Sorcerers Supreme: When You’re Strange
Robbie Thompson shares the more outlandish elements of Doctor Strange and company!
Fans of the bizarre have a lot to love when it comes to DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME. With so many top dog sorcerers running around, there’s bound to be all kinds of weirdness!
We’ll get to see more of that in the upcoming issue #6—due out March 8—where the sorcerers find themselves banished to a magical dimension, running for their lives. In fact, the book might just qualify as the craziest, strangest comic Marvel publishes.
We asked writer Robbie Thompson why he thinks that’s true…
People are Strange
“The strangest people in comics make this book! It’s a fact! I mean, I’d consider myself totally strange! And so is editor Nick Lowe, who came up with the idea for this book and built this team of maniacs! We’ve got Darren Shan and Allison Stock on editorial as well. These three lunatics always push the book into the most bizarre corners of the Marvel Universe and come up with crazy characters to fill out our cast.
“Joe Caramagna adds all kinds of strange and crazy lettering to each issue, bringing the characters’ voices to life and peppering each page with creepy sounds. Jordie Bellaire brings an absurd amount of strangeness with each page she colors, from throwback coloring to black light posters of yore, to making each monster and creature resonate with vibrant energy. Inker Alvaro Lopez contributes an incredible amount of strange detail and foreboding shadows to every panel, making each page ooze with awesome.”
“But I’d consider the Doctor Strange who draws this book, Javier Rodriguez, the strangest and best of all of us working on this comic. From his insane layouts, to his out-of-this-world creature design, Javier constantly makes this book the strangest comic on the stands. Each page he hands in seems more astonishing than the last; he has amazing skill as a storyteller and collaborator.”
“The plot and events of this story also make it the strangest book out there—I mean, we started by killing Merlin! Who does that? We travelled back in time and fought the terrifying monster that was The Forgotten, and then saw betrayal by that lunatic Sir Isaac Newton—yes that Sir Isaac Newton! We’ve really tried to make each issue more magical and ‘out there’ than the last and we’ve got even more strangeness coming up as the Sorcerers bring their insanity to the present day Marvel Universe and team up with the Avengers!”
“I think the cast of this book also makes it incredibly strange. Everyone is a Sorcerer Supreme, but because Merlin plucked them form different timelines, they’ve either never met, or they meet at the wrong time. The Ancient One shows up as a teenager. Wiccan comes from a time when he replaced Strange. Nina remains a mystery. Kushala appears as a Ghost Rider we’ve never encountered. And yet, these strangers share a common bond: serving as the Sorcerer Supreme!”
“This book has the strangest creatures in the Marvel Universe—The Forgotten, demons, all manner of tentacles—and we haven’t even unleashed issue #6 yet. I see #6 as pure, unbridled Javier Rodriguez madness and I can’t wait for people to see what he and the rest of the gang have cooked up in this issue!”
See for yourself in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #6, coming March 8!
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