Doctor Strange #3 Review: Surprisingly Deep Skrull Analysis

Doctor Strange #3
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Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Jesus Saiz, Letters: VC's Joe Sabino, Cover by: Jesus Saiz, Variant Cover by: Ema Lupacchino and Jason Keith, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski, Editor: Nick Lowe, Doctor Strange created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Doctor Strange and Kanna are scouring the stars in search of magical artifacts to grant Stephen is mystical powers once again. They are successful to a point, but Stephen Strange is far from being the Master of the Mystic Arts again. Against all odds, this search leads them to a world inhabited by Skrull refugees. It is here that Stephen and Kanna find an old Avengers foe and an immensely powerful item.

Doctor Strange #3 cover by Jesus Saiz
Doctor Strange #3 cover by Jesus Saiz

We’re tying into a wider story already with #3 of this series, but the book can make it feel organic to its credit. Stephen and Kanna stumble across the tie-in to Infinity Wars, and it’s resolved in such a manner that feels believable given the circumstances. In other words, this is surprisingly not contrived given how these things normally go.

One of the most striking things about this comic is Stephen’s observations about the Skrulls upon landing on their refuge planet. It’s one of those times where telling as opposed to showing actually works because it makes you consider some things about the Skrulls that haven’t come up before. Strange ponders why a shape-shifting race would maintain physical commonalities, why they often appear on Earth in a humanoid form, and other details of how the species lives. It’s kind of brilliant.

The ending is also very clever, reminding the reader that Stephen Strange is as capable of dishonesty and underhanded tactics as many of his foes.

Doctor Strange #3 art by Jesus Saiz
Doctor Strange #3 art by Jesus Saiz

I’ve absolutely gushed about Jesus Saiz’s art in my review of the previous two issues, and those praises hold up in this issue too. The detailing, texturing, and overall style of the worlds Strange and Kanna visit are spectacular. The color work is a nice often warm balance that grabs the reader’s attention with ease. The book is damn gorgeous.

Doctor Strange #3 is another strong issue from Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz. The story is tight, concludes within the issue, and present Stephen Strange as the compelling and fascinating protagonist he should be. The art is gorgeous to boot, sealing the deal on this book earning another recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.