Review: The Death Defying Dr. Mirage #4

dm04With this the fourth of five issues in this miniseries, the resolution to the challenges against Dr. Mirage is nearly here, but in the meantime there is an assortment of problems faced by her before she leave the astral plane.  After the previous issue, little time is wasted for her reunification with her deceased husband Hwen, but at the same time the forces of Ivros are on the move and March’s scheming keeps the pace moving as numerous influences seek to destabilize the barrier between the astral plane and Earth, allowing for an invasion.

At its heart this is a fairly engaging story, with a well-conceived concept, but where it fails is with the artwork.  It is not even that the artwork is bad, because the artist is evidently skilled enough, only that when superimposed upon the astral plane, that it does not help the chaos of understanding who is where, but rather adds to the confusion.  With the astral plane as essentially a setting wide open in terms of creative inspiration or imagination, it makes sense for such a setting to be unfathomably bizarre and complex, but from the reader’s standpoint, it is still necessary to have an anchor to understand it, and the artist fails to do so with this issue.

On the whole though, this still succeeds in the way that it is meant to.  Once the confusion of the artwork is bypassed, the reader is left with a story that is full of both interesting plot twists as well as well-developed characters.  The villains are evil and the heroes are good and neither in solely a superficial sense.  The heroes face difficult choices from a moral standpoint and it is in those choices where the final issue of this series is headed.

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

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