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The Fate of Marvel Magic is Decided in the Death of Doctor Strange Finale

Fans witnessed the shocking murder of the Marvel Universe’s Sorcerer Supreme in Death of Doctor Strange #1! Written by Jed MacKay with art by Lee Garbett, Death of Doctor Strange will be a five issue epic that explores the mystery behind Strange’s demise and introduces the dangerous new threats that emerge when Earth is left without its’ fierce mystical protector. The final issue of the series will arrive in January where the murderer’s identity will be revealed!

The Marvel Universe stands at the brink of destruction and the deadly new trio of villains, the Three Mothers and their master, the Peregrine Child, are about to claim victory. Will Strange’s murderer have the last laugh? It all comes down to one last trick from the young, time-traveling Doctor Strange. MacKay, now signed as an exclusive writer for Marvel Comics, promises that this final chapter will open the door to an exciting future for Doctor Strange and Marvel’s magical heroes.

Also coming in January will be Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone. Written by Tini Howard, currently redefining mutant magic in the pages of Excalibur, with art by Ig Guara, this tie-in one shot will star the Bloodstone family.

Who better to defend Earth from magical invaders than monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone? Elsa is the best there is at what she does — tough, skilled and clever enough to handle any problem…except her brother, Cullen. The siblings will have to put their issues aside not only to protect Earth but also to welcome the latest addition to the Bloodstone clan: their long-lost SISTER! Her awesome set of powers and unique Blood gem have placed a target on her back, and the worst horrors from beyond this realm are on the hunt.

Check out the cover of Death of Doctor Strange #5 and Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1 as well as a complete event checklist and the fully revealed Death of Doctor Strange #4 cover. Don’t miss the end of this definitive chapter in the Doctor Strange mythos this January!

Relive Classic Marvel Covers with New Homage Variants

This January, your favorite artists will pay tribute to some of the greatest comic book covers in Marvel history with all-new Homage Variant Covers. Featuring new artwork from superstar artists David Yardin, Will Sliney, Mike McKone, Creees Lee, Philip Tan, David Nakayama, Pete Woods, Ken Lashley, Stephen Mooney, and Marvel’s Stormbreaker Peach Momoko, this exciting collection will allow fans to re-experience classic Marvel covers including takes on Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thor, and Hulk’s first appearances as well as other historic moments!

Check out all ten Homage Variant Covers now and pick them up when they grace the covers of your favorite series throughout the month of January!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85 Homage Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO
  • VENOM #4 Homage Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
  • X LIVES OF WOLVERINE #1 Homage Variant Cover by WILL SLINEY with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86 Homage Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
  • THOR #21 Homage Variant Cover by CREEES LEE with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #3 Homage Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN with colors by FEDERICO BLEE
  • HULK #3 Homage Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #5 Homage Variant Cover by STEPHEN MOONEY with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
  • IRON MAN #16 Homage Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
  • X-MEN LEGENDS #11 Homage Variant Cover by KEN LASHLEY with colors by JUAN FERNANDEZ

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Review: The Death of Doctor Strange #1

The Death of Doctor Strange #1

As a lifelong comic book fan, I can honestly say, I love living in the times we are now. Growing up, the only thing we had to see onscreen were the cartoons from Marvel. Eventually, we would see the Japanese version of Spider-Man, which doesn’t quite hold up. Then there was the Incredible Hulk TV show, which actually showed a complex superhero, before the modern explorations we’re able to enjoy now.

Then came the Blade movies, and we not only got to see action in the horror genre but watch comic books start to become part of the mainstream. Fast forward to now, and we have comic book superheroes in live action and animated TV shows and movies. The recent hit MCU TV show What If..? proves you can tell complex compelling stories using animation. In the debut issue of The Death Of Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme has finally met his mortality, leaving the world defenseless without him at guard.

