Aconyte Books’ Partnership with Marvel

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Asmodee‘s new sci-fi imprint Aconyte recently announced a partnership with Marvel to release novels based on the Marvel universe in Autumn of 2020.

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The Marvel universe is full of fascinating characters, and I’m eager to see what they end up releasing.

Fortunately, we do get a bit of a hint from Aconyte’s publisher Marc Gascoigne:

“The Marvel comic book universe has featured a host of great characters and storylines crying out to be told over the years, and now is their time to step into the spotlight. You can look out for legends from Asgard, several volumes focusing on some of Marvel’s heroines, and stories of some of Professor Xavier’s lesser-known students, and that’s just to get us started.”

I love the idea of novelizing comic books, so I’m 100% here for this. I actually reviewed a Doctor Strange novelization earlier this year. Is this something that you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments!


To hold you over until the end of next year, here are some already published Marvel novelizations:




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Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams by Devin Grayson – A Review

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Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams by Devin Grayson
Young adult | Supernatural | Superhero
Published by Marvel
Released October 18, 2016
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

While I knew that DC Comics had published various novels based on their iconic comic book characters (such as Catwoman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), I wasn’t aware that Marvel had done this as well until I happened upon this novel at my favorite comic book shop, Trilogy Comics.

Doctor Strange is my favorite Marvel character, as well as my favorite superhero. While I’m not a fan of the MCU movie (there were no incantations and it wasn’t campy enough!), I’m always excited when I see a new Doctor Strange story, and I added this novel to my much-too-large pile of comics.

The Fate of Dreams follows Doctor Strange as he tries to discover what’s causing people to fight one another on the streets and carry out wild ideas, which seems to be creating unease in the magical community.

Working alongside Sharanya Misra, a dream researcher, and an Inhuman named Jane Bailey, Doctor Strange creates a shocking alliance with his classic nemesis, Nightmare,  the ruler of one of the dream dimensions. Together they travel into the dream dimension to try to find and fix the problem.

While I had some issues with the novel, I generally enjoyed it. It was interesting to get more backstory about Doctor Strange’s life than what you would normally find in a comic book, especially when it delved into his early life and the death of his sister. I’m not sure how canon this history was, because I haven’t seen the same specific details anywhere else, but they certainly added an extra dimension to his history, and even explained his reasons for becoming a doctor.

I found the character of Sharanya irrelevant to the story. Despite being a dream researcher traveling through the dream dimension, she didn’t do much to advance the story and seemed to be written into the narrative simply to add another character. Her presence didn’t annoy or bother me, but I truly feel that nothing would have changed had she not been in the story. Perhaps this can be attributed to the lack of character development. If there’s one huge fault in this novel, it’s that the readers are expected to have some pre-existing knowledge of the Marvel characters and that the new characters (Jane and Sharanya) aren’t given enough backstory and personality for us to grow attached to them.

One of the most interesting aspects of the novel for me was watching Nightmare work alongside Doctor Strange, and witness Nightmare’s fondness for Jane, the Inhuman character. Nightmare is one of my favorite Doctor Strange villains, and reading about him holding hands with a character (Jane) and being practically friendly with Doctor Strange was bizarre, although slightly enjoyable at the same time.

Another thing I’d like to point out is this interesting description of spells that Doctor Strange gives to Sharanya:

“The magical arts have a long literary tradition. Words are powerful. So powerful, in fact, that when we first started writing them down, we ‘spelled’ them. … Spells have to be crafted, and using rhyming or alliteration is one way of channeling power and intent through them.”

One of my favorite aspects of Doctor Strange comics has always been the use of slightly campy incantations, and I was thrilled that those were included in the novelization.

If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable novel about Doctor Strange, I’d recommend checking this out from your local library. It’s not the kind of thing a person might read multiple times, but it is fun.

For a Doctor Strange comic that I loved and recommend, I have a review of a five-issue series called The Oath that is worth reading.

