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Doctor Strange, Vol. 2: The Last Days of Magic

(Doctor Strange (2015) (Collected Editions) #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,080 ratings  ·  226 reviews
They've crossed the dimensions, purging each of all sorcery. Now the Empirikul are here. And with Earth's Master of the Mystic Arts weakened beyond measure, is there any chance of stopping them? The Sorcerer is no longer Supreme, and he'll find himself at the mercy of the Imperator! With his magic destroyed and his world on the brink of disaster, are there any more tricks ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Anyone with a Giant Eyeball for a Head
There's just something deeply disturbing to me about the whole magic has a price thing that's happening here. It grosses me out, if I'm being honest.
I mean, yeah...a price seems like an ok idea.
Ooooh! Make is so it's not just some cosmic freebie! Yeah!
But the reality of this version is just...ewwww.
When I think of Doctor Strange and the other mystics in the MU performing magic, my mind doesn't automatically jump to the sacrifice of bunnies.
Sure, magic could be presented as being more diffi
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix

What side are you on?

If you’re like Superman, you hate pesky Magic and would prefer to fight anything else, short of a kryptonite enema administered by Lex Luthor.

If you’re Dr. Strange and the rest of the Magic-induced characters, then a raging science guy from another plane of reality bent on eliminating magic would make you think that science is evil, even after years of putting up with Tony Stark.

In this volume, the conclusion to the storyline started in the previous collection, we find Dr
Now I rather enjoyed this "2nd" volume of Dr Strange but then my experience with comics is quite limited compared to some peoples. That said I didn't think it was as good as volume 1, it sort of got a little bogged down and I expected a little more to happen. However it was fun, well drawn and certainly kept me riveted, riveted enough that is to have already bought the next episode.

Now if any comic expert wants to recommend to me something that they really "rate" and that they think I'll enjoy t
Sean Gibson
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I previously opined that, while I love ol’ Doc Strange, he’s a tough character to build an ongoing series around. Messrs. Aaron and Bachalo did an admirable job with the opening salvo of their attempt, but the continuation of that stellar start here in volume two leaves something to be desired. Is it a serviceably solid story of the Sorcerer Supreme’s scintillating struggle against admirably amoral adversaries? Sure. (Do I take entirely too much joy in parroting Stan Lee? Possibly.)

But, the reve
Sam Quixote
The Empirikul have purged the other dimensions of magic - now it’s the Marvel Universe’s turn! With the Sorcerer Supreme already weakened, Doctor Strange faces an uphill battle to save magic from dying - but he’s not alone. The final battle between magic and science is about to begin…

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! After such a strong first volume, it’s so disappointing to see Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo dropping the ball with Doctor Strange, Volume 2: The Last Days of Magic.

The concept of ma
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, marvel
The first volume of Doctor Strange by Jason Aaron was brilliant. Sad to say, the second one is a dud.

First of all, the premise just doesn't work. There are the Empirikul, the evil guys that came to destroy magic... with science? Only their science is basically just magic, too, and Doc's magic is just punching? I mean, at more than one point he literally just punched the evil guy in the face with magic.

And the whole story is honestly just dull. It's your generic superhero comic, where the bad guy
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok

All characterization from the book has now been dropped in favor of one big war with the Emperikul. The first volume had a great buildup. Now when the Emperikul show up magic and science are so generic, they are interchangeable. If the bad guys didn't have big eyeball heads I wouldn't even know who to root for. The bad guy's parents were sacrificed on a world full of magic so he uses "science" to destroy magic in every dimension. *Yawn* As it happens with a lot of Chris Bachalo's art nowadays, I
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Empirikul have crossed dimensions to eliminate magic and all the magic users.

The Last Days of Magic is about the Empirikul. Their leader had his life and family destroyed by magic
and now he vows to eliminate all magic everywhere. With some better storytelling I could feel for the Empirikul, but it's near impossible to side with the aggressors as they torture long standing heroes like Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and Magik. As is its just a fairly straightforward mission to defeat the enemy
kristen ♡
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
this arc (volumes 1 and 2 as a whole) is perfect example as to why i do not like jason aaron as a writer. the storyline starts AMAZING!! volume one is honestly one of the best comic books i have read in awhile! it made me so excited for this story!

but this volume was a total let down. the entire conflict is such a good idea but there was no need to just drag this out forever. i would have taken 2 issues maybe but after issue 7 i could barely finish. i felt like i was reading the same issue over
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Not a huge fan of the death of magic storyline, but there's nothing actually wrong with it. I loved all of the snippets of random magic and short scenes with other MU magic users, though. ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Really wish there was someone else in art for this. The story idea is kinda cool, almost makes the story arc into a mini event. But just Bachalo
Paul E. Morph
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
After the glory that was volume one, this second volume was such a huge disappointment. After a really interesting set-up, Jason Aaron turned in a story that was pretty much just a rehash of the God Butcher story he did in Thor a while back. I was SO invested in volume one that I was sincerely gutted by this warmed over variant.

There were also a couple of major plot holes. The first was our group of de-magicked magicians getting stuck somewhere (trying not to do the spoiler thing but it's trick
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
This wonderous, ponderous review was originally published over at The Grimoire Reliquary.

