Well, that's it. I have no more new comic books to review for the week. As such, I'm going to have to go back to my old standby, the Retro-Review! Ah yes... The Retro-Review... The only reason I'm reviewing the comic book that I am? Because it was one of the many, many, MANY unread back issues I have laying around, and as such is readily available. As for why I brought this issue, I honestly don't remember... I guess I was on a Satana kick or something. Anyway, let's get to it!
Marvel Team-Up #81:
Summary: Dr. Strange is a werewolf(don't you just hate when that happens!) and it's up to Spider-Man to find and capture Were-Strange so Satana can preform a spell that would put Strange's soul back in his body(because Werewolves don't have souls or something, I guess), curing him of his werewolf-ism. Spidey manages to track Were-Strange down at a hospital in Manhattan where Were-Strange was trying to murder Spidey's injured girlfriend. After a bit of a tussle, Spidey manages to outsmart Were-Strange and knock him out. Spidey takes Were-Strange back to the Sanctum Sanctorum where we discover Satana inside of a magical circle. Satana tells Spidey that he had to make sure Were-Strange didn't leave the circle until she found Strange's soul in the astral plane, or ALL of their souls would be forfeit!!! With that, Satana sends her astral projection to the astral plane and finds a mess of angry demons waiting for her. While she is struggling through the demon horde in an attempt to reach Strange's soul(which was encased in glass apparently), Were-Strange wakes up so Spidey proceeds to continuously web Were-Strange up... That'll work I guess. Satana ends up almost reaching Strange's soul, but is attacked by a mess of demons. Satana casts her most powerful spell, destroying all of the demons around her, while realizing her magic was spent and she was completely defenseless. Instead of retreating, Satana breaks Strange's soul out of the case it was in, curing the good doctor, but dooming herself as she is killed by the demon her father(Satan) had bonded her with. Although she is mortally wounded, Satana takes pride in the fact that her death had destroyed the demon that was within her, as well as the fact that her final act was a good deed. With that, Strange is cured of his werewolf-ism and Satana has died a hero.
Thoughts: This was an okay comic. I obviously missed out on a few key things, like why Dr. Strange was a werewolf, how that happened and why he wanted to kill Peter Parker's girlfriend, but what can ya do? I liked that Satana basically redeemed herself and that her last act consisted of her spitting in the face of her father, but it was weird that Satana died in a comic book that didn't have an appearance from her brother, on-again, off-again foe, Daimon Hellstrom... That would be like a member of the X-Men dying in a random issue of Daredevil... It just seemed odd. I guess that's actually a good way to describe this comic, odd. That word sums this one up perfectly.
Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.I love that Were-Strange kept his cloak on after his transformation... I guess he didn't want us confusing him with some other werewolf.