The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Ig Guara Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 12, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 8
7.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

ELSA AND THE FAMILY BLOODSTONE!
Who better to defend Earth from magical invaders than monster hunter ELSA BLOODSTONE?! Elsa is the best there is at what she does - tough, skilled and
clever enough to handle any problem...except her brother, CULLEN. They have issues, and they'll have to put them aside not only to protect Earth but also to welcome the latest addition to the Bloodstone clan: their long-lost SISTER! Her awesome set of powers and unique Blood gem have placed a target on her back, and the worst horrors from beyond this realm are on the hunt.

ONE-SHOT / RATED T+

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jan 14, 2022

    The effects of Doctor Strange's death continue to plague the Marvel Universe, and monster hunter extraordinaire Elsa Bloodstone and her brother deal with some fallout that is very personal as the family Bloodstone gets just a bit bigger. A magically fun and well-crafted story centered on family and magical elements that is a delight from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 10, 2022

    Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone is a wonderful surprise that will make you crave a Bloodstone comic series. It makes a case for Elsa's life being well worth capturing in its own series thanks to the dynamics with her siblings and the angle it takes on magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jan 16, 2022

    Bloodstone #1 does a great job of introducing these siblings in a way that pushes you to learn more about them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 11, 2022

    The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1 serves as a departure from the main storyline by focusing on the one character equipped to handle magical chaos, as well as her own family issues. Given how the one-shot ends, I would not be opposed to an ongoing series centered on the exploits of the Bloodstone family. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jan 17, 2022

    This one-shot is a fun way to continue forth on our trek through the dawn of 2022, as well as a way to add to the existing lore of the Bloodstone family. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jan 12, 2022

    The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1 has a couple of good action scenes, but doesn't add any new layers to Elsa Bloodstone's character. The new Bloodstone family member and the twist at the end set up a new direction for Elsa, which hopefully will pay off in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jan 12, 2022

    There's simply too much going on here, and not all of it is as interesting as the rest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    KittyNone Jan 12, 2022

    Wonderful art, and Howard does interesting work with Elsa's dysfunctional family. Given how much fun Elsa is and how many really excellent writers enjoy working on her, I'll never understand why she doesn't have her own series; certainly this issue makes a strong case for it.

  • 8.5
    CrazyforRAMU May 21, 2022

    So another thing you can use an event one-shot for is a stealth pilot for a new story, and I think this is a great example. Tini Howard wants to write a Bloodstone mini or ongoing, and after reading this issue, I want that too.

    The sibling interactions are great and there's no shortage of action. The art is messy but gloriously dynamic.

    I love the humor but I recognize objectively there's a little too much of it. And Lyra Bloodstone, the new sister, is promising but not very developed yet. So I rate this almost but not quite great. I'd definitely welcome more.

  • 7.5
    JRW7 Nov 9, 2022

    The cover looks really good but also isn't super relevant other than having Elsa on the cover. 1/2 The art is pretty average except for the magical effects and the Glartrox, which look really good. 1.5/2 The dialogue between Elsa, Cullen, and Lyra was really entertaining, even if some of it fell flat. 1.5/2 The story was unique and compelling if a bit messy and incohesive. 1.5/2 The characters are compelling and fun with them having unique and clashing personalities creating compelling relations. 2/2

  • 7.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 20, 2022

    I wish I could say I liked this more than I did. I really enjoy Elsa Bloodstone as a character, but this was maybe a little overstuffed, and not all that interesting to me.

  • 10
    JonHordway Jan 13, 2022

  • 8.5
    Pantheon36 Apr 30, 2022

  • 8.5
    tonpas1989 Jan 13, 2022

  • 8.0
    ZachMerps Jan 24, 2022

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