Marvel has attempted a Doctor Strange series multiple times since the character debuted in the ‘60s, and perhaps the longest-running series was the one that began in 1974. Steve Englehart wrote the earliest issues, and his presence is always a good sign—he was one of the strongest comic writers in the ‘70s, and his work on Doctor Strange #1 is every bit as solid as I expected. I’m less familiar with artist Frank Brunner, but his fluid style, with lots a wispy lines and dark undercurrents, captures exactly the right feel for Marvel’s premier sorcerer.
Englehart wisely avoids rehashing the origin story that’s already been told. Instead, the series kicks off with an assassination attempt on Doctor Strange in his own home, the capture of his apprentice/girlfriend Clea, and his absorption into a mystical orb, where he meets a twisted version of literature’s most famous caterpillar.
It’s all an intriguing start, and I might need to keep reading.
Writer: Steve Englehart
Artist: Frank Brunner
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; Essential Doctor Strange vol. 3 (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 11 and up