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Doctor Strange #2

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Universal acclaim

Based on 11 critic ratings.

An unending sleeping sickness has struck the children of Bleecker Street! There can only be one culprit behind this attack. It’s up to Doctor Strange and Clea to travel into the Dream Dimension to confront their old foe, Nightmare. But all is not what they seem…and what they discover will shock them!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artists

11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Interesting new installment that leaves the seed for a future villain to appear and shows the beautiful chemistry between Stephen and Clea.

    It is a very elegant art, with glitters that reveal the mesmerizing details of this entire magical world.

  • 95


    This Doctor makes house calls, as ‘Doctor Strange’ #2 pits our duo of Sorcerers Supreme against an unknown threat that has arisen within the terrifying realm belonging to the dark being Nightmare. Every bit of this series is singing in unison as the relatable and supernatural elements move alongside one another so smoothly, creating a very fun character-rich experience.

  • 93

    Comic Watch

    By the Vishanti! We are back with the second issue of the new Dr. Strange ongoing by Marvel superstar writer Jed MacKay, and legendary artist Pasqual Ferry, where Strange continues to rebuild his life now that he’s returned to the land of the living with his wife, Clea by his side. In this issue we have special guest, Moon Knight, another book by MacKay, as Doc & Clea enter the land of dreams and nightmares to save the life of one young girl. Are they up to the task, or will they lose young Ester Oh to this mysterious psychic malady?


    MacKay’s voice for Clea is that of a very strong-willed woman who’s got a very pointed sense of humor, and personality. MacKay has really fleshed her out in a way that we’re not used to seeing from her. This is something that’s become a signature trademark for MacKay, as you can see in his runs on Black Cat, and his Cat and Mary Jane minis. Irreverent sense of humor, who’s not afraid to make fun of the silliness of the medium. While his Stephen isn’t quite as defined as his Clea, which is kinda disappointing due to the work that MacKay has put into Clea, Stephen just seems rather one-note. Luckily it’s only the second issue, so he has plenty of time to start giving us his Stephen.

    Something else that felt off was the treatment of Nightmare. Nightmare is Strange’s very first villain, who is a major lord of one of the magical realms, so to see him humbled so horribly in the last couple years is kinda giving me pause. What’s going on here? Is it just a lack of respect for the dream lord, or are they just humbling him to make others look better? Something I’d like to see addressed by Marvel.

    MacKay’s also dropping some interesting subplots in this issue, such as who’s behind the death of one of the magical warlords? Who’s responsible for transforming the young girl’s astral self into a magical entity that’s proved to be a match for Doctor Strange himself? Who captured and tortured Nightmare? So many questions in just two issues.

    Pasqual Ferry is the artist, and he’s been one artist I’ve been following for a majority of his career. I first noticed him when he helped launch the Heroes for Hire series that was launched in 1997, in the post-Onslaught Marvel Universe, where the Avengers and Fantastic Four were trapped on the Heroes Reborn counter Earth. From there I’d follow him to DC where he had a run on Action Comics, back to Marvel for Thor, and the Fantastic Four, where I lost track of him until he launched the Namor: Conquered Shores mini, and it was like lightning had struck. All the memories of how much I enjoyed his work came flooding back to me, and it was all there. The figure work, the clean lines, mixed with Matt Hollingsworth’s colors, this oro was back, ready to let a whole new generation of fans get to know his work. He continues that ephemeral style here, and it’s absolutely sublime. The perfect partner for MacKay’s style of writing. This looks like it’s the beginning of something great.

    It’s a solid second issue to this new team, and both MacKay and Ferry seem to have a firm grasp on how they want this book to work. Ferry’s art here is a masterful showing by the legend, and compliments the story beats flawlessly. The few weak spots can be course corrected in a book that’s still so young, so Strange fans are going to get one heck of a ride.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: MacKay continues to craft a fun, entertaining and endearing story for both Stephen and Clea in this issue. I love the banter between the two and the evolution of their relationship is one of the reasons I came back to the character. The inclusion of Moon Knight was interesting as well and I love that the story is building the mystery within it as well as showing Clea keeping secrets from her husband.

    The Art: Ferry delivers some beautiful imagery in the issue. The nightmare realm is brilliantly strange and visually unique.

  • 85


    After the shocking revelation of the first issue of Jed Mackay’s new Doctor Strange series, it’s time for the good doctor to visit a new patient, and it’s not the one you think. Reunited with his wife Clea, things couldn’t be better for the pair. And given that, this issue does something readers have yearned for: more of the happy couple working together. In true Doctor Strange spirit, this issue collides both the doctor part of Stephen’s life with the mystic arts for a journey to save a life!


