Comic Review: Doctor Strange and Jabba The Hutt!
Doctor Strange #14 (Marvel Comics)
Mark Waid’s run on Stephen Strange has been a lot different from others, mainly because it’s been less about Doctor Strange facing off with magical threats, and more focused on the Sorcerer Supreme fighting against cosmic threats. It’s a weird decision, but Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Doctor Strange #14 has a lot of fun with this idea by giving Stephen Strange his weirdest title yet: Herald of Galactus.
There’s no greater cosmic threat than Galactus, devourer of worlds, but he’s currently trapped in the magical realm, feasting on the different magics that live there. Of course, that’s not enough to keep Galactus at full strength, so in order to protect the realm of magic and the creatures that live there, Strange agrees to become Galactus’ makeshift herald and find him a planet that will fulfill Galactus’ hunger. Of course, Stephen is on the look out for a planet that’s empty of any form of life, which is easier said than done, and Clea’s attempts to rally the remaining realms of magic to prepare for Galactus aren’t going very smoothly either.
Mark Waid has worked on probably every major comic book character at this point, so it’s no surprise that his script is pretty rock solid. What is a surprise is how this idea has never been thought of before, but then again, how many times would someone think to put Galactus in the realm of Magic? It’s a great idea that someone like Waid could only pull off, and it’s bolstered by great characterizations and awesome stakes that really make you wonder how it’ll all end up by the storyline’s end.
Barry Kitson’s style is a little more animated than previous artists’ work on the series, but it’s still really great. Within the first few pages you’ll see Kitson go really wild with different magical realms and aliens, and Kitson really has a blast working on this book. Mark Waid can work wonders with literally any artist at this point, but he and Kitson seem to have something truly unique here.
Doctor Strange may not be making the kinds of waves that other Marvel titles are making, but it’s been a pretty solid sleeper hit of a book, filled with broad ideas that many comic readers wouldn’t think would be within it’s pages. Putting Stephen Strange into cosmic scenarios like this wouldn’t ever be my first idea to do with the character, but it’s a really great one that puts Strange just out of his element to make you wonder if he can make it out on top.
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion: Jabba The Hutt #1 (Marvel Comics)
Not content with putting out four different Star Wars titles each month, Marvel has also been releasing different one shot specials that detail different characters of the many Star Wars trilogies. We’ve had Anakin Skywalker, Ob-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and even Grand Moff Tarkin, and now we get Jabba The Hutt.
Greg Pak and artists Emilio Laiso, Roland Boschi, and Marco Turini put the spotlight on everyone’s favorite intergalactic crime boss, and the results are surprisingly kind of cool.
What makes this book so interesting is that Pak wisely gives the focus to the underworld of the galaxy far, far away, with Jabba being behind a smuggling ring for a beverage called “The Tusken Wind”. As the only supplier, Jabba can name his price, and Pak portrays the large slug Hutt as more a of a Don Corleone of the galaxy, which is really the only way you could portray him in his own comic.
With three artists on a book, there’s always a big chance that you’ll run into a few competing styles, and that’s unfortunately the case here. On their own, Emilio Laiso, Roland Boscchi, and Marco Turini are pretty solid artists, but together they are a little too different to be looped together into one book. Their styles make for a pretty jarring read, and it’s a real shame, cause aside from this, the book is actually pretty fun.
While many people may see this comic on the stands and immediately be confused as to why Jabba The Hutt has a comic, those that pick it up will find this one shot pretty cool, showcasing a side of the Star Wars universe that isn’t shown as much as it should. Will we see a Jabba ongoing after this? Probably not, but it’s fun to have this issue nonetheless.
Posted on May 22, 2019, in Comic reviews and tagged Barry Kitson, Doctor Strange, Emilio Laiso, Greg Pak, Jabba The Hutt, Marco Turini, Mark Waid, Marvel Comics, Roland Boschi, Star Wars, Star Wars Age of Rebellion, Star Wars Age of Rebellion Jabba The Hutt. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.