Have you read The Fate of Dreams? What were your thoughts? Also, if you have any Doctor Strange comics you love, leave your recommendations down in the comments. 

New Comic Book Releases for the Week of January 9th

I apologize for this being a few days late!

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.

The highlighted issues are the ones that I’d personally recommend.


Marvel

  • Avengers Vol 7 #12 by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, and Cory Smith
  • Black Order #3 by Derek Landy and Philip Tan
  • Captain Marvel Vol 9 #1 by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Nunez Carnero
  • Domino Vol 3 #10 by Gail Simone
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol 2 #1 by Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal, and Marcelo Ferreira
  • Iceman Vol 4 #5 by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman
  • Man Without Fear #2 by Jed MacKay and Stefano Landini
  • Marvel Presents #3 Guardians of the Galaxy Facsimile Edition by Steve Gerber and Al Milgrom
  • Marvel Avengers Endgame Prelude #2 by Will Corona Pilgrim and Paco Diaz
  • Miles Morales Spider-Man #2 by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron
  • Punisher Vol 11 #6 by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski
  • Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #4 by Seanan McGuire and Rosi Kampe
  • Star Wars Age of Republic Jango Fett #1 by Jody Houser and Luke Ross
  • Thor Vol 5 #9 by Jason Aaron and Michael Del Mundo 
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 2 #40 
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #9 by Ed Brisson and Yildiray Cinar
  • Web of Venom Unleashed #1 by Ryan Stegman, Kyle Hotz, and Juan Gedeon
  • X-23 Vol 3 #8 by Mariko Tamaki and Diego Olortegui

DC

  • Adventures of the Super Sons #6 by Peter J. Tomasi and Scott Godlewski
  • Batman Kings of Fear #6 by Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones
  • Batman Vol 3 #62 by Tom King and Travis Moore
  • Curse of Brimstone #10 by Justin Jordan, Eduardo Pansica, and Philip Tan
  • Deathstroke Vol 4 #39 by Christopher Priest and Fernando Pasarin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #48 by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Javi Fernandez
  • Green Lantern Vol 6 #3 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp
  • Harley Quinn Vol 3 #57 by Sam Humphries and John Timms
  • Justice League Vol 4 #15 by James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung
  • Martian Manhunter Vol 5 #2 by Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo
  • Nightwing Vol 4 #56 by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and Garry Brown
  • Suicide Squad Black Files #3 by Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz, and Philippe Briones
  • Unexpected Vol 2 #8 by Steve Orlando and Ronan Cliquet
  • Young Justice Vol 3 #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason
  • United States vs Murder Inc #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
  • Dreaming Vol 2 #5 by Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely

Dark Horse

  • Aliens Dust to Dust #4 by Gabriel Hardman
  • Gods of War Vol 2 #3 by Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, and Dan Jackson
  • Joe Golem Occult Detective Drowning City #5 by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, and Peter Bergting
  • LaGuardia #2 by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford
  • Predator Hunters II #4 by Chris Warner, Agustin Padilla, and Neeraj Menon
  • Tom Clancys Division Extremis Malis #1 
  • William Gibsons Alien 3 #3 by Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson, and Tamra Bonvillain

IDW

  • Atomic Robo and the Dawn of a New Era #1 by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
  • Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #5 by Joe Lansdale and Tadd Galusha
  • Ducktales Vol 4 #16 by Steve Behling and Gianfranco Florio
  • Euthanauts #5 by Tini Howard and Nick Robles
  • House Amok #4 by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
  • Star Wars Adventures Destroyer Down #3 by Scott Beatty, Derek Charm, and Jon Sommariva
  • Uncle Scrooge My First Millions #4 by Fausto Vitaliano and Giampaolo Soldati
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Tempest #4 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

