Doctor Strange The End #1
Written by Leah Williams
Art by Filipe Andrade
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Stephen Strange will have to do something desperate to kickstart a new age of magic in the world.
In a not to distant, technology fueled future, the world of magic is dying and the final practitioner of it is open for business. Stephen Strange is here for anyone looking for mystic answers from palm readings to tarot cards. Unfortunately, dealing with the public has its downside and his reputation has gone from superhero to joke.
Sensing the end of magic coming upon him, Stephen embarks on one last mission with Wong’s spirit as his companion. He will have to track down the bodies of all of his fallen magical friends for an attempt to free the one person he believes can usher in a new age of magic.
The Story: Leah Williams makes Stephen Strange’s slow, strange decline into something both entertaining and endearing. The story walks a fine line with its humor and melancholy tone and it works. The final story of Stephen Strange showcases the sorcerer’s fight against the inevitable and does so without having the character go down fighting a mystical threat, but the finality of his own power and its place in the world. It is a bittersweet story that ends with both triumph and sacrifice.
The Art: Filipe Andrade does an excellent job with the art in this story. The tone of the art complements the story with its fluid characters and beautiful details.