The End: Doctor Strange #1
Writing - 10/10
Art - 10/10
Overall - 10/10
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Doctor Strange: The End #1
Writer: Leah Wiliams
Artist: Filipe Andrade
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Release Date: January 28, 2020
With no other magic users left in the Marvel Universe, an aging Doctor Strange must save magic for future generations, but the cost may be too high.
The Future of Magic Lives in Doctor Strange: The End #1
In the technologically advanced future, Doctor Stephen Strange fights to save magic in the Marvel Universe. Doctor Strange: The End #1 shows us the aging and ailing Doctor Strange is running out of magic. With no other magic users left in the Marvel Universe Stephen Strange has to save it. However, the elderly Sorcerer Supreme has become a mockery of the cyber punk future and it looks like he and magic will be forgotten forever. Can we survive without magic or a Sorcerer Supreme?
Doctor Strange does not want to find out and he has one more trick up his sleeve to save it!
I was not really sure what I was getting into with Doctor Strange: The End #1. Marvel was publishing these one-shot stories detailing the last adventures of heroes, that I knew. A good one shot story is always great though, so I grabbed this. Man am I happy I did! Leah Williams does a fantastic job of capturing a terrific tale of the last adventure of Doctor Strange.
Williams pens such a captivating story, that once I started reading I was fully engrossed in this world and this adventure. The dialogue of the aging Doctor Strange is delightfully well done. I won’t spoil anything but his conversations with two different characters are tremendously well done by Williams. You get a sense of frustration yet endearing hopefulness from Strange.
The story itself is an amazing adventure in the last days of Strange. It is sad, yet fun and exciting at the same time. Williams captures hope, fear, and sadness, but also leaves the reader with a sense of hope and wonderment by the stories end. It is inspiring and promising all while being a bit forlorn at the same time. And it is still a ton of fun. Williams does a great job of balancing all this, while filling out a fantastic one-shot story; which, is no easy task.
I am in love with Filipe Andrade’s art in Doctor Strange: The End #1. The rough, textured, sketchy designs work perfectly as the story unfolds. It gives the issue a wonderfully unique look that catches the eye. The composition is fantastic. Andrade’s art feels like a throwback to a more Bronze Age style that is ideal for the story.
The overall design of Doctor Strange: The End #1 is marvelous. Andrade catches this “cyber punk” future phenomenally well. The character designs are stunning: the clothing and designs capture the imagination. While the structures and little “futuristic” details fully immerse you in the story.
Andrade also uses some pretty simple yet effective panel layouts. They are all pretty basic square panels, with at the most seven panels per page. Andrade uses these panels and perspective to gorgeously do sequential story telling.
Chris O’Halloran’s coloring is the icing on the cake for Doctor Strange: The End #1. The faded out darker colors once again hearken back to a Bronze Age feel. Making the book and story feel much older than it is. The coloring and art pull together the whole theme of the story.
After reading Doctor Strange: The End #1, I knew I was going to score it high, but I wasn’t sure if it was a 10/10. I don’t give out a lot of perfect scores; because, I feel like it diminishes the value of the score. But after reading the issue I couldn’t get the story out of my head. It brought up all kinds of ideas in my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking of the world the creators made and the adventure they brought me along on. To me, that is the hallmark of a perfect score. I just can’t it out of my mind, from the visuals to the dialogue. I caught myself thinking about it for a while. So Doctor Strange: The End #1 gets a 10/10 from me!
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