By Chris Bramante & Ben Morse
Doctor Strange has checked out of his private practice and the Marvel Universe needs a new Sorcerer Supreme to handle its mystic maladies.
On Wednesday, the Secret Cabal gave its picks, but today, we turn to the professionals, polling Marvel's editors and creators on who should fill that red and yellow cloak.
It's Friday, so kick back, relax and enjoy.
PHIL JIMENEZ (artist of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN): Magik! Bring Magik back as the fabulous mutant sorceress she is, and let her assume the role of Sorceress Supreme of the Marvel Universe!
MIKE KELLY (Associate Editor of the "Amazing Spider-Man" newspaper strip) I'd love to see Doctor Strange's original rival, Baron Mordo, take up the mantle of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme as he was trained to do by the Ancient One before the arrival of Dr. Stephen Strange. This would mesh nicely with the rise to power of Marvel's arch-villains in Dark Reign. However, a great twist would be how becoming the Sorcerer Supreme changes Mordo, and perhaps allows him a chance for redemption as he tries to live up to this huge responsibility. Will he ultimately succeed or fail in his old rival's shadow? That's up to Marvel's stellar stable of scribes to decide!
PETER DAVID (writer of X-FACTOR): First of all, Doctor Strange is never out of the picture. I firmly believe he'll be back and reassume his mantle. In the meantime, if I had to go back over the whole of Marvel history and pick an heir? That's easy: Clea. Aside from Wong, no one has worked more closely with Strange or learned more, considering she was his disciple at one point. Granted, someone like, say, the Scarlet Witch is higher profile, but she's also proven unstable. If power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, do you really want to have someone who's had several mental meltdowns wielding power of that magnitude? Granted, stories that are specifically about an unstable supreme sorcerer could be pretty darned compelling. I'd read those. Heck, I'd write those. But from a common sense point of view, Clea seems the most worthy candidate.
MICHAEL HORWITZ (Marvel assistant editor): She may not be the most qualified—or mentally stable—candidate, but Erica Fortune, the onesie-wearing witch more famously known as Spellbinder, would be a boss Sorcerer Supreme. Thanks to those magic bands that give her control over chaos and order, she's already darn-near omnipotent and I imagine the only thing she's missing in life is the title. It would be like Grace Kelly being crowned princess of Monaco. I mean, that is if Grace Kelly had fought a lizard-wizard named Zxaxz. In which case it's exactly the same.
KEVIN GREVIOUX (writer of ADAM: LEGEND OF THE BLUE MARVEL): I would really like to see Brother Voodoo become Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe. He is an interesting character that has been too obscure for too many years. I think he could bring a dynamic energy to the role in a way that hasn't been explored before.
WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS (former writer of THOR): I would like to see Agatha Harkness as Sorcerer Supreme. She has the right gravitas, and she is so different from Strange. Still she is on the right side and there's a lot of room in her history for development.
TONY ISABELLA (former writer of GHOST RIDER): I thought Brian Bendis was the new Sorcerer Supreme!
ADAM POLLINA (artist of ANGEL: REVELATIONS): In my humble opinion with Doctor Strange out of the picture, the only person with both the [guts] and experience to confidently handle the reigns as Sorcerer Supreme is clearly Doctor Doom!
I've said my piece.
MARC SUMERAK (writer of WEAPON X: FIRST CLASS): Who better to take over the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme than everyone's favorite Lord of the Loa, Jericho Drumm—aka Brother Voodoo? He's already got all of the proper mystical credentials, as well as a New Orleans connection that could add a bit of extra spicy Cajun flavor to the Marvel Universe. Plus, with his extensive knowledge of the Voudoun arts, maybe he can finally do something about those pesky Marvel Zombies that keep popping up everywhere!
BILL ROSEMANN (Marvel editor): Let's see…Doctor Strange has given up the role of Sorcerer Supreme, and Illyana Rasputin just returned in X-INFERNUS? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new Sorceress Supreme: Magik!
PAUL CORNELL (writer of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13): I think it should be Wiccan. A huge, sudden responsibility, unasked for, on his young shoulders. Much drama to be had. And he deserves it.
RAFA SANDOVAL (Marvel Young Gun 2009 artist): There are two characters that I like for this position, the first is Shaman, who I think is the perfect candidate. The other candidate that I like is the Scarlet Witch.
ED BRUBAKER (writer of CAPTAIN AMERICA): It has to be either Brother Voodoo or the Dread Dormammu, right? I mean, either of them would be a total badass as sorcerer supreme.
RALPH MACCHIO (Marvel Senior Editor): At this time, I'd like to see no one else take on the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme and see how badly things go for the Earth dimension. I think it would be interesting for the rest of the denizens of Marvel Earth to have to contend with the mystical nasties that would slip through the now unguarded dimensional barriers and wreak havoc here. That I would enjoy more than just another guy taking on the [role].
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