Doctor Strange #18
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Jesus Saiz
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: In a quiet, Midwestern town, a family will get a strange visitor and an inter-dimensional battle they weren’t expecting.
The Stanton family of rural Kansas are preparing to celebrate a milestone event for their young daughter when there is a knock at the door. Expecting to see their daughter, the Stanton’s are surprised to have Stephen Strange enter their home on a mission that requires him to be less than tactful.
As he invades and makes his way through their home, the family must deal with a rude Avenger and the invasion of a demon from another dimension using their home as a portal to Earth. It’s going to take Strange and a little help from Mr. Stanton to find a way to send the creature back where it belongs as it cuts a path of destruction through their home.
The Story: I love the self-contained nature of this story. It is a simple premise filled with fun, funny moments and great dialogue. Mark Waid puts Strange in a situation where the stakes are lower than his last few adventures, but just as intense. It’s great to see the character get back to defending the planet against incursions from other realms. Seeing Stephen get back to being the Sorcerer Supreme is a welcome change that I want to see more of.
The Art: Jesus Saiz knocks it out of the park with the art in this issue. All of the characters look amazing and the progression of the art perfectly matches the style and tone of the story.