A story that has gone on over several issues is still not resolved and proves to be a distant demon using lesser monsters to frighten Dr Strange away.
GRAPHIC COMIC REVIEW ROGER STERN DOCTOR STRANGE AND FEAR THE FINAL VICTOR 1979 Marvel
Powerful sorcerer, Dr Stephen Strange, has his work cut out for him here, fighting a defensive battle against a Ningal the demon-possessed statue of a knight in armour. This epic conflict was built up in the previous month’s issue but it is now drawn to an end within a few panels.
Strange knows the statue’s history and composition and uses that knowledge to force the demon out of it.
The fight occurs in an old English castle, with several sub-plots running too. Strange’s lover, Clea, is jealous of the woman who now owns the castle, and flirts with Strange before Clea’s eyes.
Independently of this, Strange’s friend, his own girlfriend, who is also controlled by a demon, attacks Murdoch Adams, but Strange has warned Adams what to expect and how to deal with her.
The whole series of attacks just proves to be more minds meddling by the remote Demon In Darkness trying to spook Strange rather than confronting him directly. It was beginning to get tedious to see this milked over a year’s worth of comics by this stage.