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The Death of Doctor Strange: The Avengers #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


With Doctor Strange gone, the Avengers are the only ones who can stop a rampaging Juggernaut-like monster from wrecking all of Manhattan!

But what does this mystical creature want?

And how does the magic-skeptical Iron Man hold the answer?

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32 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    People miss Strange when there are no sorcerers, monsters look ugly when they invade. Alex Paknadel does the almost unimaginable by making a great stand-alone story within a comic event. Tony’s redemption arc is a fresh take on the egotistical billionaire and finally seeing his using brains over brawn is the cherry on the cake.

  • 90


    Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face a magical threat that tests all their might, but also gives them a chance to showcase that often the most heroic thing someone can do is stop and listen. A truly solid and beautiful story that showcases the more personal side of what is happening in the aftermath of Doctor Strange’s death which has left the Earth open to magical threats.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I was not expecting a tie-in story to have the level of emotional depth that this one does, but Paknadel delivers it in this story. The story does a great job with Tony Stark in the issue and tying to his early interactions with Strange was a great touch to help evolve the character’s thinking for this new situation. Having Tony overcome his fear was another great narrative choice and it serves as a great parallel to another characters in the story and that character’s journey as well. A well-crafted and entertaining story with a great, emotionally powerful ending.

    The Art: Bodenheim delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the story. The action is glorious and the characters look amazing. There is some great heart to many of the moments in the issue and the ending pages were brilliantly designed.

  • 85


    The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1 is a good one-shot that plugs you into Iron Man’s weakened emotional state. This issue takes readers on an adventure that is incredibly large in scope, but tightly written.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1 continues to explore the effect the Sorcerer Supreme’s passing has had on the Marvel Universe, this time centering Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. With a hint that the worst is only yet to come for Earth, the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel heroes are in for one of the biggest fights of their lives.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    With the amount of books on the rack, which increases with every event and mini event, there is always a worry about a dip in quality, with the question “do I really need to spend more cash on a tie-in book?” I can’t say yes you should to every book, but when you see a book with Alex Paknadel’s name on it, PICK IT UP! You are guaranteed a book written by a guy who is on top of his writing game, be it indie or Marvel.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    As good a point to start as any in this series even if you have not read the first two entries in this series.

  • 80

    Bleeding Cool

    Exploring the really wonderful twist in this plot and how it’s discovered would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say, readers of all stripes can find a valuable lesson here about how heroism has to find the right way. That’s a quest worthy of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

  • 74

    Multiversity Comics

    The solid characterization in “The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers” #1 adds context to the larger crossover. The main “The Death of Doctor Strange” series contains a lot of important developments but does not give time to show how other heroes react to the important plot beats of the title. Paknadel adds an element of lore in “The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1” that will likely pay off in future Doctor Strange issues as well. The script for the issue showing heroes battling magic characters they aren’t prepared for is executed really well. Paknadel and Bodenheim are two Marvel creators to watch going forward. “The Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers” #1 is a solid tie-in issue that adds color missing from the core title.

  • 71

    Comic Watch

    Though not essential reading, Death of Dr. Strange: Avengers #1 is a well-crafted story, allowing its creatives a bright spotlight in which to shine.

  • 56

    Geek'd Out

    Alex Paknadel’s script moves briskly and has the characters acting like themselves, while Ryan Bodenheim’s art is clean and appealing with Rachelle Rosenberg’s bright colors. Tie-ins like these can be tricky for a creator because they’re largely dependent on overall interest in their main event title; anyone looking for extra material out of Death of Doctor Strange will probably be satisfied with this one. But even in a slighter week for Marvel (especially with technical issues delaying most of their output through to February), I don’t think this issue would be most people’s first or second choice to pull, especially with a premium $4.99 price tag attached.

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