Written by: Skottie Young
Art by: Humberto Ramos
Colors by: Edgar Delgado
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Release Date: 01/27/2021
Although pitched to most readers as “Hogwarts for Marvel” Skottie Young shows us why Strange Academy could never be like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Simply put, Dr. Strange is no Professor Dumbledore. And to my knowledge Skottie Young is not transphobic.
The fastest way to my heart in regards to writing new or old characters, or just comics in general, is to get the heart of a character. Skottie Young proved that he understands every character showcased in this month’s issue. Emily’s sadness and heartbreak. Jericho’s concern, Zelma’s frustration with Dr. Strange, and Dr. Strange himself. Showing that Dr. Strange has priorities based off biases, showing that he’s a bit of a jerk, but also knowing his faults, as well as, having compassion for his students. This was shown throughout the entire issue, giving characters more than two dimensions to play with.
A lingering mystery about the magic used on the grounds of the Strange Academy was set very early on in the series, we find the answer to the mystery, the all powerful Vishanti known as Hoggoth, the last of an ancient mystic race. With his power vast, he agreed to consume the debt owed from all the magic use on the Academy grounds. With this new found knowledge Emily blames herself and the school for making the children seem invincible. Subtle but very good on Youngs part to show the consequences of both sides of this matter.
When all hope seems lost, when Emily is at the end of her rope, Dr. Strange shows compassion and says just the right thing, at the right moment. Dr. Strange has always been depicted as a jerk, most of the time. But in these moments Strange shows why he is Sorcerer Supreme.
Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado crushed it again. The color pallet was great, the emotion in facial expressions were amazing, it was a beauty to look at overall.
Skottie Young shouldn’t attempt to make this book Harry Potter (comic book version). But he should be more invested on the character development and relationships that could be taking place in the classes of the Strange Academy. That will always be something I want from this book. But Young captured the moment in this issue. This is what I want from new characters, show me why I should care for them.