Week Opinions: Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment
Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Michael Mignola
Bravery. Perseverance. Sacrifice. All are qualities we admire in our favorite heroes; but what about our villains? “Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment” teams Doom with Strange on a truly no noble quest. Every year on the Midsummer’s Eve, Doctor Doom challenges Mephisto and his forces for the soul of his mother, and every year he fails. Not until the Aged Genghis calls all of earth’s sorcerers to the Temple of Three to test their abilities does Doom see he might be able to secure an ally in Doctor Strange. Teaming up to take on Mephisto, the unlikely pair battle, deal, betray, and ultimately outwit the Mephisto in an emotionally riveting tale.
Having been published in the 70’s, the story features large boxes of prose. A little undesirable by today’s standards, the word heavy sections tell the parts of the story unable to be told visually in an incredibly poetic and compelling way. With most comic story formats being somewhat predictable, this tale kept me guessing from start to finish. Not quite the psychedelia made famous by Steve Ditko, the use of color is a beautiful storytelling tool which makes this tale a visual treat. Add on top an additional Doom story, Strange story, and two Namor stories, and this collected work is a collection of tales that showcase the more mystical and whimsical side of Marvel in the bronze age. With these characters’ prominence in the modern era of comics, this graphic novel is a great way to learn more about the roots of Marvel’s current heroes.