Readers may be aware that I am a big fan of Doctor Strange, and since people are aware of this I frequently am asked of what I thought of Mark Waid’s Strange mini (okay, but just serves to underscore stupidity of the Brother Voodoo thing) or Rick Remender’s Doctor Voodoo series (joyless slog that seemed almost to want to kill the idea before even giving it a chance, not that this bothered me) or the recent Spider-Man: Fever mini that featured the Doc (unfortunate lack of Howard Hesseman).
So, to save people the trouble this time: The Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange, the latest in Marvel’s oversized black-and-white 70s-themed comics, is probably the best so far (and I thought Indomitable Iron Man was pretty great). Kieron Gillen and Fraser Irving’s main story is pretty much “How I Think Doctor Strange Should Be Written,” mostly, and the backups (a nifty Peter Milligan/Frank Brunner homage to Gene Colan-era Strange, and an experimental piece by Ted McKeever which underscores that Strange could, if someone so wished, be Marvel’s answer to Sandman in terms of more experimental approaches to traditional comics fiction) are just great stuff. The prose short story by Mike Carey is mostly a nice try, but then all of the prose stories in these B&W specials are nice tries, so no loss there.
Pick it up. (And get Indomitable Iron Man while you’re at it; it’s very good too, and I’d like to see Marvel continue experimenting in this format.)