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Doctor Strange #385

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


Get ready for a super-powered wizard’s duel in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Loki, Lord of Liars, versus Stephen Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme! And this time, way more is on the line than the title. Will Loki gain the spell so dangerous, Stephen even hid it from himself? And how will Strange pay for the magic he’ll need to defeat a god?


Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Magic, Muscle and Mischief join forces in a truly spectacular battle royale to get the dark genie back in the bottle.

  • 90


    Even as enjoyable as the Jason Aaron/Chris Bachalo run was, I’m not sure I expected Doctor Strange to emerge as one of the biggest success stories of Marvel Legacy. Yet here we are, with issue #385 providing a satisfying cap to a thoroughly enjoyable debut for the new team. It’s hard to picture a more ambitious ending to this arc than having Strange join forces with Loki to battle the Void. Artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta and colorist Jordie Bellaire bring life to that massive magical battle and ensure that the Void comes across as a truly inhuman and overpowering foe. Balancing out all the magical spectacle is a steady stream of personal drama as the Strange pays the price for his foolish behavior and the series’ status quo shifts again. Donny Cates makes this feel like as much a loss as a victory for all involved, even if this adventure ultimately ends on a relatively hopeful note. I wouldn’t have minded if the current status quo lasted longer, but better to keep the series moving along with an eye towards the future.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Overall this was an overall solid issue with lots of great action and some really well written reveals. This issue also is extremely fast paced and reads fast but doesn’t fail to deliver on any of its big moments because of this though. The art is still on par with previous issues and the film fantasy pallets used by colorist Jordie Belaire fits the tone of the book perfectly. I personally would have liked for Loki to be Sorcerer Supreme a little bit longer but I’m excited to see where else Cates takes Strange.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    “Doctor Strange” #385 continues what has been enjoyable about the series since it was relaunched with the original numbering. The sense of fun and humor is all still there, along with a real sense of pathos and interesting characters. Personally, I’m excited to see how the series continues forward. If it can continue to be an exciting rollercoaster like this first arc has been, then I’m exciting for the ride.

  • 80

    Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta bring the opening arc of this run of Doctor Strange to a close in Doctor Strange #385. The story loses a bit of momentum towards the end of the issue as it foreshadows things to come, but the climax is a potent payoff to the reveal from the end of the previous issues. Cates’ bold characterizations of both Doctor Strange and Loki stand out, as does Walta’s art, which which is visceral, expressive, and perfectly paced. The colors are a bit muddy in a way that mutes some of the visual energy, but Doctor Strange is still among Marvel’s best-looking comics.

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