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Doctor Strange #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 36 User Reviews: 50
8.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? Or when your daughter is cursing in Latin and walking like a spider? Or when your dog keeps screaming at you to strangle your neighbors? Doctor Strange, of course. He's the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab? Every act of magic has a cost and Jason Aaron (THOR, ORIGINAL SIN) and Chris Bachalo (UNCANNY X-MEN) are going to put Stephen Strange through hell to even the scales.
Rated T+

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 7, 2015

    This isn't your daddy's Doctor Strange; this is an all-new, all-different Doctor Strange, and you'd do well to hop onboard and brace for the coming storm. Stephen Strange will certainly guide you through it as Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan and an unseen, scarily-powerful menace make "Doctor Strange" #1 a perfect launching point for a bold new era. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Oct 8, 2015

    All in all, this is a great start for Marvel relaunch month, and if you're looking forward to the 2016Doctor Strange film, then this book should help satisfy your appetite while you wait. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 8, 2015

    Part romance and part mystery, the sense of foreboding Aaron drives home gives this ongoing series massive appeal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 7, 2015

    So yes, Ill be on board with this series for as long as Jason Aaron is.  Serving as an utterly captivating introduction to the world of the Sorcerer Supreme, this is as close to a must-buy first issue as you could hope for.  Never had any interest in Doctor Strange before?  Doesnt matter.  By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, this is your new favourite Marvel series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Oct 9, 2015

    This issue is a solid, if a little low-key, start to what has the potential to become a fun and definitive run on a character in need of some TLC. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Oct 9, 2015

    This is a fun book that sets up the world of Doctor Strange. However the plot is a little thin compared to the character depth. It is new reader friendly and manages to achieve this without sacrificing the older audience. Aarons script is strong and aided by Bachalos unique art style it leaps off the page. Doctor Strange is a superb first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 6, 2015

    Doctor Strange #1 is a lot of fun as it sets up the weird world, the dynamic character and the impending doom in a balanced and well paced way. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 6, 2016

    The special effects seen here are beyond outstanding: think a superhero movie merged with the tripiness of Inception, and you have Doctor Strange. The main villain at the heart of the movie is no stranger to the Doctor Strange comic book counterpart, which makes for a film that feels epic and fresh. This is probably the best looking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and right up there as one of the top 5 of Marvel movies to date in my opinion. Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, hands down, and shows why the good doctor deserves to have to a slice of the cinematic pie in the Marvel U. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 12, 2015

    The story by Jason Aaron manages a solid mix of the fantastic, humor, and a little sex appeal. Aaron has been hit or miss with me, but so far, this series feels like a great fit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Oct 9, 2015

    Aaron and Bachalo have managed to construct pleasingly confusing mystical side to the new Marvel U. Dr. Strange's world feels self-contained enough that he could have whole adventures without having to call on an Avenger, and yet it is volatile enough that it could easily threaten the world at large with a danger from so far left-field that it might really shake Earth's Mightiest Heroes. I flew through this issue, a well-paced whistle-stop tour through the new Dr. Strange's world that feels fresh and familiar at the same time. I hope that Aaron is able to do for the Doc what he did for Thor and carve a truly unique niche in the Marvel universe for this ridiculously powerful and criminally underutilised sorcerer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Nate Tieman Oct 15, 2015

    Doctor Strange stands on its own as Marvel's sole supernatural title, but it feels like an excellent (and long-overdue) addition to the current publishing stable. Aaron has wisely chosen to keep the title away from current events in the Marvel Universe, giving the book room to stretch its legs and find its niche. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Oct 8, 2015

    Well done Marvel, I'm hooked. I'll be following this series and if you want to get hyped for the upcoming film, like Doctor Strange or just want a superhero with more magic and less muscles then this is perfect for you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - CoTee Oct 12, 2015

    Reasons to buy this book: Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo have made Doctor Strange one of those characters you just want more of. If you are at all interested in the movie coming out next year, this is a great jumping-on point. We get a great look at the mystical side of the Marvel universe, which is a side we don't get to see very much. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 8, 2015

    It's high time Doctor Strange had his own comic again, and this new series certainly doesn't disappoint. It lends a touch of fun and adventure to Strange's world even as it begins building a massive new threat for the Sorcerer Supreme to contend with. It's plenty accessible to all readers, and it boasts a terrifically surreal art style courtesy of Chris Bachalo. Hopefully this book is a sign of things to come for Marvel's relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 7, 2015

    Doctor Strange #1 is an excellent start to a series that shows us how Doctor Strange lives his days as the Sorcerer Supreme. When he has fun, we do too. There is potential here and hopefully this creative team continues to capitalize on it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 6, 2015

    Aaron and Bachalo have put together a really fun debut that exudes energy off of the page. This is a series I looked forward to debuting, and it delivered in every way. By Vishanti it pulled it off! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Oct 6, 2015

    In spite of those flaws,Doctor Strange #1 definitely seems like an excellent start to the new series. What with the movie being confirmed and all, this seems like a great way for readers unfamiliar with the character to gain at least some degree of familiarity. I obviously can't speak for existing fans, but I doubt that they won't find something to enjoy about this new series as well. It's also entirely possible that, given another two or three issues, my complaints could turn out to just be growing pains, and be eliminated entirely. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Tom Bacon Oct 9, 2015

    All in all, DOCTOR STRANGE #1 is the beginning of a run that is filled with promise. Aaron and Bachalo are the perfect team for this kind of book, and I look forward to seeing what comes next! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Oct 8, 2015

    Doctor Strange #1 is an interesting read, being just the kind of series for people looking to get a feel for the character prior to his cinematic debut next year. Having a simple, yet mysterious narrative, the creative team give us a lot to look forward to, with it more than earning a recommendation from us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 9, 2015

