By Jed Mackay, Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela
If you’re a Marvel comics reader like me, you probably know that these “Death of” series generally tend to just be temporary. I remember reading the Death of Wolverine years ago and thinking, he’ll be back. I was of course correct, and I didn’t even have to wait that long for it to happen. This week brings us the second issue of the Death of Dr. Strange. The first issue was a great way to start the mini series, and the second issue picks right up where we left off, with a dead sorcerer and a new Dr. Strange.
Jed Mackay has been on a hot streak at Marvel and has honestly been one of their best writers. His Black Cat series is a good read every month. When you are handed the keys to something like the Death of Dr. Strange, clearly Marvel trusts in your writing abilities. If you’re wondering how and why there are two Dr. Strange’s, that question gets answered fairly early and easily. Mackay comes up with a good reason for why there are two Stephen Strange’s. The voices given to Stephen’s supporting cast is done well. Mackay allows them to be our voice, as we’re just as curious and confused about why there are two Dr. Strange’s. We’re introduced to some villains, or at least they’re new to me, and they do look terrifying. Mackay shows off their brute strength as they handle some very powerful heroes with ease. These characters have a good aesthetic to them and can hopefully appear more often in the Marvel universe. As the second issue wraps, I’m still just as invested as I was after reading the first issue.
The pencils this issue are handled by Lee Garbett with colors by Antonio Fabela. Garbett does and amazing job on the design for these creatures. They truly look sinister and evil. It’s also nice to see Garbett’s difference in drawing both versions of Dr. Strange. His pencils are clean and crisp too, which makes the pages easy on the eyes. The colors by Antonio Fabela go a long way too in making this an easy read. We get a bright pinkish purple as Clea falls from the sky to seek help. Fabela also gives us great shading on Captain America as he assembles the Avengers to fight these creatures. Ultimately, the pencils and colors perfectly fit this story and work out extremely well.
The Death of Dr. Strange #2 is every bit as good as the first issue. By this point you have to be invested. Jed Mackay has crafted a well written story with characters we know and love. The pencils and colors add to the depth of the tale and help readers enjoy the story.