We open on Stephen as he awakes in the Sanctum Sanctorum, as he goes on  a walk with Bats, he recount show his gift for surgery came back and how he has at least returned to it , part time.  Of course, his job as Sorcerer Supreme takes paramount, as he stops a police shooting a man who was possessed b the Seven Sons of Cinnibus, thereby severing a connection to the evil lords, whilst saving the man’s life.  Later, we find Stephen teaching a class at the Strange Academy, where Dole, Dormammu’s son , sense his father’s presence nearby, alerting Stephen to spring into action, with Illyana by his side,  as he encounters the Crimson Bands Of Cyttoraki  who have entered his dimension. Then everything gets titled on its head, when one night as he sits in the Sanctum Sanctorum alone, a malevolent force is at their doorstep and has Stephen at a disadvantage. By the issue’s end, all his allies feel his life-force leave the astral plane, the mystery of who killed lies at the center, Mordo is not the culprit and multiple extra dimensional invasions are happening all over Earth.

Overall, The Death Of Doctor Strange #1 begins a crackling murder mystery that proves anyone can be the villain. The story by Mackay is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a thriller worthy of Dashiell Hammett.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Lee Garbett
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

DEATH COMES FOR THE SORCERER SUPREME!
Doctor Stephen Strange is the world’s greatest neurosurgeon and Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly…who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

Review: The Death of Doctor Strange #1

The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Listen, we all know Doctor Strange isn’t going to stay dead. With a film coming out next year, the character will eventually be back in the way we’ve known (though maybe a bit more aligned with the film). So, the “death” aspect to The Death of Doctor Strange #1 isn’t much of a surprise or interesting. Who the murderer is, might be. The details of the comic are really what’s going to win us over.

Written by Jed MacKay, The Death of Doctor Strange #1 takes us through Stephen Strange’s life. He recounts his origin in some ways and what his role in the Marvel Universe is. We get the balance that this is a person who has a lot of responsibility as a Doctor and as the Sorcerer Supreme. MacKay generally beats us over the head that without Strange, the Marvel Universe and Earth is facing a major threat. The debut issue is a lot of setup as to WHY Strange dying matters.

The Death of Doctor Strange #1 is that moment of the story while the villain’s shadow looms over and threatens everything underneath. The issue is the ball in the air and now we have to see how well it can be hit. The defenses are down. Someone is a murderer. The question is who will stand up to protect the Earth. How will they do it. And, how killed Stephen Strange? None of this is surprising at all and none of the setup feels all that original. We’ve seen “key” heroes get killed and then a threat shows up that only they can stop. This is just a magical version of that. It’s not bad as a start but it’s also not all that exciting.

The art by Lee Garbett matches the tone of the story itself. With color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Cory Petit, it’s good but not great. There’s nothing bad about the art at all. What’s missing is that bit of excitement. For a comic all about “magic”, the art doesn’t really have any. The scenes of its use feel rather… mundane, like a kids’ magician making some colors. There’s never that moment that really surprises or takes advantage of the fact this is magic we’re dealing with. Everything feels a bit… grounded.

Beyond the very end reveal, there’s nothing surprising or all that interesting about The Death of Doctor Strange #1. It reminds people of who Stephen Strange is and why he’s important. It’s a comic that feels like it exists to make the case as to why its main character matters. The fact it has to makes it feel like that’s been a failure leading up to all of this. Most of the comic is pretty much what we’d expect but it’s a decent setup and start. Really what matters is where it all goes from here and if the team can really make this an exciting story to come now that there’s actual danger to deal with.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Lee Garbett
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindle TFAW

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Adventures of the Mad Tsar (Black Panel Press) – Collecting the three volume French graphic novel about a deposed Tsar who’s replaced with a lookalike. Watch our review.

Aquaman: The Becoming #1 (DC Comics) – We know the character has a big future ahead in the DC Universe, so we’re intrigued how he gets there.

Barb the Last Berzerker Vol. 1 (Simon & Schuster) – Barb is a Berzerker and will need to defeat Witch Head to save her friends and land.

Batman #113/Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” has been solid so far and Miracle Molly and intriguing new addition to the characters of Gotham. We’re excited to dive into each new chapter of this solid “Bat Event”.

Bunny Mask #4 (AfterShock) – A nice mix of horror and psychological mystery, the series has us guessing what will happen next and what’s going on.

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – Yes, we know this is only until the next movie but we’d be lying if we weren’t intrigued, especially since Marvel seems to be all over in their focus on the “magical” side of their comic universe.

