Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dr. Strange Top 10: #7 - Strange Tales 145

    Continuing our countdown of the Top 10 issues of Dr. Strange by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko:

#7 - Strange Tales 145 - “To Catch a Magician!”

   The adventures of Dr. Strange, as crafted by Lee and Ditko, always focused on battles between the hero and a magic-wielding enemy (sometimes human, sometimes not).

   This story seems to be following that lead, as Strange tracks down the evil magician known as Mister Rasputin, a criminal who uses his magical skills to steal.

   Yep, he's just a "common" criminal, but a very clever and deadly one. 

   When Strange confronts him, Rasputin seems almost defeated before he starts - his mystic power pales next to Strange's - but he does something the hero doesn't expect. 

   He draws a gun and shoots Dr. Strange! It was a shocking and unexpected event.

   Mortally wounded, Strange must run - but Rasputin isn't one to leave things to chance.

   It's a shocking change of pace for the series, and it pushes Strange to the limit.

Grade: A


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