empire tie in where Dr. Strange teams up with..the Kingpin? There are also a couple of one shot tales as well. Nothing extraordinary but overall this Dr. Strange series has been entertaining and this volume at least held its own. This wasn't too bad but not quite as good as earlier volumes of the series. We get a Secret Empire tie in where Dr. Strange teams up with..the Kingpin? There are also a couple of one shot tales as well. Nothing extraordinary but overall this Dr. Strange series has been entertaining and this volume at least held its own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    Read these individually as they were coming out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Bring on the bad guys.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Secret Empire shows us NYC under the rule of Hydra. Doctor Strange teams up with ...some people to take down Mordo, Captain America's lackey. I have nothing to really say about this volume. It was sloppily done and hard to follow. After the events of Mr. Misery, I was expecting a followup to that story-line. Instead, I get a pieced together plot about Hydra taking over NYC. The art was harsh and wasn't clean. The "conflict" was resolved with no real consequences. And honestly, I skipped the last Secret Empire shows us NYC under the rule of Hydra. Doctor Strange teams up with ...some people to take down Mordo, Captain America's lackey. I have nothing to really say about this volume. It was sloppily done and hard to follow. After the events of Mr. Misery, I was expecting a followup to that story-line. Instead, I get a pieced together plot about Hydra taking over NYC. The art was harsh and wasn't clean. The "conflict" was resolved with no real consequences. And honestly, I skipped the last two chapters. So I don't even know what happened with Zelma getting possessed and the new big bad. I'm just gonna wait for the next volume to be published and find out then.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    3 ½ stars. Several different artists working on the various parts of this, but I liked all the art. In the “Secret Empire” part, the team-ups are a lot of fun. Jessica’s WTF?! attitude is a fun contrast to Stephen Strange’s. The messed-up version of reality fits in with previous Strange stories, though I’m not a fan of evil Captain America (but at least he did tell those he’s working with not to kill anyone). I am not reading the Secret Empire collected volume. The story about the haunted girl is i 3 ½ stars. Several different artists working on the various parts of this, but I liked all the art. In the “Secret Empire” part, the team-ups are a lot of fun. Jessica’s WTF?! attitude is a fun contrast to Stephen Strange’s. The messed-up version of reality fits in with previous Strange stories, though I’m not a fan of evil Captain America (but at least he did tell those he’s working with not to kill anyone). I am not reading the Secret Empire collected volume. The story about the haunted girl is interesting in that Stephen actually admits he was wrong in the past. But I wasn’t crazy about the rather stiff, pretentious tone of the flashback portion of the story. The last bit is basically a ghost story and a setup (I presume) for future adventures, and it was okay. It has Zelma in it, being useful, so that’s a plus.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    New York is under a very scar, dark magic bubble, and Doctor Strange has a lot less magic than he's used to not having as Baron Mordo has taken over his house. Most of the volume is a blast following Strange, Spiderwoman, and Wilson Fisk working together. Fun overall as usual but there's a wider thing happening that I'm not familiar with so that puts a damper on things. Also the other two stories are a bit blah. New York is under a very scar, dark magic bubble, and Doctor Strange has a lot less magic than he's used to not having as Baron Mordo has taken over his house. Most of the volume is a blast following Strange, Spiderwoman, and Wilson Fisk working together. Fun overall as usual but there's a wider thing happening that I'm not familiar with so that puts a damper on things. Also the other two stories are a bit blah.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    I haven't read the main Secret Empire book (and lbr probably never will) but I really enjoyed this nonsense (I think largely because Hydra Steve was in this for like, 2 panels and seemed extremely tangential to the magical happenings at hand). I'd read another entire volume of just Dr. Strange, Ben Urich, and Jessica Drew making D&D jokes. Please give that to me, Marvel. Also, let Jess be a werebear! I haven't read the main Secret Empire book (and lbr probably never will) but I really enjoyed this nonsense (I think largely because Hydra Steve was in this for like, 2 panels and seemed extremely tangential to the magical happenings at hand). I'd read another entire volume of just Dr. Strange, Ben Urich, and Jessica Drew making D&D jokes. Please give that to me, Marvel. Also, let Jess be a werebear!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    The only thing that saves this book is the art isn't too murky The plotting and writing is hopeless (heh): what should have wrapped up in 2 issues is spread over five, the characters act out of character, and all of the dialogue is hip/cool speech and completely interchangeable, including Dr Strange and Mordo..! Because of this I had no idea who a couple of characters were in situation. I will actively avoid comics written by Hopeless from now on. The only thing that saves this book is the art isn't too murky The plotting and writing is hopeless (heh): what should have wrapped up in 2 issues is spread over five, the characters act out of character, and all of the dialogue is hip/cool speech and completely interchangeable, including Dr Strange and Mordo..! Because of this I had no idea who a couple of characters were in situation. I will actively avoid comics written by Hopeless from now on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    Not a bad read, just wish there was a bit more between the actual story and the one with Strange and Zelma. I was like wait what's happening? Not a bad read, just wish there was a bit more between the actual story and the one with Strange and Zelma. I was like wait what's happening?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    The Secret Empire issues are, unsurprisingly, not great, and don't make a great deal of sense if you've been avoiding Secret Empire like the plague. Fortunately, the book closes out with two issues of one-off stories that are actually quite good. Maybe read those and skip the first four issues if you couldn't give a flying about Secret Empire. The Secret Empire issues are, unsurprisingly, not great, and don't make a great deal of sense if you've been avoiding Secret Empire like the plague. Fortunately, the book closes out with two issues of one-off stories that are actually quite good. Maybe read those and skip the first four issues if you couldn't give a flying about Secret Empire.

