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Doctor Strange: Season One (Doctor Strange Marvel Comics)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  821 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
A window-crashing, high-flying, globe-traveling, ghost-battling adventure from the earliest days of Doctor Strange's training in the mystic arts! Part Indiana Jones, part Lord of the Rings, thrill to this new tale of how a selfish, arrogant surgeon collided with a hot-headed martial artist to become the greatest team the mystic arts have ever seen! If only they can stop ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 12th 2012 by Marvel
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoyed this! It had been sitting on my shelf for far too long & I'm glad I decided to give it a go. I loved the characters & the story line & the illustrations were perfection.
Mohammed Arabey
Nov 30, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Stan Lee wrote, Steve Ditko illustrated Doctor Strange in 1963, to creat a new dimension to the Marvel comics world... the World of Magic,

And, like 53 years later, the Marvel studios add the character to enrich its Cinematic Universe,

Amazingly by Benedict Cumberbatch portraying this rich character change from selfishness and arrogance to a Superhero..
That's what literally transferred us into this amazing adventures of multi dimensions, that leaves you wanting more..

travel more between thes
Season One stuff was supposed to give readers a fresh take on the origins of certain Marvel characters and/or teams. Sometimes it worked well ( X-Men: Season One), sometimes it didn't ( Spider-Man: Season One).
This one was ok.


Strange's origin (narcissistic surgeon, car accident, ruined hands, empty bank account, no hope, hello...Ancient One!) was basically told in a couple of pages with no dialogue. It's only once he shows up on the mountain top that this story begins.


The opening at the templ
Jul 15, 2016 Josu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1-mayo, marvel
En esta nueva versión para principiantes de Doctor Extraño (y básicamente, una manera de introducirte la historia de la película), me ha resultado algo... fría.

Es una historia que podría haber dado mucho más de sí, pero es repetitiva y algo simple. El dibujo en muchas ocasiones era confuso y en líneas generales, también se repetía. He sentido que no he llegado a conocer a los personajes y que la trama iba demasiado deprisa, pero ha sido más que interesante el mundo de la magia presentado y sobre
Doctor Stephen Strange seeks out the Ancient One for the magic to heal his hands.
After speaking to the Ancient One and an encounter with Baron Mordo, Stephen decides to stay and train. After learning of magical rings Stephen and Wong head out to secure them with the help of a young woman.

Dr. Strange Season One seems like a different Dr. Strange story. Clearly the story is being reinvisioned, but I'm not familiar enough with his original story to know how much is different or the same. The bigges
Sam Quixote
By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, has Greg Pak ever written a decent comic?!

Even though Doctor Strange’s origins seem to be covered in every Doctor Strange book, Pak goes over it again (because this is a Marvel Season One comic? Is this series aimed at new readers?). Stephen Strange was once a world-famous surgeon whose hands got maimed in an accident. He goes searching for magic healers in the Himalayas, ends up learning magic and, by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, becomes the Earth’s Sorcerer Suprem
Oct 01, 2016 Donovan rated it it was ok

Greg Pak isn't my favorite writer.
And this didn't change my mind.

Doc Strange in a buddy quest fantasy with jerk-version Wong and Sofia the stock female character / archaeologist that gets into supernatural hijinks. It's not bad, it's just okay. What it lacks is wit, realistic dialog, and action that isn't featured in Big Trouble in Little China.

If this was a movie you could play a drinking game with all the AAAAGH-ing, Ow-ing, and SKRAKAKOOMs. What the hell does that even sound like, really?

