Dr. Strange is living under the name Dr. Stephen Sanders. He had previously faked his death, leaving people to think he died fighting The Beyonder. Without the aid of his talismans (destroyed in the battle with Uthroa), he continues to protect the 616 dimension. After traveling the multiverse he returns to earth. Too weak to travel, he is tricked into leaving his physical form and travels in astral form to aid someone who he thinks is under attack. Dormammu (who was presumed destroyed in Dr. Strange 51) has returned and takes over Strange's physical body. Strange is left inhabiting the body of a rat after being chased by the Bands of Cttorak and cornered in astral form.