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Doctor Strange #1

71
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Stephen Strange is back! Reunited with Clea and Wong, it’s back to business as usual for the Sorcerer Supreme. Have your children fallen into a deep nightmarish slumber? Are demonic refugees invading your home? Is your husband possessed by a satanic entity? Then call Doctor Strange!

Join Jed MacKay (MOON KNIGHT, BLACK CAT) and Pasqual Ferry (NAMOR: CONQUERED SHORES, SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER’S SHADOW, THOR) as they begin a new chapter in the life of the Master of the Mystic Arts!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BPVGYW2L

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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    COMICON

    Relaunches are a touchy topic for comic book fans. There are a ton of them in modern comics, books making it to basic double digits, let alone large double or even triple digits, aren’t as common as a thing in many cases. New creative teams mean a whole new volume of a title to the point where some long-running characters at Marvel and DC both have reached double digits in the number of series volumes they have (start adding their various different adjective-laden or adjective-less titles and it gets even bigger). I’m one of those that can be on the fence about relaunches because there is something about that large three-digit number on the front page that just gets me giddy as a fan, but I understand the industry reasons they do it.

    That being said, I fully endorse the type of relaunch that we’re seeing here with the Jed MacKay-written Strange books. We’ve seen relaunches like this before as Marvel especially did quite a few of them in the late 2000s and into the 2010s and they were foundational for Valiant Comics when they made their big return in 2012. I’m talking about the type of relaunch where each new volume is another chapter in an ongoing story, whether through the same creative team or not, and it moves things forward but is still connected to what has already come before (whether fully connected or just built upon that) just like an ongoing series normally would be. That’s opposed to relaunches that are spiritually connected to what came before but fully 100% detached from the previous series to do their own thing. (…) ‘Doctor Strange’ #1 kicks off the third chapter of the new era for the sorcerers supreme as the married couple begins a new journey bringing aid to those that most need it in the Marvel Universe. A magical, fantastical, and wondrous beginning to this latest volume for the magical side of this universe.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Doctor Strange #1 brings the Sorcerer Supreme back in a marvelous first issue. The energy and exuberance of the comic make it very easy to sink into, whilst that ability to descend into darkness gives the book weight and unpredictability. The book instantly cements Strange as an important part of the Marvel Universe, easily interacting and fitting in with whichever hero Mackay includes.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    It is a very elegant art, with glitters that reveal the mesmerizing details of this entire magical world.

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Doctor Strange is back, and he makes inter dimensional house calls! Jed MacKay and Pasqual Ferry are a match made in comics nirvana, giving us a fun, and gorgeous romp from Earth to the Purple Dimension, off saving some magical immigrants from being exploited by a nefarious dimensional warlord. MacKays writing mixed with the pitch perfect rendition by Ferry has the earmarks as one of those character defining runs

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining return for Strange in the Marvel Universe. Mackay does a great job of bringing the reader up to speed on where Strange is as well as his supporting cast. The story has great humor, light and action within it and I love how the story creates a new mystery for the couple as well as crafts a new purpose and adventure for Wong.

    The Art: Ferry delivers some fantastic art in the issue. The visual style works perfectly with the lighter tone of the story and the world of the characters looks amazing.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Doctor Strange #1 is a great start to a new, happier time for Stephen Strange. Maybe more importantly, Doctor Strange feels as important as ever in the Marvel universe, as is shown here, actively helping other heroes and being a big part of keeping a balance of good in the world. Make no mistake, Doctor Strange is an exciting start you, and all the magical entities out there will enjoy.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    The Sorcerer Supreme is often portrayed as a self-centered narcissist to an extent but here, Strange helps as many people as he can. It shines an entirely new light on the character, and one that’s well worth the wait. As Ferry and Hollingsworth work in tandem, their styles combine for one that pays homage to the best Strange titles of yesteryear. The highlights and shadows in the color, in particular, are simple and scaled back, which helps support Ferry’s light line work exceptionally well. Together, this creative team creates an epic new Doctor Strange debut that sets the character on an exciting new path across all dimensions.

  • 88

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Doctor Strange #1 is a fun gateway into the world of mystic arts! Jed MacKay continues his hot streak with another superbly written book. The art flows together nicely and works well with the story being told.

