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WARNING No Benedict Cumberbatch gifs were used in the writing of this review Reading anything written by Jason Aaron is such a crap shoot he s alternately all that and a slice of bread and what the hell did I just read Here, he sets his sights on Dr Strange, a character I haven t read in a million years.Basic character summary One, day he s an assh le surgeon and then Boom, he s in an accident Boom, his career as an assh le surgeon is over and he s looking for a way to heal his hands WARNING No Benedict Cumberbatch gifs were used in the writing of this review Reading anything written by Jason Aaron is such a crap shoot he s alternately all that and a slice of bread and what the hell did I just read Here, he sets his sights on Dr Strange, a character I haven t read in a million years.Basic character summary One, day he s an assh le surgeon and then Boom, he s in an accident Boom, his career as an assh le surgeon is over and he s looking for a way to heal his hands.Boom, he meets The Ancient One Boom, he gets tested in a magical proving ground.Boom, he get magical powers Boom, he s the toast of LSD tripping college kids Plot summary If you are like Superman and you hate magic, then this is the story for you Anti magic hordes are destroying magical realms and killing sorcerers across dimensions They are heading for Earth Aaron and Chris Bachalo do a commendable job in re imagining and putting their personal signature on the world of Dr Strange and bringing to life the Sanctum Sanctorum By the Hoary Hosts of Hogwarts, how long has this guy been Sorcerer Supreme of all that is horny In Matt Fraction s Defenders he was a full blown perv Who started this Bottom Line Aaron s cheeky humor and entertaining read on Dr Strange hopefully bodes well for an extended run Fans interested in the character and the coming movie could do worse than start here The lone caveat is that this volume ends on a cliffhanger.The bar without a door is a nice nod to Harry Potter Strange meets the other sorcerers in the Marvel Universe here The Strange, the Weird the All Too Familiar Your daughter started cursing in Latin and walking like a spider Things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you Your dog keeps screaming at you to strangle your neighbors There s this guy in the Village you should talk to He helped my cousin Joey when the walls of his condo started bleeding Yep, the guy from Greenwich Village might be able to help His name is Stephen Vincent Strange, aka Doctor Strange.In case you didn t know, Doc The Strange, the Weird the All Too Familiar Your daughter started cursing in Latin and walking like a spider Things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you Your dog keeps screaming at you to strangle your neighbors There s this guy in the Village you should talk to He helped my cousin Joey when the walls of his condo started bleeding Yep, the guy from Greenwich Village might be able to help His name is Stephen Vincent Strange, aka Doctor Strange.In case you didn t know, Doctor Strange serves as our planet s Sorcerer Supreme, Earth s first defense against all manner of magical threats You see, just like our bodies on a microscopic level have been colonized by millions of parasites, our souls on a mystical level attract you guessed it, inter dimensional bacteria They are for the most part perfectly harmless, mind you, but every now and then you see something that just should not be here something that brings the Good Doctor to the scene.Oh, and just in case you were wondering being a Sorcerer Supreme ain t no joke In fact, it requires a constitution of super heroic proportions I sleep three hours a night, because anythan that and the nightmares would drive me crazy If they haven t already I have ulcers the size of subway rats I cough up chunks of my own soul at least twice a day And yet, as you can tell, Aaron and Bachalo are clearly having fun with the character the kind of fun that is infectious.The plot, on the other hand, should feel all too familiar to anybody who remembers Aaron s Thor The God Butcher with its What in all the cosmos has the power to execute the most powerful gods known to man story line, as Doctor Strange The Way of the Weird asks a very similar question What in all the cosmos has the power to execute the most powerful sorcerers known to man Magic has replaced religion, but otherwise it s basically the same story And by the way, I haven t read Aaron s Original Sin, but isn t that one about the question What in all the cosmos has the power to execute the Watcher Bottom line Doctor Strange The Way of the Weird is another cosmic, darkly humorous, highly entertaining superhero title by Jason Aaron Seriously, though NoWhat in all the cosmos has the power to execute type stories for a while, please I ve been fairly vocal with respect to my, um, strong feelings about Secret Wars, so I ve been thrilled to find at least one post SW title that I ve enjoyed immensely, and the fact that it stars a character I ve always loved but who never seems to have a consistently good book is gravy on the cake what you don t put gravy on cake, you freaks Chris Bachalo is a hit or miss artist for me, but his style suits the stories Jason Aaron is crafting very well it reminds me of the chemistry Bachalo I ve been fairly vocal with respect to my, um, strong feelings about Secret Wars, so I ve been thrilled to find at least one post SW title that I ve enjoyed immensely, and