I’ve always enjoyed Jason Aaron’s work. He’s a talented scribe and his Thor runs are some of my favourite Marvel works in the past decade–despite not having read that work’s conclusion in the face of War of the Realms. Catching up on his Doctor Strange run seemed a no-brainer after I spied a somewhat mangled copy of The Last Days of Magic at my local library. Since I never say no to a mangled copy of anythin
James DeSantis
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Well the title does not lie...Magic is dead.

The story is very clearly shows magic is now gone from the world. After getting a little history on why these robot creatures are invading our world and taking away magic, we're shown how the rest of the world is effected. In just 6 pages they are able to display some horrible events including a child losing all her friends, people losing their powers, and another magician losing her powers and dying in a tank that she normally can escape quickly from
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really good Doctor Strange run continues with "The Last Days of Magic". Here are my notes:

Zelma is one of the few plucky sidekicks that I don't find annoying. In fact, I wish she was in this volume a little more.

There is a near perfect balance of humor and seriousness.

We get to see Scarlet Witch blasting away with a shotgun.

They really missed out by not including Doctor Doom on the team. Was he off playing Iron Man at this point?

Mahatma Doom, on the other hand, was awesome. He is the last sur
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel
How does that Kevin Sorbo gif go again? Oh, yeah...



Once again I'm confronted with a Marvel title replete with good ideas, but stumbling horrendously in execution.

Aaron frankly seems to try to be recycling the plot of Thor: The God Butcher but what worked there thanks to the high-flying hero and amazing Esad Ribic art falls desperately flat in this overcrowded volume. I never bought "Empirikul" as a Big Bad, and the Deus Ex Basementica ending was lame as (insert expletive of your cho
Jesse A
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly had a strong dislike for the art. The story had potential but just strange.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pure awesome.

Enough said.

5 out of 5 stars.
Ryan Stewart
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
They've crossed the dimensions, purging each of all sorcery. Now the Empirikul are here. They are killing magic. They are unstoppable. What is our weakened Sorcerer Supreme to do?

The only person more magical than Stephen Strange might be Jason Aaron. The dude can flat out write. While I think this is a minor step down from Volume 1, I don't think that's much of a slight considering that Vol. 1 is one of the better arcs I've read from Marvel in years.

The supporting cast in this is great, there a
Travis Duke
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Why does Bachalo do his own color? he is terrible at is.... its lazy and sloppy. It sucks because I really like his pencil/ink work but he ruins his own panels with crap coloring. Anyways I liked the story of the last days of magic, Aaron does a good job. Empirikul is some magic hating science alien(?) that vows to destroy all magic and pretty much succeeds and also kicks the doctor's ass. Strange has to go and dig up old artifacts to drain the magic and that doesn't really cut the mustard reall ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The conclusion to the fight against the Empirikul has its moments, it just didnt hit the highs like Vol 1 did. The story telling in parts didnt seem as together.
Like sex, even mediocre Jason Aaron is still pretty good...

Most of my Goodreads friends mentioned how much worse this book was than the preceding volume - I can't disagree, on the grounds that this is more weighty and dystopian than the fun, flighty, silly first collection. And yet I feel it in my bones, the two were constructed precisely together like this - the weight of the losses and irrevocable changes wouldn't be felt as hard, or mean as much, if we hadn't started out this Strange run as l
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-marvel, comics
The first volume of Aaron's Doctor Strange was amazing. This one is just ... OK. What the heck?!

Humor. Gone. Characterization. Gone. Romantic subplots. Gone. Interesting narrative structure. Gone. We still get the epic story, but what was previously an ominous buildup is now just a big, long fight against an omnipotent being. And, it's got all the usual problems with that plot — meaning that the adversary is unstoppable until the plot calls for him not to be anymore. (We also get the overused he
Stewart Tame
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the fight against the Empirikul was every bit as epic as expected. And now that that's over, everything should be normal again, right?

I like Aaron's version of Dr. Strange. His Sorceror Supreme lives a decidedly different life from the rest of humanity. Magic skews the vision and claims a high price. In Aaron's version, the magicians all know each other, so we get folks like Brother Voodoo and Shaman dropping by, or hanging out at the bar together. The supporting cast is intere
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes after reading Volume 1 of this new Doctor Strange series, but this storyline just didn't make much sense. It's an interesting premise that a force or power might have a genuine desire to extinguish magic in the Marvel multiverse, and would have been a great set-up for a recurring villian or threat; but instead, here it's an implausible set-up for a five-issue (and special bonus issue) arc that resolves without any real sense of victory. The amazing art of the first five issues i ...more
Wing Kee
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Gorgeous and dense. 3.5

World: The art is absolutely gorgeous. It's stylish with beautifully creative and riveting panels. The colors we also muted and flat which gives a very distinct feel to it in modern comics. The world building is massive and dense. I'm a DC reader so my knowledge of Strange was limited and more so the Marvel mystic universe, this book was like a crash course. There is a lot of magical gobbledy gook but it's handled well. The added side stories with all the magical users and
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Shawn Deal
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Absolutely great collection by an author who really seems to know this character. I have loved every page. I have loved every panel. Loved the infusion of humor as well as action. The stories have been fabulous. Can’t wait to read more.
Liz Kay
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I genuinely enjoyed the Last Days of Magic issue that was between 6 and 7 (not just because it was narrated by the librarian). The rest of this story... not so much.
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