Doctor Strange has hit theaters, introducing us all to the next Infinity gem: the Time Gem. Locked inside the Eye of Agamotto, the time Gem allows Strange to defeat the entity Dormammu by trapping him in a Groundhog Day style time loop. For those who have not been keeping track, that leaves us with only one Gem left in the set: the Soul Gem.
Marvel is still in the midst of the massive company wide crossover Secret Wars. Numerous delays have pushed the ending from October 7th until December along with adding an issue (or more accurately splitting a larger issue into two). Because of this, the new relaunch of Marvel titles with the line wide branding of All New, All Different Marvel has started rolling out prior to the conclusion of the event they spawned out of. Story wise, they were smart enough to position all the new books as happening 8 months after the conclusion of Secret Wars. This allows for new readers to jump on without much of a problem and the season veterans to know there is still some mystery left to figure out how the characters got there. It’s interesting marketing, but delays in this medium drive me crazy and with such a coordinated event it becomes a clusterfuck. Secret Wars spin off series that were launched during the early days of the main title now have significant delays because of not being able to reveal things in their series until they happen in the main event book. I’m not sure how issue #5 of Where Monsters Dwell (the seemingly most tangentially connected spin off book) is relevant to say issue #7 of Secret Wars but I know I’ve had to wait a few months to find out.
All that aside, the first wave of Marvel’s All New, All Different initiative has started to be released and I’m going to take a look at a few those new series. I’m only reviewing the titles I have an interest in so keep in mind you won’t be seeing everything.
Doctor Doom is often considered the greatest villain Marvel had to offer. Beyond his insanely amazing costume I never knew why. As a kid, in the early 90’s the only Marvel comics I read were mostly X-Men related titles and Doom sure as hell wasn’t showing up there. I knew of him but I wouldn’t go anywhere near the Fantastic Four. That changed though when recently Kang convinced me to check out Jonathan Hickman’s run on the title from a few years back. It floored me and I wanted more so I had to go back in time. I read through John Byrne’s 1980’s tenure and I’m glad I did. It made me respect the team and comic in a way I never thought I would have. There was another last effecting though; it started me on an obsession with Victor Von Doom.
Byrne fleshed out Doctor Doom in a way that I could only compare to Chris Claremont’s work with Magneto. He turned what was a good concept but ultimately a one dimensional baddie into a living breathing tragically noble (in his own way) character. I always liked Doctor Strange too but knew very little. So when I found that in 1989 Marvel had released an original graphic novel starring both characters, I needed to check it out.
Precious little is actually known about this, but sources indicate that in 1981 Frank Miller and Roger Stern were going to be paired together on a Doctor Strange book. This original art was an ad that ran in February of the same year in different Marvel titles. However, the book never ended up panning out due to the creator’s schedules so all we have is this art and what could have been.
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Christmas has come and gone Evil Geeks, so it’s time to get back to business! What is our business you ask? COOOOOOMMMMMMMIIIIIIICCCCCCSSSSS!!!!!!! We’re back with an all new Evil Geek Book Report and today we’re talking Deadpool in our ongoing MarvelNow coverage. Right now you’re probably thinking “ANOTHER F$#%ING MARVEL BOOK!?!?!”, but have no fear Evil Geeks, we’re going to be DC’ing it up pretty soon (but this Evil Geek will still be sneaking you weekly doses of the books put out by the House of Ideas as well). We’re digging into to Deadpool #3 today, courtesy of writers Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and artist Tony Moore. When we last left Canada’s least favorite son, he was rolling in dead Presidents and was seeking the help of a strongly reluctant to help Doctor Steven Strange.