Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Marvel have announced that Jason Aaron [Thor, Southern Bastards, Star Wars] will be collaborating with artist Chris Bachalo [Uncanny X-Men] on a brand new Doctor Strange title this fall.
The series will serve as one of the many new series set to launch as part of Marvel’s post-Secret Wars “All New, All Different” initiative.
In the interview, Editor Nick Lowe states that “this is a Doctor Strange who is going to get hurt real bad, real quick. And who is also going to make you feel things. And not just think things, but feel things… hopefully a little bit of both.”
Writer Jason Aaron echoed those sentiments, expressing his desire to write “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.”
Aaron added that his vision of Stephen 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 repressions. 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.”
You can find out more on the Entertainment Weekly website, but speaking as someone who ranked Aaron as his Best Writer of 2014, this announcement is absolute music to my ears – and, presumably, to a lot of Doctor Strange fans out there who have been crying out for a solo title for quite some time.
So, what do you guys think of this announcement? Are you on board?