Reviews | Written by Alec Frazier 01/12/2020

DR. STRANGE, SURGEON SUPREME – VOL. 1: UNDER THE KNIFE

FORMAT: TRADE PAPERBACK | RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 15TH

In what seems like an impossibility, Dr. Strange has gotten the use of his hands back, and is widely regarded as the best neurosurgeon on the planet. He works hard to fulfill his Hippocratic oath and restore health to those in dire need.

However, Dr. Strange remains on-call as sorcerer supreme, and has to juggle his duties as a world-renowned surgeon with saving the multi-verse from magical threats. Old foes come out of nowhere, wielding strangely familiar weapons, and it seems that the world of sorcery has a black market on its hands.

Who is behind this mystical criminal enterprise? Why does their magic seem so familiar? Why is Dr. Druid seemingly back from the dead? And, most importantly, can Dr. Strange keep his commitments to his patients and his employers at the hospital?

Under the Knife contains gorgeous artwork by Kev Walker depicting a multitude of mystical universes, some familiar, and some brand-new. His approach to depicting them is new and refreshing. It is distinct from that of earlier artists such as Steve Ditko but holds fantastical merit of its own.

The writing by Mark Waid successfully juggles the balance between reality and the mystical, realistically depicting the world of New York City and the medical profession while drawing us into a mystical whodunit in the magic worlds with an answer and a resolution that will truly shock you.

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