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Doctor Strange: The Oath (New Avengers) Paperback – June 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122111
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, RUNAWAYS, and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. His newest work, with artist/co-creator Fiona Staples, is SAGA, an ongoing sci-fi/fantasy series from Image Comics that The Onion's A.V. Club called, "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Vaughan lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer on various film and tv projects, including three seasons on the hit series LOST.

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The story is fun and well-paced, and there is of course lots of humor.
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From the beginning to the end, this book is a fantastic read that definitely goes down as a classic story in true comic book form.
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Early on he is shown to be absent-minded, he does not even notice Wong is fighting off a pack of muggers behind him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RXCSLC on August 28, 2007
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Wonderful blend of Doctor Strange's early medical career/Hippocratic Oath with his magical destiny as the Sorceror Supreme. 'The Oath' was so engaging that I believe that it could make for a great animated DVD. I was very impressed with Brian K. Vaughan's writing. Since this is my first exposure to him, I will definitely try out some of his other projects. Hope he does another Doctor Strange mini... or better yet, and ongoing series!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daiho VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
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Dr Strange discovers an elixir than can cure every disease known to man. But when a pharmaceutical company attempts to steal the magic potion, all but a drop is destroyed, leaving Strange with an ethical dilemma: should he fulfill his Hippocratic Oath by using the remaining drop to manufacture more, or administer the drop to a dear friend under immediate threat of death from a crippling brain tumor.

Under less capable hands, the story might have been a dour fable of friendship and the greater good dressed up in pseudo-Eastern mysticism. Writer Brian K. Vaughan, though, has tongue firmly planted in cheek, spicing up a fairly mediocre story with some wonderful one-liners. Brought into an emergency medical clinic after having been shot, Strange goes through an abbreviated version of his origin story, revealing himself as the Sorcerer Supreme, to which the attending physician reacts: "You're serious? You call yourself the "Sorcerer Supreme"? And you say you _used_ to be arrogant?" When Strange observes that the physician has an unusually strong interest in superheroes, she replies in reference to Strange's servant Wong: "I'm not sure anyone with his personal slave boy should be talking about other people's fetishes." Later Strange recites from a book of incantations a spell written in Latin and ending with - "Abracadabra." And these examples are just a few of the gags found in the first chapter alone.

This book reprints all five issues first published in booklet form in 2006 and features the art of Marcos Martin, a man who obviously enjoyed reading the early Dr Strange stories. In many of Strange's poses, in the framing and layout of panels, and in his depiction of the spirit worlds, Marcos lovingly evokes the charm of Steve Ditko.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Cordova on July 24, 2007
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I have not been an avid reader of Doctor Strange, but when I saw that Brian K. Vaughn was behind this project, I HAD to pick it up!

The Oath is a wonderful play on Doctor Strange's Hippocratic oath as a Doctor and the oath made to protect those around him.

The pacing of this book is fun and it's a great introductory read for this character. Funny, Good Action, and cool plot twists in this one! No prior knowledge is needed and the story wraps up really nicely. So if you're just looking for your one and only Doctor Strange book to check out, The Oath is the way to go.

Check out more of Brian K. Vaughn's work:
Pride of Baghdad
Running (Runaways (Marvel))
Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little Roy Blue on December 30, 2010
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Dr. Strange used to be a fairly prominent superhero - not one of the "greats" like Spider-Man, but a reasonably popular, second-rung guy. Alas, in recent years, Strange's star has faded; he used to have a regular monthly comic, but lately he's been reduced to appearing in other people's comics and the occasional mini-series, like "The Oath."

To me, this is a sad state of affairs, because I think Strange is by far the most interesting superhero of all. Unlike his brawny brethren, Strange does not rely on brute force to save the day, and instead defeats far more powerful foes through clever uses of magic. Strange also inhabits a totally unique universe, inspired by psychedelia and the works of Salvador Dalí. In short, the dude is an original, miles apart from the typical superhero who beats up thugs in dark alleys.

But, for whatever reason, Marvel Comics does not know what to do with Dr. Strange. Many Marvel writers today seem to think that Strange is overpowered, with ill-defined abilities, and they joke about his allegedly effeminate costume and uncool personality. I disagree on virtually all counts - Strange's magical abilities (and limits) were clearly defined by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and the character certainly has the potential to be considered cool (and popular) in the era of Harry Potter.

"The Oath" was an honest attempt to recast Dr. Strange as a "cool" character, with the help of a suitably trendy writer, Brian K. Vaughan. The results, to me, are mixed. Vaughan clearly respects some aspects of the Dr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tammany Hall on January 30, 2010
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This didn't get a lot of press when it came out, which is unfortunate, because this is an excellent take on Doctor Strange, Master of The Mystic Arts. Strange's faithful servant Wong is stricken with cancer and the Doctor searches for an elixir in a far dimension to cure him. Brian K. Vaughan does an excellent job showing us a hero with a lot of mileage on him, but not afraid to expand his talents in new ways if needed. Vaughan's writing is deft and sure. This book leads directly into Doctor Strange joining the New Avengers.

The action takes place almost exclusively in this dimension (too bad if you wanted to see Ditko-esk dimensional wildness) but the storyline and antagonists are very strong. The Doctor comes up against another mystic who is very nearly his equal, a worldly assassin who very nearly does him in, and a Big Pharma company that would rather not have cancer cured, thank-you-very-much.

On Strange's side, Wong manages to kick a few butts although he's got a steadily-worsening brain tumor, and the Doctor makes the acquaintance of "The Night Nurse" Linda Carter, a character from the nineteen-seventies who isn't retconned, but has been secretly ministering to injured superheroes on the sly all along.

The art by Marcos Martin is very nice and it does evoke the hallowed Ditko quite a bit without being slavish or xeroxed. It looks kind of like what Ditko would be is he appeared on the scene now, instead of fifty-odd years ago.
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