Dr. Strange #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 25, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 28
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The impossible has happened! Doctor Strange's hands have been healed, restoring his surgical skills - but now he's being torn between his obligations as the Sorcerer Supreme and as a neurosurgeon. And when he's forced to choose which vows to uphold, who suffers most for it? After all, magic always has a cost...Be here for a brand new era of magic...and horror from Mark Waid (HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) and Kev Walker (BLACK PANTHER)!
Rated T+

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 1, 2020

    Kev Walker has some beautiful visuals throughout this issue. The action looks great and Walker brings some awesome scale to many of the scenes, especially when Strange investigates the building collapse. That page and those panels are composed beautifully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Dec 26, 2019

    With his new system in place, Dr. Stephen Strange sets out to heal the world in all respects. This issue introduces a precarious predicament that will hopefully turn out alright, but with things seeming to start to pile up, the Sorcerer/Surgeon Supreme may have to pick one occupation to give his complete attention. Dr. Strange #1 shows the best sides of its title character and begins an adventure to test what he is capable of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 25, 2019

    This is a good first issue establishing the new status quo for the character while also reminding us how we got here if you're going in fresh. Longtime readers of Doctor Strange are going to instantly like this new direction as it feels so new and there are so many fresh ideas at work here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Jan 4, 2020

    I'm curious to see how long Dr Strange can continue living a double life, my guess is not long. I have trouble managing the vents of a day with just family about" I can't imagine the strain of trying to balance high precision surgery and the need to see off invading forces. If you'd like to see where the Dr is headed this year, you need to grab this issue" it starts with a bang! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Dec 26, 2019

    Waid finds a way to magically entertain his audience in a cleverly refreshing way that portrays a completely different tone than his last series. The issue has elements of wit and charm however sprinkles in a few creepy moments to keep readers on their toes around the mystic arts. This series really is a great place for any fan interested in jumping into the character to take that leap while still moving forward for older fans to continue where they left off. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Dec 26, 2019

    If you were on the fence about getting into this new run, then Dr. Strange #1 puts some of those reservations at ease. Overall it is a great concept, though at the expense of the very things that were a bit more thought-provoking about the run before. Hopefully this balance Stephen is trying to get out of being a doctor again will make it easier in overlooking what this takes away from our further exploration of the magic world. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Dec 30, 2019

    This is a very enticing opening for Doctor Stranges new life. Between Strange and Night Nurse and the new life of Jane Foster in HER new series, Marvel Medical holds a great deal of promise. Medical dramas have an enduring popularity on television. Marvel could potentially lead in an exciting direction by opening a whole new sub-genre of superhero story with this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 26, 2019

    This issue may not win the good doctor more regular patients, but this is the Doctor Strange series fans have been waiting for! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Daily Fandom - Megan Prevost Dec 29, 2019

    Even with the negatives above, I would still say this is worth the read if you know what you're getting yourself into. It's interesting to think about what Strange's life is going to be like while balancing both jobs, but the magic side of things was always more interesting than the medical side. Written by Mark Waid and penciled by Kev Walker, Dr. Strange #1 falls a little short of my own expectations but is overall a well done first issue. Java Tartaglia colored the issue and VC's Cory Petit lettered it. If you're a big fan of Dr. Strange in general, or you're just curious about him as a character, maybe pick up this issue. Hopefully, the story gets more exciting from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Brian Arbizo Dec 31, 2019

    I believe this is a great starting point for new readers to jump on the Dr. Strange series. The struggle with work-life/superhero balance is real. This series shows a ton of promise with a new look into Dr. Strange. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 26, 2019

    Any promise embedded in this new premise is forgotten and ignored, and it raises the question of why a relaunch was needed in the first place if this was all that could be offered in a new #1 issue. Read Full Review

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