Doctor Strange in “Blood Magic” by Matt Duarte
This page is six panels, Panels 1 and 2 are square and of the same size, in the first row. Panels 3 and 4 are wide and across the page. Panel 5 and 6 are the same size and shape as the first two.
Description: Doctor Strange is sitting in the middle of a round table, with the New Avengers. He is talking, the center of attention, and looks very serious.
DR. STRANGE: Magic is governed by a set of rules, as old as the universe itself. To prevent exploitation, no mortal but the Sorcerer Supreme has full knowledge of them.
DR. STRANGE: The most paramount rule to all magical beings is this: to grant something, you must get something in return.
Description: Doctor Strange has stood up. He is gesturing with his hands, explaining the situation.
DR. STRANGE: Demons are the most likely to enter in such pacts. They like to play with mortals, offering magical deals to people in return of powerful and unique possessions.
Description: A round-the-table shot, where we can see Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, & Iron Fist. Doctor Strange is on the right of the panel, he has just walked behind them all, and the speech bubbles trail behind him on top of the characters.
DR. STRANGE (speech above Spider-Man): Demons might want the life of a loved one...
DR. STRANGE (speech above Luke Cage): A first borne child...
DR. STRANGE (speech above Ms. Marvel): Your hand in marriage...
DR. STRANGE (speech above Iron Fist): Perhaps something as simple as a physical challenge.
Description: Strange is now standing next to a window inside the mansion, looking outside. The group is looking in his direction, puzzled.
DR. STRANGE: The point is that they ask for something that exists in limited quantities, or else they would not bother with it. Even blood magic, which is a quite common, yet powerful, technique. People can only sacrifice so much blood before they die and the deal is null.
Description: Wolverine is sitting in another chair, separated from the rest. He is very grumpy, as if he had just woken up hungover.
WOLVERINE: Thanks for the lesson, Strange, but get to point, would ya? Why did you want us all here?
DR. STRANGE (off panel): Logan, trust me, you want to pay attention. This involves your son.
Description: A shot of Daken. He is sitting in a pool of blood, surrounded by candles. There is a clearly open wound in his chest, and he is opening another one with one of his blades. He is glowing slightly with a orange/red aura around him. There is al smirk in his face.
DR. STRANGE (caption) : It seems that Daken, thanks to his regenerative powers, has found a loophole with blood magic.
DR. STRANGE (caption): And in his quest for power, he has broken one of the fundamental rules of magic.
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