Dr Strange Vs Dracula, what s not to like This great collection features their first battle from the mid 70s and then the storyline from 1983 where Dr Strange used the Montesi Formula in an attempt to rid the world of vampires This storyline has an early appearance of Blade, Frank Drake and Hannibal King who would later star in their own comic as The Nightstalkers I ve also enjoyed seeing Dracula interact with the heroes of the Marvel Universe, and Dr Strange is a very natural match up for Dracula The art is nice, especially the Gene Colan art in the first two issues, and the storyline is a good one as well.If you re a fan of Dr Strange and or Dracula, this one is a must read Probably my favorite Dr Strange stories ever. Doctor Strange personifies Marvel Comics in the late 1960s and early 70s If the wild colours and psychedelic cosmos of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby s Fantastic Four wasn t enough, and you didn t want to wait for Captain Marvel s 1970s book, Doctor Strange managed to fill the void, with a ridiculously named magician hero and his ever changing grabbag of bizarre powers I guess we should be glad we didn t get Doctor Groovy It is the surreal mind trip of the character and his stories that makes him bearable usually I can t stand characters who have some variety of a magic wand or sonic screwdriver they can whip out and deux ex machina the story That s just a good way to murder drama.Dracula, on the other hand, I never get sick of and will allow for as many variations as possible Nowadays some might not know in addition to pilfering mythological characters like Thor and Hercules characters with built in mythological status , Marvel also picked up public domain icons Dracula and Frankenstein but to my knowledge, Spider Man has never gone toe to toe with Cthulu Dracula was the lead villain in 70 issues of The Tomb of Dracula and a few spin off series as well The comic followed a ragtag team of would be vampire slayers the Nightstalkers in a globe trotting quest to rid the world of evil Today, it is most famous as the comic that introduced Blade, later made famous by a series of films starring Wesley Snipes of diminishing quality It doesn t have too much to do with those movies, which are very 1990s, but its influence can be seen elsewhere in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series Avengers director and Buffy creator Joss Whedon is a confessed fan and in Dracula 2000, and especially its sequels The Dracula in The Monster Squad, constantly monologuing to himself about how evil he is, seems pretty familiar too Dracula was actually a pretty big villain in Marvel books back then enough that I could imagine him taking presidence over Dr Doom if Thanos wanted to pick a delegate to control Earth.This book The Montesi Formula is essentially a crossover between these two worlds comprising one issue of Tomb of Dracula and five of Doctor Strange The Tomb issue and first Doctor Strange comics are a fairly standard crossover they were released sequentially , but the remaining Strange comics are from a decade later and essentially comprise an epilogue to the cancelled Tomb of Dracula series Without going into detail, the end has a big effect on the Marvel universe and Marvel honoured it s finality for an entire decade an eternity in comic book years.The writing is pretty good especially the second arc the 1980s one It has a good dramatic thrust and builds, and releases, tension competently I enjoyed it as a horror cosmic hybrid.This is the Marvel Pocket Books edition and I love these They re long enough they feel like full trade paperbacks but they re scaled down to the size of a normal book This doesn t do any huge favours for Gene Colan s art in the first two stories which looks nice but would look better large, but the rest of it scales down better In fact, my only issue with the book is the art is inconsistent not in quality but style The 70s stories are by Colan and Tom Palmer, then four are by Dan Green and the final issue is by Steve Leialoha brilliant art love his shadowy Transylvania It is just a bit jarring, the same way recasting is when you re watching movies back to back.Recommended. Well, when you read a comic titled Dr Strange Vs Dracula , you rather get what you ask for So this is Marvel Comics greatest sorcerer battling literature s most famous vampire I didn t even know Marvel ever published a Dracula comic It was hammy and melodramatic and there was a lot of unabashed deus ex machina brought about by plot related magic mainly on Strange s end but it was a fun read, at least Although I wish the narration wasn t so long winded Yikes Plus, it had cameos from Monica aka Captain Marvel or from Nextwave, if you read that first like me and Blade and the Scarlet Witch, which ups the star level, and there were even a few issues set at the Avengers mansion which had me wondering where the hell the Avengers actually WERE during those issues but eh.PS Raul Esparza for live action Doctor Strange in the MCU films Y all know he d be perfect I ll probably mention this in my review of every Doctor Strange comic I read until it finally happens. No my cup of tea. This is one of the first Doctor Strange graphic novels I ve read I thought it would be a good first Doctor Strange to read, it even has Dracula in it I was glad I did The comic is from the 80 s so the art work looks different from today but I think it added to the reading experience It was a fun read and I ll read the further adventures of Doctor Strange. Dopo la lettura appena conclusa dell Essential 2 di Tomb of Dracula, avevo voglia di rileggere della rivincita tra Dr Strange e il Signore dei Vampiri Questo volume raccoglie quelle storie, da me lette per la prima volta nel 1992 o 93.Restano ancora coinvolgenti come allora, ma a differenza di allora mi manca quel senso di attesa Inoltre la ristampa a colori penalizza i disegni La storia imbastita da Stern per proseguire quella di Wolfman decisamente ottima il coinvolgimento di Monica Rambeau e Wanda Maximoff dei Vendicatori ben rappresentato e il dramma di Hannibal King, destinato a una probabile morte, un tocco di classe. This book reprints two separate clashes between Doctor Strange and Dracula The first story is a two part cross over between Tomb of Dracula and Doctor Strange The story is great, and it has some spectacular Gene Colan art The second story takes place in Doctor Strange s book several years after Tomb of Dracula was cancelled This story features an attempt by Doctor Strange to rid the world of all vampires As you can imagine, Dracula doesn t respond well to this attempt The surviving members of the Tomb of Dracula cast all show up, and Roger Stern gives some nice cliffhangers which adds to the intensity Although not necessary to enjoy the book, for those familiar with the Tomb of Dracula storyline, this story serves as a nice epilogue. Una De Las M S Ambiciosas Historias Del Doctor Extra O, Escrita Con Pulso Maestro Por Roger Stern Y Dibujada Por Un Pu Ado De Extraordinarios Artistas El Se Or De Las Artes M Sticas Se Une A Blade, La Bruja Escarlata, La Capitana Marvel Y Hannibal King Para Hacer Frente A Un Terrible Plan De Dr Cula Contra La Humanidad El Amo De Los Vampiros Ha Encontrado La Manera De Poner El Planeta A Sus Pies La Clave Est En Un Poderoso Libro De Hechizos Quien Se Haga Con L, Tendr El Futuro En Sus Manos Dr Strange versus Dracula might have been interesting if I understood how how Dr Strange s powers were supposed to work He seems really powerful at one point, even being able to survive and reverse the vampire s bite Later, he struggles to contain Dracula The Darkhold wasn t clearly explained either Blade s status as a vampire must not have been established yet because the magic that was used against vampires did not seem to affect him However, a little adrenaline and pure oxygen could have protected him, I guess.
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