Iron Man and Doctor Strange are about to cross paths in the comics. Marvel Comics’ Fresh Start initiative offers new #1 issues with new creative teams in the coming months. Among them are both Iron Man and Doctor Strange in June. Ol’ Shellhead is going to be by writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti while Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz will take the Master of the Mystic Arts to into deep space to look for a new source after being disconnected from Earth’s magic source of power.
Iron Man will be focusing on Tony Stark the gearhead inventor and pushing the technology as far as it can go, to where the dreams of science fiction merge with reality. But to do so, things are going to have to get weird and Slott wants to get Stark to that edge.
“He’s always going to push the boundaries of science and tech to build a world he wants,” The former Amazing Spider-Man writer told Nerdist. “That’s going to lead to stories that go to insane places.”
That means that Stark will need to go to places where Stark hasn’t been. Schiti is deeply influenced by the giant robots of anime and with all of this talk about Stark, the tech head, there’s also going to be plethora of armors that Stark will be working on.
“To do new designs is one of my favorite things in comics,” Schiti told the Nerdist. “And here I have the chance to play with such an iconic character, to try different styles, to use classic suits, and to create new and extraordinary armors.” Look for Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 on June 20 with a cover by Alexander Lozano and check out a preview of Schiti's interior art below.
Meanwhile, Stark is also going to help out Stephen Strange by sending him into deep space. If the former Sorcerer Supreme cannot tap the Earth for mystical powers, he will venture into the unknown in search of new power. Doctor Strange #1 is set for a June 6 release.
“I’ve been a Strange fan forever,” Waid said in a statement, “but I’ve never been lucky enough to write an extended run featuring the good doctor. Along with editor Nick Lowe, we’ve come up with some new and very unexpected places to take Stephen Strange in the Marvel Universe — starting with the stars.”
While this isn't the first time that Strange has lost his magical powers, nor is it the first time Stark has needed to or desired to go back to his tech roots, but we're keeping an open mind with the Fresh Start initiative to see if it can bring back the across-the-line quality Marvel Comics is capable of. We're also excited to see Waid on Strange and Slott on something new for a change.
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