Doctor Strange’s origins inform the story, and the titular oath is not of the magical variety. His selfish, arrogant past haunts him, both externally and internally, as he discovers an elixir that could cure cancer worldwide. It’s a perfect premise for the character, and the execution is spot-on.
The Night Nurse co-stars, and as a fellow medical professional, she’s a natural fit and a good viewpoint character to introduce us to Doctor Strange’s world. (By the way, the Night Nurse is the inspiration for Rosario Dawson’s Claire, who appears in every Marvel Netflix series. And kind of funny in hindsight—Strange and the Night Nurse keep referring to each other as “Sherlock” and “Watson.”)
The third leg of our team of protagonists is Strange’s manservant, Wong, and the tremendous respect between him and Strange guides much of the story.
So if you watch the new movie next weekend and want to dive into the comics, I recommend beginning here.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Penciler: Marcos Martin
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Doctor Strange: The Oath (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up