Mightygodking.com -- Special guest idea
Chris Bird has been doing a wonderful series over on his blog about reasons he should be writing the Dr. Strange comic. They are a series of pitches--ideas for plots, enemies, characterization, locales, etc. that are just a ball to read. The goal is reinvigoration and the full and clear development of a character that has been hamfisted and tossed about and used as either deus ex machina or punching bag for so long that no one really knows what he is about any more.
Not all the ideas are perfect, but they are all fun and coherent, too things all too often missing from comics.
The most boring of all places - the single least magical place on Earth - is a small town in New Jersey, twenty minutes from of Newark. And the least magical place within that town is Herbert’s Taco Hut, which if it were not for its location would be your standard “Mexican restaurant run by white people who have never seen a chili pepper in their lives” joint. It should have had the lifespan of any other mediocre restaurant in the middle of nowhere (IE, short). But Herbert’s does very good business indeed, for one simple reason:
It’s where sorcerers and mages come to do business. Because it’s safe. Herbert’s is the magical equivalent of an old Wild West township, where you have to check your six-guns with the sheriff when you enter. Most sorcerers can muster a simple teleportation spell for a quick escape from it if necessary (and those that can’t can prepare something similar in advance) but not much else. SHIELD and HYDRA and everybody else all know about it, but nobody ever tries to fuck with Herbert’s because having a neutral ground (which happens to serve mediocre burritos) is inherently a useful thing to have at one’s disposition.
And because of this, it’s not only a place to do business, but a place to network, to chat, to simply unwind and shoot the shit with one’s fellow magical practitioners. After all, the food isn’t that bad, and they let you bring your own booze for a small surcharge (and you’ll want to, because their beer selection is terrible), and how is anybody going to know that you just stole the fabled Red Ruby of Un’nx if you don’t have someplace to show it off? Plus, it offers the best grounds on the planet for picking up within the profession. (There is no guarantee that the person you take home won’t try to sacrifice you to a demon prince - but come on, you think magicians are going to give up sex?) . . .