Eat the Rich #2 (BOOM! Studios) – An outsider enters the world of the rich… who might be cannibals?!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – A new edition of the classic manga series in a nice hardback cover. It’s a martial arts version of Mad Max and a lot of fun.

Frontiersman #1 (Image Comics) – An intriguing new series about a former superhero coaxed out of retirement by an environmentalist group. As a spokesperson, old enemies return and new enemies make him a target.

Moon Knight #3 (Marvel) – The lack of focus on Moon Knight’s Jewish roots is a bit frustrating (a Jewish hero “enslaved” by an Egyptian God writes itself) but the series has been impressive. A new villain shows a lot of potential as the character’s status quo gets shaken up before his show debuts.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (IDW Publishing) – It’s been a bit but we’re excited for the series’ return and our return to the world of the last Turtle.

X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 (Marvel) – Onslaught. Nuff said.

Preview: Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

DEATH COMES FOR THE SORCERER SUPREME!
Doctor Stephen Strange is the world’s greatest neurosurgeon and Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly…who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (of 5)

Heroes Transform in Marvel’s Villains’ Reign Variant Covers

Spinning out of their Eisner nominated run on Daredevil, Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s Devil’s Reign will launch in December and see Kingpin’s bold scheme to take down every hero ranging from the Fantastic Four to the X-Men! Villains will rule and heroes will fall – and in anticipation of this upcoming crossover event, some of Marvel’s top artists have delivered outstanding new artwork for a brand-new variant cover series! These Villain’s Reign Variant Covers transform your favorite heroes into some of the fierce foes that will take charge in the upcoming event. Witness unexpected mashups including:

  • Captain Marvel as Mole Man
  • Hulk as Kingpin
  • She-Hulk as Kraven the Hunter
  • Black Panther as Sabretooth
  • Mary Jane as Nightmare
  • Doctor Strange as The Ringmaster
  • Captain America as Princess Python
  • Thing as Death

Get the comics starting in December

  • HULK #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
  • THING #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
  • BLACK PANTHER #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by KAEL NGU
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #82 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by JOSHUA “SWAY” SWABY
  • AVENGERS #51 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #4 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by ANNIE WU
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #35 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by TODD NAUCK

Who Will Be the New Sorcerer Supreme?

Debuting later this month, Death of Doctor Strange will tell the final saga in the life of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme! Written by Jed MacKay with art by Lee Garbett, this five-issue epic will not only deal with the complex mystery behind Strange’s murder, but also introduce the dangerous mystical and other-dimensional threats that will be unleashed in his absence. Who has the skills and command over the mystic arts to save the Marvel Universe? Find out in December’s Death of Doctor Strange #4 where a hero will step up to resume the duties of the Sorcerer Supreme!

Also coming in December will be two new one-shots dealing with the impact Doctor Strange’s death has on the wider Marvel Universe.

Writer Danny Lore and artist Dylann Burnett explore the consequences for Marvel’s vampire community in Death of Doctor Strange: Blade. A long time ago, Doctor Strange destroyed every vampire in the world with one spell, including Dracula. Now, with Strange dead, Dracula’s Vampire Nation celebrates! That doesn’t sit too well with Strange’s old friend, and new Vampire Nation sheriff, Blade the Vampire Hunter! But what happens when interlopers from another dimension invade the vamp’s territory and put all the bloodsuckers’ lives at risk? Will Blade do his duty to protect them? Or will he help make sure the vamps stay wiped out this time?

And mutant masterminds writer Si Spurrirer and Bob Quinn reunite in Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men/Black Knight, a crossover issue that will pick up on the aftermath of Spurrier’s critically acclaimed Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade series and recent developments in the world of the X-Men. All manner of vile extradimensional foes are invading Earth following the collapse of Doctor Strange’s magical safeguards for the planet. Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, and his daughter Jacks, now sharing the burden of the Ebony Blade with her father, ride off to confront a terrible evil attacking London – the X-MEN?! Krakoa’s greatest heroes have been transformed – but by what?! Jacks, Dane and Faiza Hussain – wielder of the mighty sword Excalibur – must team up to save the X-Men before an even deadlier threat destroys them all!

Be there on December 22 when a new Sorcerer Supreme rises in Death of Doctor Strange #4!

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