I hope I didn't violate some rule by combining both books on this thread, but it seems more reasonable to have both books open for discussion.
Doc #19: My patience with Aaron & Bachalo has pretty much run out. This issue shows Aaron's usual obsessions with Doc's eating and puking habits. We keep coming back to this and I still haven't decided whether Aaron (a) thinks it is funny (it's not); (b) thinks it is insightful & deep (it's not); or (c) thinks it has some sort of creepy horror vibe (it doesn't--and Doctor Strange is NOT a horror magazine!). This issue also re-displays what has been obvious for some time: Aaron has no idea how to write spells. We are treated to more "By [fill-in-the-blank].." or "In the name of [fill-in-the-blank]." Pathetic.
Mr. Aaron, a suggestion: Try doing some actual research on the character you are writing. You quite obviously did not bother to do that with Dr. Strange. We are treated to a declaration from Doc that "love's not even the job description for a sorcerer supreme"--flatly contradicting established Strange history (for example Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #19--what a coincidence in the issue number!)(I could list several other issues from Doc's history to the same point, but let's leave it at that).
I have also grown tired of Bachalo's inability to depict things clearly. This issue featured a "final" (for now!) battle with Mr. Misery. I'm not sure what happened in that battle because Bachalo's art failed to convey it with any sense. Considering that the point of artwork in a comic book is to Help Tell The Story, Bachalo fails as a comic book artist. Bachalo's desire to be obscure is a hindrance to the enjoyment of the comic, not something to be complimented.
So, for me, the only good part of this issue was the "Next Issue" page, which promises that it will be the last we see of both Aaron & Bachalo. I can't wait!!!!
DS&SS #7: This is, by far, the better of the two Doc books. Better story, better art. Unfortunately, this is not the best issue to prove that--although most of the problem is that Robbie Thompson is saddled with Aaron's poorly-thought-out "End of Magic" storyline. So the Sorcerers are now in the present day. Doc warns them that their magic will be weaker because of what has happened. Okay, let's pause there. If it were true that it is just in this time period that the effects of the Death of Magic applies, then Doc should have been at full power when he went back into the past. But he wasn't. But let that go--as it happens, the rule is not absolute. Yao's magic appear to work just fine, while Demon Rider's magic is weaker--but still stronger than Strange. And Newton, wielding the Word of God, didn't seem to be having any trouble. So the whole concept is really random in its effects. But maybe I am being too harsh here: that would explain why other magic users in other books were apparently unaffected. Thompson may just be highlighting what an incredibly inconsistent (i.e., stupid) idea Aaron had.
Actually, the real weakness in this issue is just that, while it is set up to be a Big Battle Issue, there is not much going on. It feels more like a filler book: one of those written to expand the story long enough to make a decent sized trade paperback. IMHO, this is a major weakness in current comics: stories are not being written at a pace that best serves the story. They are written at a pace that best serves the marketing of trade paperbacks. In the old days we would get the occasional filler issue, usually when a writer got behind on deadlines, but these days you can almost always expect a filler issue in ever storyline. This is the one for this storyline. It is not a bad issue--like I said, it is far far far far far far far far better than any issue Aaron has written involving Dr. Strange. It is just a little disappointing coming from Thompson.