    Overall, Doctor Strange #2 is a fun issue that brings a new level of suspense to the series. A majority of the story is filled with an adventure that, although light in nature, holds some depth to it. It may seem a little out of the left field after the last issue, but it is clear MacKay has a plan for Stephen and Clea. What this plan has in store is yet to be seen, but it’s sure to be exciting. This makes for an enjoyable story that later raises the stakes in its final pages.

  • 80

    Stephen and Clea Strange go on one of their most haphazard adventures yet as MacKay’s script embraces Marvel’s most arcane plot devices. Featuring cameos from some of the Sorcerer Supreme’s most notorious opponents in Nightmare, this story is being woven into another murderous whodunnit. That’s both exciting and uninspiring as so far, it’s different from the “Death of Doctor Strange” but not by much. With just a few wrong turns, this story could end up being one of Marvel’s biggest redundancies. Trying to predict the future aside, Doctor Strange #2 does a lot of the heavy lifting required to establish an elaborate story and it does an exceptional job of it at that.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Doctor Strange and his wife Clea have recently been united again in the pages of “Doctor Strange.” Author Jed MacKay is splitting his time across the dual protagonists. In “Doctor Strange” #2 MacKay is introducing Moon Knight as a guest star. Will Marc Spector make the new Marvel series lose focus or push it in some interesting directions?


    Artist Pasqual Ferry is a great fit for the pages of “Doctor Strange” thanks to the ethereal and curvy line used in the issue. Ferry does a great job depicting the Realm of Nightmare as a cavernous, scary space that goes on seemingly forever. Ferry captures great subdued facial expressions for Strange and Clea in the issue as well. Despite the fact that Moon Knight is wearing a mask, it even seemed like Ferry was able to show some emotions from Moon Knight as well. Late in the issue, Ferry depicts a page with a nine-panel grid where Stephen is outside that looks breathtaking! MacKay and Ferry should continue exploring non-traditional page layouts for this series.

    ”Doctor Strange” #2 tells an intriguing, self-contained story featuring Moon Knight!

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    MacKay (Moon Knight, Magic: The Gathering, Iron Man) continues to write a new beginning for Doctor Strange #2 in a unique way that differs from other stories. The inclusion of Clea instead of getting rid of her comes off as a good call to keep her close at hand. While Clea may not be the most rational of the two, their dynamics complement each other thoroughly. Even with her days as the Sorcerer Supreme, she has a lot to learn, and who is better than the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth? Uniquely, this comic book issue isn’t told from the narrative of Stephen this time as it did previously in the first issue. While we as readers follow the story, MacKay graciously gives us an insight into what Clea is feeling. Her thoughts and emotions spilling out through narration contribute to a softer side of Clea yet to be tapped into. We get a glimpse of her fear building up and the actions she may have taken catching up to her.

    Returning to illustrate and vividly embellish the interior work, Ferry (A+X, Champions, Doctor Mirage) and Hollingsworth (Dark X-Men, The Department of Truth, Green Lantern) put their prowess to work in this comic book. The colors meld and adeptly engage with Ferry’s pencils and inks. The artwork is easy on the eyes, adds depth, and dispenses satisfying composition. The interior does not outshine the writing but rather enhances it in the best way possible when there’s an adventure involving Stephen Strange. The comic book is left in capable hands by creators who know how to entice an audience to keep reading and they do it very well. Comparatively, Alex Ross (Hellions, The Mighty Thor, Red Sonja) demonstrates his talents as a cover artist. He understands the importance of not only foreshadowing but also the idea of what makes an awesome comic cover worth picking up. Ross always offers and delivers his very best on covers.

    As Doctor Strange #2 proceeds to be an unraveling and unnerving turn of events, there is no reason not to pick up this one and the next issue to find out what’s next. It may be a pivotal turning point in Stephen’s life, but only what comes ahead could explain the fate the two Sorcerers may endure.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dr. Strange #2 brings Stephen Strange and Clea into conflict with Stephen’s old foe, Nightmare. But things are not as they seem. The story and writing is good and everyone is consistent with their characters, at least how Jed MacKay writes them. And while it’s underwhelming to see Nightmare diminished once again as a villain, the story and the art made up for it in some ways. By the end, Stephen and Clea’s story converges with Wong’s from the first issue and set things up for the next issue.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Doctor Strange #2 opens the door for a far-reaching conspiracy about a hidden force stealing the souls of children. Ferry’s art is outstanding, and the plot is creative, but the low pacing and lack of energy/urgency make this comic a mild struggle to get through.

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