A day late with this edition of From the House of Ideas because my head was throbbing from a headache/migraine that put me on my back when I should have been writing. Though I do have some magical pills that often help dull the pain, I wish there was a spell I could use when I’m having a spell.
See what I did there?
Ok, enough of my silliness. Instead, let me tell you that last week saw the release of Doctor Strange #1, written by the often excellent Jed MacKay and illustrated by Pasqual Ferry. In case you hadn’t heard, Doctor Strange died a few years ago and his beloved Clea had taken over in his stead. However, like every great character, death couldn’t stop the good doctor, and now he’s back on Earth, working against a whole host of demons and supernatural creatures that have taken up space in his absence.
You don’t have to be up on everything that went down in previous series to really enjoy this first issue. MacKay gives us just enough to information to appreciate the new statues quo for Doctor Strange, while also setting up both conflict and mystery for the series to focus on. Consider this Ghostbusters with a Marvel slant; if that sounds appealing, you’re going enjoy Doctor Strange #1.
Stephen Strange is back! Reunited with Clea and Wong, it’s back to business as usual for the Sorcerer Supreme. Have your children fallen into a deep nightmarish slumber? Are demonic refugees invading your home? Is your husband possessed by a satanic entity? Then call Doctor Strange! Join Jed MacKay (MOON KNIGHT, BLACK CAT) and Pasqual Ferry (NAMOR: CONQUERED SHORES, SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER’S SHADOW, THOR) as they begin a new chapter in the life of the Master of the Mystic Arts!
There’s another recent Doctor Strange release that I want to call out, because it is just so absolutely gorgeous. The Folio Society, publishers of high end books of all sorts, recently started their Marvel Heroes line (you can see our review of their Black Panther title here), with Doctor Strange being the latest to get the treatment.
This book is so beautifully put together, from the slipcover to the page quality and binding to reproduction of Strange Tales #115 that included separate to the main book. It would look glorious on your shelf for that alone, but editor and longtime comic writer/editor/historian and Stan Lee pal Roy Thomas has done a fantastic job of putting together some of the most memorable stories from Doctor Strange’s history that you’ll actual want to read (without breaking the book’s spine, no doubt.) Legendary artists and writers included are Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Thomas himself, Gene Colan, Brian K. Vaughn, and Jason Aaron, to name but a few.
This is a book for collectors and anyone looking for an insightful overview of what’s helped Doctor Strange stick around in the Marvel Universe for so long. While it’s definitely pricey, The Folio Society’s Doctor Strange collection is worth every single penny.
Take a trip to the outer reaches of comic-book consciousness with Doctor Strange. Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts celebrates his 60th anniversary with this kaleidoscopic collection from Folio. Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Roy Thomas selects and introduces 14 of the Sorcerer Supreme’s most dazzling exploits, created by comic-book legends including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Brian K. Vaughan and Jason Aaron. Every tale in this truly eldritch edition has been scanned directly from original comics. It also includes a stunningly accurate replica of Strange Tales #115, the 1963 Marvel anthology in which the Doctor reveals his startling origin story. Multiple-award-winning Doctor Strange artist Marcos Martín provides original cover art for this edition, as well as designing hypnotic blue and purple endpapers, and a sulphurous yellow slipcase bearing the esoteric Super Hero’s iconic Seal of the Vishanti. Following previous volumes in Folio’s Marvel Heroes series — Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk and Thor — Doctor Strange will spirit you away to some of the most bizarre corners of the Marvel Multiverse.