Marvel, in a surprise move, has given the ax to its current. Dr. Strange title. As reported by GamesRadar, the reveal was made by writer Mark Waid and artist Kev Walker and the final page of the most recent issue. As such, Dr. Strange #6 will conclude the book after a shockingly abbreviated run.
“Dear reader, this arc of Dr. Strange may be coming to a close, but fear not. The Sorcerer Supreme’s adventures are far from over,” reads a forward from Waid and Walker. “And as Doctor Strange embarks on his next chapter, we want to say thank you to everyone who joined us on this journey.”
“Most of the great Marvel heroes have one thing in common: they were born from the unique combination of trauma and arrogance,” Waid’s said. “Dr. Steven Strange shares that DNA, but unlike many of his peers, he never shook the arrogance. Not really. The trick to writing Doctor Strange is to keep him balanced on that fine line between pretentious and likable, while occasionally allowing him to fall victim to his own smugness,” Waid continues. “It’s joyous to write a character who is his own worst enemy, and I will miss the time that we have had together.”
The book subtitled “Surgeon Supreme,” debuted in December 2019. Waid, additionally, penned 20 issues of the previous series centered on Stephen Strange.
“Stories are a bit like lives. Sometimes they end when you least expect it. I’ve been wanting to draw Strange for a long, long time. He was my father’s favorite character, and Steve Ditko was his favorite artist. So you can imagine the pressure to live up to that. But then reality gets in the way and it ends just as you’re getting started,” Walker’s said. “Still, working with Mark Waid, Java Tartaglia, Darren Shan, and Lauren Amaro has been a joy, because working with talented, imaginative people to try to create something wonderful is what life is all about. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Here is the official synopsis for Dr. Strange #6.
“Doctor Strange is hot on the trail of the magical thief infiltrating the Sanctum Machina! But as his investigation leads him deeper into a magical black arms-dealing market, the danger of being discovered mounts higher and higher…and what he discovers will leave him reeling!”
This comes as the comic book industry continues to struggle as a result of complications brought on by COVID-19. Marvel Comics also recently canceled several Black Panther titles, as well as the ongoing Ghost Rider series.
Dr. Strange #6 is available now.