Doctor Strange: The Oath #1
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Doctor Strange: The Oath #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Marcos Martin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 4, 2006 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 10
7.9Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Doctor Strange embarks on the most important investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder--his own! And with his best friend near death, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.

  • 10
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Nov 3, 2016

    I hope the next issue is as good if not better than this first one. I do intend to get it as soon as it arrives on the shelves. I greatly enjoyed this one, and it made me more interested in Doctor Strange as a character and helped me to see how obvious of a choice it was to cast Benedict Cumberbatch, the BBC Sherlock, as Strange in the new movie. So, this issue was solid on all fronts for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 6, 2006

    The final page, which features the big revelation about the true nature of this story, elevates this from a good, entertaining super-hero story to something special, something thought-provoking, something significant. No, I'm not alleging that a Dr. Strange comic is going to effect social change. But the plot development on the final page, the themes introduced in this issue and the title of the story itself all indicate that Vaughan is going to pose some interesting ethical questions that can prompt for personal and social reflection. I shouldn't be surprised that Vaughan has developed such a smart story. He remains one of the most important talents in the industry today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Diana Kingston Oct 1, 2006

    This is, without a doubt, an example of how to write Doctor Stephen Strange in the 21st century. Future writers of the Sorcerer Supreme, please take note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mike Williams Oct 1, 2006

    The first issue of a limited series cant be asked to do anything more than make the reader want to pick up the next one. This issue does that. Im looking forward to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Oct 1, 2006

    If enough people can be convinced to read this first issue, then the book has a good chance of succeeding - as Im sure theyll want to read on to see where the story goes next - and hardcore strange fans will likely lap it up. However, whether this is really the book which will revive Stranges popularity among a wider audience remains to be seen, as theres nothing that stands out as truly innovative or unexpected as far as Stranges character goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Oct 1, 2006

    When I first heard about this series, I was expecting something that spoofed the character, especially as Strange doesnt really fit in with the current tone of so-called filmic realism at Marvel, but this is considerably more complex than anticipated, and I find myself intrigued by what Vaughan will do with the character. Im keen to see more, and you cant ask for more than that from a first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Oct 1, 2006

    This time, its Wong whos sick rather than Stephen himself. And were still angsting over his origin, the failed surgeon/car accident thing. Its all part of the medical nature of the Macguffin, a little elixir bottle that everybody wants and is willing to kill for. Exploring the Drs medical side is a reasonable way to go, but this issue just feels so perfunctory, if clearly told. Surely the distinguished Doc rates better than pratfalls and stock characters? A disappointment coming from Vaughan, rescued (for now) by the charming art. Read Full Review

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