  20. 4 out of 5

    L. Karika

    Not as Good as the others were, I'm afraid. This one lacked humor (I loved the Lord of the rings reference, though) and the story was not as interesting as the last ones. But altogether a solid book. Not as Good as the others were, I'm afraid. This one lacked humor (I loved the Lord of the rings reference, though) and the story was not as interesting as the last ones. But altogether a solid book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. While I fundamentally don't like the whole "Captain America, Sleeper Hydra Agent" story line, that particular plot point wasn't the focus of this book. Sure, Cap was there, but this was really Doctor Strange v. Baron Mordo. And that conflict was perfectly done. Mordo was a great villain: arrogant and calm with even a few witty quips... that is until it came down the fight he'd been waiting for. Then he was the epitome of serious. But then, of course, Doctor Stra I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. While I fundamentally don't like the whole "Captain America, Sleeper Hydra Agent" story line, that particular plot point wasn't the focus of this book. Sure, Cap was there, but this was really Doctor Strange v. Baron Mordo. And that conflict was perfectly done. Mordo was a great villain: arrogant and calm with even a few witty quips... that is until it came down the fight he'd been waiting for. Then he was the epitome of serious. But then, of course, Doctor Strange to pulls the ole' illusion play and ultimately wins? And, honestly, that just made the victory against someone so cocky all the more enjoyable. In many ways, it was like the face-off between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker in "The Last Jedi," but I honestly enjoyed this one more. The TLJ fight left some plot-holes, but since this story is based in magic and used previously established rules... it just seemed to work better. Plus this fight also had Spider-Woman (who I haven't read much about, but who, after this story, I am now interested in) and an unlikely alliance with Kingpin. In short, this was a conflict between two years-long foes, with the hero capitalizing on the slimmest of hope with the raggiest of ragtag supporters behind him. That kind of victory is what makes comic books so much fun. And, in short, it was just plain cool. The last two stories, that focused on Doctor Strange teaching his apprentice Zelma were also surprisingly enjoyable. I miss Wong, but seeing this mentoring side of Doctor Strange is a nice change of pace for the character. The writers seem to be breathing new life into him without totally usurping what's been previously established. I'm excited to read more, and I was definitely bummed when I found out the next volume isn't even published yet. So, until then.... *sighs*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Doctor Strange's contribution to the Secret Empire event is different from all the others in that it takes place in NYC, where the Darkforce has enclosed the city in a dome. Teaming up with Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Ben Urich and Wilson Fisk, Strange takes on all the evil forces, as well as the man who has taken over the Sanctum Santorum: Baron Mordo. These issues are amazing with action sequences and complex magical trickery. Baron Mordo.... you'll always lose against the Sorcerer Supreme! The ot Doctor Strange's contribution to the Secret Empire event is different from all the others in that it takes place in NYC, where the Darkforce has enclosed the city in a dome. Teaming up with Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Ben Urich and Wilson Fisk, Strange takes on all the evil forces, as well as the man who has taken over the Sanctum Santorum: Baron Mordo. These issues are amazing with action sequences and complex magical trickery. Baron Mordo.... you'll always lose against the Sorcerer Supreme! The other two stories deal with Strange's apprentice Zelma. In the first, Zelma and many citizens of New York begin to turn against him, prompting a meta trip through his past to help remember a girl who can give form to fears. In the second, they find a cache of magical artifacts that is being guarded by 3 great spirits who are possessed by evil spirits. Very cool fights here as well. While giving us a unique perspective on Secret Empire, Volume 5 of Doctor Strange comes off as being a filler Volume that wants us to continue on to the next, more important Volume. So, I shall. Recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joe Douglas

