Monday, January 24, 2011

Dr Strange - Strange Days - Ben Rosenthal

1. Night in Central Park. Dr Strange is big, towering over a score of heroes who are in front of him. Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man are most noticble in the small pack, all looking up at the giant Doctor. Raw power crackles from Doctor Strange, his eyes flaming with magics. He looks evil/possessed, and is not is not dressed in his Sorcerer Supreme get up. The eye of Agamotto is nowhere to be seen.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton, 1887.

2. Front shot from our point of view of Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man running towards the Doctor.

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it.” – William Pitt, 1770.

3. Same as Panel 2, however the ground has engulfed Thor, encasing him up to his neck in rock. Only his head is visible. The other heroes look on, shocked.

4. Iron Man is turned into a statue of iron, Captain America into a toy robot and Spider-Man into Spider-Ham.

He who controls others may be powerful....

5. Doctor Strange is smirking sinisterly, the magic around him flowing almost out of control.

6. Wong is standing in front of the Doctor. A look of determination is on his face.

...but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” – Lao Tzu, 534 BC.

7. Same as Panel 1, with Doctor Strange large and looking down. However, Wong is the only figure standing before him.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix, 1968.


  1. Did you get one of those Quote of the Day calendars for Xmas? :P

    Seriously though, it would be scary to see someone like Strange out of control. He sort of was in World War Hulk, but not to the extent you've done here. That Wong is always getting him out of trouble :)

  2. So...Dr Strange is killing every other hero so he can be alone with Wong in a love utopia...right?

    "The power of love, is a curious thing
    Make a one man weak, make another man sing.
    Change a hawk to a little white dove,
    More than a feeling, that's the power of love."

    Huey Lewis

    And The News.

    PS - I like this page, good action, overall meaning, even if I might have missed that meaning in my sequelised mpreg fiction in my head.

  3. Nice one, Ben.
    When I first glanced the page and spotted the quotes I was a little skeptical, but sitting down and reading it, you've used them really well, it's a nice storytelling technique here.

  4. Oh, and Spider-Ham is *so* gonna be one of my character choices...

  5. This feels weirdly reminiscent of both Phonogram: The Singles Club's quote-filled issue and the Quotes on page 4 of each issue of Matt Fraction's The Order, and I love it for that.

    However there is one flaw I feel the need to bring up, though it is one that in a full comic script would probably have been resolved elsewhere:

    If Strange isn't wearing his Sorcerer Supreme garb, then what is he wearing?

    first and foremost a script is a communication tool of your intent to the artist (and editor and letterer but run with me) and whilst they may do well deciding on what a character should wear, when the direction is just what he shouldn't be wearing you can't guarantee what the artist will bring to the table. you could be looking for nudity and get a sharply-dressed tuxedo, or vice-versa.

    But aside from that incredibly minor flaw this is a great script and one whose concept i have nothing but complete love for.

  6. I love the idea that Strange would entrust Wong with his "kryptonite ring" (whatever that may be) in case he ever went out of control like this.

    This, of course, brings up the main problem I (and most comic writers) have with Strange. It's the Superman scenario, but with magic it's potentially an even bigger problem... There's nothing he can't do.

    That said, Dr. Strange is still a more interesting character than Superman. ;-p


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