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Do You Believe In Magic?

A dream team of sorcerers includes a very different Stephen Strange

We all know Stephen Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme, but he is also the latest in a line of magic-users to carry this mantle. In Marvel’s new series Doctor Strange and The Sorcerers Supreme we get to examine those Sorcerers who came before and even after our beloved Doctor.

Dr. Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1 opens on Merlin, because of course Merlin was a Sorcerer Supreme, who is trying to contain an ancient evil known as The Forgotten. Forced to betray the orders of King Arthur, Merlin travels forward in time to recruit Stephen Strange in his battle against The Forgotten. But Merlin finds a very different Strange than he was expecting.

If you’ve been following the current Doctor Strange comic then you know that a being known as the Empirikul has robbed the world of almost all magic. Strange is introduced battling a demon with what little magic he has left.

We come to find that Merlin has formed what is basically the dream team of Sorcerers from across all time and space. You’ve got Sir Isaac Newton, an all grown-up future version of Wiccan, and in a very fun twist, a much younger version of Strange’s own mentor–The Ancient One.

Released to coincide with Doctor Strange’s first foray onto the big screen, this book has all the trippy, magic fun you want out of a Doctor Strange adventure. Robbie Thompson’s script moves along at a fast clip and keeps you engaged with its growing insanity and high stakes. The art in the book from Javier Rodriguez is also top notch–every panel is bursting with otherworldly imagery and big action.

Get more wizardry with Son of Merlin.

Doctor Strange and The Sorcerers Supreme #1, Marvel Comics, Released October 26, 2016, Written By Robbie Thompson, Art by Javier Rodriguez, Color by Jordie Bellaire, Letters by Joe Caramagna, $3.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.