Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment

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Every year on Midsummer's Eve, Victor von Doom clashes with the forces of evil in a vain attempt to free his mother's soul from Hell. Only when Doctor Stephen Strange -- Master of the Mystic Arts and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme -- is convinced to join the fight, does the outcome have any hope of changing. But first these unlikely allies must journey to Mephisto's infernal realm...where they find that the cost of one soul may be more than they are willing to pay!

Re-presenting perhaps the greatest Doctor Doom story ever told, along with a host of extras, including a prologue in which Doom considers becoming Doctor Strange's apprentice -- and rare short stories by legendary artist Mike Mignola, starring Doctors Strange and Doom's ever-unpredictable ally, the Sub-Mariner. 

COLLECTING: The long-out-of-print Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment, plus Doctor Strange (1974) #57 and material from Astonishing Tales (1970) #8 and Marvel Fanfare (1982) #16 & #43.

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About the Author:

Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage, and theInternet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy toflash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the Superman series for DC Comics. Stern has written hundreds of storiesabout such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, andthe Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, theIncredible Hulk, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also a visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army films. He alsocoauthored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, Baltimore, or, TheSteadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the DrowningCity. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, andcat.

Review:

"Arguably one of the most overlooked gems in Marvel's immense library, this story by Roger Stern, Mike Mignola and Mark Badger pits Dr. Strange in the unlikely role of savior as he's tasked by the Vishanti to assist Dr. Doom in rescuing Doom's mother from Mephisto. As you can guess, Dr. Doom takes over the book to some extent, but Dr. Strange carves out a place for himself like a surgeon as an ally and adversary to Doom." -- Chris Arrant, ifanboy.com

"In this graphic novel written by Roger Stern with art by a young Mike Mignola, Doctor Strange is forced to help Doctor Doom try to save the soul of Doom's mother, who has been doomed to hell. During their battle against Mephisto in hell, there are a number of twists and turns, all beautifully illustrated by Mignola and Mark Badger. While he had won the title of Sorcerer Supreme over Doom (Doom's second-place finish is what put him into a position of requesting Strange's help), it was this story that proved that Strange truly had earned the title."  -- Brian Cronin, comicbookresources.com

"There are some critics who perpetually sneer at the idea of comics having literary qualities. This story proves them wrong." -- Rachel Swords, goodreads.com 

"Roger had the Midas touch with just about everything he wrote for Marvel. Spider-Man, Avengers, Hulk, Doctor Strange, you name it." -- J.M. DeMatteis

"Stern tells a highly-charged story or magic, emotion and destiny, and makes it look effortless. His love for these characters, their histories, and more importantly, their creators really comes through on every page, and in the end, you're left absolutely heartbroken and in awe. For a lot of folks, the big draw here is probably Mike Mignola. While this is still pretty early on in his career, it's kind of impossible to not see this as one of his most gorgeous and brilliantly rendered projects. But plan accordingly, because, baby, this one's gonna hit you in the heart!" -- Chad Bowers

"[A] gem...truly worthy of the term Graphic Novel. This clever tale not only retells both origins of Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom, it carefully explores their motivations and true character. Doom, who's been branded as one of Marvel's greatest villains, proves to be one of the more rational villains as he genuinely believe what he is doing is right rather than being evil." -- Jason Shayer

"Throughout his rich history, Victor Von Doom has put many Marvel heroes through hell, but in this classic book, Doom puts himself through Hell to save the one person he ever loved." -- Marc Buxton

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