Unless Doctor Strange is making a guest appearance in one of the books I’m currently reading (Defenders anyone?) I don’t hear too much about the ex-Sorcerer Supreme, so I was pleasantly surprised to find our Unlimited Highlights was shining the spotlight on the good doctor.
All the stories here are great, but my personal favorite was STRANGE #1. It just felt so fresh after reading through some of the older stuff and it was just fun. Doctor Strange plays baseball against demons? C’mon, you don’t get any better than that! So take a read and let me know what you think of the Master of the Mystic Arts! Get reading!
When I said earlier that I wouldn’t be doing a Dr. Strange primer I think my reasoning behind that hinged upon the belief that most people reading my posts know who Dr. Strange is.
Upon further deliberation of that perceived fact I came to the conclusion that while comic fans know who the good doctor is, the fgc’s knowledge of Marvel’s mystical menagerie is probably severely lacking, so listen up while I lay down some arcane info on Earth 616’s Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange!
In the beginning the good doctor was nothing more than that: a doctor, more specifically a very talented neurosurgeon. Unfortunately his unparalleled skill was accompanied by an unadulterated arrogance which ultimately led to his downfall. Bereaved by dead family members his skills couldn’t save he lost the use of his hands and fell right to the bottom of a bottle.
Luckily he happened upon the Ancient One, Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, who decided to take Strange under his wing when he helped the wizened old wizard against his former pupil Baron Mordo. As an apprentice Strange helped the Ancient One defend the Earth from various mystical enemies but was forced to kill his teacher when Shuma-Gorath, that’s right all you MvC fans, threatened to enter our universe through the mind of the Ancient One.
With the Ancient One dead the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme fell to Doctor Strange and he’s protected Earth, the galaxy, our dimension, and various other universes ever since. Oh sure there have been occasions when he’s been stripped of his title, cut off from his mystical energies and the beings they’re derived from, or un/willingly passed the torch (we’re looking at you Brother Voodoo) but in the end Stephen Strange is Marvel’s one true Sorcerer Supreme.
While he’s never been quite capable of holding down his own series he helps out whenever there’s a threat too huge for his fellow heroes to handle. Whenever something Lovecraftian threatens to burst the boundaries between the mortal plane and the outer dark you can bet Strange will be there to send it back to the blackness!
So with that short and sweet history lesson what exactly is Doctor Strange capable of? He’s a normal human who, without his magic and talismans, is just about as fit as a man his size that engages is moderate physical activity. Olympic athlete he’s not. However, with the aid of the Vishanti (Agamotto, Hoggoth, and Oshtur) he can do just about anything and is said to be one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful beings.
Honestly, the guy can rearrange matter, teleport anywhere, shoot beams of magic energy that freeze, explode, electrocute, disintegrate, and he could probably create one that did all four at once plus more. He can hang out in the Astral Plane, close up black holes, navigate dimensions that would drive any normal person insane, levitate, see the truth, and on and on and on and on.
But for all his mystical might if his hands get messed up he’s out of the fight. It seems as though he channels most of his power through his hands, heck there’s even a comic titled “The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange” but without them he’s gotta call on the powers of some very dangerous heavy hitters. Demons like Zom.
In-game he uses the Flames of the Faltine, which is to say Dormammu’s fire. Huh? Let me explain: Dormammu and his sister Umar, and a few others are known as the Faltine, beings of immense mystical powers that are all but omnipotent in their home dimensions. How Doctor Strange has managed to harness these potent eldritch energies is beyond me, but clearly not for the Sorcerer Supreme.
He also makes great use of The Eye of Agamotto, which is the good doctor’s go to arcane artifact. I don’t know of any instances off the top of my head where he uses a Soul Sword, the Grace of Hoggoth, or that disc attack, though it strikes me as odd that Oshtur alone of the Vishanti isn’t a patron of a move in Steve’s arsenal. HOWEVER! I want everyone to notice that during his level 3 hyper Strange binds his opponent with the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak before blasting them with to smithereens. It’s the little things 🙂
I’m won’t delve too deeply into an analysis on his special moves because Seth Killian has done that for you in the videos below, but I will say that Doctor Strange is looking amazing. I can’t wait to see what the pros bring to the table when they get their hands on this guy.
Doctor Strange Breakdown 1
Doctor Strange Breakdown 2
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