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‘Doctor Strange’ #5 review: Are those wedding bells or explosions?

The strongest entry in the series thus far and ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.

After a brief interlude, writer Jed Mackay reunites with artist Pasqual Ferry for the wedding of Clea’s mother, Umar. In Doctor Strange #5, a lot of pieces begin to fall into place about who may be behind the recent underworld murders. But, considering where this takes place, it’s possible this “Infernal Marriage” has a few surprises in store for the multiple Sorcerer Supreme’s present. This issue is jam-packed with drama and action and makes for a great read from start to finish.

The issue opens by fast-forwarding toward the end of the issue while offering the reader a hint of what’s to come (and it seems big). After hinting at a shocking revelation, the rest of the story starts back in time and works towards where the issue opens up. Through various interactions, we see how Mackay has conjured up a theme for the wedding and it’s akin to an awkward Thanksgiving dinner. This makes for an entertaining read with just the right mix of dry sarcasm and overly forward bluntness.

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Outside of this, one of the best parts of the issue is how Stephen and Clea are written. This truly is a great time to be reading Doctor Strange; Stephen and Clea are not only happy together but pushing each other to new heights. Their trust and loyalty to each other feel well-earned and natural. It’s a great reminder of how enjoyable comics can be while having a happy married couple. Through this issue, Mackay shows just how successful a book can be by having two main characters, both of whom are given agency from each other in their own way, all while driving the plot forward. Whoever is responsible for the multiple magical murders seems to be interconnected to the Strange’s. It’s a good thing true love conquers all… right?

Pasqual Ferry returns to artist duties in this issue and doesn’t miss a beat. I’m not sure what you picture when reading the phrase “underworld wedding”, but Ferry seems to pull all the right strings together. The issue is every bit as sharp as it needs to be when things hit the fan, but can also have soft and warm tones for the sweeter moments. Partnered with Ferry is colorist Heather Moore, who uses a wide variety for her color palette, and it pays off in spades. Overall, the visuals are outstanding and help to fill the story with emotion.

Doctor Strange #5 is another strong entry in a series that does everything right. There’s a true payoff to the ongoing mystery which only raises the stakes for moving forward. In addition, the issue is executed properly and takes time to use the little moments to craft a well-rounded story. While returning from a brief hiatus, Pasqual Ferry uses every panel to deliver a visually stunning depiction of the magical world readers have entered. Furthermore, this is another great issue that only strengthens the series as a whole.

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‘Doctor Strange’ #5 review: Are those wedding bells or explosions?
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Doctor Strange #5 is the strongest entry in the series thus far and ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.
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There's a true payoff to the ongoing mystery which only raises the stakes for moving forward.
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