Damnation


Doctor Strange #389 cover by Mike del Mundo

Doctor Strange #389 Review: The Terrible Trio

Doctor Strange explains to us that the portal he opened in Las Vegas attracted not only Mephisto, but also Dormammu, Nightmare, and Shuma-Gorath. They warred over who would enter our dimension, and Mephisto won, which left the other three in some sort of Necro-Realm. Dormammu has a proposal for Doctor Strange and the Avengers. Stephen […]

Wong and the Midnight Sons make their final stand against the hordes of Hell and the demonically-possessed Avengers. Before long, Mephisto himself arrives to gloat over having killed Johnny Blaze. However, Mephisto does not know that the Ghost Rider has become the king of Hell, and the tides may soon turn in favor of Wong. Doctor Strange: Damnation ends better than it began. While some of the deliberate lack of repentance on the part of Stephen Strange and the lack of focus on the members of the Midnight Sons that aren’t Wong and Strange does bother me, this final installment didn’t really get on my nerves as much as the first. Don’t get me wrong, this issue still has a myriad of problems that keep it from being required reading. This story was stretched to breaking point, and a good portion of what matters happened in the Ghost Rider issue. This book is a protracted third act. As far as plot-relevance goes, Blade, Doctor Voodoo, Bloodstone, Man-Thing, Scarlet Spider, Moon Knight, and Iron Fist may as well not be here. Even in their own tie-ins, Iron Fist and Scarlet Spider don’t really do anything important to the story. The follow-up story promises more with the Midnight Sons though, and that will hopefully come to something. Rod Reis’ artwork is a welcome presence in this book. His style lends itself to the ethereal and surreal nature of this setting and plot. The color gradience adds a unique atmosphere and generally looks quite good. Szymon Kudranski and Dan Brown handle the epilogue with the Midnight Sons and Doc Strange. The more realistic aesthetic does contrast Reis’ work in an odd manner, but it looks good too. Doctor Strange: Damnation #4 is a decent enough read. If you liked the rest of the story, you’ll like this one too. The fact that the story at least acknowledges that Strange’s idea was terrible from the start and ties it to personal problems helps a lot. Reis, Kudranksi, and Brown provide good visuals. Feel free to check it out.

Doctor Strange Damnation #4 Review: Finishes Better than it Started

Wong and the Midnight Sons make their final stand against the hordes of Hell and the demonically-possessed Avengers. Before long, Mephisto himself arrives to gloat over having killed Johnny Blaze. However, Mephisto does not know that the Ghost Rider has become the king of Hell, and the tides may soon turn in favor of Wong. […]

Iron Fist #80 cover by Jeff Dekal

Iron Fist #80 Review: Punching Demons from Here to Eternity

Iron Fist and Fat Cobra interrupt the fight between Orson Randall and Miranda Rand. Danny and Cobra have a new agreement with D'Kay. Orson, Miranda, and Fat Cobra's mother can be free from Hell if the five can defeat the remaining 12 demons at D'Kay's disposal at once. Let the final round of the tournament […]

Doctor Strange #388 cover by Mike del Mundo

Doctor Strange #388 Review: I Have No Jaw, but I Must Bark

We relive Bats hopping into Doctor Strange's possessed body, and he shakes the Sorcerer Supreme of Mephisto's delusion. Bats tries to shake Stephen loose of the possession, but neither are sure how to do it. Worse yet, Strange keeps seeing a specter of Clea, and he keeps trying to chase her down. Despite the unnecessary […]

Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider: #1 cover by Clayton Crain

Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider #1 Review: Aimless Fun with the Spirit of Vengeance

Johnny Blaze is dead…again. This time, his check was cashed by Mephisto. As a result, the Spirit of the Ghost Rider is wandering Hell without a host. For once, Johnny wants back in, but the Rider doesn't. Regardless, the two know that they need to overthrow Hell if the guilty are to be punished and […]

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 cover by Rod Reis

Doctor Strange Damnation #3 Review: Time to Tease the Spinoffs

Wong has an almost-heart-to-heart with Ghost Rider in a flashback. In the present, Wong's team try to remove the flaming Mjolnir off Blade. Wong and Bats try to fend off the possessed Doctor Strange. Once the hammer returns to the possessed Thor, Wong's team enters heated battle against the possessed Avengers. Meanwhile, the Ghost Rider […]

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 cover by Rod Reis

Doctor Strange Damnation #2 Review: More Good Stuff to Balance Out the Problems

Mephisto and his corrupted Avengers are holding Doctor Strange. This leaves it up to Wong and Bats to put together a team to save the Sorcerer Supreme. This team consists of Iron Fist, Blade, Elsa Bloodstone, Doctor Voodoo, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, and the Man-Thing. With this motley crew, Wong lays out his plan, and […]

Doctor Strange #386 cover by Niko Henrichon

Doctor Strange #386 Review: Damnation Continues to Disappoint

We are shown the prelude to Doctor Strange's Las Vegas arrival in Damnation, and we view the immediate aftermath. In that aftermath, Strange plays cards against Mephisto for the fate of Las Vegas. I was no fan of Damnation #1. It's lack of tone coherence, Doctor Strange actively making the lives of Las Vegas worse by […]