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Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #1 - Buy it or risk bedevilment!
Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 at 04:06:38 pm CDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #1 - Buy it or risk bedevilment!
Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 at 06:29:18 am CDT (Viewed 265 times)
I didn't just like the art. I may have misinterpreted this, but there seemed to be a defensive feel to going back to that early idea of people coming to him with problems. I like the idea. It was always underutilized part of the character. I think there is a lot of potential for good character work.
AS for the justifications of him being "a dog," I'm going to need some examples to jog my memory here. I don't remember there being very many women in his life other than Clea before 2005. Even after that all I remember was The Night Nurse (despite the fact that as far as I know the marriage never officially ended), but that was monogamous, right? I never really enjoyed Bendis' New Avengers, so I came and went... also didn't like how he portrayed the Doc.
Yes, there was that scene in the excellent GN Into Shamballa. However, if I remember correctly (and I may not it has been a few years since I read it) there was a a spiritual reason behind it. Even if I'm remembering incorrectly, one night of debauchery hardly would have an army of exes out to get you.
I suppose an inter-dimensional Captain Kirk is plausible, except that Doc's whole origin is about not being as stuck in the material world. While not entirely giving them up, earthly pleasures would hols less sway.
As for the bar giving light to a new threat... is the Orb of Agamotto no longer up to snuff? Was there no way to do it that didn't seem like it was out of a sitcom? And wasn't he an alcoholic? It made him seem a little to much like a Spider-Man or Daredevil type.
And I absolutely think they are youthifying him. Certainly in look, I miss those grey temples. What's more the dialogue seemed like something a 30 year old might say.
Essentially, my issue comes down to a fundamental disagreement with something one of you two said, that Dr. Strange is the mystical Tony stark. I disagree, he is the polar opposite. Tony is about the material and Doc the immaterial. Doc's origin is about overcoming arrogance, Tony has been arrogant since 1963 and only slows when he is consumed by the drink. Tony is social, Doc is a bit more introverted. Many of these things made him unique among the Marvel universe. And admittedly they have been tugging on that for almost a decade.
He just feels too much like a superhero who uses magic more than Dr. Strange, which may seem odd to say, but it all goes with that uniqueness I talked about.
I understand the appeal of the comic, I just don't personally view it as Dr. Strange. But if this is what sells, its what is going to be.