The Invasion Of The Faltene In Doctor Strange #11

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Faltene have invaded our world with Dormammu watching over it all. Doctor Strange, Wong, Zelma Stanton, and Kanna are the only ones that can stop them. The Ancient One is without his magical knowledge, as the mysterious extradimensional Accountant has removed his memories of sorcery. The Accountant is also the one who led the Faltene to our world. Strange sends his allies away with a plan, leaving the Sorcerer Supreme alone to face Dormamm while the Faltene run rampant across New York.

Doctor Strange #11 cover by Jesus Saiz
Doctor Strange #11 cover by Jesus Saiz

Doctor Strange #11 rounds out the story of the Accountant and the Faltene invasion surprisingly quickly and succinctly. This isn’t another multi-issue arc; this one wraps up at a surprising speed.

That is almost disappointing, as learning more about the Faltene and their intentions would have been nice. As is, it’s simple revenge for the power Stephen Strange has siphoned off from them.

Unsurprisingly, Dormammu has a lot to say and do this issue. Much of the book consists of Strange keeping him occupied while Wong, Zelma and Kanna enact Strange’s plan elsewhere.

As it turns out, Dormammu isn’t a big fan of his own people, and he’s spent much of his own existence trying to destroy them.

Unfortunately, we don’t see or learn anything more about the Accountant in this issue either. He seems like an interesting character, and it would be cool to see more about what he is and who he works for…though that will almost certainly be explained later.

These caveats in consideration, Doctor Strange #11 is still a fun and engaging issue, and that swift pacing still makes for a solid read.

Doctor Strange #11 art by Jesus Saiz, Javier Pina, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Doctor Strange #11 art by Jesus Saiz, Javier Pina, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Jesus Saiz’s artwork continues to dazzle in Doctor Strange too. The Faltene look imposing, Saiz’s ability to texture the world continues to impress, and the color art from Saiz and Rachelle Rosenberg keeps the tone as lively and mystical as needed.

Doctor Strange #11 is another solid entry into Mark Waid’s Stephen Strange archives. The story is epic and explosive, the artwork is impeccable, and it foreshadows some interesting things to come in the series. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Doctor Strange #11 comes to us from writer Mark Waid, artist Jesus Saiz with Javier Pina, color artists Jesus Saiz and Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Jesus Saiz.

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