Saturday, November 28, 2015

Doctor Strange #2

It is good to see that Marvel has given Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, his own title again (maybe because of a forthcoming movie release), particularly since it is written by the always excellent Jason Aaron with compelling art by Chris Bachalo.

If the superhero is a nihilistic fantasy of the ego's triumph in an outwardly hostile world, then Doctor Strange is a champion for the ego's triumph in a hostile internal dimension. The astral plane is filled with demons and malevolent avatars, and Stephen Strange is always on call with a timely psychic palliative.

In Doctor Strange #2, Aaron and Bachalo tell the story of a Bronx librarian, Zelma, who knocks on the door of Stephen Strange's bachelor pad in Greenwich Village, the famous Sanctum Sanctorum, to see if he has any idea how to cure the demons popping out of her scalp.

The comic book whimsically but effectively communicates the vermin-like nature of psychic dysfunction.

Below are 15 scans from Doctor Strange #2. The demons have exploded out of Zelma's scalp and infested Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum.

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