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- Mark Waid & Kev Walker – Storytellers
- Java Tartaglia – Colorist
- VC’s Cory Petit – Letterer
- Phil Noto – Cover
- Gerardo Zaffino, Inhyuk Lee, Frank Miller, Matthew Wilson, Gabrielle Dell’Otto – Variant Cover Artists
- Lauren Amaro – Assistant Editor
- Darren Shan – Editor
- C.B. Cebulski – Editor-in-Chief
- Joe Quesada – Chief Creative Officer
- Dan Buckley – President
- Alan Fine – Executive Producer
- Doctor Strange created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Doctor Stephen Strange, former surgeon and current Sorcerer Supreme, is a surgeon once again. Through some sort of deal with a demon (not depicted in this issue), his hands have been fully healed. As part of his lifelong Hippocratic Oath, he agrees to work as a surgeon again.
Dr. Strange is one of my favorite characters in Marvel Comics, though I might not know everything about him just yet. It’s good being able to see him perform surgery again. I always found it tragic that his overall trade off for his powers was the job he loved. But this time he is more altruistic and wants to actually help people instead of just collect a paycheck.
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In the hospital, he can see things like cancer and emphysema as mystical manifestations. They take the form of monsters that the normal person can not see.
Given that Dr. Strange is still a superhero, his time spent at the hospital is very directed. The agreement is that he only takes cases where absolutely no one else can operate. That is the case of his current patient. He has inoperable brain cancer, but Stephen Strange can take care of it because he’s simply the best.
During a meeting with the hospital administrator, he is called to the Emergency Room. People and bodies are piling in in droves. Unable to save everyone at the hospital, he leaves to find out the source of the carnage. He comes across a building that is both on fire and collapsing. People are dying left-and-right, and he finds a live little girl, crying out for help. She begs for someone to save her father, but sadly the man is already dead.
Strange uses his mystic powers to ease the girl’s pain by putting her to sleep. He finds that her father wasn’t simply crushed. He was flayed alive! As he’s trying to put two-and-two together, he gets hit from behind by some sort of crowbar. It turns out that the culprit is none other than The Wrecker. I personally have no experience with The Wrecker, but I think it’s safe to say that he’s a recurring enemy of Dr. Strange.
The Wrecker’s crowbar is enchanted, and Dr. Strange tries to use this to his advantage. He is the Sorcerer Supreme, after all, and enchanted items are just his forte. But for some reason he can’t control or destroy the crowbar, and The Wrecker is able to put up a real fight. I will let you read the book to find out where this battle ends.
Aside from the antagonists’ weapon being a crowbar, which I found kind of hokey, this comic book is an excellent read. The artwork is out-of-this world, especially when you see all the disease manifested in the hospital. The first panel where you see his brain-cancer patient is breathtaking. I really can not wait to continue this series. Buy this comic book!