The Book of the Vishanti: Explained
Crack open the ancient spell book that has served Doctor Strange and all of Earth’s Sorcerer Supremes!
When it comes to magic, balance is key. For every light spell used to help the Multiverse, there exists a counteracting dark force set on its destruction. That principle is not only reflected in the magic wielders of the Marvel Universe, but its two major books of knowledge: The Darkhold and the Book of the Vishanti. Where the Darkhold’s pages offer its readers infinite wisdom on black magic, death, and chaos, the Book of the Vishanti represents its opposite. Contained in this all-telling tome are the secrets to life, restoration, healing, and protection.
THE FIRST CHAPTER: WHO ARE THE VISHANTI?
The Book of Light is a living, breathing document in more than a few ways, specifically because it can be added to by mages who have possessed it. The first Master of the Mystic Arts to wield the book after the Vishanti was Varnae, who would go on to become one of the first vampires. Others like the Ancient One, Doctor Strange, Doctor Voodoo, and even Loki have wielded it since.
KALUU THE BOOK THIEF
When the Ancient One's friend-turned-Kamar-Taj’s fallen despot Kaluu returned from a self-imposed exile in the dimension Raggadorr, he sought revenge and immediately went after the book in STRANGE TALES #147-150. The Ancient One warned his disciple Doctor Strange that this foe may be able to overpower them both. And Kaluu lived up to his infamous reputation by stealing the Book of the Vishanti right out from under them both!
THE SPELL OF FIRE AND ICE
More than a simple repository of spells, the Book of the Vishanti also acts as an antidote and reference guide for any master of the mystic arts. In the first few years of series DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME (1988) readers learned more and more about the book’s arcane knowledge. The tome chronicles the history of the villain Baron Mordo as well as the many evil secrets held inside the Darkhold, including the vampire-eradicating Montesi Formula.
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