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The Doctor Is In! DOCTOR STRANGE #1 Is Coming This Fall!

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New York, NY—June 22nd, 2015— The Sorcerer Supreme returns for his first ongoing series in nearly twenty years!  And he’s making house calls! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce DOCTOR STRANGE #1 – a new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers)!

Prepare for a side of the Marvel Universe you’ve never seen before as the magical, mystical and all things weird lie at every turn. And if it’s bizarre enough, and you don’t know where to turn – call the Doctor. From inside his Sanctum Sanctorum – the strangest place in this or any universe, the Master of the Mystic Arts protects this realm from the supernatural.

“Get ready for a brand new Doctor Strange for a brand new Marvel Universe,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo have rebuilt Marvel’s ’Sorcerer Supreme’ from the ground up with an excitingly original take that redefines the character going forward.”

A dark new power is rising. One that will have repercussions for all magic users. The threat is growing, and Strange knows he won’t be powerful enough to stop it. If he is to have any kind of hope, it will take a different kind of Sorcerer Supreme. Because all magic comes with a price, and it’s high time Stephen Strange balanced the scales.

“None of Marvel’s other heavy hitters walk the same beat as Dr. Strange,” says Jason Aaron in an upcoming interview with Marvel.com. “None of them have to face the same sorts of repercussions whenever they use their powers. Being the Sorcerer Supreme is a unique responsibility. And it’s one that Stephen Strange embraces. Even though there’s no doubt that his job is one day going to leave him dead, damned or insane. So I want to celebrate all the weirdness that is Dr. Strange, while having him face a challenge unlike anything he’s ever faced before. One that rewrites the rulebook for what it means to be the Sorcerer Supreme.”

The epic adventure begins this Fall as the Marvel’s mightiest magician takes a battle axe straight to evil in DOCTOR STRANGE #1!

Doctor Strange vs. Forces Unknown in June’s NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1!

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This June, the Sorcerer Supreme faces his greatest challenge yet in NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 – from rising-star writer Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts, The White Suits) and acclaimed artist Marco Rudy (Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Swamp Thing)! Spinning directly out of the pages of New Avengers comes an all-new tale of the Sorcerer Supreme full of suspense, intrigue and horror.

The Incursions are not the only horrors threatening to end the world as we know it. There are darker, more ancient forces at work. Forces more powerful than Stephen Strange could possibly imagine. Now, stretched beyond his limits, Doctor Strange and an enclave of techno-monks high in the Himalayas must stand against the coming darkness. Though even together they may not be enough – and a bid for more power could cost Doctor Strange everything. No fan can afford to miss a Doctor Strange tale for the ages when the oversized NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 hits comic shops and digital devices this June!

Comic Book Review – The New Avengers #51

Context
As Dr. Strange searches for the new Sorcerer Supreme, the Avengers ask one of their own to reveal a stunning secret!

Story
This book felt like two separate books. We have the story of Dr. Strange’s search for the new Sorcerer Supreme and we have another story concerning the Avengers’ need to know who is exactly behind Spider-man’s mask. Although both stories have the same writer, they have a different and distinctive art teams. Once you set aside the art differences, the overall tone of the writing can be considered consistent although not seamless.

The Dr. Strange story came out of left field. I must admit I was as puzzled as Wiccan when Strange explained that he had lost his title. I am intrigued by the prospect of a new Sorcerer Supreme but I wish I had a little more setup in this issue. I actually like the presence of Spider-man and Dr. Strange in this book – it’s kind of like Ditko is finally allowed to play with the Kirbyverse on a regular basis. The rest of the book revolves around Peter Parker. Parker’s decision was in character and I liked his call. Although this book seemed mashed together and a little short on exposition, Bendis knows his characters and pulled off this unusual issue as best he could.

Art
Bendis may have been able to pull his end of the bargain together, the different art teams left me wanting. The Dr. Strange portion, which I assume was provided by Chris Bachalo (Generation X) and company, utilizes detailed but sketchy line work and is very expressive when trying to convey fear. The art falls a little flat when the story moves into the conversation between Strange and Wiccan as both characters seem to shift into constant facial expressions almost throughout.

The Billy Tan segment is exactly what we have come to expect from him. His figures and faces are long and lanky but the inks tend to give a smoother, liquidity to his work. His depiction of the climax of the Spider-man portion comes off a little weird. Overall, the gap between the two art styles was jarring. It almost seemed like the Strange portion was meant to be a limited series and they decided to just cram it into this title instead. It felt crammed.

What to look for
There is a great exchange between Jessica Jones and Spider-man.

What might put you off
You may burn out your art clutch on this one.

Recommendation
The end of the book tries to merge the two storylines. Hopefully, we get to see one consistent artist on this title and story arc in future issues. If so, continue to pick this up as it has great writing and great characters.

Credits
Title New Avengers
Issue Number 51
Publisher Marvel
Release Date 3/25/2009
Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Art Billy Tan, Matt Banning and Justin Ponsor & Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend and Antonio Fabela
Letterer Albert Deschesne
Editor Tom Brevoort
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff