January 18, 2022

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Death of Doctor Strange #1


Well, Marvel is back for another round of ‘Kill Your Darlings before their next flick’, but it isn’t all bad, is it?

I’ll get it out of the way, this issue is not what I expected it to be an I’m very happy about that. It has become a trend recently for Marvel to axe one of their mainstay characters only to bring them back at the eleventh hour. The problem there is that the pomp and circumstance of their return gradually degrades with each use of the “set and reset” trope.

Luckily that is not the case here, seeing as the eleventh hour happens about eight pages after the proverbial ‘oh $#*!’ moment.

Jed MacKay’s script is at its best while utilizing Strange’s inner monologue to distract the reader from the obvious undercurrent. It is a welcome change from the more frequently used “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES” approach that all too many comic events rely on.

Variant Cover By Stephanie Hans, Image Credit: Marvel Comics

Admittedly, this issue is anything but subtle when it comes to setting up the eventual demise of Doctor Strange. Seemingly every bit of dialogue is about him dying in some sense or another. What works here is how the impending death allows Stephen to constantly muse about what is important to him. His friends, his lovers, his talents both in and out of the operating room (btw, if you’re behind the good Doctor has his hands back and is moonlighting as a neurosurgeon again) and the burden of the great powers at his disposal.

All in All, I very much enjoyed this issue and look forward to seeing how this storyline plays out.

Above Average Joe’s Rating : 3.5 out of 5

Death of Doctor Strange #1 is on sale NOW from Marvel Comics

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