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D. Strange

Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #1 - Buy it or risk bedevilment!
Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 at 06:34:52 pm EDT (Viewed 191 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #1 - Buy it or risk bedevilment!
Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 at 09:50:32 pm EDT (Viewed 10 times)

    The character seemed off to me though. Staying that he thought a female character dug him and starting it off with the phrase "I enjoy the Hell out of it" seemed very un-Doc Strange to me.

What struck me as I read the book was what gradually developed to be the strong suggestion that Stephen Strange is putting on an act when as Doctor Strange, this accounting for his formal manner and speech when in action as Sorceror Supreme, and the much more loose manner and slang when in civilian dress. It struck me as odd, along with several other elements. But I did enjoy the book on the whole and can accept it as a modern telling of the character attempting to reach for an audience who might not be all that familiar... this character has had a lot of rough handling in the last decade or so and this story did feel like a return to the confident and able Doctor Strange he should always be.

I do think You are a little too critical on Strange's characterisation as what typified him in the 1970s heyday wasnt what typified him in the mid-80s and 90s. Roy Thomas' Sorceror Supreme series took steps to loosen him up considerably as a person, giving him some sense of irony and a recommitment to engage with the world outside the Sanctum and walk the streets meeting people. I can see all of this in Jason Aaron's treatment, and while there are occasions that feel misjudged his wanting to be out of the house and walk the streets as a normal man is not at all unprecedented. Like any other character he has changed and grown since his heyday in the 70s, that was a decade with a whole different set of interests and social standards forming it, and as subtly ifferent as he is now to as he was then he will no doubt be just as different come the 2020's and 2030's. Marvel try to keep all of their characters contemporary, and I would not be at all surprised if the classic costume is a thing of the past again come Benedict Cumberbatch and his movie...