This is one of the first issues I received a free digital copy of. I’ve got to say that one of my favourite things about Marvel is the free extra digital issue you receive when redeeming the digital code on a hard copy purchase. On to the comic!
This cover was done by Rafael Albuquerque and John Rauch. It looks good. It speaks of mysticism and light in the darkness. Stephen Strange is front and center and is flanked by a few of the other Sorcerers Supreme from Marvel’s history.
The interior of the book is done by Javier Rodriguez. It begins very dark, and brightens up significantly as the issue progresses. It’s a decent looking book, but only the scene where Merlin is taking Dr Strange back in time really wowed me. The rest of the book was neither good nor bad, just decent art that did a decent job of reflecting the tone of the story.
The first issue in this series is written by Robbie Thompson. It begins with Merlin locking away an evil entity known as The Forgotten. Fast forward to present day and we see Dr Strange struggling to battle a demon in an alleyway when Merlin appears to recruit him to his cause. Apparently the entity locked away in the first couple pages is free, and Merlin has been recruiting Sorcerers Supreme from throughout time. It is an interesting concept, and could make for an interesting story.
This was a decent issue overall. It wasn’t amazing, but not as weak as the free digital copy of Thanos #1 I received either. If the rest of the series is drawn similarly to the first two pages this series has a ton of potential, if not, well, it could be good, but the writing will need to up its game a bit more.