Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Event\Storyline: Damnation Writer: Donny Cates, Nick Spencer Artist: Rod Reis Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 32
7.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It's going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there's nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.
Rated T+

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Feb 22, 2018

    Doctor Strange: Damnation gets off to a highly entertaining start. Cates, Spencer, and Reis exceed expectations and see their gambles turn to profit immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 21, 2018

    A great first issue that showcases some great moments with Strange while also reminding readers that all still isn't well with the heroes of the Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alex Curtis Feb 26, 2018

    "Doctor Strange: Damnation" #1 starts a bit suddenly, but is so well executed, it deserves its place in every pull list. Regardless of your stance on Spencer or Cates, this issue cements them as Marvel's hottest writers on the scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 21, 2018

    An entertaining opening issue with clever ideas albeit it does drag a bit in the middle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Mitch Nissen Feb 28, 2018

    Doctor Strange: Damnation #1 gets the ball rolling albeit slowly. The stakes are exhaustively laid to bear, so much so that the action has yet to begin. Spencer and Cates write some great character interactions and display Mephisto the most charmingly you've ever seen. Rod Reis delivers some truly striking and emotional artwork rarely on display at Marvel. With only three issues left the following issues will have to deliver big to match the scope of story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Mar 2, 2018

    As quick as the introduction to this latest crossover is, it delivers a grand opening and the overture is unmistakable. The deck is shuffled. All the pieces are on the board. Let the games begin. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Feb 21, 2018

    The first issue was a little bit of a letdown only in the fact that it was a setup issue. Not that some interesting things did not happen, or that it was not an enjoyable read. It just has me worried that with only three more issues to go that things might get a little rushed. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 21, 2018

    Damnation doesn't start off quite as strongly as Cates' first Doctor Strange story did. This issue spends little time building to or even justifying Strange's foolhardy decision, and then too much time paving the way for the larger crossover afterward. Even so, much of the charm of the monthly Doctor Strange series remains intact. Rod Reis also proves more than capable of bringing this supernatural adventure to life. Damnation looks to be a pleasant diversion for the next couple months. We'll see if it can grow into something more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Feb 27, 2018

    The solid selection for the Stephen Strange Rescue Squad (Wong's Hoodooing Commandoes?) includes some of my favorite Marvel heroes, too, like Moon Knight, Blade, Man-Thing, Iron Fist, Elsa Bloodstone, Doctor Voodoo, and the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider. And an appearance by Bats the spectral hound guarantees I'll be saying, "Just take my money" for several Wednesdays to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Feb 22, 2018

    The book is off to a solid start. It doesn’t spend too much time setting up the plot and seems to be taking a fun direction. Unfortunately the book is a little predicable and Strange’s motivates questionable. Still, there is plenty of time to surprise us and flesh out those motivations. It seems that this creative team has some really cool ideas in store for us with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Jamie Lovett Feb 21, 2018

    Doctor Strange: Damnation may turn into a worthwhile story, but the first issue feels more like homework than entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 22, 2018

    Yes, Alejandra unknowingly helped kick it off, but at least she didnt do something what was obviously a bad idea to a city that superheroes already ravaged. She just thought she was bringing down Blackheart; she didnt intentionally tear open a massive rift between the realms of the living and the dead. Read Full Review

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