This new iteration of Dr. Strange is written by Mark Waid and Kev Walker. It was illustrated by Java Tartaglia and lettered by VC’s Cory Petit. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dr. Strange: Surgeon Supreme #1. There was too much going on, and I didn’t understand a lot of it. However, this second issue really sealed the deal. There’s something about the way that Stephen Strange monologues that makes the story very compelling.
Also, the more in-depth analysis of the magical crowbar was intriguing, as well as the introduction of the second magical weapon. Which raises the question of where did they come from?
Dr. Strange: Surgeon Supreme #2: Old Friends And New
Dr. Strange: Surgeon Supreme #2 starts with Strange at the bottom of the Hudson River. At the end of the last issue, The Wrecker beat him easily and sent him underwater. Thankfully, Strange has tricks to get out of sticky situations like that, which he does quickly. Upon his return to the hospital, he runs into an old (dead) friend that has somehow come back to life. Anthony Ludgate, AKA Dr. Druid. Strange mentions that he used to be a good man, an Avenger at one point, alluding to the fact that he isn’t a good man anymore. We get a quick conversation between the two, and that’s it.
Before Strange can go looking for the Wrecker, the Wrecker brings down a nearby building. Strange fights him and his sidekick Thunderball, who has a ball mace that appears to be made of light.
Both Wrecker and Thunderball have weapons that can literally destroy anything. They’re capable of taking down buildings and slashing through the pavement. Except, they’re not the regular weapons that Strange is used to seeing them with. They’ve been upgraded or replaced completely. They’re no longer simple weapons but highly dangerous ones.
However, Strange finds a way to defeat the two of them, taking their weapons and flipping the switch. He uses them to rebuild the destruction instead of causing it.
The Nitty Gritty
Was Dr. Strange: Surgeon Supreme #2 actually good? Well, it was definitely better than the first issue, which was a bit overwhelming and slightly boring all at the same time. This one brought the action, we got to see a longer fight with Strange, and we actually knew who he was fighting this time. We definitely got more of a look at the feeling and tone of the series than we did in the first issue. I would have liked to see more interaction between the two villains and Dr. Strange, but it was still satisfying. We also got to see him begin to craft a weapon that he later used to stop the crowbar, which was really cool.
Overall, it seems like there are more good things to come with this series and I can’t wait to see what comes next. I put this issue down to feeling satisfied and entertained, which is definitely a good thing.
What’s After Dr. Strange: Surgeon Supreme #2?
It appears that the main arc of the series will center around Dr. Strange figuring out where these weapons come from. I wouldn’t be surprised if more of these weapon-wielding villains came out of the woodwork. If you had asked me after the first issue if I would recommend this series, I probably would have given you a wishy-washy “sure, why not.” Now I definitely would recommend this series. Sometimes the first issue of a comic isn’t the best, and that was the case here. Hopefully, this series keeps getting better and better.