One of the best battle moves from the MCU happened by accident. Now, Doctor Strange’s replacement does it on purpose and in a far more brutal way.
Warning: contains spoilers for Strange #2!
One of the great moves in Avengers: Infinity War was when Doctor Strange ally Wong severed Cul Obsidian’s hand using his sling ring portal. Well, the new Sorcerer Supreme, Clea, pulled it off in the comics and to much greater effect. This happens
Following the murder of Doctor Strange, Clea returned to Earth to avenge her dead husband. A time-displaced version of Strange soon arrived in order to assist in the investigation. When it was all said and done, this new version of Strange had to vanish. Before he did though he handed over the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Clea, along with the Clock of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Armed with her new role, Clea has become far mroe brutal than Dcotor Strange ever was, and she’s determined to use her power to bring Strange back to life.
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In Strange #2 by Jed MacKay and illustrated by Marcelo Ferreira, Cleo sets up a spell that can detect any resurrection energy throughout New York. When the spell goes off, she finds the undead Thunderstrike rising from the grave. Although she knew Thunderstrike in life, he was essentially a mindless revenant that had to be put down. The fight was tough as Thunderstrike could control lightning like Thor. To sever Thunderstrike from his weapon, Clea created portals similar to those used in the MCU. With her opponent’s arm inside the portal, she then closed them, cutting off Thunderstrike’s arm and rendering him defeated.
It’s become abundantly apparent that Clea is a much more dangerous Sorcerer Supreme than Strange was. He was a doctor whereas Clea is a warrior. So of course, she is going to employ her magic with much more brutal efficiency. In the case of Wong in the MCU, he was just opening a portal and then closed it to stop Cul Obsidian from coming through. He only chopped off the alien’s hand by accident. Clea actually used her portal as a weapon and severed Thunderstrike’s arm on purpose. Clea also mentioned that she’s not just a Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. She also retains the title of Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension. Fans might think that having two titles would only amplify her power, except Clea talks about how these two forces oppose one another and contradict each other. It’s unclear what effect this will have on her.
Clea has repeatedly shown throughout her time as Sorcerer Supreme that she is just as powerful as Stephen Strange with about half of his restraint. While this latest attack was against a zombie, it’s evident that she would have no problem unleashing this on a living person if it fit her goals. Clea is proving that she is doing whatever it takes to bring back Doctor Strange, no matter how gory.
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