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‘Doctor Strange’ #11 review: Welcome to the circus

After an intense battle, Stephen and Clea take some time with their niece to unwind.

After a grueling fight with Stephen Strange, Stephen and Clea Strange finally get a day to relax with their new niece, Donna. With that fun and relaxing time off, what better place for two Sorcerers Supreme to take a baby than the circus? Truly, what could go wrong? In this fun adventure, writer Jed MacKay is joined by artist Danilo S. Beyruth for a story filled with excitement and suspense. In Doctor Strange #11, this issue could be considered a true love letter to Doctor Strange and his family.

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The issue opens up with a short (but unspecified) time skip since the fight with General Strange. Here, Stephen and Clea are taking Donna to the circus (along with Batts). It appears that the couple is going to be babysitting Donna more often. This sparks an interesting conversation between the pair. However, the real fun of the issue comes from their teamwork to stop an unexpected fright. MacKay has turned one of Marvel’s oldest couples into a modern classic romance and this issue is a stellar example of how successful they are as a pair. One of the ways this is done is through their dialogue with one another. Altogether, this issue is a beautiful narrative.

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Guest artist Danilo S. Beyruth is joined by guest colorist KJ Díaz for the issue. Beyruth has a very soft art style that makes the story hit home. Although the character’s lines are a little thick, it succeeds in making the story animated. In some pages, the colors almost look painted on the page, which makes for a more vibrant story. This further elevated Díaz’s thick colors. When combined, the pair make the story feel like a 90’s animated TV show. Overall, this is a very fun story with relatively low stakes, but the intensity of the story is carried by the art in some aspects. As a result, the comic has a lighthearted nature which is complimented by the art being rather vivid.

Overall, Doctor Strange #11 is a very fun issue that feels like Jed MacKay’s love letter to the two characters. Clearly, Stephen and Clea are in a sturdy spot and are positioned as one of the most iconic couples at Marvel right now (enough to cameo together in other series) and this issue shows how well Mackay has written them into being perfect compliments of one another. Overall, this is a very fun issue which acts as a fun slice of life short story.

Doctor Strange #11
‘Doctor Strange’ #11 review: Welcome to the circus
Doctor Strange #11
Through its simple premise, Doctor Strange #11 manages to become an exciting and memorable issue while ending by placing a lingering question in front of the reader.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.8
The story acts as a perfect standalone to usher in the new era for Doctor Strange
The premise is a great mix between cheerful and silly, which overall makes the issue more unique and special
The art is spectacular and meshes with the tone seamlessly
9.5
Great
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