Sunday, March 25, 2018

Doctor Strange Damnation #3 Review - Marvel Monday

Death Defying No More

Writer: Donny Cates, Nick Spencer
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 21, 2018

Cover Price: $3.99

Hell has risen to take a shit in your oscillating fan and we get to walk into the room at the wrong time. Doctor Strange was playing cards for his soul and all humanities as well. He won but he cheated and got caught. Mephisto, the Good Doctor’s opponent, does NOT appreciate cheaters (even though he invented it). So he breaks Doctor Strange’s legs which leads him to become the Doctor Strange Ghost Rider. While all of this has been going on, Wong has been building his team to go up against Mephisto. But is his actions to little to late?

We open to earlier in our story with Wong having a Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley moment trying to alleviate his self doubt. When Johnny Blaze comes a knocking to tell Wong that the team is all here for the meeting. We get a cryptic nod to  a previously talked about (off panel) plan to beat Mephisto.

Then we jump to the now, which is right after Ben Reilly hit the Ghost Rider Avengers with a truck. The team ( Man-Thing, Doctor Voodoo, Mister Knight, Blade, Iron Fist, Elsa Bloodstone, Bats, and Wong) struggle to keep Blade alive. He is pinned under a flaming Thor hammer. Wong is battling the Strange Ghost Rider and is loosing. Until, Bats (Doctor Strange’s Ghost Dog) possesses the Strange Flaming Skulled Sorcerer.

With a bit of reprieve Mister Knight tries to see if he is worthy enough to lift Mjolnir. He just might be...maybe? What I do know is Thor is worthy of a Samurai Sword to the face from Blade. When Lady Thor calls he hammer back Blade remains holding on and drives his blade through Thor’s eye. He then detonates the bomb imbedded in its handle. 

The Battle between good and evil rages on. Until, Johnny Blaze gets told by Wong to take the fight directly to Mephisto. Mephisto is surprised but not shaken, he simply blows Ghost Rider’s flame out and kicks him out of the window.

Bits and Pieces:

I have been enjoying the main event book and the Doctor Strange tie-ins. There seems to be to many characters in this story and not everyone has something worth while to do. I believe Kudranski’s art was stronger last issue but still over all enjoyable. The other tie-in issues have not been that enjoyable nor do they add to the over all story in my opinion. Having said that, after the cliffhanger at the end of this issue I am very curious what Damnation: Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider has in store for us.


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