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Straight for the art | Scorpio Steele’s awesome Doctor Strange love story

ComicFest flyer

ComicFest flyer

But wait, I can hear you saying now, that’s not Doctor Strange! Nope, that’s the promotional flyer from this past weekend’s Denver ComicFest by Scorpio Steele, featuring a really rockin’ Galactus. I saw it last week and meant to do a post about how awesome it was, but I somehow misplaced the link before doing so.

Luckily Super Punch did a post on it, as well as Steele’s really awesome — and not safe for work — Doctor Strange story, which he has posted over on ComicSpace. It’s a fun little story featuring an interdimensional romp (literally) between Strange and Clea and a mystery third participant who shows up at the wrong time. Again, it’s NSFW, so save it until you get home tonight.

Ten years ago today, NeilAlien invented comics blogging

NeilAlien

A very happy 10th blogiversary to the illustrious NeilAlien! As noted by Tom Spurgeon, today marks an astonishing decade of comics blogging from the Internet’s premier fan of Doctor Strange.

The pseudonymous NeilAlien is a ruthlessly efficient linkblogger, an unfailingly cogent and provocative thinkblogger in his all-too-rare longer posts, and a tireless advocate for not just the (former, alas) Sorcerer Supreme, but for all the comics he loves and all the comics bloggers, critics and journalists whose work he appreciates. He invented what we do long before the idea of blogging about comics — hell, long before the idea of blogging — was even a twinkle in most of our eyes. Hail the Alien!

PS: Definitely check out Spurge’s salute to NeilAlien, a list of 21 things he likes about Doctor Strange.

The Fifth Color – The Familiar and Strange

the fifth colorSo, Brother Voodoo dusted off his doctorate, hung it high above his name and became an Avenger of the Supernatural last October.  While skeptical of how he went about it, I felt the first issue was fast, hard-hitting and looked ready for action.  This was new!  All new, one might say… maybe even all different.  After a lot of hemming and hawwing, the House of Ideas was finally going to show us what it wanted from a Sorcerer Supreme, reinventing the man in their own image.  If Stephen Strange didn’t do it for Editorial, let’s see who did.

Oh.  It’s canceled at issue 5, you say?  Hrm.

Personally, I thought the second issue wasn’t as good as the first.  The dialogue sounded stilted, character voices started to blend together the longer you read it and… well, something was missing.  A lot of ominous atmosphere, a fight with Doctor Doom is always cool, but the momentum of the narrative slowed down.  This was not a good sign for the book and honestly, as creative a villain as Nightmare is, I know I was at least burnt out on him since Peter David’s Hulk story ‘Tempest Fugit’, oh way back when.  Something was missing, the book sold poorly and Rick Remender will probably scoot Voodoo and Pals into his surprisingly entertaining and fun FrankenCastle story.  He’d play better there and have a more specific set of goals herding giant monster terrors as well as helping out the undead Frank Castle (hey, voodoo!), more than is was with the ‘you’re going to get important, hang tight’ theme of his own book.  I don’t see this is as fall for Jericho Drumm, more a return to his strengths.

But where does this leave Wong, the fate of our dimension and the Sanctum Sanctorum?

Well, the Sanctum Sanctorum will remain safe right above the Pinkberry (no, really!), but the setting of an old familiar story and the way it’s told isn’t as in jeopardy as you may think.
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The Fifth Color – New Practice

the fifth colorDoctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural is yet another book to cash in on that ‘Avengers’ gold that does New, Mighty, the Initiative and Dark so well these days but it doesn’t really need it.  Jericho Drumm doesn’t need a byline for being Sorcerer Supreme, the job title should be enough.  I also don’t think he should be so quick to tack on his PhD.  Sure, it’s in Psychology and that’s nothing to sneeze at, but that degree will do him jack all in the days to come.

Having been chosen specifically by the Ancient One for the power/responsibility gig of the century, Brother Voodoo (again, no offense to the Doctorate but Brother Voodoo is a much cooler moniker and his actual brother’s spirit is such an essential part of his character; besides, it’s not like anyone calls Speedball ‘Penance’…) has taken the role rather quickly and with little fanfare.  He still wants to go back to his job at the clinic, he grabs whatever magics he can (even scary dark stuff) to patch up holes in the barriers between this world and the next and if Doctor Doom shows up, well he’ll add him to his To Do list.  There’s no messing around in his first issue, no lingering doubts no fond retelling of his origin, it’s right to business.

It’s about time.

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