Doctor Strange #381: Umm… What?

No, you are not mistaken. Loki Laufeyson, god of mischief, is the Sorcerer Supreme. It’s safe to say I had a whole load of questions going in. Are they answered? Let’s find out!

There’s a new Sorcerer Supreme in town: Loki! It’s safe to see even the god of mischief is having some trouble settling into his new position, his colourful history only serving to make matters all the more interesting. The big question is though, how did this even happen?

I must admit, I’m not Loki’s biggest fan. I can’t quite place my finger on why this is the case but I’m just not overly fussed about his character (I guess it stems from him being one of the strongest cinematic villains hence being somewhat overused). Thus, when I saw the solicit for Doctor Strange’s first Legacy arc I did release a sigh of discontent (Which is completely unreasonable regardless of how I feel. Things deserve a chance to prove themselves before we write them off). That being said, the new creative team did leave me hopeful that my prejudice would be misplaced.

Donny Cates has recently risen to fame has a skilled writer, God Country being just one example of some of the fantastic stuff he has already worked down (Don’t take my word on that though, this was actually my first time seeing Cates in action). I think it’s safe to say this title is in safe hands moving forward.

For starters, I’m finding myself somewhat invested in Loki as character. Cates somehow manages to take a character with one heck of a track record and give him a wonderfully human feel. I’m a sucker for a redemption story and this a prime of example of one done right. He’s just a god trying to do his best to make up for all the stuff he’s done by protecting the unassuming public from horrors of unfathomable terror and yet all he faces is resistance.

The best moments of this issue were most definitely those involving his conversation with Thor (The wonderful Jane Foster, in this instance). The banter is absolutely brilliant both in timing and delivery (The Asgardian dialogue is simply a delight). The true brilliance of it lies not in its ability to make me laugh but in the connection it displays between Thor and Loki. Asgard’s absence from my pull list has never felt quite so disappointing…

On the topic of character connections: Zelma. I have no idea what’s going on there but I really want to know what Doctor Strange has done to annoy her (Let’s face it, it is undoubtedly his fault).

I absolutely adored Bachalo‘s stint on Dr Strange but by the Vapors of Voltarr is Walta a gorgeous illustrator. Words can’t truly describe just how marvellous this book is to just gaze and wonder at, something Jordie Bellaire only magnifies with her superb colour skills. I never do the artists justice with my reviews, my appreciation of art outside of comics remaining ashamedly limited, but even my uneducated mind can appreciate something as fine as the panels housed in the pages of Doctor Strange #381.

Overall, a fantastic opening issue of what is looking like a great arc. Better still, a double-issue bananza next month (Well, December 2017 actually but I’m terribly behind (More on that below…)). If you’re looking to get into Dr Strange, this is as good a place to start as #1 in my opinion (Though the good Doctor is absent for a good 95% of the issue…).

  • Story – 8/10
  • Art – 9/10
  • Accessibility – Very Friendly – Comparatively, this has been one of the better jumping-on points for Marvel Legacy, most likely helped by the new creative team taking the reigns.
  • Overall – 8.5/10

Want to see what else Donny Cates is getting up to at Marvel? Click here for more information on how to get a free digital copy of Thanos #13! Hurry though, the offer ends on the 30th January 2018!

I owe you all an enormous apology. 23 days is an unacceptably long amount of time to not have posted anything, regardless of how busy life has been as of late. I shall endeavour to do better. I’m most terribly sorry.

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