Earth's Sorcerer & Surgeon Supreme
'Wazzup, my fellow enthusiasts, Michael of ‘Heroes of Games & Comics’ here to further educate, enlighten, and entertain y’all with my insights, reviews, and reactions to other opinions & the evaluation of cinematic entertainment, graphic literature, and Dungeons & Dragons! Today I will be focusing upon the new Doctor Strange ongoing series Surgeon Supreme. Written by Mark Waid, Penciled and Inked by Kev Walker, and Coloured by Java Tartaglia.
I wanted to buy the Doctor Strange #1 with cover art by In-Hyuk Lee but alas I was not fortunate enough. Lately I have been collecting a lot of In-Hyuk Lee cover arts and upon researching for this essay I discovered his artstation portfolio which is euphorically satiating. But anyway, the story of this comic book is quite impressive, I enjoyed the allusive references, the narration charismatically thrilling, and dialogue between characters realistic, insightful, and emphatic. The Villainous Antagonist, the Wrecker, was unexpected and surprisingly a formidable foe, Doctor Strange learns this lesson too alongside yourself.
In this story Doctor Stephen Strange mentions that he made a bargain with Dormammu to get full use of his hands prior this story, thus why now he can commit to occasionally operate on patients. I also relished in Dr. Stephen Strange's introductory narration which goes as follows: "My name is Dr. Stephen Strange. As Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, I have a unique and demanding responsibility to protect it from any mystical menaces that may threaten it. But I'm also the world's greatest neurosurgeon, and the Hippocratic oath is a lifetime vow. So I've reached an arrangement with the hospital: They call me in only for the operations that no one else -- no one else -- has the skill to perform." I also adore how reading this comic book one becomes so immersed in the story that one perceives it similarly to how Bastian and Atreyu are reflections of each other in the Neverending Story.
It is always a joy to be able to observe what Stephen perceives through the Eye of Agamotto, especially when it provides excuses for disease and other ailments which afflict persons via parasitic specters ('mystical menaces'). This access to pierce the veil of perception shows one how much enlightenment and resilience Stephen has to resist and overcome Lovecraftian madness every moment of everyday, it is inspiring about how he copes and manages to find a balance to what he exposes himself to, particularly concerning his dedication to not using sorcery during surgery as he tells us spellcraft requires total concentration as does surgery. Furthermore, to Stephen it is dangerous to multitask doing either in concert and thus he is not willing to risk a patient taking on the cost of magical meddling instead of upon himself.
There are new characters to the series, however my favourite is Kermit, Doctor Strange's medical paperwork assistant, who is privy to knowing Stephen is a superhero along with the confidential priviledge, given by the Sorcerer Supreme, to ask and receive one answer to his fanboy questions each day they are in each other's presence. The scene example we are shown is about Amora, The Asgardian Enchantress.
Lastly, Doctor Strange makes an appearance in the comic 'Sword Master (vol 1) War of The Ancients' graphic novel, issue 5 & 6, a comic book I am eager to read, especially since we at HGC are expecting the first graphic novel of that series to arrive perhaps next month, most likely priced at R310. 'One more thing, Jackie', a preview of Strange Academy (A School For Magic Users) is featured in Miles Morales Spider-Man #15 (priced at R90).
That's all, Folks!
Written by Michael P. Garzola