Arun Divakar
Aug 08, 2016 Arun Divakar rated it it was ok
A lot of the rage in the 80’s and 90’s were around the so called ‘bromance’ movies. The plot line would be a much rehashed one : two unlikely men find themselves at odds, they sometimes fall in love with the same women (or two women who get along well in spite of the men), the sudden appearance of an antagonist who threatens both men, they team up, wham ! bam ! boom ! villain dead and happily ever after. Think of movies like : The Presidio, The Rock, Tequila Sunrise, Lethal Weapon and you get ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, magic
An ok story, partly salvaged by some spectacular art. If you're just looking for a basic origin story for Doctor Strange, there's probably worse ways to get it. I suppose it's possible that the upcoming movie would take some cues from this glorified fetch quest, but hopefully not too many.
Nicolo Yu
Dec 23, 2013 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-comics
The Doctor Strange: Season One graphic novel is one of two Season One books that stood out for me, X-Men: Season One being the other one. Greg Pak has made the young Stephen Strange a lot more callow but with still the inner goodness that the Ancient One found redeeming. Pak gave it an Indiana Jones flavor of adventure with the globe-trotting and artifact-chasing. He also adds a wrinkle to the Strange-Wong dynamic than comic readers take for granted. Before he became the mellow and trusted ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it
A revised origin story from 2012 for Marvel Comics' Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange. After surviving a car crash and having his hands shattered, arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Strange goes in search of a unique kind of alternative medicine. The Ancient One, a master of mystic arts, trains Stephen Strange (who has intelligence but no talent for magic), and pairs him with the powerful Wong (who has raw talent but no patience for book learning); they learn to get along as they seek out three ...more
J.M. Hushour
Nov 24, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it really liked it
Man, this is some goddamn good Doctor Strange right here. Strange has always been a Marvel misfit, floating between groups and periodically getting solo runs. He's a great character, a sort of more believable Tony Stark--a brilliant surgeon who also happens to be a gigantic asshole. When his hands get injured in a car accident, he goes to great lengths to heal them, else his career is ruined and he is, basically, worthless. Because he's a dick. As a last resort, he ends up in the Himalayas where ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it
This one is more of a 3.5, but I'm nothing if not generous.
I enjoyed the art, and having never read any of the Strange comics before, was fascinated by the origin and wondering how it'd play out in an upcoming movie we're all interested in.

So, one part selfish, two parts willing, and another part destiny. Does that make the character fairly convincing? Possibly. I'm probably going to need to read a lot more, probably version 3, before I can make a convincing judgement as to whether I like him.

Apr 27, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it
Nice telling of the Doctor Strange origin. I liked the art but it probably would have been better for me with just a tad more color variation. Some of the images were sort of hard to make out without just staring at it and staring at it because the colors were so close together. Like those images they use to test for color blindness.
Jan 11, 2015 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital
Average story helped a lot by Emma Rios on art. Some stunning stuff here. Its also easier to follow compared to some of her other work.
Rory Wilding
Oct 23, 2016 Rory Wilding rated it it was ok
The fact that there are so many superhero stories from films, television, etc. it does seem pointless to do origin stories in this current age where we know how Superman, Batman and Spider-Man came to be. However, there are plenty of new characters that audiences won’t be as familiar with, such as Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Doctor Strange whose cinematic debut is not far away, so what better way than to read a comic that shows how Stephen Strange became Master of Mystic Arts.

If you don’t who Ste
Mar 23, 2015 Jennavier rated it really liked it
Well, that was fun. Maybe a little predictable, but otherwise the art was good and the character interaction was interesting. I'm not sure if I got the bad guy or not-he seems to be the one size fits all sort.
Dec 15, 2015 Katie rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea methinks. I'm also still confused about his character.
Dec 17, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Doctor Strange: Season One was my first exposure to Doctor Strange. So, I went into this knowing next to nothing of the character. I picked it up primarily because it’s written by Greg Pak (X-Treme X-Men, Vol. 1: Xavier Must Die!) and illustrated by Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike).

Doctor Strange: Season One is an origin story and, in all honesty, a pretty cliched one. Stephen Strange was a gifted surgeon until a car accident crushed his hands, leaving him incapable of operating. In
Nov 16, 2012 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
I've really grown tired of the whole "Season One" reboot concept from both Marvel and DC, but since I'm a Doctor Strange fan, I thought I would give this one a try.

