There seems to be no end to the creativity of the writers and artists of Marvel Comics. After giving us story arcs like Heroes Reborn and Secret Empire, their next course of action of focusing on the supernatural sorcerer of Earth – Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange seems to have been very busy. After fighting supernatural threats for so long, he has realized Earth needs its own set of magical enforcers and guardians. And thus Strange Academy was born – a place of Magic and Sorcery.
And to be honest, it reminds us of J.K Rowlings’ Hogwarts from the hit Harry Potter series.
The idea for Strange Academy came out of the blue. Marvel Comics illustrator and story writer Skottie Young came up with the concept. He would then pitch the idea to Humberto Ramos. The artist was so intrigued by the idea he jumped right into the project. The two then joined forces to create the premise and setting. Young had just visited the city of New Orleans. The exotic landscape and culture of the city inspired him to make it the setting for Strange Academy.
Strange Academy may sound and fell like a pastiche of another school for gifted people. Professor X‘s School of Mutants differs from Strange Academy. The former is meant to protect the young ones, and teach them life skills that normal educational institutions won’t be able to. Strange Academy is built on strictly one philosophy – teach the supernaturally gifted children magic and sorcery. The end goal is to turn them into mystical guardians of the realm.
The Faculty & The Students
The faculty of Strange Academy are all bastions of magic and wizardry in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. It includes behemoths like Doctor Voodoo, Agatha Harkness, Senor Magico, The Ancient One, The Mindful One, Sister Sara of the Holy Sepulcher, Zelma Stanton and Coach Taylor. The Adjunt Faculty of Strange Academy is also a bunch of heavyweights. Scarlet Witch, Man Thing, Dead Girl, Magik, Hellstrom, Sister Grimm, Shaman, Wong, Rintrah, and Kanna make up the support teachers.
Strange Academy has a lot of young students from different walks of life. Some even come from different dimensions. Students like Toth hail from a dimension called Weirdworld, where all sentient species are crystalline in nature, rather than carbon based. One of the many students is Doyle Dormammu, the son of the Lord of the Dark Dimension – Dormammu, Strange’s greatest enemy.
In their first few days at Strange Academy, many of the students have had fatal encounters. A group of zealots almost managed to kill Doyle Dormammu. Toth was literally shattered to pieces. There’s a murder plot in the cards.
Doctor Strange is having a hard time being the headmaster of Marvel’s Hogwarts. But he has to keep it together. Because only Strange Academy has what it takes to protect the world from what’s coming.