The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Writer: Jed MacKay Artist: Lee Garbett Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 22, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 72
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Doctor Stephen Strange is the world's greatest neurosurgeon and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly...who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!

Rated T+

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Sep 27, 2021

    Dr. Strange has never been better, or at least not since the Steve Englehart days. Now THAT'S magic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Sep 22, 2021

    Death has its target set upon the Sorcerer Supreme in the magical and emotional but overwhelmingly human and heartfelt story that is at the core of this mini-series. Strap yourselves in because this talented creative team is taking us for a gorgeous stylish exciting tour through the magical side of the Marvel Universe in ways we've never seen before. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    The Death of Doctor Strange #1 serves as a wonderful tribute to the Sorcerer Supreme while putting a fresh spin on the usual tropes associated with death in comics. With the rest of the series and multiple one-shots set to explore the aftermath of Strange's death, the story has only begunand we've yet to learn the identity of Strange's assassin. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 22, 2021

    Garbett delivers some beautiful imagery throughout the issue. The art is filled with brilliant detail and the world of the character is varied and thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Sep 25, 2021

    Overall, The Death Of Doctor Strange #1 begins a crackling murder mystery that proves anyone can be the villain. The story by Mackay is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a thriller worthy of Dashiell Hammett. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Sep 25, 2021

    The Good Doctor is out. Yet back at the same time?Despite reading comics for a considerable long time, Im more a recent convert to Doctor Strange. Past versions of the character often had him speaking like a drunken, Shakespearean actor and I just couldnt get interested in the character. Thankfully in recent years, writers like Jason Aaron, Donny Cates, and Mark Waid have made great strides in updating the character. Since the start of the Aaron run, Ive been hooked on the character and read him nonstop since. Based on the first issue of the new limited series/event, it appears thankfully we will be able to add Jed Mackay to that list. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Sep 22, 2021

    The Doctor is out. Jed MacKay and Lee Garbett are here to provide Doctor Strange his final hurrah. The story is on the lighter side, rather than morose, as Id expect it to be. The art is quite enjoyable, even though the more mystical and magical moments were a bit of a let down. Theres a few surprises, and Im sure theres more to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Sep 23, 2021

    "The Death of Doctor Strange" kicks off a new magical mystery in the Marvel universe with great story, dialogue, and artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Benjamin Morin Sep 22, 2021

    The Death of Doctor Strange #1 explores what happens when the Sorcerer Supreme is murdered and all the magical barriers come tumbling down. Its an ambitious debut. Though it gets bogged down with exposition at times, this is a debut that respects whats come before and creatively utilizes the characters mythos. Definitely worth a read for new and old fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 20, 2021

    The Death of Doctor Strange#1 is a good start, especially for fans who haven't caught up with Doctor Strange for some time. It recaps his life, sets up where he's at mentally and drops a hammer by the end. That hammer has crazy potential for what Doctor Strange might be in the next issue and beyond, making this an exciting series not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Sep 22, 2021

    In the Death of Doctor Strange #1, Doctor Strange does indeed die. We get just a glimpse of what happens next and scant hints about whodunnit; in this issue, the creators concentrate on making the loss meaningful by portraying the man in detail. You don't need to be a big Dr. Strange fan to enjoy this comic. As long as you appreciate strong comics storytelling, this book will persuade you to care about losing him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Oct 4, 2021

    While this is only the establishing entry of this storyline, it does look like it is going to grow into something bigger and would be worth sticking around to see how it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Oct 4, 2021

    The Death of Doctor Strange #1 works as a decent start to an event book. It doesn't do anything special but it makes for an enjoyable lead-up to the big moment. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 22, 2021

    Beyond the very end reveal, there's nothing surprising or all that interesting about The Death of Doctor Strange #1. It reminds people of who Stephen Strange is and why he's important. It's a comic that feels like it exists to make the case as to why its main character matters. The fact it has to makes it feel like that's been a failure leading up to all of this. Most of the comic is pretty much what we'd expect but it's a decent setup and start. Really what matters is where it all goes from here and if the team can really make this an exciting story to come now that there's actual danger to deal with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Adam Barnhardt Sep 22, 2021

    The first issue alone is a who's who of Marvel Comics' mystics and before you close the back cover, even the Avengers get involved. Despite all that, this introductory issue serves as an intriguing launch of something that might become something epic"or something that we've seen one too many times before. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Sep 22, 2021

    Joining writer Jed MacKay is artist Lee Garbett, who recently did a run on Captain Marvel that I really enjoyed, and they bring a similarly grounded"but still fanciful"superhero look here. For a book whose title evokes the concept of death, Garbett's art isn't solemn or even gritty; it's spritely and dynamic with bright colors from Antonio Sabela, almost in defiance of the grim topic at hand. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Sep 24, 2021

    Skottie Young's cover (see the top of review) makes a great deadpan joke about nobody dies forever in comics and the Koschei legend and a few surprises (not at all surprises) show that we're a long way from a new Sorcerer Supreme. Roll on to the next event! Read Full Review

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