All New, All Different Marvel has arrived, and one of the first new #1’s is Doctor Strange.  Admittedly, I’ve never read a Doctor Strange book before, but the character’s role in Secret Wars, and the fact that it’s written by Jason Aaron, have me very interested in this new series.  The debut issue starts with the Sorcerer Supreme fighting off a strange and mystical infection in a small child’s body, something he’s not unfamiliar with, but he remarks that this particular parasite is a little different than anything he’s encountered before.

Jason Aaron’s writing is sharp and quick witted as usual.  As the seasoned writer for Thor and the Secret Wars tie-in Weirdworld, he has a solid grasp of the magic and mystical side of the Marvel universe, but as with most Marvel titles, he brings a sense of grounded science-fiction into the fray to go along with it.  The story really has three parts to it, and for the most part it works, but the shifts from one section to the next did seem somewhat abrupt.  That lack of a smooth transition between acts is noticeable, but not too terribly distracting.

Chris Bachalo’s artwork is fitting for the story being told.  The more mystical parts of the story have an odd ethereal look that clearly separates them from the events unfolding in the real world.  You instantly know the setting just by looking at the page.  The creature designs are also really great, and I look forward to what else Bachalo can throw at the readers in the coming issues.

Overall, the book is about what I expected it to be.  It’s not amazing, but it was entertaining enough to keep me coming back for issue two.  I would have liked a slightly smoother narrative, but I’m satisfied with the way this first issue turned out.

The Verdict for Doctor Strange #1:
4 out of 5

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Stay nerdy, my friends.


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