As seen here in a cover by Terry Dodson, Strange has donned scarlet gauntlets and a new red and black color scheme for his costume.
Eager to see any new renderings of this new sorcerer's garb, I was intrigued by the appearance of a gauntleted Stephen Strange in NEW AVENGERS v2 ANNUAL # 1.
From NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL v2 # 1, as drawn by Gabrielle Dell’Otto, Strange has incorporated some kind of gauntlets into his apparel.
Are they some kind of power-enhanced mystical items? Something to help counter-act the damage to Doctor Strange's hands (something with which only Brian Bendis continually hinders the character.)? Or perhaps just some sweet bling for Strange to use to look awesome?
Whatever their usage, these gauntlets look similar to a never-used-but-for-covers-and-a-cool-promo-image costume also designed by Gabrielle Dell’Otto. If only Dell'Otto was able to incorporate more of this fabulous design into the new look.
But now, there are two new previews from Marvel's December 2011 solicitations that show Doctor Strange's new uniform complete.
And the second, a new variant for DEFENDERS # 1 by Terry Dodson.
Personally, while I LOVE Doctor Strange's classic garb, designed by Steve Ditko, and seen in over 40 years of appearances, he hasn't worn it in the past few years.
Instead, after losing the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme he has been seen wearing plain clothes of a brown trench coat and a black turtleneck sweater, with either black slacks or khakis.
But now, since he is to be a headliner in at least one new title (DEFENDERS) while also putting in double duty as an AVENGER, and with a motion picture being hammered out, it would seem that Marvel is ready to put some flash into their Master of the Mystic Arts.
However, with a look that appears more Matador than Mystic, I have to ask:
If clothes make the man, then what do these new duds make of Doctor Strange?