New Comic Book Releases for December 12, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Marvel

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #11 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #4 by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Avengers Vol 7 #11 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness
  • Black Order #2 by Derek Landy and Philip Tan
  • Black Panther Vol 7 #7 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jen Bartel
  • Champions Vol 2 #27 by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar
  • Defenders Doctor Strange #1 by Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood
  • Defenders Silver Surfer #1 by Jason Latour
  • Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1 by various authors/artists
  • Infinity Wars Ghost Panther by Jed MacKay and Jefte Palo
  • Infinity Wars Sleepwalker #4 by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, and Todd Nauck
  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 by Saladin Ahmed and Javi Garron
  • Mr & Mrs X #6 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua
  • Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #313 by Sean Ryan and Juan Frigeri
  • Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #3 by Seanan McGuire and Rosi Kampe
  • Typhoid Fever Iron Fist #1 by Clay McLeod Chapman and Paolo Villanelli
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #5 by Ed Brisson and R. B. Silva
  • Weapon X Vol 3 #27 by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Luca Pizzari
  • X-23 Vol 3 #7 by Mariko Tamaki and Georges Duarte
  • X-Men Red #11 by Tom Taylor and Paolo Villanelli

DC

  • Batman Vol 3 Annual #3 by Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt
  • Batman Who Laughs #1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #994 by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza
  • Electric Warriors #2 by Steve Orlando and Travel Foreman
  • Flash Vol 5 #60 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, and Jordi Tarrogona
  • Hawkman Vol 5 #7 by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch
  • Justice League Dark Vol 2 #6 by James Tynion IV and Dominike “Domo” Stanton
  • Sideways #11 by Dan Didio and Kenneth Rocafort
  • Suicide Squad Vol 4 #49 by Rob Williams and Diogenes Neves
  • Supergirl Vol 7 #25 by Marc Andreyko and Emanuela Lupacchino
  • Superman Vol 6 #6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado, and Ivan Reis
  • Titans Vol 3 #31 by Dan Abnett and Minkyu Jung
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #60 by G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Mick Gray
  • Batman Damned #2 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
  • Goddess Mode #1 by Zoe Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez
  • House of Whispers #4 by Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike “Domo” Stanon

Dark Horse

  • Black Hammer Cthu-Louise by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox
  • Joe Golem Occult Detective Drowning City #4 by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, and Peter Bergting
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 #3 by Joel Hodgson and Todd Nauck
  • Quantum Age from the World of Black Hammer #5 by Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres
  • War Bears #3 by Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy
  • William Gibson’s Alien 3 #2 by Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson, and Tamra Bonvillain

Image

  • Auntie Agathas Home for Wayward Rabbits #2 by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman
  • Birthright #34 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas
  • Bitter Root #2 by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sandford Greene
  • Cemetery Beach #4 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
  • Head Lopper #10 by Andrew MacLean
  • Hit-Girl Vol 2 #11 by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone
  • Infinite Dark #3 by Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell
  • Mage the Hero Denied #14 by Matt Wagner
  • Magic Order #5 by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
  • Oblivion Song #10 by Robert Kirman, Lorenzo De Felici, and Annalisa Leoni
  • Outer Darkness by John Layman and Afu Chan
  • Redlands #9 by Jordie Bellaire and Vanessa R. Del Rey
  • Rose #15 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara
  • Skyward #9 by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, and Antonio Fabela
  • Sleepless #10 by Sarah Vaughn, Leila Del Duca, and Alissa Sallah

What comic books are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!

Doctor Strange: The Oath – A Comic Series Review

“The firm footing of rational thought has its place, Watson, but when dealing with the enchanted one must take the occasional leap of faith.”

The Series

 

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Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughn, art by Marcos Martin
Published in 2007 by Marvel
Read through Marvel Unlimited
Amazon | Goodreads

What It Is

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The Oath is a five-part comic series that was released in 2007 and was written by Brian K. Vaughn (most recently known for his work on Saga), with art by Marcos Martin.

Doctor Strange discovers that his faithful assistant and best friend, Wong, has a very rare and untreatable brain tumor, and is determined to use every resource at his disposal to find a cure. During his quest, he discovers a powerful, magical potion, known as Otkid’s Elixir.

Before he can administer the potion to Wong, Doctor Strange is shot and the potion is stolen. Wong drags Doctor Strange to the office of Night Nurse, who is actually a doctor, where she works to save Strange’s life while being pestered by his astral form.

Brigand is the name of the petty criminal-for-hire who shot Strange and stole the elixir, but Doctor Strange can sense that something’s not quite right. He shouldn’t have been taken down by someone as weak as Brigand, so who’s helping him? Mephisto, Nightmare, Mordo, Dormammu… there are so many people that could be behind this.

Doctor Strange, Wong, and Night Nurse team up to try to get the elixir back, discovering it’s true nature, and being forced to make a life-or-death decision.

My Thoughts

Doctor Strange is my favorite Marvel character, and since discovering Marvel Unlimited (which is amazing), I’ve been catching up on his backstory. I’m disappointed that it took me so long to get to this particular series because I really enjoyed it.

This series is one of the prime examples of what I love so much about Doctor Strange. He’s brilliant but rash and has learned from the mistakes of his past. There are plenty of quirky, funny moments, and Doctor Strange easily makes a name for himself as one of the most powerful figures in the Marvel universe.

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One of my favorite panels

The art by Marcos Martin is wonderful, and below are a few of my favorite panels. I particularly love the way Nightmare is drawn in this series:

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One aspect of the story that I liked was the commentary on the evils of the pharmaceutical industry. Much of the story is Doctor Strange fighting a representative of Timely Pharmaceuticals, who may have a bit more up his sleeve than just a medical degree.

Most comic books, especially those published by Marvel, start with a general introduction to the story, summarizing the previous few issues and a very brief biography of the character. Much of the time, it’s basically the same page in each individual issue, with a few minor adjustments made here and there as the story unfolds, but I really appreciated that in The Oath each issue has a unique introduction page. In most comic series I actually skip over that page, especially if I’ve been following the story since issue 1, but for this one, I ended up reading and enjoying the introductions.

My favorite thing about this series is that it’s a story of the friendship between Doctor Strange and Wong, and Strange’s promises to his friends and patients. Wong has always been an integral part of every Doctor Strange series, but this particular one does a great job of showing that.

Verdict

I’m giving this series a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved so much about it, and since it’s only five issues, it’s short enough to re-read frequently. This is a wonderful place to start if you’re new to Doctor Strange comics.

Are you a Doctor Strange fan? What’s your favorite issue or series?