Review: The Death Defying Dr. Mirage #3

drmirage_003_coverThis third installment in this five part series continues the journey of Dr. Mirage through the astral realm in search of her dead husband.   During her search she encounters a number of different spirits that inhabit the realm as well as malevolent forces, both on the plane and on Earth, that seek to use her for their own evil plans.  As she ventures further and further into the realm she learns more and more of the rules that help to define it, and in so doing she gains new power from this knowledge.

What is both interesting and detracting from this experience is that the reader is learning alongside the protagonist.  By journeying on the astral plane the creative team has chosen to show something which does not really exist, and in so doing its rules are open to their interpretation.  In the first two issues this did not help the story, as it focused on the chaotic land and introduced the various rules of those that inhabit it.  To be fair, I can understand that someone might have read the first two issues and found that this series was a bit too convoluted and simply chosen not to proceed.  While this might be the case, it would be unfortunate as by the third issue the series has hit its stride and it is no longer completely chaotic.  Part of the reason behind this is that the main character starts to make her own rules, or at least to understand the rules well enough that she can manipulate them to meet her own goals.  The artistic side of the story is also better here, offering less of a distraction than before and although it is still not a style that I would say works well with this story, it at least is not taking away from the story.

Although already halfway through a short series, the story is finally one which I might recommend others to read.  The series has faced an uphill battle thus far, both in introducing a brand-new character but also in introducing a brand-new realm.  It took a couple of issues to sort through the confusion, but here in issue #3 the creative team has finally pulled together their talents into something more coherent.

Story: Jen Van Meter Art: Roberto de la Torre
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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