Everything Against Galactus In Doctor Strange #16

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Umar and Clea lead the coalition of sorcerers against the mystically-enhanced Galactus. The World-Devourer swats them away with ease, and Umar begins to believe that Doctor Strange abandoned the fight. Umar leads the Satannish to Galactus in the hopes the Hell-Lord has the power to stop him. Soon after, Doctor Strange returns with a vast army, among which are Silver Surfer, Black Bolt, Gladiator, Scarlet Witch, and Brother Voodoo. Perhaps this will be enough to stop Galactus.

Doctor Strange #16 cover by Jesus Saiz
Doctor Strange #16 cover by Jesus Saiz

Doctor Strange #16 catalogs the epic battle between Doctor Strange’s coalition of sorcerers and cosmic heroes against the ever-growing power of Galactus. Despite the immense power being thrown against him, Galactus stands unshaken by the might that is before him.

This book resembles many of the great Marvel cosmic epics of years past, especially those of Jim Starlin. Great cosmic forces are colliding with one another while the fate of all reality hangs in the balance. A longshot plan is all that stands between our reality and oblivion, and a large part of the plan hinges on immensely powerful beings putting everything they have into battling an implacable godlike force.

In short, it’s a ton of fun, and we get to see the likes of Black Bolt and Gladiator use their full strength against Galactus.

Doctor Strange #16 art by Barry Kitson, Scott Koblish, Brian Reber, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Doctor Strange #16 art by Barry Kitson, Scott Koblish, Brian Reber, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Barry Kitson’s artwork contributes a lot to the classic feel of the comic. Galactus has a very old-school villainous look in this book, and the battle takes place in the vastness of space while energies and particles are expelled in all directions. Brian Reber gives the book a wild and explosive color palette that adds immensely to the strength of the book.

Doctor Strange #16 brings “Herald Supreme” to an explosive climax that shakes the very foundations of the Marvel Universe. Heroes of both magic and the cosmos throw everything they have at Galactus, and it’s all rendered by the great talents of Barry Kitson, Scott Koblish, and Bria Reber. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

Doctor Strange #16 comes to us from writer Mark Waid, artist Barry Kitson with finishes from Scott Koblish, color artist Brian Reber, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Jesus Saiz.

Final Score: 9/10

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