[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Baron Mordo is revealed to be one of the masterminds behind Casey’s rampage. Doctor Strange still wants to free Casey from whatever forces have driven her to this point, but Mordo tells Strange that this is entirely Casey’s own decision. Stephen refuses to believe this and works to separate Casey from Mordo. Meanwhile, Bats lets a secret he learned in his time with Casey slip to Kanna, with potentially disastrous consequences.
The Casey story receives a wrap up in Doctor Strange #8, and something comes to a head between Strange and Kanna.
We also learn that there are more powerful malefactors behind Casey’s corruption, though we do not yet learn who they might be.
The duel between Strange and Casey does show how compassionate the Sorcerer Supreme can be at times, and it is nice overall to see a soft spot in the at-times aloof persona of Doctor Strange.
Bats’ slip is genuinely innocent; I love that ghost dog, and I’m glad to see that Mark Waid intends to keep him around.
It’s difficult to argue against Kanna’s rage, though. Another sin of Strange is what has stoked her anger, and, though Strange did this for a debatably good reason, Kanna is right to be angry.
Andres Guinaldo and Javier Pina deliver masterful artwork this time around, too. The opening panel of Baron Mordo’s face is especially impressive and even a bit intimidating. The fight between Strange and Casey looks good, too. Also, I haven’t really brought this up yet, but I really dig Doctor Strange’s new costume that he acquired during his journey amongst the stars. Carlos Lopez’s color work is effective and lively too, helping maintain the mystical atmosphere of the book.
Doctor Strange #8 is another solid installment from this Mark Waid run on the title. Stephen’s sins keep catching up to him, even as the Sorcerer Supreme tries to do what is best for the people around him and the world. He faces another old foe and must look out for a new and powerful enemy on the horizon. This one is worthy of a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
Doctor Strange #8 comes to us from writer Mark Waid, artists Andres Guinaldo and Javier Pina, inkers Javier Pina and Andy Owens, color artist Carlos Lopez, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Kevin Nowlan.