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Doctor Strange #388

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Universal acclaim

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Doctor Strange has tried playing it straight and he’s tried cheating – is the only way to win Mephisto’s game not to play? While he tries to check out of the Hotel Inferno, Wong and the Midnight Sons try to break in! With the souls of the living and the dead on the line, is the Sorcerer Supreme willing to follow his former assistant’s lead?

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


    There are only a few issues of this current volume left, and Cates’ time is winding down as he will move onto Venom while Mark Waid will take over the world of Doctor Strange. Even in the midst of a crossover event (which I’ll admit is convenient that he is co-writing), Cates is managing to find ways to start bringing home dangling thematic questions about Stephen Strange as a character that has always been present since the start of this volume. We already know the answers will be uncomfortable and we can intuitively guess that one way or another things won’t end well for the Doctor, but it takes a master of this medium to keep us on the edge of our seats wondering exactly how uncomfortable.

  • 100

    You Don't Read Comics

    Cates was ballsy to take a pause in the middle of the action in a big crossover for Strange to take a breather but it works, Cates really seems to gets Strange and nails the dialogue and dry quippy nature the character has had. Niko Henrichsons art is just as crazy absurd and good as the story itself and really brings a lot to this series as well. His art shines the best when he’s getting to draw crazy creatures so I like that Damnation really plays to his strengths.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Even in his darkest hour Strange can rely on his friends to rally round, whether it’s a dust-up in a Necrotic Realm or a much needed mental slap round the chops from Bats.

  • 80

    Picking up after the events of Doctor Strange: Damnation #3, Doctor Strange #388 is a trippy adventure, but is, most importantly, easy to follow. The Sorcerer Supreme teams up with Man’s Best Friend for an important battle to save the world from being swallowed entirely by Mephisto’s evil-bidding, with a few surprise appearances leading to what might be the oddest team-up in Strange’s history.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    This comic balances a very difficult task in making me believe that the fate of reality and an entire city are at stake while keeping the story very focused on our hero, while not underplaying the threat. Doctor Strange #388 is a fun, quirky book with an unconventional art style that really works and a story that keeps the reader guessing from beginning to end. Whether Clea is actually in danger, whether things are as they seem is still up for grabs as we move into part four…

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