Friday, May 27, 2005

This Comic Is Good - Doctor Strange: A Separate Reality

Mark this one down as yet another example of "if a book is not a super popular title, you can get away with a lot more cool stuff in it."

This trade collects the work of Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner on Doctor Strange, first in the pages of Marvel Premiere, and later, in the first few issues of Doctor Strange's ongoing title.

There are three separate story arcs, and each one of them is amazing in its complexity and majesticness.

The first storyline involves a major change in the status quo for Doctor Strange, as he goes from being "Master of Mystic Arts" to "Sorceror Supreme." It is one of those rare changes that makes so much sense that it has almost become retrofitted into people's memories as THE status quo for Doctor Strange, forgetting that it was not the case for the first seven or so years of Doctor Strange's existence.

The next storyline has Doctor Strange and his arch-rival Baron Mordo get caught up in the plan of a future being to become, well, GOD.

This storyline in particular allowed Frank Brunner to just go NUTS with his art.

In addition, the storyline let Englehart try some pretty daring things, with them travelling through time with Sise-Neg (who is trying to become God) until they are actually present for the (re)creation of the UNIVERSE!!!

This was certainly not the typical comic book fare of the time.

Finally, in the pages of his ongoing series, Englehart goes for a more traditional story with the villain Silver Dagger attempting to kill him. Even this story, though, is filled with a lot of good story ideas and appears extremely modern in its plot.

All in all, this may very well be the greatest Doctor Strange run ever (and I am a huge fan of the Roger Stern run), so it is well worth picking up.


Blogger Brad Curran said...

I'm thinking about getting Essential Dr. Strange vol. 2. It collects A Seperate Reality and some Roy Thomas written material ahead of it, with art by Gene Colan and Barrw Windsor-Smith, which is a damn good selling point.

5/27/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Fabe-O said...

What's this? An entry about how great a title run from the past is?

And where can I pick it up for cheap?

5/27/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger chasdom said...

Brad -

Essential Dr Strange Vol 2 is well worth the price just for the first 7 or 8 Thomas/Cloan stories. Just a note, though, Vol 2 ends right before the Silver Daggger story so it doesn't contain the complete Englehart/Brunner run.

5/28/2005 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

"Just a note, though, Vol 2 ends right before the Silver Daggger story so it doesn't contain the complete Englehart/Brunner run."

I was wondering about that.

5/28/2005 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Vaklam said...

I didn't know the Englehart/Brunner stuff had been collected.

This. Is. Awesome.

I'm headed to the FLCS on Monday. I know what I'm getting.

5/29/2005 02:56:00 AM  

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