Mind Capsules – Red Wolf #1 and Doctor Strange #3

Red Wolf #1
Red Wolf #1

Writer – Nathon Edmondson
Artist – Dalibor Talajic
Inker – Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colours- Miroslav Mrva
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

The Native American hero Red Wolf returns in his first ongoing series in more than thirty years courtesy of writer Nathon Edmondson and artist Dalibor Talajic and it spins right out of the Secret Wars series 1872. Everything is status quo, just as if it was the next day and it still finds our hero as the new sheriff of Timely, the town coincidentally named after the company Marvel used to be. So far, Red Wolf’s job is not an easy one as he faces inherent racism among many of the townspeople and outright defiance at having to take orders from an outsider. Red Wolf is undeterred though as he is sworn to uphold the law and he will do so as he honours the memory of Steve Rogers. A mystery is set up by Edmondson, one that finds Red Wolf on the case and nobody believing that it could have been anything or anyone either than a Native American. With the book left on a major cliff-hanger, it finds Red Wolf out of his element and it opens up a load of storytelling opportunities which will make the book quite exciting depending on the direction it decides to take. There is an interesting dynamic that goes on between the townspeople and Red Wolf, for even though they do not trust him due to an innate fear of anything they do not know or understand, there is a bit of a respect there. Whether it is because of the badge, because he is trying to do the right thing or because Steve Rogers trusted him is hard to say, but if Red Wolf should continue along the path that he has undertaken, it will only be a matter of time before all look upon him perhaps not as a friend, but at least not as an enemy. At least you hope so and if the book should happen to continue along this particular trail. With what happens at the end, Edmondson and Talajic do throw that in doubt. The artwork looks great, much like Nik Virella’s style on the previous series and the cover by Jeffrey Veregge is both powerful and haunting. So far the book is off to a good start with a fair amount of action and drama a mystery to keep you coming back for more which makes it better than many being published today.

3.5 out of 5

Doctor Strange #3
Doctor Strange #3

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Chris Bachalo
Inker – Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin
Colours – Chris Bachalo
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit

No pun intended, but something strange is going on. There is a multitudinous horde of magic eating slugs here on Earth and Stephen finds himself waking up in the middle of them and naked to boot. Why they are here is unknown and it is going to involve some investigation before they cause irreparable damage to this dimension. After heading to Fandazar Foo, their native dimension, Stephen discovers that something is gravely wrong and unbeknownst to him, it has to do with the that strange group called the Empirikul, a movement dedicated to the eradication and extinction of all magic. Though we know little, it is nice to see Jason Aaron introducing some new concepts like the Empirikul. Doctor Strange has never had the deepest of rogue’s galleries and anything that expands it is a good thing. Something else that Aaron manages to avoid unlike many of his peers, is going back to the same old foes that have faced Stephen time after time. There is no Baron Mordo and no Dormammu, instead keeping things fresh and new and while he manages to retain that seriousness that comes with Doctor Strange and his chosen profession, Aaron has also managed to inject some humour into the book that really lightens it up and makes it much more approachable to new readers instead of the dourness usually associated with the character. What would be good to see though is a little more action, and though it is a small thing, you cannot actually say that the book has been boring without it. Funny enough, the book has been highly enjoyable without any of the big superhero fights that are usually associated with every Marvel title out there. The supporting cast at this moment is still lacking, though we do have the ever-dependable Wong and while it is sure to expand at some point, it is probably the only negative that the book probably has. All in all, Doctor Strange has made a great comeback and one well worth reading if you are not currently doing so.

4 out of 5

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