There’s strength in num­bers in Doc­tor Strange And The Sorcer­ers Supreme

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Due to make his big-screen de­but later this month, Mar­vel’s Mas­ter of the Mys­tic Arts is also set to be­come the fo­cal point of his very own team book. Writ­ten by Su­per­nat­u­ral scribe Rob­bie Thomp­son and drawn by Javier Ro­driguez, it won’t ac­tu­ally be the good doc­tor him­self who calls the shots in Doc­tor Strange And The Sorcer­ers Supreme.

“The group is pulled to­gether by none other than Mer­lin,” Thomp­son tells Red Alert. “He’s as­sem­bled a group of Sorcer­ers Supreme to com­bat some­thing in his own time that he can’t han­dle on his own.”

Taken from dif­fer­ent mo­ments in his­tory, the line-up in­cludes Yao, a “not-so-an­cient” teenage An­cient One, as well as Young Avengers mage Wic­can, Brazil­ian mage Nine, Apache Sorcerer Supreme Kushala, Sir Isaac New­ton and a “slightly evolved” Mind­less One called the Mind­ful One, and, of course, Stephen Strange him­self. “By rights, he should be the ring­leader but he has just taken an ab­so­lute beat­ing in ‘Last Days Of Magic’,” says Thomp­son, re­fer­ring to the re­cent sto­ry­line in Doc­tor Strange’s Ja­son Aaron-writ­ten solo ti­tle, which saw sin­is­ter, ex­tra-di­men­sional be­ings the Em­pirikul al­most wipe out all magic in the Mar­vel Uni­verse.

“The Em­pirikul’s ac­tions have un­leashed an en­tity known as the For­got­ten,” teases Thomp­son. “This mys­ti­cal mon­ster was im­pris­oned by magic, but es­capes when the Em­pirikul de­stroy magic in our time. Free from his bond after cen­turies of cap­tiv­ity, the For­got­ten has gone back in time to re­claim what was once his. So in the first cou­ple of is­sues, you can ex­pect to see a des­per­ate Mer­lin as­sem­bling this group on the fly, and we’re go­ing to hit the ground run­ning, as they’re go­ing to be on their heels right away, and not ev­ery­one is go­ing to sur­vive the jour­ney.”

Apart from the var­i­ous Sorcer­ers Supreme them­selves, Thomp­son hints that some well-known sup­port­ing char­ac­ters will also make an ap­pear­ance. “I can’t give too much away,” he teases, “but I would love to see Clea and Wong in the pages of Doc­tor Strange And The Sorcer­ers Supreme!”

Doc­tor Strange And The Sorcer­ers Supreme is pub­lished by Mar­vel Comics on 26 Oc­to­ber.

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch would prob­a­bly be show­ing us his back.

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