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Doctor Strange #3

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


Stephen Strange has no short supply of enemies, but none are more fearsome than DORMAMMU… master of the Dark Dimension!

When a cult summons the Dreaded Lord to New York, Stephen has to risk everything in order to defeat his most dangerous foe! But is he truly up for the task?

Plus, a backup story featuring Doctor Strange and Sister Grimm of the Runaways!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Doctor Strange #3 is a great example of how different this book is from other superhero comics. The job that Doctor Strange has is vastly separate from that of Spider-Man or Daredevil. He is practically a magical diplomat at times, having to place nicely with his sworn enemies. It’s such a fun and adventurous book, with MacKay able to tell multiple stories simultaneously while being driven and powerful in his messages, partnered with a phenomenal art team.

  • 100


    ‘Doctor Strange’ is a truly fun character-driven series that leans on mostly single-issue style adventures that are smoothly wrapped into the overall ongoing plot lines. A magical series from top to bottom, with artwork that is perfect for this type of series. Another entry in the overall run of titles that is pumping energy into Marvel’s magic realms once again.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This comic is brilliant and it’s almost impossible to stop reading it, it’s a story well spun temporarily.

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

  • 95

    Comic Watch

    Doctor Strange #3 features some fantastic interplay between Strange and Dormammu with the relationship with Clea and Stephen continuing to be the high point. The art is a mixed bag with it being very divisive in nature. The backup story is fun in its execution and art style but seems to retread ground already explored in other series.

  • 95


    Altogether, this is another fun issue of Doctor Strange that makes for an enjoyable read. This series is proving to be the perfect jumping point for new readers of The Sorcerer Supreme, and both stories are gleaming examples of why. With some lingering questions and potential seeds planted for the future, this is another can’t-miss read for Doctor Strange fans.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Mackay crafts an inventive and entertaining way of looking back at the conflict between Strange and Dormammu while also including an engaging and intriguing subplot that brilliantly pays off. I continue to love the growing conflict behind the scenes as well as the interpersonal conflict teased at the end of the story. The Amy Chu story is great. I love seeing Nico return and her interaction with Strange was fun.

    The Art: Ferry delivers some great art in the issue. There is an ethereal quality to the visuals that works beautifully with the story. Tokitokoro delivers some beautifully dramatic and sharp visuals to the second story that I loved.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    “Doctor Strange” #3 is a solid package that captures several intriguing moments in the life of Stephen Strange. Strange’s dynamic with Dormammu in the issue is fascinating and should pique the interest of readers. It’s always fascinating when MacKay references previous Strange continuity through the lens of supporting players as well. Witnessing the echoes of so many past Strange issues helps “Doctor Strange” #3 feel even more cohesive with Marvel’s continuity.

    “Doctor Strange” #3 is a subtle issue that avoids cliches with nuanced plot threads.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The third issue of Stranges latest series further establishes MacKays grasp over realms of magic, which hes been exploring from various angles in various ways for the past few years. MacKay has a very respectable progression for Doctor Strange. From life to death to life again, theres a definite sense that Stephen and Clea have progressed since they started hanging out with MacKay. MacKays clever blend of social drama and the weird realms of Marvel magic has served the Sorcerer Supreme quite well in the recent past.

  • 70

    Three issues in seems a little bit too early for a filler episode of an ongoing series but that’s exactly what takes place here in Doctor Strange #3. Instead of exploring the ongoing story arc introduced in this title’s first two issues, MacKay’s latest script deviates from that and features the comic equivalency of a clip episode. It’s good at what it is, but it comes at the expense of sacrificing a story that’s debuted to an incredibly interesting start.

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Doctor Strange #3 takes a break from an arc that’s barely started to have Strange take a day with Dormammu to reminisce about old times. The art is gorgeous, and the story works well as a one-shot, but taking a break from a plot that’s barely begun suggests MacKay doesn’t know where he’s going with this series.

  • 10

    Major Spoilers

    There’s a lot to like in Doctor Strange #3, with two stories that complement one another, attractive art across the board, and an ending that underlines the man behind the magician, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. With the upcoming wedding of Dormmamu’s sister, Umar, there’s likely more of this sort of confrontation on the way, so I’m looking forward to what these creators have to show us.

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