Image

  • Auntie Agathas Home for Wayward Rabbits #3 by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman
  • Birthright #35 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas
  • Bitter Root #3 by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene
  • Blackbird #4 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
  • Bully Wars #5 by Skottie Young and Aaron Conley
  • Cemetery Beach #5 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
  • Criminal Vol 3 #1 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips
  • Curse Words #19 by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne
  • Die #2 by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans
  • Gunning for Hits #1 by Jeff Rougvie and Moritat
  • Hit-Girl Vol 2 #12 by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone
  • Kick-Ass Vol 4 #11 by Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin
  • Last Siege #8 by Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood
  • Murder Falcon #4 by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
  • Oblivion Song #11 by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, and Annalisa Leoni
  • Outer Darkness #3 by John Layman and Afu Chan
  • Prodigy #2 by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Rose #16 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara
  • Self Made #2 by Matt Groom, Eduardo Ferigato, and Marcello Costa
  • Sleepless #11 by Sarah Vaugh, Leila Del Duca, and Alissa Sallah
  • Freeze #2 by Dan Wickline and Phil Sevy

Comic Book Releases for January 2, 2019

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.

The highlighted issues are the ones that I’d personally recommend.


Marvel

  • Champions Vol 3 #1 by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings
  • Conan the Barbarian Vol 4 #1 by Jason Aaron and Mahmud A. Asrar
  • Deadpool Vol 6 #8 by Skottie Young and Nic Klein
  • Immortal Hulk #11 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett
  • Infinity Wars Infinity #1 by Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley
  • Killmonger #3 by Bryan Edward Hill and Juan Ferreyra
  • Man Without Fear #1 by Jed MacKay and Danilo Beyrouth
  • Marvel Knights 20th #5 by Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, and Niko Henrichon
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith
  • Marvel Tales Fantastic Four #1 by Stan Lee, John Byrne, and Jack Kirby
  • Mr & Mrs X #7 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua
  • Runaways Vol 5 #17 by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
  • Shatterstar #4 by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, and Gerardo Sandoval
  • Star Wars Age of Republic Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 by Jody Houser and Cory Smith
  • Star Wars Han Solo Imperial Cadet #3 by Robbie Thompson and Leonard Kirk
  • Tony Stark Iron Man #7 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #8 by Ed Brisson and R. B. Silva
  • Winter Soldier Vol 2 #2 by Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis
  • Wolvering Long Night Adaptation #1 by Benjamin Percy and Marcio Takara

DC

  • Action Comics Vol 2 #1006 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook
  • Batgirl Vol 5 #30 by Mairghread Scott, Paul Pelletier, and Norm Rapmund
  • Batman Beyond Vol 6 #27 by Dan Jurgens, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #995 by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza
  • The Flash Vol 5 #61 by Joshua Williamson and Christian Duce
  • Heroes in Crisis #4 by Tom King and Clay Mann
  • Injustice vs The Masters of the Universe #6 by Tim Seeley and Freddie Williams II
  • Justice League Odyssey #4 by Joshua Williamson and S-bis
  • Old Lady Harley #3 by Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda
  • Raven Daughter of Darkness #11 by Mary Wolfman and Pop Mahn
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #45 by Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela
  • Silencer #12 by Dan Abnett and Jack Herbert
  • The Terrifics #11 by Jeff Lemire and Viktor Bogdanovic
  • Titans Vol 3 #32 by Dan Abnett and Clayton Henry
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #61 by G. Willow Wilson and Xermanico
  • Scarlet Vol 2 #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
  • Books of Magic Vol 3 #3 by Kat Howard and Tom Fowler
  • Hex Wives #3 by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

Dark Horse

  • BPRD Devil You Know #12 by Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Laurence Campbell, and Christopher Mitten
  • Halo Lone Wolf #1 by Anne Toole, Kieran McKeown, and JL Straw
  • Olivia Twist #4 by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, and Lee Loughridge
  • Stranger Things #4 by Jody Houser and Stefano Martino
  • Sword Daughter #5 by Brian Wood and Mack Chater
  • Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion #4 by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, and Nick Filardi
  • Whispering Dark #3 by Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira

IDW

  • Crowded #6 by Christopher Sebela and Ro Stein
  • Errand Boys #4 by D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis
  • Gasolina #14 by Sean Mackiewicz, Niko Walter, and Mat Lopes
  • Low #20 by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, and Dave McCaig
  • Redneck #18 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe
  • Savage Dragon Vol 2 #241 by Erik Larsen
  • Unnatural #6 by Mirka Andolfo
  • Walking Dead #187 by Robert Kirman and Charlie Adlard

 

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!

