Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
I’ll be honest, I’ve been out of the comics loop for quite some time now. It’s one of the reasons I appreciated the ANAD movement; I was curious to see how they would re-introduce all of the characters, and how easy it would be to relive my initial attraction to the Marvel universe. That being said, not only was Doctor Strange one of the most easy-to-jump-into reads, but I think it also goes without saying that the artwork and the story in this series is phenomenal.
I hadn’t even heard of Chris Bachalo before reading this series, but I must say, he and Jason Aaron work very well together. When I first opened up issue #1, my impression was of a cool, oddly mesmerizing version of Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Beetlejuice-meets-Diablo. There are so many eye-catching picture-in-picture styled layouts, which isn’t something I remember seeing in too many comics that I read when I was younger. The artwork was so original to me — each page had so much to look at. I think the separation of the two realms (magic and ordinary) is a genius addition, because it allows the styles to switch back and forth so often.