Doctor Strange

Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

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Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

Elizabeth over at Binary System Podcast has been trying to get me to read the latest Doctor Strange series almost since it first came out last October. I finally ran out of excuses when I stumbled over the gorgeous hardback graphic novel Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird, collecting the first five issues of the series written by Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor, Avengers vs. X-Men), with art by Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, plus a couple dozen other X-titles).

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the character; Aaron gives you a quick history of the surgeon-turned-Sorcerer-Surpreme on the first page, and then throws you into a gloriously insane world of magic and monsters that’s hidden from most “normal” humans.

Ever since starting his new life as a sorcerer, Doctor Strange has been operating as something of a supernatural troubleshooter, driving out magical infestations from his home in Manhattan. But there are rumors that there’s something out there worse than alien parasites or demonic nightmares. And whatever it is, it’s getting closer, right when Strange is starting to realize that the price of using magic may be a lot higher than he can pay.

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Comic Issues #248 – X-plosion!!

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Comic Issues #248 – X-plosion!!

It’s an X-travaganza! It’s so X-citing! It’s the end of the Uncanny X-Men and the beginning of the Extraordinary X-Men!

This week the podcasting duo take a long look at the wrap up of Brian Michael Bendis’ X-Men stories. The good, the not as good, because it was never bad; Anthony and Elizabeth gush over the issue #600 and the revelations about Iceman, the reunion of Colossus and Magik, and the trial of Beast.  Then from Bendis’ ends to Jeff Lemire’s newest X-book, Extraordinary X-Men takes us further down the timeline and things are not looking good for mutants.

From the science of the x-gene to the magical world of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange #2, also came out giving readers a tour of the Sanctum Sanctorum (it’s as crazy and amazing as you imagine it). Then move on to Bendis’ newest jam Invincible Iron Man #3 with the most impressive suit he’s ever had. Finally to ring in the holiday’s Elizabeth gives a rundown on Klaus #1, Grant Morrison’s re-imagining of Santa Claus.  Yup, Ol’ Saint Nick.

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12 All-New, All-Different Comics To Be Excited for

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12 All-New, All-Different Comics To Be Excited for

Similar to the War on Crime, the Secret Wars is on pace to never end; at least not any time soon. That won’t stop the next age of Marvel from showing comic book readers how many words they can fit into a header. Beginning October 7th, the All-New All-Different Age of Marvel begins with Avengers #0, All-New All-Different Point One #1, Doctor Strange #1, and Contest of Champions #1. These books will be setting the pace for the gaggle of books to follow over the next several months.

The immense selection can be daunting and with so many things changed it may be tough to figure out what’s worth risking your hard earned nerd-bucks on. Allow us to be your Samwise and help carry that burden for you. Here are 10 All-New All-Different Marvel books that we’re excited for… in no particular order.

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Breaking: Tilda Swinton offered role of Ancient One in “Doctor Strange”

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Breaking: Tilda Swinton offered role of Ancient One in “Doctor Strange”

According to comicbook.com and comicbookresources.com, Tilda Swinton (known for her performances in such movies as Adaptation, Michael Clayton, Burn after Reading, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more) has reportedly been offered the role of the Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. Should talks go through and the deal finalized, she will play Steven Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) mentor, a Tibetan mystic who is portrayed as male in the comics.

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PREVIEW: SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1

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PREVIEW: SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1

The battles in Secret Wars are so big, Marvel had to launch an entirely new title just to contain them! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 – a new 4-issue Secret Wars limited series of wall-to-wall action across the surface of Battleworld! Bursting with epic action, each issue of SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD features two all-new high-octane stories ripped from the pages of the biggest event of the year!

This issue – what happens when Dr. Strange possesses the Punisher? Meet the Sorcerer EXTREME! Only Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider of this land can track this terrible two-in-one down. And things are going to get messy! Then, what happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every M.O.D.O.K. ever from across Battleworld for his evil scheme. We’ll give you a hint – F.I.G.H.T.!

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Comic Issues #221 – Free Comic Book Day!

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Comic Issues #221 – Free Comic Book Day!

Welcome back, everyone! This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and to celebrate we took the show on the road down to The Villainous Lair to interview anyone we could pin down into a corner and bother with questions. Lucky for us we got to talk to some of the coolest geeks and nerds in the world including Flash Gordon, Doctor Strange and Sara Winchester herself! Together we geeked out over the recent release of Avengers Age of Ultron, Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars, a surprising amount of iZombie, and even a little of DC’s Convergence.

While at The Lair we even got to talk to Matt Dunford of Little Fish Studios here in San Diego and John Barber from IDW’s Transformers (and more), stay tuned for our John Barber interview later this week. It was absolutely an amazing time getting FREE comics and talking with our fellow “neeks.”  Listen in and hear the good times!

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Preview: New Avengers Annual #1

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Preview: New Avengers Annual #1

OUT TODAY, the Sorcerer Supreme faces his greatest challenge yet in NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 – from rising-star writer Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts, The White Suits) and acclaimed artist Marco Rudy (Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Swamp Thing)! Spinning directly out of the pages of New Avengers comes an all-new tale of the Sorcerer Supreme full of suspense, intrigue and horror.

The Incursions are not the only horrors threatening to end the world as we know it. There are darker, more ancient forces at work. Forces more powerful than Stephen Strange could possibly imagine. Now, stretched beyond his limits, Doctor Strange and an enclave of techno-monks high in the Himalayas must stand against the coming darkness. Though even together they may not be enough – and a bid for more power could cost Doctor Strange everything. No fan can afford to miss a Doctor Strange tale for the ages when the oversized NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 hits comic shops and digital devices today!

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