9 Great Comic Books Coming Out Today – October 24, 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.

  • Whispering Dark #1 by Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira (Dark Horse)
    This new comic series is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” and Francis Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now!
  • Mars Attacks Vol 4 #1 by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer (Dynamite)
    One of my favorite movies during my teenage years, I’m excited to read this new series. The cover art is wonderful as well!
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Terra Incognita #4 by Scott Tipton and Angel Hernandez (IDW)
    I love all of the Star Trek series that Tipton has written, and Terra Incognita is fantastic.
  • Moon Knight Vol 8 #200 by Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows (Marvel)
    Moon Knight is one of my favorite Marvel characters, due to the sheer insanity of the character and his storylines.
  • Return of Wolverine #2 by Charles Soule and Declan Shalvey (Marvel)
    Wolverine is back in this exciting new series.
  • X-Men Red #9 by Tom Taylor and Roge Antonia (Marvel)
    Tom Taylor is my favorite comic book writer, and I love where he’s taking X-Men Red, which is my favorite currently running X-Men series (just one of the many you can currently read). I’m also super-digging Nightcrawler’s beard.
  • Punisher Vol 11 #3 by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski (Marvel)
    Anytime Frank Castle and Matt Murdoc are found in the same issue, you know it’s going to be a good one.
  • Olivia Twist #2 by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, and Lee Loughridge (Dark Horse)
    This is a futuristic retelling of Oliver Twist.
  • Black Panther vs Deadpool #1 (Marvel)
    I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen these two characters paired up together, whether working with one another or battling. Either way, I’m excited that it’s happening now.

What comic books are you most excited about reading this week?

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?

The 10 Most Exciting Comic Books Released This Week

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.

Curse Words #17 by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne

Curse Words is one of my favorite currently-running series. It’s a fun story about wizards and magic, it’s quirky, and the art and colors are stunning.

Mr & Mrs X #4 by Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua

Gambit has been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I watched the X-Men cartoons as a child, and when he and Rogue got married earlier this year, I quite literally screeched from excitement. I love everything about this series, and Kelly Thompson is a wonderful comic book writer.

Shuri #1 by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero

Nnedi Okorafor is the author of the Binti series. I’m thrilled that Shuri is getting her own series, and they couldn’t have chosen a better writer.

X-Men Black Mystique #1 by Seanan McGuire, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Marco Failla

This issue is all about the life and adventures of Raven Darkholme, also known as Mystique. She’s always been an intriguing character to me, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

American Gods My Ainsel #7 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and Scott Hampton

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and American Gods is one of my favorite books. This is a comic book retelling of Gaiman’s novel.

Injustice 2 #36 by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo

I’m mentioning this one simply because I believe that Tom Taylor is one of the best comic book writers currently working. His work on All-New Wolverine was incredible.

Gideon Falls #7 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino

While I haven’t actually read this series myself yet, I’ve heard from so many others that this is a great series. It’s already been picked up for a television series.

Stellar #5 by Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins

In this new series, “Stellar visits the family she never had – and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before!”

Daredevil Vol 5 #609 by Charles Soule and Phil Noto

With the much-anticipated release of season three of Netflix’s Daredevil being released today (!), now is the perfect time to start reading the comic series, or get caught up with it.

Infinity Wars Weapon Hex #1 by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Gerardo Sandoval

Part of the on-going Infinity Wars Marvel event, this issue focuses on Wanda, part of a dark weapons programs, and one of the deadliest people now on earth.

