SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for#382 by Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, on sale now.
The first issue of Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s Marvel Legacy debut revealed that Stephen Strange has once again lose the title of Sorcerer Supreme, this time to none other than Loki, the God of Mischief. Doctor Strange #382 sees Stephen seeking aid to get his mantle back from Asgard’s notorious troublemaker, even as he struggles to fulfill his new role as Veterinarian Supreme, although he’s clearly far from the top dog in his new field of medicine. Readers might think they know who Stephen is turning to for help in his quest to regain his mantle, but a last page surprise, in fact reveals the last character many fans ever likely expected to see again at all, let alone one to help Strange go up against a god who now has his powers.
The issue opens with Stephen scaling a mountain in a harsh climate, in search of the man who resides at the mountain’s peak, leading readers to presume that the mountain resides in the Himalayas, and that the man he’s seeking is his mentor and former Sorcerer Supreme, The Ancient One. Before that, though, the issue flashes back to Stephen learning that Loki is close to finding a spell known as the Exile of Singhsoon, which can channel all the world’s magic into a sole wielder. Confronting Loki, and easily defeated by him, Stephen realizes that the god needs to be taken down before he can locate the spell, hence his motivation for seeking out some high-powered help. Come the issue’s cliffhanger, though, it becomes apparent that the aid won’t come from a resurrected Ancient One, but instead from another resurrected hero. Namely, Robert Reynolds, aka The Sentry.
The cosmic powerhouse was last seen a few years ago in Uncanny Avengers, having been brought back to life by the Apocalypse Twins, before ultimately helping to defeat them and subsequently heading off into deep space. The character had supposedly met his end previously during the conclusion of the Siege event, and was laid to rest in The Sentry: Fallen Sun back in 2010. As it turns out, the frigid mountain setting seen here isn’t the Himalayas or anywhere else on Earth – instead, Stephen reveals that he has journeyed inside Reynolds’ mind, where he lives comfortably and Sentry-free in an isolated mindscape, presumably intended to keep Doctor Strange, and anyone else with the power to enter his mind, at a safe distance. Reynolds agrees to help Stephen, and Stephen unleashes The Sentry from Reynolds’ mind.
With The Sentry ready to re-enter the Marvel Universe, could The Void – the deadly half of Reynolds’ split personality – also reemerge? The Void’s lack of presence during The Sentry’s last appearance was conveniently dismissed, but as anyone who’s familiar with the character knows, the two halves are never all that far apart. Stephen clearly hopes that the cosmic power of The Sentry will be enough to defeat a god who’s gained mystical mastery, but the ante stands to be upped on both sides should Loki acquire the spell of Singhsoon, and if The Sentry can’t keep The Void in check.
Just how Stephen located The Sentry and where The Sentry is currently physically residing remains unknown. These mysteries, as well as Loki’s progress in finding the spell that could make him more powerful than ever, are among the plot threads to be explored in part three of “Loki, Sorcerer Supreme” in Doctor Strange #383, on sale December 20.
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