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Strange Tales #127
Duel with the Dread Dormammu!

October 27, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

After reviewing the story from Strange Tales #126 that featured Dr. Strange, I  found my self all to eager to read the second part; to bare witness to the conflict between the Doctor and the Dreaded Dormammu.  In fact, in the early pages of this adventure, we learn that this Duel does come with a high cost, win or lose.  We already knew from the last adventure, that if Dr. Strange lost, Dormammu intends to invade earth.  It is in these pages that we learn that if Dormammu looses, that his realm will face great danger from the mindless ones;  Thus putting Dr. Strange in the mental realm of not just a hard, but complex ethical conflict, even before the magical duel begins.

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Strange Tales # 126
The Domain Of the Dread Dormammu

October 24, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While yesterday I established that the first tale from Strange Tales #126, left me lacking; today we explore the Realm of Darkness and face off against Dormammu himself with none other than Dr. Strange. This story starts off, with The Ancient One summing Strange just a short time after the events of the last story,  then informing him of Dormammu’s plans, as relayed from a messenger sent by the Dormammu himself.   What we have here, is Doctor Strange needing to take up a quest to another dimention to save earth from a great and powerful threat. (more…)

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Avengers #9
The Coming Of The... Wonder Man!

October 17, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read  Avengers #9, the story in this volume is titled  “The Coming Of the … Wonder Man!”.  In this tale we have Baron Zemo, The Enchantress, and The Executioner returning from their banishment that occured  in Avengers #7. Like most typical villains, their mind is single focused n gaining revenge, seeking to thort and destroy the avengers whom wronged them. To do this, they seek out another wronged -in a way- by the avengers. In this case Simon Williams is found, and turned into Wonder Man by the genius of Zemo. Wonder Man with a wondrous array of powers, the strength, speed, and skill to rival the avengers – kept in check by Zemo only by the need to continuously retrieve  an antidote for the method that caused his super-powers or otherwise die – is then sent to infiltrate the avengers, to help Zemo destroy them from within.    (more…)

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Strange Tales #125
Mordo Must Not Catch Me

October 15, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The tale of Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #125 is one of an epic battle between Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo, his often repeated nemesis. This time Mordo traps The Ancient One first, before attempting to take on Doctor Strange. leaving our hero with the daunting task of fighting Mordo while finding and freeing his Mentor. (more…)

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Strange tales # 124
The lady from nowhere

March 14, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this mystic Dr. strange tale, we have a special guest appearance I character not only from history but was also been seen in a previous Marvel comic. In Dr. strange tales so far we have seen him go to Great Plains to help those in need. But this is the first time we have seen him travel through time self to the distant past to help free a trapped soul of the present. The traveling to the past for the mystic dr. strange is not without risk. For if he stays there too long he’ll be trapped in time forever (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #108
Loki Prince of Evil!

March 18, 2013 | Drew | (No Comments)

With  Journey Into Mystery #108, featuring The Might Thor in the story titled “Loci Prince Of Evil!”  We have  a story consisting of 3 grand scenes, starting off with Thor saving a young boy via a hammer strike from afar.. and then  Thor / Don Blake working to save the life in the OR of another marvel hero, One Doctor Strange!  Lastly we have Loki facing off against Thor in a scheme that is more direct than what has been attempted in the last 8 issues – where we had Loki working more behind the scenes manipulating other villains.  But is this epic battle, everything it could be and should be? I will get into that down below. (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #107
When The Gray Gargoyle Strikes

March 7, 2013 | Drew | (1 Comment)

After the two-part team up between Mr. Hyde and The Cobra, we get a new menace for Thor to deal with; and all without the apparent tampering of his brother Loki in the background – that being something that has been more often than not for about the last seven issues. But the new menace – whom has the power to turn anything he touches into stone that he gained during a lab accident – has ambitious goals of immortality and even greater power for himself. In fact he see’s defeating Thor and claiming Thor’s mightily hammer as a means to his goals. No matter how delusional his plan may be the Gray Gargoyle proves to be quite a real threat for the Asgardian God.    But what of the events of the last two issues? what of Jane Foster’s feeling of Don Blake betraying Thor? is continuity addressed or left forgotten? more on that below.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #123
The Challenge Of Loki

October 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

 

For the first time that I recall seeing,  Dr. Strange stole half the cover away from The Human Torch;  to promote his feature, guest starring Thor. In this tale, Loki aims to trick Dr. Strange into helping him defeat Thor, but can such a trick work, or will Dr. Strange realize the truth in time to stop the evil plan?

