Dr. Strange is busier than he's ever been. With his once life-altering hand injury healed, he's back to being one of the world's most sought after surgeons. As well, he maintains his role as Earth's sorcerer supreme, defending the world against threats that would melt the mind of your everyday superhero. Finally — and this is the focus of this issue — Strange's magical forge has been pilfered, and quick, dirty weapons of magical mass destruction are being proliferated into the hands of the aforementioned mind-melting threats. That's quite a packed dance card!
There is no doubting the master craft of Mark Waid, who deserves his flowers as an all-time comics icon. He knows how to put together a story. Likewise, the visual work of Kev Walker, Java Tartaglia, and Cory Petit make the mundane and the outre equally engaging artistic experiences. Unfortunately, this embarrassment of riches simply bursts the seams of this meager page count, pushing for more than the space allows, which diminishes it all. No one in their right mind could say this was a bad book, but its missteps slightly outweigh its advantages. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
Dr. Strange #5By Mark Waid, Kev Walker, Phil NotoTHE SORCERER SUPREME ROBBED! Someone is stealing magical artifacts from Dr. Strange! With the help of Dr. Druid, Strange must go undercover to discover a magical black-market arms dealing ring but is Strange walking into battle with an ally or another enemy at his back?