Writer Jason Aaron
Pencils Chris Bachalo
Colors Chris Bachalo with Java Tartaglia
Inks Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, John Livesay, Wayne Faucher, Victor Olazaba and Jaime Mendoza
Letters VC’s Cory Petit
Last Days of Magic, Chapter One
Hastings finally got this issue as a back issue for me. If I had known about Kris Anka’s Story Thus Far variant, I would have held out for that one.
We skipped issue five so this is what happened. So this issue claims to be Chapter One but then what was the Last Days of Magic oneshot, a prologue? Now that I typed that word, I’m pretty sure that is how it was billed. The Empirikul has arrived in front of Doctor Strange, as they have killed several Sorcerer Surpremes on their way to him. Killed several sorcerers and magic landmarks and items.
South of New Zealand, the island of Aringoo. Doctor Strange gets his first real taste of the Empirkuls. Doctor Strange is so in touch with magic that he feels the effects of magic dying, all around the world.
177A Bleecker Street. Greenwich Village, New York. The Sanctum Sanctorum of Doctor Strange. I guess the fight from the beginning of the issue (the previous page) was actually in New York City, the whole time. Strange is getting a beat down that he isn’t accustom to.
Strange talks a big game but he has already taken some serious blows.
Lord Imperator, who is ruled by science like how Strange is with magic – comes into the scene. He’s the Big Bad of this arc. I do like how Imperator talks as if he has already won this battle and is ready for the clean up to the rest of the war. Like most alien invasions, he’ll soon learn that Earth doesn’t just buckle before a tyrant.
We catch up with several of the mystical heroes of the Marvel Universe. Including Count Kaoz and Magik in Valley of the Kings. Though in the Last Days of Magic oneshot, Kaoz was in Egypt but with Magik, they could have teleported to Japan. Or rather, the one shot takes place after this one panel. This issue sort of is the mirror to the one shot, instead of following all of these heroes, we follow Strange and get a sample of these other adventures. I rechecked the one shot, Magik isn’t in any of the pages Kaoz is, except for that last one (her only).
In New York City. We see Monako taking out one of the Empirikul and runs off to help Doctor Strange. Good thing he does as without him, in issue seven, there wouldn’t be much hope for the rest of the arc.
Imperator starts a villain monologue while Strange tries to summon all of the magic of the world. The monologue lasts three pages. Doctor Strange’s “Abracadabra,you son of a bitch!” may be the quote of the year.
Strange punches and punches, in the end, the only result is that Strange didn’t just use all of the magic but he exhausted himself, as well.
Poor Magik is tied to a pyre!
Like on the last page of the one shot, Imperator rips Strange’s Cloak of Levitation.
Like the one shot, we are treated to eight bonus pages of seeing what the world is like now that there is no more magic in it.
Mistress Miraculous was an escape artist who used magic in her performances. Unfortunately, and of course, she was in the middle of an act and dies mid-performance.
Mr. and Mrs. Feedle made three wishes and became the ruling royalty of the island their cruise took them to. Now that genie is no longer both their slave and a concept, the villager end their time as vassals.
George, of a more mystical version of the Microverse, as it seemed. With no more magic, he grows back to proper man size and is arrested for being crazy.
We get a page of four panels, each telling a tragic tale. I wouldn’t feel safe on a flying carpet.
Issue ends with a little girl and her talking animal friends. Now that there is no more magic, they are transformed back to their original plush forms.