the fact that it stars a character I ve always loved but who never seems to have a consistently good book is gravy on the cake what you don t put gravy on cake, you freaks Chris Bachalo is a hit or miss artist for me, but his style suits the stories Jason Aaron is crafting very well it reminds me of the chemistry Bachalo had with Joe Kelly on Generation X , and, thus far, Aaron is neatly managing the exceedingly difficult task of writing a compelling monthly series about the good Doctor.Why exceedingly difficult, you ask Or maybe you just asked, Where is the bathroom and I m holding you up from making it there on time, for which I apologize, but, well, we all pee our pants sometimes right Right Well, here s the thing Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme he takes on mystical foes of such mind bending power and reality warping might that if he goes down, it s basically curtains for the Earth The stakes are too high Strange can t lose because, if he does, the entire Marvel U unravels Now, such an event could form the basis for the next Secret Wars type story shudder , but if you aren t in the market to reboot continuity yet again, you basically have to ensure that Strange emerges victorious from each story arc, which tends to diminish the dramatic tension It may not happen often, but most other Marvel heroes can drop the occasional tussle and life will go on for everyone else not so for ol Doc That s my theory as to why Doctor Strange ongoing books never seem to last that long and, when they do, the quality tends to be inconsistent but, he s such a cool character, and has such a cool visual aesthetic, that they keep running him out to give it a go Thus far, Aaron is adeptly sidestepping this thorny problem, focusing considerable time on establishing the utter weirdness that is Strange s life and digestive tract , delving into magic in the Marvel U, and building up toward a dramatic encounter with some very nefarious forces indeed I ve no doubt Strange will emerge victorious, but the journey has been so delightful so far that the outcome almost doesn t matter And kudos for a nice twist in issue 5, with Wong, unbeknownst to Strange, employing an army of well, I won t spoil it suffice it to say, it was an intriguing plot point The magic trick will be to see if Messrs Aaron and Bachalo can keep this going for a sustained run here s hoping In the meantime, bring on Cumberbatch and some trippy Ditko inspired special effects on the big screen I ll just be over here hanging out with my lava lamp and my black light This was a Christmas gift for myself I really like Doctor Strange because how cool is he He can battle in the astral, travel to different dimensions, remove nonphysical parasitic slugs from people s bodies the list goes on and on.Well, this one did not disappoint So, I m glad I took a chance and that 25 was worth it In this collection, a technological enemy calledthe Empirikul is destroying magic Zelma Stanton, librarian, meets the doctor, when she comes to him for assistance after This was a Christmas gift for myself I really like Doctor Strange because how cool is he He can battle in the astral, travel to different dimensions, remove nonphysical parasitic slugs from people s bodies the list goes on and on.Well, this one did not disappoint So, I m glad I took a chance and that 25 was worth it In this collection, a technological enemy calledthe Empirikul is destroying magic Zelma Stanton, librarian, meets the doctor, when she comes to him for assistance after discovering she has mind maggots growing out of her head Naturally, she then starts to work for him, organizing his library I guess once you know about mind maggots, you can handle the rest of the normal weird stuff he s got in his house Anyway, this was an enjoyable read It definitely had a lot of WEIRD in it Great illustrations Lots of otherworldly monsters and freaky sheaky shizz going on.It did end on a bit of a cliffhanger There was no conclusion to the battle over magic with the Empirikul But there were tentacles The Scarlet Witch shows up although she doesn t really do anything but have a few lines at the magicians only lounge, The Bar with No Doors.There is some backstory on why the doctor can t eat regular food any and how there must be a balance in magic.He actually suffers quite a bit physically and endures a pretty lonely life and no matter what, he still saves the innocents Pretty cool He doesn t come off as arrogant and cocky as he did in Doctor Strange The Oath But there is some pretty serious stuff going down in this collection I liked it What a ride When it comes to movies, I watch both Marvel and DC with the same pleasure But when it comes to comics, I prefer DC I m not sure why, but I just do.I had no clue about Doctor Strange before learning of the new Marvel movie featuring Benedict Cumberbatch Stars, I love that actor So I saw the movie and thought about giving his character a try It s unlikely I ll ever pick an older comic as I deeply dislike the old art style, so I went for this one And I think I made a great choi What a ride When it comes to movies, I watch both Marvel and DC with the same pleasure But when it comes to comics, I prefer DC I m not sure why, but I just do.I had no clue about Doctor Strange before learning of the new Marvel movie featuring Benedict Cumberbatch Stars, I love that actor So I saw the movie and thought about giving his character a try It s unlikely I ll ever pick an older comic as I deeply dislike