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New Avengers: Magic Show

Scope the odds on who will replace Doctor Strange as the Marvel Universe's Sorcerer Supreme

#51 cover by
Billy Tan

By Jim Beard "Sorcerer Supreme needed"-it's not your typical Help Wanted listing. But the Earth's in dire need of a new major mage and Doctor Strange's no longer up for the task. What can you do? The call for mystics goes out in NEW AVENGERS #51 by Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan, hitting the racks on March 25, and the candidates rank among magic's most visible and viable practitioners; but only one will be named Sorcerer Supreme. No need to cower in ignorance-or fear-of the players, True Believers! We crunched the numbers and did the math for you; now prepare for our prognostication...

DRUID The son of the wily yet deceased Doctor Druid, this young mage recently proved his mettle as one of Nick Fury's new Commandos during the Secret Invasion. PRO - If he possesses half the power of his most-capable father, Druid's already a step above most magicians. CON - He's young and little's known of his true powers-plus druidic lore doesn't exactly move you to the head of the conjuring class. ODDS - 250-1

THE HOOD Everyone's favorite demonic gangster, this ne'er-do-well stole a mystical cloak and boots and used them to set himself up as the new Kingpin of crime. PRO - He's a man who knows what he wants and usually gets what he sets his baneful eye upon. CON - Using ill-gotten magical items doesn't exactly translate into Sorcerer Supreme material, especially when their use may be slowly killing the Hood. ODDS - 200-1

GHOST RIDER One truly scary dude, this terrifying Spirit of Vengeance rides his hellish motorcycle on a quest to right wrongs and scare the hell into evil-doers. PRO - Armed with mystical might and the "Penance Stare," there's few situations Ghost Rider can't conquer. CON - Most of his repertoire consists of magical items, making him less of a magic-user and more of a tool to be used by others. ODDS - 150-1

DORMAMMU A force to be reckoned with, this ruler of the Dark Dimension wields power beyond imagination and evil beyond compare. PRO - Composed of mystical energy, Dormammu has long coveted Earth's dimension and the subservience and worship of its denizens. CON - He's a creature of the Dark Dimension and not at his full potential when on Earth, if he can even manage to break through. ODDS - 100-1

BROTHER VOODOO The Master of the Loa and Houngan Supreme, this learned hero has carved out a spot for himself in the hierarchy of occult experts and powerful shamans. PRO - Imbued with great knowledge and terrifying secrets, Brother Voodoo knows the keeping and fostering of great power and the mystic arts. CON - Traditionally, his background has been limited to voodoo and its disciplines, not the wider world of magic and its many forms. ODDS - 75-1

MAGIK A young woman endowed with strange abilities, this New Mutant has traveled through otherworldly realms most could never imagine. PRO - Already the ruler of Limbo, Magik's got a leg up on what it means to hold such a title, and cast both white and black magic. CON - Often erratic and more than just a bit demonic, her power's limited while on Earth. ODDS - 60-1

DOCTOR DOOM The Ruler of Latveria and sworn foe of the Fantastic Four, this armor-wearing megalomaniac's the very definition of majestic might. PRO - Son of a gypsy witch and scion of a mystic heritage, Doom's witnessed weirdness that'd turn your hair white. CON - While versed in the wielding of magic, he's concentrated a bit too much on mastering technology in lieu of ordering the occult. ODDS - 50-1

SCARLET WITCH Possessed of vast reality-warping abilities, this mutant hex-slinger's made her mark as an Avenger and as a masterful opponent. PRO - Her mutant talents backed up by mystic tutelage and lore, the Scarlet Witch's beautiful appearance hides devastating consequences for her enemies. CON - Prone to mental breakdowns-and can her power be accepted as true sorcery? ODDS - 25-1

BARON MORDO A student of the Ancient One, this powerfully dark mage stands as Doctor Strange's opposite number in the annals of sorcery on Earth. PRO - Steeped in as much mystical knowledge as Strange, Mordo's thirst for even more such teachings remains unparallel. CON - Greedy and selfish, his passions often prove to be his undoing. ODDS - 10-1

CLEA Once student and lover of Doctor Strange, this lovely lady rose to oppose the dread Dormammu and became the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension. PRO - The daughter of the powerful Umar, Clea's toiled to equal and perhaps even exceed her teacher, Stephen Strange. CON - Though practically the perfect candidate for the job, one might wonder exactly where her loyalties lie... ODDS - 5-1 The real story of the struggle to be Earth's Sorcerer Supreme begins this March 25 in NEW AVENGERS #51, under the auspices of Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan! And check out the first appearance of Doctor Strange on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" now on iTunes!

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