 

What issues are you most excited about this week?

10 Exciting Comic Books Being Released Today

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.

  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #56, Witching Hour Part 2 (DC Comics) by James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
  • Oblivion Song (Image) by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, Annalisa Leoni
  • Infinite Dark #1 (Image/Top Cow) by Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Avengers Vol 7 #9 (Marvel) by Jason Aaron and David Marquez
  • Captain America Vol 9 #2 (Marvel) by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Francis Yu
  • Domino Vol 3 #7 (Marvel) by Gail Simone and David Baldeon
  • Iceman Vol 4 #2 (Marvel) by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman
  • The Immortal Hulk #7 (Marvel) by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett
  • Ms Marvel Vol 4 #35 (Marvel) by G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon

What issues or series are you most excited about?

 

New Comic Book Releases for October 3, 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 #2 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #2 by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Champions Vol 2 #25 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Max Dunbar
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 by Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett
  • Deadpool Vol 6 #5 by Skottie Young and Scott Hepburn
  • Death of the Inhumans #4 by Donny Cates and Ariel Olivetti
  • Doctor Strange Vol 5 #6 by Mark Waid and Javier Pina
  • Infinity Wars Sleepwalker #1 by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Todd Nauck
  • Shatterstar #1 by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, Gerardo Sandoval
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #55 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Lorroca
  • Superior Octopus #1 by Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne
  • Tony Stark Iron Man #4 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti
  • Typhoid Fever Spider-Man #1 by Clay Chapman and Stefano Landini
  • Weapon H #8 by Greg Pak and Guiu Vilanova
  • Weapon X Vol 3 #24 by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari

 

  • What If Spider-Man #1 by Gerry Conway and Diego Olortegui
  • What If X-Men #1 by Bryan Hill, Neil Edwards, Giannis Milonogiannis
  • X-Men Black Magneto #1 by Chris Claremont and Dalibor Talajic

 

DC

  • Adventures of the Super Sons #3 by Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert
  • Batman Vol 3 #56 by Tom King, Tony S. Daniel
  • Deathstroke Vol 4 #36 by Christopher Priest, Ed Benes, Fernando Pasarin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #45 by Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Javi Fernandez
  • Green Lanterns #56 by Dan Jurgens and Marco Santucci
  • Harley Quinn Vol 3 #51 by Sam Humphries and Sami Basri
  • Injustice 2 #35 by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere
  • Justice League Vol 4 #9 by Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez
  • Nightwing Vol 4 #50 by Ben Percy, Chris Mooneyham, Travis Moore
  • Unexpected Vol 2 #5 by Steve Orlando and Ronan Cliquet
  • United States vs Murder Inc #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
  • Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark Witching Hour #1 by James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino
  • Border Town #2 by Eric M Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos
  • Dreaming Vol. 2 #2 by Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely

Image

  • Blackbird #1 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
  • Dead Rabbit #1 by Gerry Duggan and John McCrea
  • Errand Boys #1 by D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis
  • Jook Joint #1 by Tee Franklin and Alitha Martinez
  • Last Siege #5 by Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood
  • Magic Order #4 by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
  • New Lieutenants of Metal #4 by Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas
  • Paper Girls #25 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson
  • Paradiso #8 by Ram V. and Dev Pramanik
  • Redlands #7 by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Thief of Thieves #41 by Brett Lewis and Shawn Martinbrough
  • Walking Dead #184 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  • Spawn #290 by Todd McFarlane and Jason Shawn Alexander
  • Eclipse #11 by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano

IDW

  • Batman the MAXX Arkham Dreams #1 by John Layman and Sam Kieth
  • Euthanauts #3 by Tini Howard and Nick Robles
  • House Amok #2 by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
  • Star Wars Adventures from Vader’s Castle #1 by Cavan Scott and Derek Charm

Dark Horse

  • Death Orb #1 by Ryan Ferrier, Alejandro Aragon, Chris O’Halloran
  • Tomb Raider Inferno #4 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Phillip Sevy, Michael Atiyeh
  • Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion #1 by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Nick Filardi
  • War Bears #2 by Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy

Dynamite Entertainment

  • Barbarella #10 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar
  • James Bond Origin #2 by Jeff Parker and Bob Q
  • Lone Ranger Vol 6 #1 by Mark Russell and Bob Q
  • Rainbow Brite #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams

New Comic Book Releases for September 26, 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.

