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Review – The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Review - The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Review – The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Writer: Jed MacKay

Artist: Lee Garbett

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release Date: September 22, 2021

The Strange Day


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)!

Writer: Jed MacKay

As with the other multiple “comic events” within publishers at the moment I thought I’d take a peek at this Dr Strange one. It starts with Strange telling the Slavic tale of Koschei the Deathless. Koschei has recently been debated as the origin of the Horcruxes in Harry Potter, du to him hiding his soul (heart) within a series of objects to stop him from dying.

Strange narrates the story while going about his daily duties, walking the ghost dog, open-heart surgery, teaching at the Academy and fighting random villains and monsters.

During these activities, he becomes aware that something is happening in the other dimensions that are impacting those linked to them on earth. He also does a lot of exposition and ego massaging which is a little annoying. Thankfully, halfway through the issue, he dies. Strange comes across as an egomaniac with a God complex and delusions of grandeur.

MacKay Tries a little too hard to build The Sorcerer Supreme schtick, spending too much time foreshadowing what an impact Strange has. It’s a little too blunt and I would have rather he was just stabbed on page one.

Artist: Lee Garbett

Garbett’s artwork though is perfect for the genre and issue, with 50% of almost every panel taken up with Strange’s giant melon or his red cloak. There does need to be a heck of a lot more magic in an issue about the Sorcerer.

Overall Thoughts

Skottie Young’s cover (see the top of review) makes a great deadpan joke about nobody dies forever in comics and the Koschei legend and a few surprises (not at all surprises) show that we’re a long way from a new Sorcerer Supreme. Roll on to the next event!

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