Aaron & Bachalo To Team Up On Dr. Strange


To hell with you, SDCC. Marvel’s gonna announce what they want to announce when they want to announce it, con season schedule be damned.

EW has the news that Post-Secret Wars, Marvel’s got a new Dr. Strange series from Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo coming. They have an interview with Aaron and editor Nick Lowe on their site. Head below the fold for more.

I can’t really think of a better team for a Dr. Strange book than Aaron and Bachalo. Bachalo’s art is so off-the-wall, with inventive panel layouts and a kind of psychotic pacing and energy that’s perfect for the weird world that Strange should inhabit.

The whole interview is worth reading, but this really jumped out at me.

EW: Let’s talk a little bit about what makes this Doctor Strange series different.
JASON AARON: We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer. Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has [repercussions]. Any of this stuff with magic, there’s always a cost to it. I think that’s kind of the only rule of magic we ever really talk about–everything he does, there’s a price to it. So he always has to kind of balance those skills and worry, “if I save the day here, what repercussions will that have for me, or elsewhere in the world? We liked him having to deal with that, and liked him being able to get his hands a little dirty, rather than just having him stand around, waving his hands and saving the day.

Christopher Bird had a couple of awesome pitch ideas over at his blog (the Legion of Super-Heroes one got me into those comics as much as DnA Legion Lost did), and his Dr. Strange pitch was one of them. And it sounds like Aaron’s on the same page as Bird with a lot of his ideas. They both found the same core of Strange’s character, a hook that makes me interested. This will be on my pull list on day 1. Are you buying it?