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Doctor Strange: The Oath (Dr. Strange) Paperback – 11 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel US; 01 edition (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785187863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785187868
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is one of those reviews you read after you’ve read the book but if you’re just looking for a quick yay or nay take on this, I thought that Doctor Strange: The Oath was an ok-ish story for an ok-ish character. I haven’t read many Strange books so I can’t say where this one stands in his canon/continuity but it’s not a terrible read. Does Doctor Strange even have a great book – who knows? If you want to read a Doctor Strange book, I’d say this is the best I’ve read yet (out of the two I have! The other being Mark Waid and Emma Rios’ Strange: The Doctor is Out).

But I’m going to dip in and out of spoilers throughout this review so fair warning from here on out. Why don’t I just hide the entire review for spoilers? You’re not the boss of me! And my mommy told me I didn’t have to either, so long as I also finish my broccoli. And I did. No, don’t look in the kitchen potted plant, it’s definitely not there!

Alrighty then: in The Oath, Doctor Stephen Strange’s assistant Wong is struck down with an inoperable brain tumour. Apparently a magic spell won’t fix the problem but a magic potion will so off Strange goes for the quickest of forays into a magical realm to find said cure. But it turns out the panacea he gets won’t just cure Wong’s tumour – it’ll cure every disease known to man! Except the Evil Drug Companies won’t allow it as they make more money from treating diseases like cancer than offering one-time cures; Strange and the panacea must be eliminated!

Two big things bothered me about this book: plot and character. Plot-wise, The Oath is very simplistic. Remember those Phase One Marvel Studios movies, Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, which had villains who were like the hero but EVIL, and were only used for that one movie?
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First the positives: the art by Marcos Martin (Daredevil, The Amazing Spider-man) is great. Its cartoony style suites Dr. Strange's world perfectly. The bright colours provided by fellow Daredevil illustrator Javier Rodriguez complement his art very well. Their art is what drew me to the book.
This book is legitimately funny. Mostly because its writer, Brian K. Vaughn (Runaways, Ultimate X-Men) recognizes the absurdity of Strange's world and uses that to comical effect.
The Oath is a good entry point to Marvel Comics since it is fairly self-contained and any previously-established continuity is explained over the course of the story.

Now the negatives: the tone of this book is all over the place. It transitions from hilarious to dramatic to horrifying within the glance of a panel.
Night Nurse is one-dimensional and unnecessary. She doesn't even have a reason for going with Strange other than her asking.
And Strange himself is not his elegant, well-spoken self. He's foul-mouthed, dismissive and arrogant. I understand that he was supposed to be like that before he became Sorcerer Supreme, but while being trained by the Ancient One, he learned humility and respect. This interpretation of him is completely out of character.

Overall I found this book to be disappointing considering its acclaimed creative team and my love of Dr. Strange, but maybe my expectations got the better of me and if you look at The Oath on its merits, you'll prefer it more than me. If you think you might prefer it based on what I've said, feel free to purchase it.
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Great comic would recommend it to any fan of Doctor Strange or even someone unfamiliar with him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Art Over Story Here 16 Aug. 2016
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Much more interesting for the art work and coloring than the story itself; don't know if the Dr. will ever get his due as far as storylines go but this is worth picking up and studying the artwork a few times once you've read over the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best comic stories I have read in ages 5 Dec. 2016
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One of the very best comic stories I have read in ages. The comic arc is obviously modern, but the story has a huge old-school, nostalgic feel. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oath! 7 Jun. 2016
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The best Doctor Strange story I've ever read, Vaughan and Martin are an amazing team! Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dr. Strange stories ever 18 Jan. 2017
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One of the best Dr. Strange stories ever. I've read it a number of times, but this copy was a christmas present for my father in law. He was extremely satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer or addition to the Doctor Strange movie 5 Dec. 2016
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If you enjoyed the Doctor Strange movie, give this a read. Many elements were used for the movie!
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