    I really enjoyed Dennis Hopeless' run on Spider-Woman, but his take on Doctor Strange is just... wrong. While I know it was Jason Aaron who started the whole "high cost of magic" thing it's such a boring trope for magic based characters I really wish it would go away. Hopeless is landed with having to deal with the Secret Empire event, and the issues that deal with that are fine. However, every character is pulling out snappy quips and dude-bro one liners. While that works for Spider-Woman (who I really enjoyed Dennis Hopeless' run on Spider-Woman, but his take on Doctor Strange is just... wrong. While I know it was Jason Aaron who started the whole "high cost of magic" thing it's such a boring trope for magic based characters I really wish it would go away. Hopeless is landed with having to deal with the Secret Empire event, and the issues that deal with that are fine. However, every character is pulling out snappy quips and dude-bro one liners. While that works for Spider-Woman (who just so happens to appear in this volume) it's not right for Strange...or Kingpin, or Baron Mordo or Daredevil. Tellingly, the section of this volume I enjoyed most was when we saw flashbacks of a time earlier on Strange's career and he was talking in a manner more similar to the early Stan Lee/ Roy Thomas issues. Sadly, I haven't liked this version of Strange all that much. While Aaron's run was better, it still feel he didn't get Strange's character quite right. Hopeless, however, just totally misses the mark. Hopefully, in the next volume Donny Cates will get things back on track.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Starfire

    I really enjoyed this instalment of the Doctor Strange graphic novels, which collects - I think - Issues 21-26. The team-up with the street level heroes of Hell's Kitchen (Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage) was inspired, and the snarky banter was everything I could have wished. Speaking of banter, this borders on fourth-wall breaking (not to a Deadpool level, granted, but still, it's there) in a scene where the guys are mocking Mordo (this issue's big bad) for constantly talking in alliteration. I really enjoyed this instalment of the Doctor Strange graphic novels, which collects - I think - Issues 21-26. The team-up with the street level heroes of Hell's Kitchen (Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage) was inspired, and the snarky banter was everything I could have wished. Speaking of banter, this borders on fourth-wall breaking (not to a Deadpool level, granted, but still, it's there) in a scene where the guys are mocking Mordo (this issue's big bad) for constantly talking in alliteration. And while I wasn't a massive fan of the final story in the book, I did like the way they contrasted the language past!Strange (who talked in that overblown comic-book way that superheroes did in their early days) with present!Strange (who's a lot more cynical, world-weary and down-to-earth) Basically, this was fun and a nice rest for my brain before taking on Altered Carbon as the next SF book club book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Grooms

