With Marvel Comics basically hitting the reset button after the culminating events “Secret Wars,” two iconic heroes will be getting new #1 issues: Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Creators Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers) will be spearheading Doctor Strange, while Miles Morales co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli will continue the new legacy of the younger, bi-racial Spider-Man.
Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, wants fans to expect the unexpected with this brand new Doctor Strange:
“Get ready for a brand new Doctor Strange for a brand new Marvel Universe. Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo have rebuilt Marvel’s ’Sorcerer Supreme’ from the ground up with an excitingly original take that redefines the character going forward.”
Co-creator Jason Aaron goes on to describe how Doctor Strange follows a different path from the heroes we know and love:
“None of Marvel’s other heavy hitters walk the same beat as Dr. Strange. None of them have to face the same sorts of repercussions whenever they use their powers. Being the Sorcerer Supreme is a unique responsibility. And it’s one that Stephen Strange embraces. Even though there’s no doubt that his job is one day going to leave him dead, damned or insane. So I want to celebrate all the weirdness that is Dr. Strange, while having him face a challenge unlike anything he’s ever faced before. One that rewrites the rulebook for what it means to be the Sorcerer Supreme.”
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Doctor Strange #1:
A dark new power is rising. One that will have repercussions for all magic users. The threat is growing, and Strange knows he won’t be powerful enough to stop it. If he is to have any kind of hope, it will take a different kind of Sorcerer Supreme. Because all magic comes with a price, and it’s high time Stephen Strange balanced the scales.
And as for Mile Morales, who made a big splash with fans when he debuted in the Ultimate Universe, he’ll be taking on whole new obstacles as he makes his way into Earth-616, the primary Marvel Universe. Alonso is also pleased to continue the adventures of Miles:
“Four years ago, we peeled back Spider-Man’s iconic mask to reveal a new and different face, and readers of all stripes have embraced him. I’m excited to announce that Miles Morales is here to stay – and this Fall, he’s going to be swinging through the heart of the Marvel Universe. Can new friends and enemies be far behind?”
Brian Michael Bendis recently gave an interview to Marvel.com, stating:
“This is a very big deal to [Sarah and I]. For [Miles] to have grown up and flat-out earned his place in the Marvel Universe, as Spider-Man, is frankly so much more than we could have hoped for when we first sat down to design him and his life. When it became clear that I was going to follow Miles into this new adventure I was really hoping that Sara would see the value in it being both of us that do this together. I was thrilled that she agreed immediately.”
Here’s the plot synopsis for Mile’s story as he enters uncharted territory:
A stranger in a strange land, Miles patrols the rooftops of a New York City that is very different from the one he knew. A world where countless heroes guard it’s skies and streets. A world where Miles is counted among the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. A world where Peter Parker is still alive. Though their paths have crossed before the landmark series Spider-Men, with Miles now living in Peter’s universe – is this town big enough for two Spider-Men? More importantly – how did Miles come to be here in the first place?!
Check out the cover art for Spider-Man #1 created by Sara Pichelli and Doctor Strange #1 created by Chris Bachalo:
Both Spider-Man #1 and Doctor Strange #1 are set to release this fall 2015.