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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

May 24th, 2009 · Joe · 2 Comments

Dr. Strange: The Oath written by Brian K. Vaughn, art by Marcos Martin, inks & colors by Alvaro Lopez & Javier Rodriguez, letters by Willie Schubert

And welcome to the last good Dr. Strange story. One that opens with Strange being dragged into the clinic of Dr. Linda “Night Nurse” Carter. Strange has been shot and so Wong takes him to the only doctor in the city who specializes in vigilante trauma. From there we learn that Wong has a malignant brain tumor, Dr. Strange located a magical potion that can cure it and the person who shot him was a costumed burglur named Brigand who stole the potion on behalf of a mysterious enemy of the Sorcerer Supreme. And then we get demons, robots and Hitler’s Gun…

Vaughn tells what is probably one of the best Dr. Strange stories in years, an impressive talent given the difficulties most writer’s have in presenting the character (*glares at Bendis*). And Martin has a classical comic book style of art that meshes well. Though honestly, the book is almost worth picking up just for the first two pages and the conversation between rookie hero Arana and Iron Fist in Night Nurse’s waiting room…


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  • 1 Sardel // May 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I never really found Dr. Strange to be that interesting. After reading this story I grew a new appreciation for the character and the writing of Mr. Vaughn.

    This book also led me to Triumph and Torment, which involves Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom as they compete for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

    As a result, I’d have to say after two excellent Dr. Strange stories that I am now a fan.

  • 2 LurkerWithout // May 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    You should check out MightyGodKing’s follow-up to “Why I should write the Legion of Super-Heroes”, Why I should write Dr. Strange.

    Dude has some awesome ideas…

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