Monday, 13 February 2017
Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones Review (Dan Jolley, Tony Harris)
The Flight of Bones (what a crap title!) is a collection of rubbish, random Doctor Strange stories from the ‘90s and ‘00s.
Dan Jolley and Tony Harris’s title story is a four issue miniseries which is basically the standard “selling your soul to Satan” cliché with some added Strange/Dormammu magic fighting. Harris’ art is superb, as are the layouts, all accentuated by Matt Hollingsworth’s excellent colours, though the visuals are the only noteworthy aspect of these comics – Jolley’s writing is pedestrian at best and the story itself is unmemorable.
The remainder of the book is a variety of one-shots from various writers and artists – who knows why they were chosen and included! The Bottle Imp was a cute, silly story but everything else was dull and throwaway. It’s easy to see why Doctor Strange went so long without a regular ongoing given that so many writers didn’t know what the hell to do with the character! Check out Jason Aaron/Chris Bachalo’s current run for some much better Doctor Strange comics instead of this load of nothing.