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Doctor Strange: Season One

September 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

This comic book review is for Doctor Strange: Season One; and  with it I plan to uphold the same level of expectations i did for the other season one titles I reviewed.  If you would like to know more about my methods or my view points on season one as a whole,  you can check out my review of Fantastic Four: Season one, as I covered those in my introduction there.

But, I feel in some ways Doctor Strange is unique, among the classic marvel hero’s.  Instead of smashing and beating up enemies, he usually obtained victory with wits, and a bit of magic.  Limited most by his own imagination; he could easily achieve his goal with minimum direct confrontation.  so as opposed to when I reviewed the Hulk story and expected to see him smash, In Dr. Strange I hoped to see him think.  I hope to see the same elements that I feel drew in college age readers for his classic (even if Trippe and out there) Tales.  (more…)

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Fantastic Four #27
The Search For Sub-Mariner!

August 17, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

For this comic book review I am reading Fantastic Four #27, and a story titled “The Search For Sub-Mariner!“, Yes, you have guessed right, the Sub-Mariner is back in Fantastic Four, for the first time since Fantastic Four Annual #1.  Although Namor did have an appearance in Avengers #3 and #4.

But in this issue as you can see by the cover we also have a guest hero: Doctor Strange, in his first appearance out side of strange tales.  But what role will he have in this fantastic tale? and is this a Classic or a wash? you will have to look below into my comic book review.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #121
Witchcraft In The Wax Museum

August 15, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review, i have read the Dr. Strange feature from Strange Tales #121 titled “Witchcraft In The Wax Museum“.  In this tale we see Doctor strange given a nine page feature to face off once again against the evil Baron Mordo, but in this battle the fate of Doctor strange’s life seems to be at stake, as he has but 24 hours to find and reclaim his own body for to die.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #120
The House Of Shadows!

May 16, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

The second tale from Strange Tales #120 i am going to review is “The House Of Shadows!” featuring Dr. Strange master of the mystic arts.  this comic book story according to its title page is “A tale of eerie enchantment told in the marvel manner!” but can it live up to this and the recent tales of Dr. Strange? (more…)

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Strange Tales #117
The Many Traps Of Baron Mordo

March 22, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read Strange Tales #117  and the story featuring Dr. Strange Titled “The Many Traps Of Baron Mordo” In this issue, we have a near foolproof plan of Baron Mordo to trap Dr. Strange and his home in another dimension.  Then while he is trapped, the Barren plans to face and eliminate the ancient one.

But can the evil man’s plan work, or will Dr. Strange find a way to stand in the face of evil once again? (more…)

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Strange Tales #116
Return To The Nightmare World

March 5, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

The second tale that I reviewed today from Strange Tales #116 is Dr. Strange’s tale, titled “Return To The Nightmare World” and in this mystic story we have a feature length thriller that is reminiscent of the first appearance of Dr. Strange back in Strange Tales #110.

In this tale, we have nightmare trapping people in their sleep into the nightmare dimension so that they never wake up. Thus it is left to Dr. Strange, to do what only he can, stop nightmare and rescue the sleeping victims so that they can awaken.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #115
The Origin of Dr. Strange

February 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

That’s right, after having several Dr. Strange stories under our belt, today we get to the origin of our Strange hero. but before i dive into that, if your here looking for the Human Torch story of this issue, please click here for my review of that one.

