Owner Of A Lonely Magical Heart: Reviewing ‘Strange’ #7

by Scott Redmond

Overview

Love knows no bounds, not even between life and death, as ‘Strange’ brings two Sorcerers Supreme together again as they save the world and hash out some personal issues. Every issue of this series balances the personal and the magical and the action of these types of stories while expertly building a visually distinctive and beautiful magical realm to play within.

Overall
9/10
9/10

Life and death. Two concepts that are locked together forever, despite having such different energies and meanings behind them. Representing the opposite sides of existence, never occupying the same space at the same time for any given individual. It’s in this space that the former and current Earthly Sorcerers Supreme find themselves. 

It’s no secret that one of the many strengths of Jed MacKay is his ability to dive deep into characters and just bring out every single bit of emotion, personality, history, and depth that is possible. We get an entire issue here of Clea rising to confront the Harvestman that she now knows is her dead love Stephen Strange, as they fight a revenant that has taken the form of the slain hero Goliath (which happened all the way back during the mid-2000’s era event Civil War). Right there in that sentence, it speaks to both the character side that MacKay embraces but also how he manages to bring in numerous bits of Marvel Universe history (like the rogue W.A.N.D. members that are now the Blasphemy Cartel) without them feeling heavy or like an anchor to the story. 

Sure this is a magical action comic, with their fight against the Goliath revenant, but at its core, it is a love story. Two lovers split by fate, fighting to return to one another, laying it all out on the table as they declare their love again and what they will do for one another to make it whole again. It’s powerful, it’s touching, it’s fun, and it’s just damn good comics. Which is just what MacKay does month after month, no matter the title. 

As proven through the rest of this series, if one wants to meet in that intersection of emotion and magical adventure action turning to Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Poggi, and Java Tartaglia is the move to make. There is weight and power to the artwork, Ferreira making the pages sing through clever panel choices and just an eye for detail and attention including handling a bevy of emotions, making them clear to see even behind masks and Faltine fire forms. Poggi’s inks help with the darkness and heaviness that permeates the pages, a great contrast for the elements that are meant to be lighter in tone but still carry weight/darkness within them. 

This is all present in the colors as well, as Tartaglia mixes the shadowed darkness well with bright magical popping colors. Yet, those colors are also controlled and toned down with bits of shadows so that they are grounded or more ‘normal’ which allows things like the magical energy or various forms or superhero-like bits to stand out more in their unnaturalness. 

Similarly, Cory Petit uses a variety of tricks and emphasizers to make sure that the same weight and emotion are clear within words that fill the pages. We hear their voices, we can hear/see the emotions (rage, joy, longing, etc) very clearly. Next to all the elements that make the words colorful and magical, such as shifts in bubble style or color for magic and all the rest. 

These comics are just fun and emotional from top to bottom, and I love them 

Strange #7 is now available from Marvel Comics. 

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