    A super story undone by colors that filter the art and lettering that flits about. A frustrating read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 9, 2015

    The Verdict: While I'm pretty much as done with Marvel Comics as I am with DC Comics now that the 616 Universe is dead, I'm going to stick around and check out these new adventures of Doctor Strange, mostly because I'm a Jason Aaron junkie, but partly because there hasn't been an interesting (or any interest on behalf of Marvel Comics in) Doctor Strange and I'd like to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 7, 2015

    Doctor Strange #1 is a solid start for what could be a very interesting series. Aaron and Bachalo are certainly not new to this comic-makin' game and this character has more than enough depth to hold his own in an ongoing capacity. Let the weird come, I want to see where this pair goes with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 15, 2015

    I would have liked to have seen Aaron make Strange a bit more eccentric and unique. Strange, from his very first appearance has always been cocky and conceited and here he's portrayed as that to a certain degree as well as a womanizer, but never all that different from one who's seen as much as he has. If you took out the "magical" parts of his internal monologue, I don't think you'd be able to tell it's Strange as opposed to Tony Stark, or some other hero. Not only that, but we also have no idea how he's here considering the role he's played in the Marvel Universe pre and post Secret Wars. Aaron is more than capable of writing a Dr. Strange that's well, just a bit more strange, and I'm hoping that more time will allow him to differentiate the Doctor and give him a unique personality all his own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 10, 2015

    This is a very entertaining new start for Doctor Strange. This issue is uncomplex, it's charming and the hero is unique and potentially very exciting. Consider me on board! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Oct 10, 2015

    In the end, Doctor Strange is a pretty solid debut. It is too early to say whether or not this title can overcome past trends with the character and sustain itself for a long run, but at the very least it looks like we'll be having fun in the mean time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 6, 2015

    As a Doctor Strange fan myself, I've sometimes found myself distracted with some of the aspects to the character and his adventures. Jason Aaron adds some life to the character and delivers a brilliant mesh between a regular guy and perhaps the most powerful sorcerer on the planet. Chris Bachalo's art adds to this by easily juggling the depictions of a strange and dangerous alternate dimension with the city streets of Greenwich Village. We're off to a strong start in the All-New, All-Different Marvel landscape. This is the Doctor Strange we've known for years but it's been given the perfect dose to jumpstart the character in his new series. This book definitely has the potential to cure your bouts of reading boredom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Oct 12, 2015

    It's strange to have concern about a comic book that, upon initial reading, is fast and fun. Aaron writes a good debut, but it isn't something we really haven't seen before. But what he does do, he does quite well and that more than makes up for the less than original plot. It's Bachalo's visuals that makes this book a required reading. Dr. Strange #1 breaks many of the conventional superhero rules when it comes to design and flow. If you're looking to lock new readers into mystical Marvel, it's a good start, and maybe that's enough for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Peter Lemon Oct 22, 2015

    With this opening issue, Aaron seeks to bring the world of the weird to a new generation of readers and succeeds admirably in keeping the older fans happy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Mitch Nissen Feb 11, 2016

    Writer Jason Aaron, having penned successful runs in both Ghost Rider and Thor, is a perfect choice to write the Sorcerer Supreme and the writer proves it here. Chris Bachalo brings a different and distinctive look to the book providing a truly strange visual experience. All in all a wonderful book. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 4, 2016

    Overall, Doctor Strange is an over familiar film that plays too much on the superhero genre. It comes with all the goods and bads of a typical Marvel film. However, the unique visual really brings the film to its own, and a lot of potential for the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Oct 12, 2015

    I suppose with any character re-work, the wrinkles and discrepancies take some time to iron themselves out. In theory, I love the idea of seeing a real Stephen Strange who feels the chilly, autumnal air and puts on a scarf as much as he sees vicious, nether-realm psyche-leeches and pulls out a magical axe. We need to get to a space where Strange can be both of those people and feel like a consistent, cohesive being. I suppose we just need to see Doctor Strange be normal for a while. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Rainbow Hub - Luke Dorian Blackwood Oct 11, 2015

    One last thing: Marvel places the retail value of this issue at a ridiculous $4.99. Doctor Strange #1 is pretty solid, but not that solid. (Honestly, though, what is?) But it does have potential for some well-crafted stories in the future. Will they be $4.99-worthy well-crafted? Maybe, maybe not. I recommend giving this one a read in the store before putting up the cash. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 6, 2015

    All told, we're looking at a solid, if imperfect, post-Secret Wars debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Oct 8, 2015

    Doctor Strange #1 is a somewhat lighter approach to the character, but with a sinister undertone. Unfortunately, it's not a tone that piques my interest, but the fact that Aaron and Bachalo made me stick around and want more is proof that when it comes to what they do, they do it well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Oct 13, 2015

    Dr. Strange is by no means the best comic I've read this week or even a great Marvel comic but it's solid and given the fluidity of Marvel's content lately solid is a pretty good win. There's still time for things to go horribly downhill and it's hard to get past how much the comic exists as essentially a marketing tool for the Dr. Strange movie in 2016 but if you can overcome that this is an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 10, 2015

    "Doctor Strange" launches with an average first offering. Strange is characterized too much like Tony Stark with his sarcasm and woman-chasing antics. The comic hatches an interesting plot near the end of the comic that might allow Strange to interact more with the commoner and use some detective skills along the way. The artwork doesn't do much to segment the radically different scene shifts in this comic book, but provides a decent look when dealing with Strange's day-to-day life. The comic book is worth a look if you want a character-driven story. If the characterization becomes more unique and the idea of magic coming at a price comes to the forefront then this book could be a winner. This title will be worth keeping track of down the road. Read Full Review

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