  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Doctor Strange #1 walks readers through a day in the life of the recently resurrected Doctor to ease readers back into his new status quo as Sorcerer Supreme and a married man. The house calls are amusing, and the bigger threat is substantial, but the plot’s main conflict appears to be heading for marriage problems, and it’s unclear if that approach will pay off.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    With life given back to Stephen Strange, there are more mysteries and magic to investigate. A phenomenon is right around the corner just waiting to be discovered. This new chapter in Doctor Strange #1 foretells fun transportation into a mind-bending unearthly trip. If you don’t know where to start on reading about Doctor Strange or looking for some magical excitement, then start here. Be sure to pick this one up at your local comic book store or online.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Doctor Strange #1 gives readers a chance to become reacquainted with Stephen Strange again. There’s an undoubtedly positive presence to Stephen Strange that Jed Mackay gives to the hero even with everything that’s happened in his life. But it’s not just him feeling good about being alive, it’s that readers get to see him be a sincerely helpful doctor to his friends and allies as well as be a mystical superhero too. The comic does its job to establish Dr. Strange’s status quo moving forward while setting up the next big story for Stephen and his allies.

  • 74

    Graphic Policy

    After being dead, Stephen Strange is back. I have no clue how and it really doesn’t matter in this new volume of the series. We’re given the general gist of where things stand as Strange sees a new role for him in the Marvel Universe. While he’s still there to protect Earth from magical threats, he’s also there to help his fellow heroes. Think of it as a magical private investigator. That allows readers to enjoy some quick hits as we see Stephen having to solve rather fun and funny issues his fellow heroes run into. It’s all cute and interesting but it’s the appetizer to the main course. Magical beings are making Earth their home and in one case there’s been a murder. Who did it? Well that’s kind of the point of at least the first arc of the series. The art is pretty solid and fits a horror with a wink and a nod take of the series. There’s a back-up story featuring Wong who is now part of WAND, a magical SHIELD. That too is also clearly leading to something but unlike the main story, the art feels a bit off. Wong just looks weird to me. Overall, it’s a debut issue that’s fun but also doesn’t quite excite me to go all in. I’ll check out the second issue to see where the murder mystery goes but it feels like a story we’ve seen elsewhere mixed with a comic that entertains but doesn’t hook you.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Ferry delivers on a very dangerous Clea Strange and a mostly pleasant week-in-the-life story, while the backup brings Wong into focus for the first time in forever. It’s a nice issue.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Doctor Strange #1 gets the good doctor back on the scene, but trouble is already brewing behind it. The main story ends with a shockingly familiar cliffhanger, but the backup story is where the fun is!

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

    One thing you’ve always got to consider with a new #1 is how well it sets up a new series while also being an entertaining read on its own, and I think Doctor Strange #1 manages to hit that tall order rather well. A lot of this issue is spent reacclimating Stephen (as well as the reader) to his new status quo, which puts him more or less in his “default” groove of fighting magical crime wherever it arises. But my personal favorite sequence in this issue is the one where he checks in with various characters from the broader universe; it’s just fun to learn that Spider-Man may have accidentally had his soul stolen by a demonic gambler, or see Daredevil struggling against a haunted trash monster. (…) Doctor Strange is technically the third part of writer Jed MacKay’s Strange saga, following The Death of Doctor Strange and Clea’s aforementioned solo series, and there’s definitely been a sense of continuity in the way they’ve progressed akin to that of Jason Aaron’s Thor, moving through distinct series and status quos but all clearly telling one serialized story. You could jump into this one cold and not miss too much, but you’d definitely appreciate the scope of what’s occured thus far if you’ve been following it from the beginning. And as with any series featuring Doctor Strange at the helm, there’s plenty of trippy and invariably beautiful (or beautifully groteseque) visuals to be seen, this time done by artist Pasqual Ferry.

    Rounding out the package is a backup story by MacKay and Andy Macdonald featuring W.A.N.D., the magic division of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it’s a delight. Now boasting Wong as a member, the sequence plays out like a post-credits scene of sorts, offering another perspective that quickly ties back into the main story, leaving the reader with an intriguing hook to continue from in the next issue.

  • 60

    Bleeding Cool

    Writer Jed McKay gives artist Pascal Ferry plenty of cool things to draw in Doctor Strange #1: The Central Park Dragon, “assorted supernatural weirdoes,” and generous amounts of Kirby crackle. There’s a wistfulness to Ferry’s pencils that’s difficult to put my finger on. Maybe it’s Matt Hollingsworth’s colors? Not sure. There are a couple of Doctor Strange panels that look like Ferry’s influenced by Javier Rodriguez or Marcos Martin, which is fun to see.

    Regardless, Doctor Strange #1’s antagonist is the alien warlord Aggamon, who apparently occupies a portion of the Gobi desert. The Stranges have an encounter with him that ends poorly.

    The problem is, unless it’s exceptional, arch magic isn’t my taste. There are cool things in Doctor Strange #1 that could’ve been an entire issue on their own that’s less than a page. For example, Dr. Strange helping Spider-Man recover his soul from a demon playing Three-card Monte. That’s only a panel. Daredevil running from an ambulatory trash monster, got a chuckle, though.

    If McKay can keep Ferry drawing neat-looking demons and dragons, the ongoing series will be something to keep an eye on.

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