Doctor Strange has been declared the Sorcerer Supreme, but with the title comes the responsibility of aiding another sorcerer, the diabolical Doctor Doom. Luckily, Doom's request is selfless enough: rescue his mother from Hell. Roger Stern is one of the few writers to "get" what makes Doctor Strange interesting, but for a hardcover oversize original graphic novel, Triumph and Torment is a fairly lackluster event. Although the doctors face hardship, betrayal, and the devil himself, it all falls a little flat. There's just no real pathos to this story that is largely a regurgitation of both characters' origins (which seems unnecessary, as I can't imagine anyone who doesn't know something about them bothering to pick up the book). Rescuing Doom's mother should be a major event, but here the plot seems contrived and pedestrian. Stern seems to be just going through the motions. The art, too, is drab. I enjoy Mignola's distinctive style, and it's well-chosen for this tale, but it is capped off with Mark Badger's inks and colors which are all middle-range pastel. Mignola's art should be full of blacks and vibrant colors, but Badger sticks to washed out hues further subdueing the overall feel of the story. While not a torment, this book is no triumph.