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Today’s What If episode asked the question: What If Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead Of His Hands? and brought in a whole lot of love for Stephen Strange while it was at it!
So I’m sure, if you’re anything like me, you’ll now want to read some Doctor Strange comics, but, where do you start?
Here’s my top three recommendations!
Brash young surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange is on a collision course with destiny – a journey that will force him to search the deepest corners of his own heart… and the outer reaches of the cosmos Masters of the comic-book medium J. Michael Straczynski, Samm Barnes, and Brandon Peterson chronicle the adventures of the Master of the Mystic Arts in the year’s most highly anticipated origin story
The perfect place to start for anyone who’s new to Doctor Strange’s comic character – his origin story here is a little different to the original (and the movie) but it works just the same as a set up for the character!
Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.
The Oath is considered one of the best new starting places for Doctor Strange comics, as it gives you an insight into how he became Sorcerer Supreme, as well as a magical adventure and a look into Stephen and Wong’s relationship, and gives you a look into Night Nurse – the character Christine is based on. I personally loved reading this, and it worked out really well for me as my first ever Doctor Strange comic. And, you’ll especially love it if you’re a fan of BBC Sherlock – as The Oath features several Holmes and Watson jokes!
The impossible has happened! Stephen Strange’s hands have been healed, restoring the surgical skills that he lost long ago! But now, Doctor Strange finds himself torn between his obligations as the Sorcerer Supreme – and as a life-saving neurosurgeon! And when Strange is forced to choose which set of vows he must uphold, who will suffer most for it? After all, magic always has a cost… Join writer Mark Waid, artist Kev Walker and Dr. Stephen Strange, M.D., for a brand-new era of modern medicine, mystic arts…and horror!
I literally just read this one this morning, and while the series was cancelled, this worked out quite well as a semi-standalone story. It does call back to Stephen’s origins and such, but it also does a pretty good job of explaining things well enough that you can just follow along without much issue.
And that’s my top three Doctor Strange comic recommendations! I’ll be giving more in detail guides to all things Strange when Multiverse Of Madness comes out, so keep an eye out for that next year!
What’s your favourite Doctor Strange comic? Let me know down below!