Doctor Strange #6
Written by Jed MacKay with special pages by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Juan Gedeon
Colors by KJ Diaz
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Strange’s time leading an army through five thousand years of war are revealed as well as what it turned him into.
Stephen Strange has been called by the Vishanti to be their general in a war against the Trinity of Ashes as they prepare to spread across the realms. Reluctant to lead troops into battle, Strange has no other choice but to become the general they need him to be.
As the years go by, Strange finds himself making more difficult compromises for the sake of both his troops and the victory they need. When years turn into centuries and longer, the Doctor turned general becomes the victorious general that is required to win while losing the humanity he was fighting to hold onto.
The Story: MacKay crafts a brilliantly dark and compelling story for Strange in this issue. Not only is it a brilliant indictment against war, but it is a fantastic psychological story of the cost of war on a man dedicated to saving lives. MacKay is taking Strange to new and interesting places in this series and I continue to be in awe of the ways the character and his story evolve. This is a great profile of the toil unending conflict can have on a person of principle and gives some much-needed humanity back to the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Art: Gedeon crafts fantastic art throughout the issue. The style is wonderfully gritty to match the tone of the story and the fantastical elements of the plot are given brilliantly detailed life visually.