If you are looking for a youthful, irreverently styled revisit to the Marvel Universe, check out the new IDW Marvel Action Classics title, Avengers Featuring Doctor Strange. The first issue is upon us, and we can let the Doctor’s refreshing waves of wisdom wash over us.

There are two stories in the first issue, both featuring Doctor Strange. Writer Paul Tobin is with artist Jacopo Camagni (inks by Norman Lee on the first story). Colours are courtesy of Guru-eFX and Chris Sotomayor.

A Very Strange Day brings Spider-Man into the weird world of Doctor Strange. It seems there are “rips in the fabric of reality”, and Doctor Strange needs Spider-Man’s help. But it’s never just a simple sewing job with villains around. It’s part romp, part witty-words, as the good doctor and the web-slinger get acquainted. No dull moments, nor dull panels. The visuals are full chroma, dynamic, and FUN to READ, darn it!

Contractual Discombobulations, the second story, brings bad guy Dormammu into the scene. Squirrelled away in another dimension, he’s back, legally bound to be a pain in Doctor Strange’s backside. Enter bonus character, Franklin Nelson, Attorney At Law!

These are fun stories, as I’ve mentioned. Don’t look for multiple meanings in the Multiverse here. It’s chapter and verse of the same all ages-friendly Marvel tales of the past, humorous and partly preposterous. But all inventive and entertaining, and a marvellous bargain for the reading dollar.

IDW, Marvel Action Classics: Avengers featuring Dr. Strange #1, $4.99 for 46 pages of content. Assume all ages.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!