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The Fate of Stephen Strange is Revealed in This Review of Doctor Strange #15

In this review of Doctor Strange #15, we see the fallout of the events at the end of Blood Hunt #1.

 

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Doctor Strange main cover by Alex Ross (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Doctor Strange #15
Writer: Jed MacKay
Art: Pasqual Ferry
Main Cover:
Alex Ross
Colors: Heather Moore
Variant Covers: Lee Garbett, Ken Lashley, Juan Fernandez
Release Date: May 8, 2024

 

The Review Contains Spoilers

So, I did it. I gave in to something I have not done in a long time. I read a tie-in to an event. It’s something I vowed not to do unless it was a title I regularly read. Doctor Strange #15 is not one of those titles. Yet I read it. I am semi-happy that I did. The issue picks up where Blood Hunt #1 ends (if you missed my review, read it here). Finding out what happened to Doctor Strange was the primary reason for picking this up.

Doctor Strange #15 begins as Blade had made his way to the Sanctum Sanctorum where Doctor Strange and Clea are conjuring a way to end vampire apocalypse plaguing the planet. Blade reveals himself as the mastermind behind the attack and stabs Stephen with his sword. As Strange approaches death, Blade maintains he doesn’t want Doctor Strange to die. He bites into his neck, beginning the transformation to the undead. Blade and Clea battle back and forth as the transition continues. It’s here that Blade reveals another plan.

The formula the Stranges were working on would certainly work in destroying the invading vampires. In death, Blade knows that Clea would have completed this Montesi Formula to avenge her husband’s death. However, the Daywalker believed the sorceress would think twice if she knew finishing things would kill her husband as well. That is why Blade transformed him. Be then takes his leave, leaving Clea holding off an attacking vampire Doctor Strange.

 

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The vampire formerly known as Doctor Stephen Strange (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

 

As it pertains to this part of Blade’s plan laid out in Doctor Strange #15, MacKay has an interesting dilemma in front of Clea. Does the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, especially when that one is your spouse. Of course, quickly knows her decision. She has no intentions on taking the life of her husband. But make does something take made me made me laugh. She pulls Doctor Strange’s astral form out of his body, as what happened to him in the cinematic version of the same title. It’s an interesting way to move the issue, and perhaps the entire event, along while keeping Doctor Strange on the gameboard.

As expected, Clea and Astral Strange are at odds over their next steps. Stephen is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. Clea refuses to go that route. She convinces her husband to go another route, to do something Blade would not expect of them — join the forces of the other heroes. By providence, there’s a knock on the door. It’s Hunter’s Moon, Tigra, and Spider-Man (Miles). But as they talk strategy, little do they know that they’re not alone. In the shadows is the spirit of Victor Strange. He’s been a spirit without a body. But know he may have found one — the empty shell of his brother’s vampirized body.

MacKay writing in Doctor Strange #15 was better than my experience with Blood Hunt #1. It was less predictable than Blood hunt. This made the story more enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, I like the idea having Doctor Strange, yet not fully there. I wonder how that will play out as the event goes on.

I’m not certain I will follow up with the next issue. It will play on Victor Strange’s presence within the Sanctorum. Based on the description at the end of Doctor Strange #15, issue #16 will see Stephen’s brother occupy his demonized body and will face off against Wong. I’m not sure if I have an interest in that.

From an artistic standpoint, I’m not certain which I enjoyed least, the line work or the colors. Heather Moore’s colors seemed too bright for the tone of the story and the event. While I understand that there was conjuring of spells throughout the issue, some panels made it appear as if it was daytime when it clearly was not.

I’m also not a fan of how Ferry drew his emotions. The key players all looked sinister, evil. However, this shouldn’t be the case for Clea. There should’ve been more expression of anger, then concern. If that was the attempt, it was not done well.

 

Final Thoughts

Doctor Strange #15 is an example of the art killing the vibe. This is particularly true after the release of Blood Hunt #1, which I feel was the complete opposite, where the art saved the story. I hope that as the Blood Hunt event continues that there is better consistency with the art.

I’m not certain if I’ll pick up the next issue. As of now, I’ll need something that’ll make me want to pick it up again. I’ll follow the main Blood Hunt event alone.

 

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Doctor Strange #15
Final Thoughts
Doctor Strange #15 is an example of the art killing the vibe. This is particularly true after the release of Blood Hunt #1, which I feel was the complete opposite, where the art saved the story. I hope that as the Blood Hunt event continues that there is better consistency with the art.
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