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Doctor Strange is getting a new comic series ahead of next year’s big- screen bow
Like the Guardians of the Galaxy before their cinematic success, Doctor Strange has never been one of Marvel’s frontline characters. But with Benedict Cumberbatch set to play the Sorcerer Supreme on the big screen next year, Marvel is hoping that the new Doctor Strange monthly by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo will elevate the Master of Mystic Arts to top drawer status.
“It’s been quite a few years since Doctor Strange has had his own ongoing series, so this feels like a fresh start,” says Aaron. “That said, we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. The elements of Doctor Strange stories that long- time fans love will still be there. I want this to still be a book that feels unique within the landscape of the Marvel Universe. You can do stories in Doctor Strange that you can’t do in any other series. If anything, we’re just trying to go even weirder and wilder than ever before.”
Promising that trustee sidekick Wong shows up in issue two “as we get our first tour of the Sanctum Sanctorum, aka the weirdest residence in the entire Marvel Universe,” Aaron will introduce some new supporting characters and a big new villain. “They will shake up Doctor Strange’s world in a profound way.”
Having previously collaborated on Wolverine And The X- Men, Aaron reveals that Bachalo was the only artist considered. “He’s said that this feels like a cross between what we did and what he did for Vertigo on Shade The Changing Man, which sounds like a pretty cool mix to me,” he says. “Doctor Strange is one of those characters that has to have striking art to make it work, and Chris is laying down some of his wildest, most imaginative and emotional pages to date! I just try to stay out of the dude’s way.”
Doctor Strange # 1 is out now.
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