MarvelBlog REVIEW: Strange #1
Following the tragic events of The Death of Doctor Strange series, the entire Marvel Universe is facing a new normal, which entails a brand new being inheriting the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme; this is our review of Strange #1.
There are few characters who could pull off what Clea does in the opening moments of her very first solo title as the new Doctor Strange, but pull it off she absolutely does.
The very first panel brought brilliantly to life by artist Marcelo Ferreira shows a beaten down Clea, drenched in a downpour, insisting on her willingness to be brutal, and ensuring that no being will ever impose their will on her desires.
It is an artistic moment that truly defines the character, specifically in her stint as the new sorcerer supreme; Clea Strange does not take anything from anyone.
There is an air about this newly crafted version of the character by Jed MacKay that feels so intriguing, pulling you in to see just what she’ll face head-on next.
She is confident and immensely powerful, with an iron will that was forged by her close relationship with some of the most villainous creatures in the entire Marvel Universe.
Strange #1 begins to set up what seems to be the premise of Clea Strange’s early journey as Sorcerer Supreme; as she balances fending off those making attempts at the illustrious title, while also actively seeking a way to bring her husband back from the dead.
There is such a delicate balance between making a character look incredibly powerful, and making them look insurmountable, and it is a balance that MacKay and Ferreira, thus far, have mastered fairly well.
Clea is undeniably strong, and when you see her in action, there are few that could stand toe-to-toe with her; at the same time, she is clearly not invincible, and there are moments where the reader is clearly shown, that she may be able to win this fight, but it will undoubtedly be a fight indeed.
This first issue was a tremendous start for the series, and we cant wait to see where this talented duo takes this compelling and powerful character.