Doctor Strange #390
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Doctor Strange #390

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Frazer Irving Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 23, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 29
9.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

•  Strange is back as Master of the Mystic Arts!
•  But the Earth's magic is still weak - and after DAMNATION, so is Stephen.
•  He needs to get in fighting form and repair his friendship with Zelma...
•  If he can just shake special guest SPIDER-MAN long enough to get some work done!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 24, 2018

    It's been a good week for the Big Two in general this week, but Doctor Strange #390 may be my favorite Marvel offering by a country mile. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze May 25, 2018

    Doctor Strange #390 I'm going to assume is where they hand this story off for the next person, and to bring Doctor Strange into the next phase of the Marvel Universe. I don't know if this is going to be a book worth picking up still after, but I can speak for what Doctor Strange has been up to now, and the only word that comes to mind is astonishing. I don't think we've ever been this engaged in Strange's world whether it was Jason Aaron or Donny Cates writing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley May 31, 2018

    Cates gives us an outstanding finale that returns Strange to his roots. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 26, 2018

    Doctor Strange #390 gives this era of the title the finale it deserves. Its subtle, understated, and a ton of fun. Bats, Stephen, Spidey, and Zelma each get a moment to put a smile on your face, even if you havent been following this series. This book was a great one, and it gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender May 25, 2018

    While the rather goofy Spider-Man section of this story drags on a bit long, DOCTOR STRANGE #390 is a wonderful and warm homage to the character that perfectly caps off Donny Cates' run. With a slow paced, highly focused plot and brilliant characterization, this story does away with superhero tropes to deliver a really powerful story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 28, 2018

    I don't know which direction this series will go in Marvel's “Fresh Start” but it better have Wong and Bats! Thank you, Donny, for another great series and good luck to the next creative team.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 23, 2018

    The considerably reduced scope of this farewell issue gives the central characters from the past year a much needed chance to breathe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 23, 2018

    A really good story with some great character moments and a light tone that works. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Herushalaim May 24, 2018

    Maybe it's not a great final issue (although it does wrap everything up, it doesn't have that finale feel to it), but I loved this so much.

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui May 24, 2018

    Sweet and like the breeze it comes and goes leaving a smile on your face. Irving did a great job as usual. Not what i thought i wanted but still a good wrap up with guest artist Zdarsky for a nice chuckle.

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain May 27, 2018

    This was an awesome end to Donny Cates run on "Doctor Strange," a fun and funny issue that wraps up the things that have been going on in this book since the beginning of Jason Aaron's run and the introduction of Selma. This issue is very entertaining, with Spider-Man adding a lot of laughs. The two-page comic strip of Spidey talking to an actual spider (and skipping stone) drawn by Chip Zdarsky is great Frazier Irving does the pencils on the rest of this issue, so of course it looks great. I wish Cates would have stayed on this character longer, but it was fun while it lasted.

  • 9.0
    CrazyforRAMU Dec 3, 2018

    Stephen closes a chapter in his life by getting a proper goodbye from Zelma. And Spidey is there in maximum "Kooky Peter" mode to sand down some of the awkwardness. The core relationship chat delivers excellent closure, though it's a bit understated. I was in the perfect mood for Kooky Spidey, so that turned into a nice little bonus bringing this finale up to greatness in my eyes.

  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu May 26, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Donny Cates ends another stellar run with humor, clever-witty banter, and setting up another writer to run with the character however they see fit. This issue opens with Zelma coming to talk to Dr. Strange only to find Spider-Man there “house sitting” as he called it. Really, Spidey was just stopping in to take a pee, but hey, we don’t find that out until the end.

    Anyway, Spidey takes Zelma to Strange’s Vet Clinic where Stephen is closing it down with his ghost dog “Bats”. Turns out, Strange has been helping animals illegally this ent more

  • 8.5
    ÜberGinger Jun 8, 2018

    Great story but the art just wasn't working for me

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Dec 16, 2018

    Spider-man essentially photo-bombs the issue, which is funny. Zelma and Strange have their moment and the series essentially goes back to the status quo.

  • 7.5
    iPodwithnomusic May 23, 2018

    A very simple issue, but I still found it enjoyable. I liked Spider-Man's interactions with Strange and his dog, but I was not a big fan of the artwork.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB May 24, 2018

    A little bit of an underwhelming end to Cates' era. The art was ok and Spider-Man just felt out of place in what should have been a more focused end with Doctor Strange himself. Overall, an ok book that doesn't really do to much other than reinforce Strange as one of the good guys.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY May 24, 2018

    A nice dream. A weird story. So a little disappointing for a goodbye. Even if that put Zelma in Marvel Limbo, there is still bats. So I will hope seen him in the new Doctor Strange ongoing. Cates make 2 very nice arc & don't have to be shameful because he did really good.

    Cover - I love the cover in some way related. 1.5/2
    Writing - It was sad & weird, and it was not the ending I wanted. 2/3
    Arts - Irving did some nice & less nice panel. It wasn't the art I would have wanted for a ending. 2/3
    Feeling - Sad and disappointed. 0/2
    +1 for Cates work who was to short in one way and fantastic after Aaron run.

  • 7.0
    mglsts Jun 9, 2018

    Weird issue, especially considering it's the last one of the series before it "reboots". Spider-Man felt more like he was written as Deadpool and they changed at the last minute, and his whole cameo seemed like a running gag that overstayed its welcome just a few pages in.

    A weak ending overall, which is surprising after the superb ending of Cates' run on Thanos, so I expected something more substantial instead of just an OK filler issue.

  • 3.0
    Sav May 24, 2018

    this issue was dumb.

    it was a filler with its own filler. an issue where the filler was more enjoyable than the actual plot. but, as fun as spidermans random idea to talk to a spider was, it wasnt that great; not enough to pull this crap out of the shitter it was plopped into.

    i mean lets be honest, what was furthered with this story? (even the last issue was made pointless by the pointlessness of this ish) zelmas not mad at strange. 'whaaaaatt? omg, i can now sleep at night! i so cared about their relationship. it was so important to the future of strange's series that this plot point be clarified.'

    once again, so dumb.

  • 10
    Billyndo May 23, 2018

  • 10
    MightyVin May 24, 2018

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 May 23, 2018

  • 8.5
    Khan/Murdock May 23, 2018

  • 8.0
    Arachal18 May 23, 2018

  • 10
    Jorge Mendes Jun 21, 2018

  • 10
    YourGreenMuse Oct 20, 2018

  • 10
    Aren Jul 1, 2019

  • 10
    tonpas1989 Jan 6, 2020

  • 9.0
    Sonic Youth Jun 17, 2018

  • 8.5
    jmprados Jun 12, 2018

  • 8.5
    WadeWayne31 Sep 26, 2018

  • 8.5
    DoctorLaze Dec 23, 2018

  • 8.0
    Southtown Jun 12, 2018

  • 8.0
    TA13OO Jul 29, 2018

  • 7.5
    Omer May 29, 2018

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 23, 2018

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