Doctor Strange by Donny Cates, Vol. 2
The damnation of Doctor Strange! To restore Las Vegas to glory, the Master of the Mystic Arts bet big on his abilities - but his prize came with some satanic strings attached! Now he's going double or nothing to set things right. But how did Strange get back to full power? And will it be enough when he's gambling for his life? Held captive in Mephisto's Hotel Inferno, the odds aren't good -because, remember, the house always wins. Can Wong and the Midnight Sons help Doctor Strange fi nd a way to win? And, with the souls of the living and the dead on the line, is the Sorcerer Supreme actually willing to follow his former assistant's lead? Damnation transforms the magical landscape for Strange and the entire Marvel Universe! COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 386-390

Doctor Strange by Donny Cates, Vol. 2 Details

TitleDoctor Strange by Donny Cates, Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherMarvel Comics
ISBN-139781302910655
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Fantasy

Doctor Strange by Donny Cates, Vol. 2 Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Most of my review is in my damnation review. This volume is basically all of that. So it's about Mephisto bringing hell on earth and strange stopping it. So go read that review to see what I thought. For the last issue, which is NOT in Damnation collection, this is the final issue Donny Cates writes and honestly it's his best one. It's a bitter sweet goodbye, giving us some great human moments with Strange. However, it's the Spider-man moments that make this issue fantastic. Peter and Strange's Most of my review is in my damnation review. This volume is basically all of that. So it's about Mephisto bringing hell on earth and strange stopping it. So go read that review to see what I thought. For the last issue, which is NOT in Damnation collection, this is the final issue Donny Cates writes and honestly it's his best one. It's a bitter sweet goodbye, giving us some great human moments with Strange. However, it's the Spider-man moments that make this issue fantastic. Peter and Strange's friendship is interesting, unique, and a lot of fun. This is both a funny issue and a sad one because you want Donny to stay on Strange once it's over. But for what it is, this two volume run was very solid and for that alone I'm pushing this to the same rating as volume 1. A 4 out of 5.
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  • Malum
    January 1, 1970
    Peter Parker's face when Strange asks him if he wants to be able to talk to spiders is worth all of the stars.
  • Blindzider
    January 1, 1970
    The bad thing about this volume is it intertwines with another title (also written by Cates). The good thing is he did a nice job of filling you in if you haven't read it. Love the tone of this. It reminds me of Fraction's Hawkeye mini-series. Strange clearly has his own issues, and like the best Marvel characters, he's human, and makes mistakes. There's a snarky attitude about the whole thing, so it's a little bit funny, usually at the expense of Stephen, which just makes him even more relatabl The bad thing about this volume is it intertwines with another title (also written by Cates). The good thing is he did a nice job of filling you in if you haven't read it. Love the tone of this. It reminds me of Fraction's Hawkeye mini-series. Strange clearly has his own issues, and like the best Marvel characters, he's human, and makes mistakes. There's a snarky attitude about the whole thing, so it's a little bit funny, usually at the expense of Stephen, which just makes him even more relatable and not this stoic, all-power and all-knowing super magician that never makes a mistake.The art isn't bad, a little "scratchy" looking and sort of fits. It's David Aja-ish, again, like Fraction's Hawkeye. Hopefully the upcoming hardcover collection for Cates' run will have both series in reading order.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Probably not the strongest of stories. I felt like the previous damnation novel was better in a way. Still good fun. Interesting to see where they take it next. Definitely smell a reboot coming on.
  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    Donny Cates, you did this right.
  • Albert
    January 1, 1970
    Niko Henrichon and Donny Cates... beautiful combo. I love Niko's work, and this is no exception.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Solid read. A bit more supernatural than I like, but it's Doctor Strange, so what do I expect, right? I really liked watching Strange evolve--and finally really face all the problems he's had in the past year and move beyond them (at least, by this graphic novel's end). Bats (the ghost dog) was definitely my favorite part of this story. His straightforward attitude was the perfect foil for Doctor Strange's brooding. This story also had some solid twists and turns, and it's got me curious to read Solid read. A bit more supernatural than I like, but it's Doctor Strange, so what do I expect, right? I really liked watching Strange evolve--and finally really face all the problems he's had in the past year and move beyond them (at least, by this graphic novel's end). Bats (the ghost dog) was definitely my favorite part of this story. His straightforward attitude was the perfect foil for Doctor Strange's brooding. This story also had some solid twists and turns, and it's got me curious to read that whole "Damnation" story arc... which is saying something, since I'm generally more of a DC fan. The best issue, however, was definitely the last one: Spider-Man's cameo was beyond hilarious. I forget why I loved Spider-Man growing up until he sneaks his way into a different comic, and then I'm like, "That's right! He's hilarious, relatable, and awesome!" The mini comic where he talked to a spider... that was some dark humor. But, man, if I wasn't chuckling through the whole thing! I'm glad that we finally got some closure with Zelma, as well. I liked her character, but I think it's also time to move beyond the drama and venture toward something else. Doctor Strange deserves a fresh start, and that's what I'm looking forward to in future comics starring the Sorcerer Supreme. But these last two graphic novels, headed by Donny Cates, were spectacular reads: funny at times, but also undeniably grounded with enough magic to keep your imagination spinning. Thank you, Cates. I look forward to seeing what you do with other titles in the future.
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  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    Great wrap up to a great run, with a happy ending!
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    If you've read the Damnation mini-event, you've read all but one of these issues. The last is Cates's farewell to the series, and it's great. Damnation was a good event, too, for the record.
  • Kaiulani
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
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