Doctor Strange is one of my all-time favorite comic series because it's unique in the way that it brings together the spiritual, mystical realm with the science fiction realm. Action packed, hilarious & clever, this comic series is amazing. Monsters from other dimensions & the Sorcerer Supreme with his theatrical incantations, what's not to like?
This Marvel edition is a collection of 5 fascinating tales that are full of metaphors & action heroes like Spiderman, Hulk & Captain America.
The first tale is about a demon called Nightmare that has seized control of people's mind & has condemned them to live their worst nightmares for all of eternity and its up to Doctor Strange, Spiderman & Iron Fist to save the day. In the end, its Spiderman who does not succumb to his nightmare & defeats the monster - Nightmare. A powerful metaphor that shows us how nightmares are a reflection of our innermost fears and the only way to tackle them & prevent them from enslaving us for all of eternity is to face up to our fears.
Bruce Banner & The Half Monkey Prince:
The second tale is about Dr Banner reaching out to Doctor Strange to part from the Hulk inside of him. As Doctor Strange pierces the Veil of the Darker Dimension to cast off Hulk out there, the monster Dormammu from the Darker Dimension enters our world and wreaks havoc & the combined efforts of Strange & Hulk help defeat Dormammu but in the process Dr Banner & Hulk are magically sealed together. In the end, Dr Banner makes his peace with being stuck with a green monster inside of him. A powerful metaphor to remind us that we operate on dual level in the world & perhaps each side has a role to play in saving us & in saving the world.
A Very Strange Tale:
The third tale is about monsters called Zakimiya feeding on the fabric of reality & Doctor Strange & Spiderman duping the Zakimiya to instead eat the black holes & leave the fabric of reality alone. An interesting metaphor on how false images & deception can look very real & how monstrous things warp our fabric of reality.
The fourth tale is about the monster Dormammu breaking out from the Dark Dimension & wreaking destruction but the tale is so hilarious because Dormammu has a lawyer with him that found a loophole in the contract of the Ancient One that had banished Dormammu. Now, Doctor Strange & Wong scramble to hire a lawyer of their own to find a way to send Dormammu back. To do this, they must find something in the contract that will banish Dormammu, which they eventually do when Dormammu breaks a clause. The metaphor in here was that - don't be a blabbermouth when it's all serious business & listen to your lawyer
The Big Deal:
The fifth tale is about a consciousness consuming monster that devours souls & compels them to do his bidding. Because the enemy is too formidable, Doctor Strange does a summoning spell to call upon a force that will help him win this battle. The hero that turns up is Captain America & neither knows the reason why but when the monster & Captain America fight, Captain America wins because of his will & his purpose. This tale has a powerful metaphor that those with weak will & no sense of purpose are wasting away their consciousness and their souls & are simply feeding into systems that will manipulate them. And only those with strong will & strong purpose will defeat the darkest of the monsters.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.