Who are the blasphemy cartel?
The secrets of the Cartel are revealed, and it comes from the unlikeliest of sources! Will this be the help Clea needs to bring peace to her adopted realm? Or will this be too much for the Sorcerer Supreme to handle?
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: MacKay delivers an exciting and impressive story that has some great tension throughout. I not only enjoyed the premise, but the callback to a previous adventure. What makes this series work is the tenacity of Clea and her determination to bring back Stephen. Having him back in the state he is allows for some great drama and intrigue. The Art: Both artist offer some great visuals throughout the story. I love seeing Strange in action and this story delivers thrilling action throughout.
COMICONIt’s story time as ‘Strange’ turns back the clock as we learn about the very origins of the magically villainous Blasphemy Cartel. Another solid beautiful issue of this series that gives us tons of character moments and continues to build up the magical side of Marvel, giving new life to a forgotten organization and set of characters.
You Don't Read ComicsMacKay fuses espionage with realms of magic in a way that feels more cute than it is deep. Deeper matters of cloak-and-dagger terrorists in a world of magic in the Marvel Universe rest comfortably in the background as advanced security tech finds fun little analogs in a realm of magic. It’s enjoyable stuff that never takes itself too seriously, which is admirable in its own way. With Clea in the background of the eighth issue of MacKay’s series, though, Strange loses a great deal of charm as it launches itself toward the big showdown that is likely coming in issue #9.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsClea is at the forefront as we, as a comic industry, are clearly waiting to see her on the big screen again! She is a strong player in the magic world, and her presence alone in this comic is a huge driving force! Here is hoping the whole “touch” issue can be resolved!
ComicBook.comJed MacKay's latest chapter into the world of Doctor Strange hits its boiling point with an issue that's more flashback and retcon than anything. Regular artist Marcelo Ferreira is relegated to opening and closing pages with Stefano Landini taking on the bulk of the artistic duties, giving the bigger narrative a different feel than the rest of the series and not for the better. Landini is at their best in these pages when diving into the abstract power set of Strange and less the character exchanging dialogue. There's still a uniqueness to be had here though so even if the art doesn't live up to previous issues it's a fun story to read.
The Fandom PostWhile this works to provide information through some fairly standard storytelling techniques, it gives us a little bit of time with Stephen as the Sorceror Supreme and that’s kind of fun. But it also keeps Clea to the edges of the issue where she’s just mad and plotting what she’s going to do next and nothing more than that. This is unfortunate since this is supposed to be her book and my worry about it being heavily focused on Stephen with his return is looking more and more likely. It’s a decent way to frame what happened before but it’s not exactly unexpected. With the delays the book has had I’m glad they were able to keep the story going without full-on filler and to delve more into what set all of this in motion. But it’s definitely a step-down overall from what we’ve largely been getting and left me a little wary of what’s to come.