Death was never going to stop the Sorcerer Supreme, so it should come as no surprise that Stephen Strange is returning to the mainstream Marvel Universe in 2023, with a brand-new Doctor Strange title from writer Jed MacKay and artist Pascal Ferry.
The new ongoing series follows MacKay’s previous series The Death of Doctor Strange and the subsequent Strange, which centered around Clea replacing the character as the Sorcerer Supreme. Starting in March, however, the former surgeon turned magician is back and with a renewed focus on keeping the world safe from supernatural forces that threaten everything from the everyday to the very nature of reality itself.
“It's been really exciting to have the opportunity to not only continue exploring the magical side of the Marvel Universe with the inhabitants of 177A Bleecker Street, but to follow the lives of the Stranges as the last year and a half has put them through the wringer,” MacKay said in a statement from the publisher. “Pasqual has been putting together a truly magical book, and I'm super psyched to show people what's in store for Stephen and Clea Strange- and of course, we won't be giving them any time off after recent events..."
Ferry added, “This is a very special moment in my career, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the character is going to take us with this new narrative. I know a lot of artists, including myself, consider Doctor Strange a challenge, like there is a need to add something new to the character because it offers you that possibility. For me, Doctor Strange is a big challenge, but I embrace it.”
Ferry isn’t the only artist attached to the title; Alex Ross provides the cover to the first issue, featuring a slight redesign for the character — spoilers, now he’s wearing pants instead of tights — from Ross himself. You can see the full cover below.
Doctor Strange #1 will be released from Marvel March 22, 2023.
Of course, Stephen Strange is currently appearing in a beautiful flashback miniseries by creator Tradd Moore, as announced as San Diego Comic-Con this year.