the old art style, so I went for this one And I think I made a great choice Although this Strange is a weird blend of a man boy I still find it a little hard to digest pun intended This is a bit disgusting Zelma s condition got me scratching my head every few seconds shivers And Strange s diet I would not want to take him out for dinner But I m very curious as to how he sees the world with all its magical viruses I think that would make for some interesting special effects should they decide to include it in a future movie.Clearly I cannot stress disgusting enough I hate all things virus related.As to the storyline, it s all about a weirdo hating magic and trying to eradicate it from all the universes I m sure the good doctor will prevail, but the way things ended in this volume that got me a little anxious So I can t wait for the next one The Sorcerer Supremes magic love, oh magic love in every dimension are being hunted down and killed by the technological inquisitors, the Empirikul and their lethal witchfinder wolves, who want to destroy all magic everywhere Their next target The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth Doctor Stephen Strange The Doctor used magic to protect the world now he must protect the magic itself Marvel relaunch their titles every other year which can be tiresome this latest one was brought about by Secret W The Sorcerer Supremes magic love, oh magic love in every dimension are being hunted down and killed by the technological inquisitors, the Empirikul and their lethal witchfinder wolves, who want to destroy all magic everywhere Their next target The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth Doctor Stephen Strange The Doctor used magic to protect the world now he must protect the magic itself Marvel relaunch their titles every other year which can be tiresome this latest one was brought about by Secret Wars though you d be forgiven for not noticing there are no lingering effects of that non event here but so long as there are gems like Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo s Doctor Strange amidst the mediocre new 1s of Avengers X Men Spider Mans, it makes it all worthwhile This is the first ongoing Doctor Strange book in years and, though many Volume 1s nowadays don t really bother with origins, etc., I think it s great that Aaron explains the character a bit in this book as well as launching him into a new madcap adventure There is a movie on the way after all andthan a few Cumberbitches are bound to wonder who their beloved Benny is playing The Way of the Weird is a great jumping on point for them That opening sequence is pure quality I loved the way Aaron superimposed his lean and laconic writing atop of Stan Lee s on that first page, intentionally or not showing up Lee as the hack he is by highlighting his turgid, overwritten prose It s Aaron giving a masterclass in comics writing what took Lee page after page after page of exposition, Aaron nails in just one and then BOOM we re into the story Aaron instantly hands over the reins to Chris Bachalo who starts throwing action packed splash pages our way and from then on the two are beautifully in sync throughout modern superhero comics storytelling at its finest, son Along the way Aaron introduces the reader to the important aspects of Strange s world through a new character, Zelma the librarian, aka the reader s proxy the Sanctum Sanctorum his magical house which is full of amazing stuff, his Kung Fu manservant Wong, his peculiar dietary needs, and his local watering hole, The Bar with No Doors magicians only The reader is learning about Strange s world without feeling like they re being lectured or wading through arduous info dumps it s a kind of magic such effortless storytelling and Aaron makes it look so easy The tone is very appealing too Like Aaron and Bachalo s last collaboration, Wolverine and the X Men, they blend comedy, adventure, and boundless imagination into absolutely joyful comics They outdo themselves on Doctor Strange with Bachalo selling the jokes with playful panels and the action scenes with big bombastic art The book is bursting with creativity in the same way the books in Strange s library are crammed with magic From little things to Strange s cape transforming into a raffish scarf when he s off duty to the varied magical creatures Bachalo brings to life with his art, the Beetlejuice like interiors of the Sanctum my favourite part of the comic , and the flashback to Strange s days with the Ancient One as he and, by extension, the readers learn about the true cost of using magic this creative team unlocks the vast potential of this character and make you care about Strange and his world in a way nobody else has ever done before.Though it s a small field, Aaron and Bachalo s take on Doctor Strange is easily the best the character s ever had Whether you re a long time fan or totally new, or just someone who appreciates quality comics, Doctor Strange is a must read It s the jewel in the All New, All Different Marvel line up and already a strong contender for one of the year s best comics Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo show themselves once again to be literary and artistic magicians with this bewitching book |READ DOWNLOAD ♃ Doctor Strange, Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird ♍ Only Doctor Strange can protect our world from the darkness beyond now, witness the full toll that constant struggle takes on Earth s Sorcerer Supreme Every spell