Loki: Sorcerer Supreme Part 1
Written by: Donny Clay Cates
Penciled by: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colored by: Jordie Bellaire
Covers by: Mike Del Mundo
A hoard of inter-dimensional beings threaten the existence of magic itself, and Doctor Strange is forced to use extreme measures to defeat them, only succeeding with the help of his friends and other masters of magic. Later, for reasons as yet unknown, a tournament is held by The Vishanti to find the new Sorcerer Supreme. Despite Dr. Stephen Strange winning this tournament, and Loki Laufeyson being a mere spectator, the Vishanti see within him the desire for redemption. Believing this trait necessary to face forthcoming threats, they appointed him the new Sorcerer Supreme.
The story begins with a well written monologue by Cates, in which he breaks the forth wall in order to embody readers and answer some of the most pressing questions many of us have going into this comic. Through his writing, Cates shows a keen understanding of the minds of his readers, and he uses this to draw us in instantly.
Immediately, this story makes it clear that Loki is a far cry from the Sorcerer Supreme we all know and love. In fact, he’s still very much the god of Lies, Mischief & Stories; a title he boasts quite proudly.
A lot of us are wondering ‘what’s Loki’s end game?’ and ‘where’s Dr. Strange throughout all of this? The story answers these questions in an unexpected way, and in doing so sets the stage for a Doctor Strange story that fans won’t soon forget.
Opinions and Such:
The dialogue is well written, there’s only a couple jokes in here, but each one sticks the landing. Bellaire & Walta’s art though at times bland, works well in shifting the tone from previous issues in a way that better suits the new Sorcerer Supreme, The art and writing blend well together, effectively showing us readers how the rest of the Marvel world feels about their new Sorcerer Supreme. There’s even a surprise cameo from another popular Legacy character that you won’t want to miss. In conclusion, I definitely think Doctor Strange #381 is worth reading, for both Doctor Strange and Loki fans alike.