Marvel recently released the first teaser trailer for Doctor Strange, the movie which comes out this November. Unlike Captain America: Civil War which is filled with recognizable characters for the most part, Doctor Strange is a relative unknown to the average movie-goer. If you’ve watched the teaser, you’ll already know that things are…well, stranger than what you’ve seen in the MCU movies so far, even moreso than Guardians and Thor: The Dark World. If you want to investigate further, Marvel’s made that easy with Doctor Strange: Season One.
The ‘Season One’ books were designed to tell updated origin stories to new readers, and are a bit more accessible to modern readers. I love Lee and Ditko and Kirby as much as the next Marvel fan but there’s something to be said for a retelling with modern sensibilities. All of the bases are covered here regarding Strange and the wider cast of characters you’ll encounter in the movie like the Ancient One, Baron Mordo, Wong, Dormammu, the Vishanti. Greg Pak is a solid writer and Emma Rios is a wonderful artist who you should be seeking out elsewhere.
If you are curious about the character but don’t want to wade through a bunch of comics from the 60s and 70s this is a great choice to get acquainted with the good doctor.