Sorcerer of the Stars (Doctor Strange #1 Comic Review)

“Sorcerer Supreme of the Galaxy” Part 1

Written by: Mark Waid

Art by: Jesús Saiz

He is Earth’s greatest and first line of defense in the fight against magical threats. As the Sorcerer Supreme, no opponent can stand against the mystical might of Doctor Strange!

Character Catch-Up:

It’s been a tough string of events for dear Doctor Strange. First, Strange’s magic slowly begins to disappear, causing him to go on a quest to find any remaining magical artifacts that might be of use. After successfully kick-starting the world’s magic back into action, Stephen is then tricked into bequeathing his title to the mischievous Loki. After a crazy sequence of events involving the World Tree, The Sentry, and a whole lot of magical mayhem, Loki finally returned the Sanctum Sanctorum and the title of Sorcerer Supreme back to Doctor Strange. What’s next for our favorite Doctor? Keep reading to find out.

Today’s Galactic Issue:

Doctor Strange has taken to the stars! Once again, Doctor Strange’s magical mastery has left him. This time though, it seems to be for good. His spell-books are blank, magical artifacts turned to paper-weights, and even his trusty cloak of levitation is now just a simple piece of cloth. Stephen is at the lowest point in his life since his terrible accident all those years ago. So who do you call when you’ve hit rock bottom? No one knows better than Tony Stark. Stephen is ready to hang up his cape for good, but Tony has an idea. While magic may have disappeared from Earth, who’s to say it isn’t still going strong on another world? With this information in mind, Stephen steps behind the wheel once again (quite literally). It’s time to blast off into a whole new galaxy of magic! What will Stephen encounter next on his journey through the stars? Come back next time to find out!

Personal Thoughts and Opinions:

This issue is a rather slow start to the story, but its constant narration keeps you engrossed throughout. With about a third of the issue being dedicated to narration matched with dialogue-less visuals, you almost feel like you’re reading a children’s storybook. It served as a good way to get inside Stephen’s thoughts without any of the usual thought bubbles. The premise is a simple one, but there are millions of ways it can unfold. Having a comic focus on magic already opens up a lot of possibilities, so by going even further and adding new worlds to explore, the choices are endless. Hopefully, Mr. Waid can craft a compelling tale with his premise.

The art is a standout as well in this issue. It has an almost painted feel to it, with what looks like brush strokes instead of the sharp lines of a pencil or pen. It reminds me in a way of the artwork of Alex Ross. Maybe not to the same level of quality as him, but the same general feeling. The facial expressions are standard fare, but you can still tell quite easily what emotions each character is feeling at any given moment. I’m enjoying this art style so far, so I hope we don’t get any artist changes too soon.

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Summary
Mixing magic and science fiction is an idea with a lot of possibilities. While this first issue is mainly just a way of delivering exposition and getting Stephen out into space, it was still interesting enough that I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what comes next. Mark Waid has numerous options at his fingertips, so let's see if he can craft something worthwhile. I remain anxiously positive so far.
Good
  • Paint-style artwork
  • A lot of potential with the premise
Bad
  • Not much action as of yet
7.4
Good
Story - 7
Art - 7.8
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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