There’s a new sorcerer supreme in town, and he’s a tricky one. Loki, the Asgardian god of mischief, will take over the role of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme in a new Doctor Strange story from writer Donny Cates and artist Gabriel Henandez Walta.
Marvel today announced that they have signed Cates to an exclusive contract. Cates’ previous comic book works include creator-owned Image Comics series God Country and Redneck, writing for IDW Publishing’s Star Trek line, and the Dark Horse Comics books The Paybacks, Ghost Fleet, and Buzzkill.
“I've wanted to write for Marvel since I was a little kid, so the opportunity to come into this incredible world and play with all of these amazing characters is a dream come true for me,” said Cates in a statement. “Everyone at Marvel has been great to work with, and we've put our collective heads together to make some really special stories for the fans. I've never been more excited to tell the stories that I'm telling today. I feel like a kid again. Albeit a kid who is inflicting...just terrible things upon all your favorite characters.”
Cates and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Vision, Magneto) will be the new creative team on Doctor Strange starting in November. With the change in the creative team comes the appointment of Loki as the new Sorcerer Supreme.
“There's a new sheriff in town...and he's not really the trustworthy type,” Cates teased. “That's right, kids...Loki has taken the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme from our good Doctor! What does that mean for Stephen? And what lengths will Strange go to see his title and his home returned to him? I'll say this....you can guess all you like, but there is absolutely no way anyone will see the answers to these questions coming. As a dedicated Marvel fan myself, I can confidently say the events of this arc are some of the most shocking things in Marvel comics to date. I'm so excited to see what everyone thinks!”
"Donny brings big ideas to the table, and that's going to be immediately apparent in his first projects," said Marvel EIC, Axel Alonso. "We expect him to be a major contributor to the Marvel Universe's evolution in the coming year...and beyond."
Look for Cates and Walta’s first issue of Doctor Strange in comic book stores in November. Check out a sneak peek in the gallery below.