    My experience with Doctor Strange thus far is a smattering of Silver and Bronze Age comics where a self-assured master of the mystic arts uses alliterative allusions to overcome obstacles; a bit ho hum. I picked this up for the Daredevil appearances and Secret Empire tie-in, and was pleasantly surprised: here, Hopeless has Stephen “slumming it” absent his usual magic and accessories, and the result is a clever, resourceful, and much more interesting Strange. There’s even an issue that addresses My experience with Doctor Strange thus far is a smattering of Silver and Bronze Age comics where a self-assured master of the mystic arts uses alliterative allusions to overcome obstacles; a bit ho hum. I picked this up for the Daredevil appearances and Secret Empire tie-in, and was pleasantly surprised: here, Hopeless has Stephen “slumming it” absent his usual magic and accessories, and the result is a clever, resourceful, and much more interesting Strange. There’s even an issue that addresses those issues I have with vintage Doctor Strange comics head on, so I felt seen in my criticism even as the deliberately classic art made me feel nostalgic. The rest of the art is similarly dynamic without being overly stylized. This is a gem of a collection of comics.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Doctor Strange and grab-bag of other second-tier heroes are trapped in Manhattan under a dark force bubble! Why? I don't know! Some Secret Empire tie-in thing because Captain America is a Nazi. Don't worry, it doesn't really matter. The underexplained setup is a solid excuse for Doc Strange to team up with some neat new folks, including the Kingpin, and battle cosmic oddities dropped into town by Baron Mordo. It's fun and weird! Classic Doctor Strange. That said, if you're looking for any sort of Doctor Strange and grab-bag of other second-tier heroes are trapped in Manhattan under a dark force bubble! Why? I don't know! Some Secret Empire tie-in thing because Captain America is a Nazi. Don't worry, it doesn't really matter. The underexplained setup is a solid excuse for Doc Strange to team up with some neat new folks, including the Kingpin, and battle cosmic oddities dropped into town by Baron Mordo. It's fun and weird! Classic Doctor Strange. That said, if you're looking for any sort of continuity from previous Doctor Strange adventures, prepare to be very disappointed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juan

    Dennis Hopeless and Niko Henrichon held on to a fun narrative. While playing with some of Marvel’s 2nd tier characters and 1st tier villain. The art captured the cool energy of it all while the writing was meta in some parts and funny in others. This collection lot a team when the hell was given to John Barber. He reached back to an earlier episode, and not being familiar with Doc Strange, it felt out of wack. Then the last part was more of the same, but with better art. So this was two issues t Dennis Hopeless and Niko Henrichon held on to a fun narrative. While playing with some of Marvel’s 2nd tier characters and 1st tier villain. The art captured the cool energy of it all while the writing was meta in some parts and funny in others. This collection lot a team when the hell was given to John Barber. He reached back to an earlier episode, and not being familiar with Doc Strange, it felt out of wack. Then the last part was more of the same, but with better art. So this was two issues too long. Otherwise it was an enjoyable trip.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I was a little leery heading into this volume. I knew the whole Secret Empire arc was winding it's way through the Marvel universe. Normally these tie-ins to larger arcs aren't handled very well, BUT this one was so good! It integrated both where Doctor Strange had been with the larger plot. Granted it does just drop you in, but like say a Doctor Who episode you figure out what happened as the story goes along. Just a great volume! I was a little leery heading into this volume. I knew the whole Secret Empire arc was winding it's way through the Marvel universe. Normally these tie-ins to larger arcs aren't handled very well, BUT this one was so good! It integrated both where Doctor Strange had been with the larger plot. Granted it does just drop you in, but like say a Doctor Who episode you figure out what happened as the story goes along. Just a great volume!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cecillie

    This was a collection of references, and not really a lot more than that. I caught: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, several DnD references, some chess (which were also pointet out by the characters), and there was probably more that I didn't catch. And there was so much "funny" banter that it took away from what was actually happening. I don't mind banter... it just needs to be funny and not totally distract from the actual plot. Yeah, this was okay, but not much more than that. This was a collection of references, and not really a lot more than that. I caught: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, several DnD references, some chess (which were also pointet out by the characters), and there was probably more that I didn't catch. And there was so much "funny" banter that it took away from what was actually happening. I don't mind banter... it just needs to be funny and not totally distract from the actual plot. Yeah, this was okay, but not much more than that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    This is a bit of a stopgap volume but still really enjoyable. Dennis Hopeless and John Barber do a good job of continuing the tone of the modern Doctor Strange from Jason Aaron's excellent run with some light stories. There's also the bonus of a fun appearance from Spider-Woman, most recently written by Hopeless. This is a bit of a stopgap volume but still really enjoyable. Dennis Hopeless and John Barber do a good job of continuing the tone of the modern Doctor Strange from Jason Aaron's excellent run with some light stories. There's also the bonus of a fun appearance from Spider-Woman, most recently written by Hopeless.

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