The new Doctor Strange comic will catapult your eyeballs to another dimension.
Javier Rodriguez has been a favourite of mine since the days of Batgirl Year One. However, I didn’t realize that he was currently working on the Defenders series.
Imagine my delight when I opened Defenders 1 to discover that he has gone Full Ditko. Rodriguez mixes trippy, diegetic magic visuals and non-diegetic stuff, such as a flashback illustrated by the steam rising. It’s quite a ride.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe fans might associate the Defenders and street-level heroes such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Daredevil — but the Marvel Comics superteam was actually created as a team book for Marvel’s most famous weirdos. Doctor Strange, Doctor Hulk, and the Silver Surfer are just a few examples of people who didn’t feel like part of a team.
Defenders #1 recruits a new team through Doctor Strange’s Tarot Deck, which is also used as a visual motif throughout the issue. As if that wasn’t enough, Al Ewing appears to be picking up threads from his soon-to-be-completed run on ImmortalHulk. These include Betty Ross’s role as the Red Harpy and the notion that the last person to live in the universe is the next universe’s Galactus.