cast comes at a cost, but what happens when Strange falls behind on his tab Find out as the good doctor wakes up somewhere very odd, nearly naked with no spell books, no weapons and no memory of how he got thereor why all the monsters are chasing him And as a new visitor to Strange s Sanctum Sanctorum learns one wrong door can lead to oblivion, a magic circle of Strange s friends and allies are about to face their greatest threat Dark forces are destroying everything mystical in the multiverse, and their sights are set on this dimension Magic s days are numbered, and Doctor Strange is not ready COLLECTING DOCTOR STRANGE Sorcerer Supremes are being killed across dimensions and magic itself seems to be dying Can Doctor Strange get to the bottom of things The Way of the Weird collects issues 1 5 of the current run of Doctor Strange First off, I love the art Since they couldn t get Steve Ditko from the late 1960 s to illustrate, Chris Bachalo is the next best thing I loved his run on Shade the Changing Man during the 1990 s and he s a perfect fit for Doctor Strange s dimension spanning adventures.The story is p Sorcerer Supremes are being killed across dimensions and magic itself seems to be dying Can Doctor Strange get to the bottom of things The Way of the Weird collects issues 1 5 of the current run of Doctor Strange First off, I love the art Since they couldn t get Steve Ditko from the late 1960 s to illustrate, Chris Bachalo is the next best thing I loved his run on Shade the Changing Man during the 1990 s and he s a perfect fit for Doctor Strange s dimension spanning adventures.The story is pretty good as well Magic is going haywire and someone is killing off the wizards across the multiverse one by one The menace of the Emperikul has me jonesing for the next book I love the Bar Without Doors and the addition of Zelma to the supporting cast I also like what secret things Wong has been doing in the background.However, I couldn t justifying giving thisthan a 3.5 Structurally, the plot seems really similar to Aaron s plot in Thor God of Thunder, Vol 1 The God Butcher Also, I didn t feel like a whole lot actually happened, mostly setup for future volumes Some kind of payoff would have been nice.3.5 out of 5 It was good and I ll read the next volume but I m not looking forward to it as much as the next Vision trade What was I thinking Why had I put this off for so long Magic always has a cost, but this is definitely worth it I should have paid the price a long time ago and picked these up and devoured them Doctor Strange feels rather young and light of heart even if he s already Sorcerer Supreme in this title, complete with a mansion full of magic and a secret army of monks to take on his magical debts, but that s where the light tone and the humor comes to an end The dark side of the magic becomes What was I thinking Why had I put this off for so long Magic always has a cost, but this is definitely worth it I should have paid the price a long time ago and picked these up and devoured them Doctor Strange feels rather young and light of heart even if he s already Sorcerer Supreme in this title, complete with a mansion full of magic and a secret army of monks to take on his magical debts, but that s where the light tone and the humor comes to an end The dark side of the magic becomes very evident very quickly, and with this artwork, I m flabbergasted at just how effective it evokes all sorts of feelings.Light and Dark, indeed Love the fearless librarian, too I ve just read the Last Days of Magic, too, and my god that was tragic I should have guessed that these comics started with such a light tone with such a dark background for a reason Because it s actually a tragedy Practically all is lost and now Science is gonna win, unless what s in the cellar destroys everything first Or Doctor Strange takes back all his debts and pays them, at long last I picked this up solely and entirely because of the upcoming movie That will probably be true of at least half the people who read this, I would guess It s definitely not a bad move I have a basic idea of who Doctor Strange is, but I wouldn t have needed to Aaron does a great job of getting new readers caught up without a lengthy rehash of Strange s origin, then spends the rest of the book filling in the magical system surrounding him There s a serious price to pay for using magic, and Stra I picked this up solely and entirely because of the upcoming movie That will probably be true of at least half the people who read this, I would guess It s definitely not a bad move I have a basic idea of who Doctor Strange is, but I wouldn t have needed to Aaron does a great job of getting new readers caught up without a lengthy rehash of Strange s origin, then spends the rest of the book filling in the magical system surrounding him There s a serious price to pay for using magic, and Strange is definitely paying that price But this isn t just about the high cost of magic, interesting though that is It s about a new threat, trying to destroy all magic across all dimensions, and has made a good start of it This is just the first half or so of the story, but it doesn t feel stretched out There s a lot going on here, between re establishing the character and magical system of Strange and starting a new, and apparently big and important story I haven t read much Doctor Strange, but I d say that this is probably the first place that I would suggest to start if you re looking to pre read before the movie