Top 5 Moments from DOCTOR STRANGE: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

FIRST IMPRESSION

“Across the Universe” is all about breaking Stephen down, seeing what makes him tick, and putting him back together again.
Writing/Story
Pencils/Inks
Colors
Lettering
- Advertisement -

Doctor Strange Volume 1: Across the Universe is out this week from Marvel Comics, by Mark Waid, Jesus Saiz, and Cory Petit.

The trade paperback collects issues 1-5 of the series, and sees the Sorcerer Supreme stripped of his powers and heading to the stars to find new sources of magic.

doctor strange marvel comics mark waid

Fans weren’t sure how to react when they first heard Stephen Strange was going cosmic, but the creative team pulls it off. Yes, there are elements here that aren’t “typical” to a Doctor Strange comic, but it still speaks to the heart of the character. In taking away Stephen’s magic and throwing him into a new environment, Waid does a deconstruction of his character and examines what makes him tick. It’s perfect for fans new or old. Saiz’s realistic art style provides more emotional weight to the already heavy story, and (if you’ll pardon the obvious use of the word) adds a sense of magic. Doctor Strange truly is a beautiful book to behold.

- Advertisement -

Without further ado, let’s break down the Top 5 Moments from “Across the Universe” in chronological order…

5. Meet Stephen Strange

doctor strange marvel comics mark waid

Before Waid breaks down Stephen, he shows the Sorcerer Supreme at his peak. The opening pages of this tale are a flashback to Doc Strange battling the elder god X’axal, and we see the man as he was. He’s brave, powerful, somewhat cocky, and there are nods to his skills as both a sorcerer and a surgeon. It’s a perfect introduction to the character, and cutting from this scene to a powerless Stephen sets the tone for the story.

4. Activating the Eye of Basphorus

In order to activate a magical relic that requires adrenaline, Doctor Strange jumps out of a ship at the edge of the atmosphere and plummets towards the surface. This is the first time we see Stephen use magic in the present day, and the first glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme we know him to be. It’s also an incredible demonstration of Jesus Saiz’s abilities as a visual storyteller. It’s three silent pages – except for a brief, one panel incantation – and watching Strange free fall in complete silence and activate the relic is powerful. Talk about an emotional gut punch.

3. Doctor Strange vs The Super Skrull

doctor strange super skrull marvel comics mark waid

I mean, ’nuff said? It’s the Sorcerer Supreme against the Super Skrull (a Skrull with the combined powers of the Fantastic Four), and there’s an Infinity Stone in the mix. Just a badass action sequence as we see Stephen slowly regain his mojo.

2. Hello, old friend.

As Stephen and his two allies fall to their deaths, he calls upon a piece of magic that has eluded him since he initially lost his powers. He summons the Cloak of Levitation, a fan-favorite character in itself, and an iconic part of Doctor Strange’s mythology. “Across the Universe” is all about breaking Stephen down, seeing what makes him tick, and putting him back together again. The Cloak’s return marks a pivotal point in the story, and a return to form for the Sorcerer Supreme.

1. The Forge

After breaking Doctor Strange down and building him back up again, Waid takes things even further: he adds to Stephen’s narrative. As Strange recalls his tools, the Wand of Thessel, the Hearth of Shambata, etc., a dwarf of Nidavellir asks him a very simple question: “Where’s your stuff?” He continues, “I’m sure those are impressive items, but they’re taken from others. Don’t you build your own tools? If not, why not?” Strange is dumbstruck, and suddenly we’re in uncharted territory. We’re not just examining his character, or celebrating it; we’re now adding to it, exploring new territories. The dwarf leads Stephen to the Forge where he can craft his own tool, one that honors his time as both a sorcerer and a surgeon. It’s moments like these that allow creators to leave their marks on a character, and make for a memorable story.


And truthfully, all of these moments are trumped by the final page of this volume. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say volume two is going to be nuts.

Are you reading Doctor Strange? Comment with your thoughts down below!

Save 50% on graphic novels, statues & more!

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Review: THE BLACK GHOST#1 Excellently Mixes Noir, Mystery and Vigilantes

The Black Ghost #1, published by ComiXology, and created by Alex Segura, Monica Gallagher, Marco Finnegan, George Kambadias, Ellie Wright and Taylor Esposito perfectly...

Review: AQUAMAN #52 And Aqualad’s Loss Of Innocence

Readers last saw Arthur Curry facing down a monstrous oceanic creature on Amnesty Island, the proposed new home for his Old God friends. The...

Lobo’s Kid Snaps In Our Exclusive First Look At TEEN TITANS #34

Teen Titans #34 hits your local comic book store on September 18, but thanks to DC Comics, Monkeys Fighting Robots has an exclusive five-page...

RELICS OF YOUTH #1 Brings The Spirit Of 80’s Adventure Films To Comics

Out September 25th, Vault Comics' new series Relics of Youth #1 oozes themes akin to an 80's adventure film. Unmapped Story Nat Rodrigues is having strange...

Review: POWERS OF X #4: The Introduction Of The Sassiest Sinister

Jonathon Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X stories are proving to be classics and Powers of X #4 is no exception. Hickman’s...

Review: It’s Alive’s PINK LEMONADE Mashes Kirby & Knievel

It takes a special kind of talent to be retro without being repetitive. Too often comics that harken back to the Silver Age just...

FIREFLY #9 Shows How The Past Is Never Far Behind

Firefly #9 is a poignant reminder that no matter how far Malcolm Reynolds runs, he’ll never escape his past. This dark issue is perfect for fans of Mal and Zoe.

Review: RONIN ISLAND #6: Will Hana Fight For The Island?

Hana and Kenichi—the dynamic duo who put aside their differences to fight the monstrous Byonin—have been separated for quite some time. After the warriors...
Avatar
Anthony Composto - EIC
Editor-in-Chief for Monkeys Fighting Robots. A lifelong fan of Spider-Man and the Mets, Anthony loves an underdog story. He earned his B.A. in English because of his love for words, and his MBA because of his need for cash. He considers comics to be The Great American Art Form, and loves horror movies, indie dramas, action/thrillers, and everything in between.

SPONSORS

If you want your BUSINESS to be part of something bigger than itself, you might be a good fit to partner with Monkeys Fighting Robots.

Top 5 Moments from DOCTOR STRANGE: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 3

CONTACT US

Top 5 Moments from DOCTOR STRANGE: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 4

Are you a creator looking for a review of your book?
Use the form below to end us a message.

Are you a fan of the website and have a comment, question, or concern? Drop us a line, and we will gladly answer all your questions.

JOIN THE TEAM

Monkeys Fighting Robots is looking for passionate writers to drive the site’s coverage of the comic book industry. Authors will be responsible for a particular niche, providing reviews, opinion and news coverage, while building a reader community using his or her multimedia storytelling skills. The best candidates have solid writing skills, WordPress knowledge, and are engaged on social media. Do you love comic books and have a strong opinion, then we would like to speak with you.

Top 5 Moments from DOCTOR STRANGE: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 5

MEET THE TEAM

COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!