- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Strange: The Oath (Dr. Strange) Paperback – 11 Jun 2013
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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?Read more ›
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.