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The roll-out of Marvel’s fall “relaunch” following Secret Wars continues with news of a new Doctor Strange title top be written by Jason Aaron (Ther, Weirdworld) and drawn by Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Incredible Hulk). The master of the mystical arts is getting a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch nest year, so a comic seems timely. Aaron and editor Nick Lowe chatted about the new approach at EW:

EW: Let’s talk a little bit about what makes thisDoctor Strange series different.

JASON AARON: We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer. Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions. Any of this stuff with magic, there’s always a cost to it. I think that’s kind of the only rule of magic we ever really talk about—everything he does, there’s a price to it. So he always has to kind of balance those skills and worry, “if I save the day here, what repercussions will that have for me, or elsewhere in the world? We liked him having to deal with that, and liked him being able to get his hands a little dirty, rather than just having him stand around, waving his hands and saving the day.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. This is a good creative team, who did some good work together on Wolverine and the X-Men.

    I am a bit surprised Aaron has another ongoing at Marvel. He’s now got this, Star Wars, Thor, and Weirdworld (which I believe is ongoing), plus Southern Bastards (which is less than monthly) and whatever consulting/writing work he has for the television adaptation thereof.

    I’ve not ever kept up with all of Aaron’s output–is this an increase in his workload? I’m really enjoying the stuff of his I’m reading now, but you’d have to think there’d come a point where the quality would drop off (e.g. Bendis).

    Sorry if this qualifies as “concern trolling.”

  2. Good to see the good doctor of the mystic arts getting some love in the form of a new book with the feature film on the horizon. I’m encouraged by what Jason Aaron said here and I love Chris Bachalo’s art, but I hope the sample drawings aren’t indicative of what’s to come in the new comic. Doc with a battle ax, a sword, a bow and arrows and a shield? How pedestrian. Anyone number of characters could be pictured with weapons and defenses like these. The best of Doc’s adventures were always filled with things you couldn’t see anywhere else. Mind-blowing imagination was always on display.

    Of course, I could be internet jumping-the-gun here and this is for one story only. But it’s underwhelming that these are the publicity images Marvel is teasing the new series with. And I certainly hope it doesn’t mean we’ll see a sorcerer who’d be more at home with Conan the Barbarian.

    I’m looking forward to new Strange tales, not new savage ones.

  3. Please give your articles a second read from another set of eyes. Nothing diminishes credibility (and readability) quite like trying to navigate through all the typos (Ther, movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch nest year, etc.).

  4. Reacting purely to what is being said in the interview, my question would be, if there are repercussions from Strange using his powers, then how can he justify using them? If saving person A means person B dies, then shouldn’t the right thing to do be to simply not use the powers at all?

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