Dr. Strange is not so unlike our other marvel hero’s , and in fact may have a lot in common with the now cancelled  Dr. Droom stories.   He was a normal man, a surgeon, with very normal motives. Then like most Marvel comic hero’s  a tragic event put him though is paces and lead him down the path that changed his life forever.

But I am not going to spoil the origin for you, it is good enough to be worth reading yourself, so I suggest that you pick it up in reprint, you can get it here:Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (more…)

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Strange Tales #114
The Return Of The Omnipotent Baron Mordo!

February 3, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

After being gone for a couple month, Dr. Strange returns, and not without editorial explanation on its first page. and I quote:

In Strange Tales #110 and #111 we introduced the mystifying Dr. Strange! Then, we waited to receive your letters, to see if you would want him continued! Well, your enthusiastic mail left us only one choice, and so… We proudly present the third in our newest series…

Now to summarize the story, Dr. Strange is contacted by Sir Clive Bentley, seeking an imitate need for help, despite how odd it is, he is unable to refuse the call, and shows up, little does he know he is walking right into a trap set by Baron Mordo! (more…)

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Avengers #1
The Coming Of The Avengers!

January 12, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For Today’s Comic book review, i Read and review Avengers #1 from 1963.  This classic Tale features The Mighty Thor, Iron Man,  Ant-Man and the Wasp, and The Incredible Hulk, and though the action’s of this 22 page story, they come together to form the Avengers!

Our Story begins out with Loki,   plotting his revenge against Thor, and  then searching the earth via his magical powers for a way to get even with the God of thunder.  It is in this search that he comes to the hulk, and decides to set him up to draw Thor out.

As fate would have it, his action’s get the attention of  much more than just  Thor, but also Iron-Man, Ant-Man, and the Wasp.  All of whom respond to the Teen Brigade call for help for The Hulk.  But can the 4 hero’s  help the hulk or will they be forced to capture him, and Can Thor deal with the menace of Loki?

Be you a classic avengers fan or even just a comic book fan; or perhaps your here because of the upcoming Movie Blockbuster. Avengers #1 is a must read, read on to see why: (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #96
The Mighty Thor! Defying The Magic Of... Mad Merlin!

January 10, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For Today’s Comic Book Review i Read the Thor Story from Journey Into Mystery #96. This story is titled “The Mighty Thor! Defying The Magic Of… Mad Merlin!”   and as we sit down to read and review it, we have to ask ourselves if it is truly a magical story, or if it is one that will just fizzle out.

to summarize the events of the comic, we have the crypt of Merlin being discovered, and his sarcophagus was transferred to New York to be opened at a museum.  After being opened though,  Merlin awakens and leaves having high hopes to become a modern seat of power.   In his first attempt to impress the modern world, he learns to achieve his goal, he must first stop Thor.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #111
Face-To-Face With The Magic Of Baron Mordo!

December 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
strange tales #111
Today’s Comic book review is of Strange Tales #111; and it contains two stories that I have reviewed; This post is for the Dr. Strange story Titled: “Face-To-Face With The Magic Of Baron Mordo!“. For the Human Torch Story, please click here.
In our second tale of Dr. Strange, we have him face to face with Baron Mordo, or at least trance image to face.  Just as the first Dr. Strange tale, this is but 5 short pages, but what it offers in just a few pages is a good story and good character.

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Strange Tales #110
Dr. Strange Master Of Black Magic

December 10, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Strange Tales 110

In Strange Tales #110,  a second key marvel character graced the pages with his own story. This will lead me to review not only the Human Torch Tale, but a tale by another key figure.  Who is this character? Why none other than Dr. Strange, a character much more suited to fill the pages of a comic book magazine titled Strange.

Just because his name does not grace the cover of this comic, The Human Torch is still the star story and character of Strange Tales; this would be the beginning of a game changer for the marvel universe. As such it is that much more important that I do a comic book review of it.  Worry not Torch fans, you can find his strange Tales #10 Review here as well.

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