Comic Review: Doctor Strange, Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird

Published: April 27th, 2016
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Chris Bachalo

Marvel Comics, 115 Pages

Review:

It’s been awhile since I’ve read Doctor Strange. I used to love picking up back issues of stuff from the ’70s and ’80s when I was a kid. But I didn’t like much of the late ’90s or ’00s stuff. But I heard good things about Jason Aaron’s run, so I figured I’d start at the beginning and give it a shot.

This was a pretty fun read and it’s creative, as well as interesting. I also really liked the art style.

My only real complaint is that this Doctor Strange doesn’t seem like the same character I enjoyed in his classic stories. He’s lacking the sense of authority one got from him in the ’70s and ’80s and here he is just kind of quirky and goofy.

Despite that, it’s not a big distraction, it’s just that the character feels off. It’s also very salvageable moving forward and it doesn’t deter me from reading more from Aaron. Hopefully, he finds his footing a bit more after this first story arc.

The threat here also doesn’t feel as big as the story makes it out to be. I guess I’ll have to see what’s next but knowing what Doctor Strange has faced before, this threat seemed lame and unconvincing. Sure, all other Sorcerer Supremes from other realms and worlds are gone but the story still feels thin and is missing the weight of that.

I’ll give the second volume a shot in the very near future, so I hope that sort of rights the ship.

Rating: 6.75/10
Pairs well with: Jason Aaron’s other Doctor Strange stories.

Comic Review: Marvel Premiere Featuring Weirdworld

Published: October, 1977
Written by: Doug Moench
Art by: Mike Ploog, Dave Cockrum (cover), Rudy Nebres (cover)

Marvel Comics, 19 Pages

Review:

This one issue story appeared in the 38th issue of the long running Marvel Premiere comic book series.

I have never really read much of the Weirdworld stuff but this was the second story from that realm of the Marvel Universe. It was also supposed to be something that was expanded on but there were some behind the scenes issues with that and it went away for quite some time before there were other Weirdworld stories.

Unlike the later Weirdworld stuff, this didn’t feature any known Marvel characters or anything else that could connect it to the broader universe.

This was marketed on the cover to be similar in style to The Lord of the Rings. I’d say that the only real similarity is that it’s fantasy. This is more of a sword and sorcery story than an epic fantasy like something at the scale of most of Tolkien’s work.

The main character is an elf warrior that discovers an elf girl and the two go on a pretty quick adventure that sees them meet a wizard with questionable intentions as well as coming face to face with a dragon.

I wish there was more to sink my teeth into. This was a really cool short story that is very similar to the late ’70s and early ’80s fantasy stuff. It reminds me of old school Dungeons & Dragons.

I thought the art was really good for the era. The story was well done and kept me enthused from start to finish and really, I just want to dig up more old school comics in this style.

I mean, how f’n cool is that cover?

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: other Marvel Premiere releases, especially the strong fantasy stuff.