- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (26 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078515549X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785155492
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr. Strange: Strange Tales Paperback – 26 Oct 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The cover shown is a misleading, this is the 2011 graphic novel that collects Strange Tales vol. 2, numbers 1–19.
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The story begins with Dr. Strange already fighting against the Lords of Chaos that he unleashed on the world by destroying his magic items. The loss of his magic items also means he has lost a huge chunk of his white magic power, and great moral conflicts within this story make his already weak white magic even weaker. Dr. Strange gets forced to turn to dark magic to save the planet from his mistakes and the book gets more interesting as you see more of the moral dilemmas that Strange has to face. The thing that really makes this a great story for me is the return of Kaluu, a Z-List Dr. Strange villain from the 60s. Kaluu was a one dimensional evil wizard villain that appeared for about two issues, but he had potential as a character in his history with Dr. Strange's teacher, the Ancient One. That potential is tapped in this story and shows Kaluu as a more nuanced character. That nuance adds a lot to the story with Kaluu teaching Strange the value of Black Magic as Strange tries to maintain his good nature despite his dark actions.
Because of the awkward way it's collected, I would not recommend Strange Tales to a new reader but I would to someone who is already interested in Dr. Strange and read some of his other material. I do hope one day all of Gillis' stuff is collected in one book, but I am glad that Marvel decided to collect this even if it's in an imperfect format.
Also worth checking out for fans of the current Mighty Avengers series who are curious about the morally ambivalent mage Kaluu, one of Marvel's most fun characters, this is a must-read story.