Are you ready for this hero to join the cinematic universe?
If not, you're in luck! I've collected some comic book recommendations to help new fans get ready for this amazing character's film (you've got until November, so no rush). If you're a new Marvel fan- or want to revisit some great stories before the movie comes out- then read on!
The Oath (Vaughan/Martin)
"Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder - his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death's door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally."
While the premise of this miniseries sounds a little hard to read for an entry-level fan, fear not. It's incredibly engaging, and the team that worked on it is award-winning and excellent. The story will definitely give you a solid foundation for what Doctor Strange is like and how the character works.
Triumph and Torment (Conway/Stern/Mignola)
"Every year on Midsummer's Eve, Victor von Doom clashes with the forces of evil in a vain attempt to free his mother's soul from Hell. Only when Doctor Strange is finally convinced to join the fight, does the outcome have any hope of changing. But first the unlikely allies must journey to Mephisto's infernal realm. where the find that the cost of one soul may be more than they are willing to pay!"
This will really give you a good sense of the perspective a lot of Strange's comics have. It's definitely grounded in a different kind of reality, which might be disorienting for people who have only seen the recent Marvel movies. Thankfully Triumph and Torment is easier to understand and should give people a better idea of what to expect from a Doctor Strange story.
Master of the Mythic Arts (Lee/Ditko)
These stories are kind of like Doctor Strange's greatest hits. If you want to know more about the characters associated with the hero, get some more backstory or just go deeper into the universe, you definitely need to check these out. After all, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko are kind of Marvel's real-life storytelling heroes. If you haven't seen their work first-hand yet this is a great place to start!
Do you feel ready for the movie yet?
And of course for the fans that have been around for a while: Are there any other comics you would recommend?