The first half of the book, a retelling of the Doctor Strange origin story, is quite good, showing that Stephen Strange's transformation from the arrogant, yet brilliant surgeon to master of the mystic arts was neither immediate nor easy. Rios' art works well in these early pages, managing to do something quite difficult: to convey t
Nov 13, 2012 John rated it liked it
I've been aware of Doctor Strange's origin story, but I don't think I've ever read it in comic form before, so I can't really compare this update to its predecessors. I can evaluate it on its own merits, and it's a pretty good story. The writing is clever, and the story works overall. It's difficult to take a character through an arc from completely selfish to an altruistic crusader over roughly 50 odd pages of comic, but the writer does a decent job of it. The art was not as much to my taste, ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Sonic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was the second time this month that I was very surprised by Greg Pak (author of many forgettable books.)
Yet once again I cannot help but assume that it was a very talented illustrator that made his book enjoyable.
Emma Rios is her name, and her unconventional depictions of magic, containing force and power are fairly revolutionary in the comics world of the mystic arts!
I have never seen anything like it!
Her depictions of magic spells are confusing, frightening and amazing!
There is a wi
Sarah Hayes
Jun 08, 2014 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-marvel
It was amazingly fast paced but I loved it. Doctor Strange is one of the few Marvel superheroes that I would read their origin story over and over again. Stephen and Wong and Sofia made a great team, and I really enjoyed reading how Strange comes into his powers. The art style took a bit to get used to, but I ended up liking it; it really fit with the story.

And at the end of the main story, when you see Doctor Strange in his superhero uniform for the first time? I may have squealed aloud at lik
Oct 12, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Marvel has made Strange suffer through what feels like an endless series of origin-story retellings. This is what happens when you haven't had an ongoing series for a long time and the editorial staff are figuring out what works for the eventual relaunch when the movie comes out.

I'm pleased to say that I really enjoyed this one. Emma Rios is never going to be Steve Ditko, and she isn't ever going to ape his work; this is a good thing because the 1960s are over. Instead the excellent art is point
Anton Maza
Dec 10, 2012 Anton Maza rated it really liked it
A retelling, of some sort, about the Sorcerer Supreme's origin... and his acquaintance with his sidekick-slash-keeper of the Sanctum Santorium, Wong. The LoTR reference clearly shows the influence of the writer and the parallelism between LoTR and this Dr. Strange graphic novel is quite close.

Emma Rios's art is very fantasy-like with clear influence from Japanese anime and anatomy. Overall, the art is something worth looking more than two times.
Indah Threez Lestari
Jul 23, 2016 Indah Threez Lestari rated it really liked it
Iya, aku membaca versi ini setelah melihat official trailer movie jilid dua-nya.
Oct 02, 2016 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Greg n Emma rocks. Her fluid lines make her a worthy successor of Colan and Brunner.
Oct 25, 2016 Gregory rated it liked it
As with the rest of Marvel's Season One line, Doctor Strange: Season one is a quick origin story for one of Marvel's elite. Dr. Strange was a prominent surgeon, until a car accident messed up his hands. He went to multiple doctors who couldn't offer him any help. His last resort is The Ancient One, who lives in a temple in the Himalayas. The story is an intriguing one, especially after all of the other cookie cutter origin stories of the other super-heroes. The writing is fun and witty and the ...more
Nov 17, 2016 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this might be the worst comic I've ever read. The plot was a jumbled mess. There's very little explanation for what is happening and why. Characters aren't introduced so much as thrown into the plot like a sucker punch. Other than Dr. Strange himself, no one's motivations or desires are explained. Halfway through this comic I actually went back and checked to make sure none of the pages had accidentally stuck together as I was reading, because that's how little sense the plot was making. ...more
Oct 31, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Entertaining story that takes place early on in Doctor Strange's career. Although the story gives a nice summary of Strange's origin, the book primarily focuses on the friendship/partnership that grows between Doctor Strange and Wong. For a long time, the Doctor Strange/Wong dynamic was one of master/servant. This book moves away from that, and changes the dynamic to be more of a partnership. The story is fun, and Greg Pak does a great job portraying Dr. Strange as a man who still needs to learn ...more
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing “Batman/Superman” and “Action Comics” for DC Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “Make Comics Like the Pros” how-to book. Pak's other work ...more
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