Doctor Strange #55 (vol. 1)
Hey guys! I’m here to tell you a little about one of my favorite Doctor Strange issues, “To have loved, and lost”.
Written by Roger Stern and drawn by Micheal Golden and Terry Austin, this was a sad issue but good in the fact that Stephen found some closure.
The book starts off with Doctor Strange depressed and wanting to be left alone in his home, for the love of his life Clea had left him (not to be mean, mind you, she did it for Stephen’s good). Even though he is the master of the mystic arts, he is still human, and his human heart has been shattered. With so much pain he does the one thing he can think of, pull a Jimmy Stewart from Its a Wonderful Life and wish he were dead because it would be better than to feel the heartache he’s going though.
You can’t just make a wish in a Dr. Strange comic and nothing happen, so an enchanter shows up, not just any enchanter but Dakihn the Enchanter, follower of Zhered-Na, former sorcerer of Sadt and mage of a dozen different relms! Thats right! THE Dakihn the Enchanter, follower of Zhered-Na, former sorcerer of Sadt and mage of a dozen different relms pops up and grants his wish in an illusion sense. However, instead of a world were Strange doesn’t exists and kooky things happen as the result (like red lights mean go, pants are worn inside out, Sharon Stone is a really good actress, dogs can marry cats, you know, really fucked up things)its more like a weird trippy dream.
It goes from him in a mental hospital, to being dropped in the middle of a crowded street where the Doctor Strange movie is playing starring an actor named Cammeron Powel and the crowd goes nuts thinking that Stephen is Cammeron. One of my favorite parts is when Stephen meets the men in charge of the doctor Strange comics, Ted Tevoski the artist and Les Tane the writer. If you hadn’t caught it, those are anagrams for Steve Ditko and Stan Lee and Golden does a great job on the likeness of the two.
More craziness happens then it all comes together when Dakihn the Enchanter, follower of Zhered-Na, former sorcerer of Sadt and mage of a dozen different relms, basically tries to convince Stephen to kill himself. Strange over comes the temptation and quickly realizes that Dakihn the Enchanter, follower of Zhered-Na, former sorcerer of Sadt and mage of a dozen different relms is none other than the demon D’Spayre! With some quick thinking Strange restrains D’Sparye with the crimson bands of cyttorak and in a flash he’s back in his sanctuary on the internal road to healing.
This was a really great story to read on how Doctor Strange overcomes a deep battle of depression within, only to see the real way to make himself better. Micheal Golden’s pencils are outstanding, such a clean and crisp detailed work makes you really appreciate any book he draws. Terry Austins story telling is very good as well, especially the way he ends the story with Doctor Strange coming to realize that things aren’t well, but he knows that will get better.