Donny Cates is less than a month into his Marvel EXCLUSIVE contract, but he's already got the Marvel method of hyperbole down pat.
We previously learned that Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta will be the new creative team for Doctor Strange in Marvel Legacy, as well as the fact that Loki will be the new Sorceror Supreme. So what's left to offer Marvel media partners as part of Marvel's slow burn November solicitation reveals? Cates has an idea from the classic Marvel playbook: promise a shocking revelation whose hype will be practically impossible to live up to!
In an interview with Previews World, Cates talked about what's in store for the book when it resumes its Legacy numbering of #381:
"And as far as books of matches! The second issue of my run (Doctor Strange #382) has one of the craziest reveals in recent Marvel history. It's something I pitched when I first got to Marvel, and I was convinced as I pitched it that they would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS let me get away with it.
Well, they did. And to return to your metaphor about books of matches…issue two is a nuclear bomb."
Cates's prediction seems to match up with some experts' predictions that North Korea could have the capability to deliver an issue of Doctor Strange to the American mainland via ICBM by the end of the year (it would still arrive in better shape than if shipped by Diamond).
Cates' propensity to shock is so great, he even shocks himself, speaking of Doctor Strange's librarian, Zelma Stanton:
"Where we find Zelma at the beginning of our story is going to shock a lot of people. Some people might not be wild about it, in fact. But what I've found in writing her character, is that she never quite does what anyone thinks she will.
Not even me.
She's a surprising one, that Zelma Stanton. One to keep your eye on."
Look for this in stores in November.
DOCTOR STRANGE #381
DONNY CATES (W) • GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (A)
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME Part 1
Evil is everywhere and the world needs the Sorcerer Supreme more than ever. But is the world ready for LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME? He has the cloak, the spells — he's even got Zelma Stanton as his assistant (and possibly more?) — but is this the chance he needed to become a hero, or is the god of lies dangerously close to unlimited power? And what happened to STEPHEN STRANGE?