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Comic Book Review: Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward

The Comic Book

Black Bolt (Issues 1-12), collected in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Written by Saladin Ahmed (Twitter | Patreon)
Art by Christian Ward (Website |Twitter | Tumblr) & Frazer Irving (Tumblr |Instagram)
Goodreads (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
Marvel Unlimited
Published by Marvel, 2018

What It Is

Black Bolt is the King of the Inhumans. Well, actually, he was King, but he abdicated his throne and now finds himself in an ancient Inhuman prison out among the stars. He had meant to place his brother, Maximus the Mad, in the prison, but Maximus used his technology and wits to change places with Black Bolt.

The prison would be terrifying by anyone’s standards. Black Bolt’s powers are gone, and he has died many times at the hands of the mysterious Jailer, only to be brought back to life. He meets some of the other prisoners and befriends them, and they work together to escape. Their escape comes at a cost though.

This series explores Black Bolt’s history, his relationship with his son, Ahura, and who he is versus who he wants to be.

In case you’re not familiar with Black Bolt or the Inhumans, here’s a quick refresher:

My Thoughts

I loved everything about this series, from the writing to the art. Especially the art. I remember picking the first few issues of this series up in my local comic book shop months and months ago. I wasn’t a big Inhumans fan, but Black Bolt seemed like a pretty interesting character. After all, writing a character that cannot speak takes talent (Black Bolt’s power is the ability to topple enemies and even entire cities with just his voice). The reason I ended up buying all of these issues, however, was due to Christian Ward’s spectacular art. Every time I open up one of these issues, I’m blown away by the characters and the vibrant colors.

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Those are a few of my favorite examples, but it’s all good. Good art is vital for a comic book series; I can’t tell you how many issues I’ve picked up and abandoned because of how terrible the art was. After reading this Black Bolt series, however, I have found myself seeking out all of Christian Ward’s art.

I need to talk about Saladin Ahmed’s talent as a writer as well. As I mentioned before, a writer needs to get creative when telling the story of a character who cannot speak. Granted, there are parts of this series, such as in the prison, when Black Bolt loses his powers and is able to safely talk with his friends, but for the most part, he’s still the same Black Bolt we’ve come to know. With creative storytelling and the art to back it up, Black Bolt is an incredibly dynamic character who wants to save his friends and return to the world he knows.

I appreciated the character of Blinky a lot. She’s a child who was thrown into the prison after stealing at a bazaar and can use her Inner Eye to communicate with others and share memories. I love the childlike innocence her character brings to the story.

Blinky - Black Bolt, Marvel Comics
Blinky

Another aspect of the story I enjoyed was the peek into Black Bolt’s past, where he was completely isolated and experimented on by his parents. His son, Ahura, gets to relive his father’s memories alongside Blinky, and the last couple of issues deals with Black Bolt’s fragile relationship with his son, and Ahura learning about some of the reasons his father acts the way he does.

The last thing I’ll say about this series has to do with a panel that made me laugh. For those of you who might not know, Black Bolt is short for the masterpiece that is his real name: Blackagar Boltagon. Seriously. His real name always makes me giggle, but I lost it when I came across this panel:

Blackagar Boltagon - Black Bolt - Marvel

Verdict (Buy/Borrow/Skip)

Buy. This is an amazing series, and a great introduction to Black Bolt if you’re new to comics.