Review: Doctor Mirage #1
Kicking off in Doctor Mirage #1, how do you solve the case of your own death?
Paranormal expert Doctor Shan Fong Mirage was born with the ability to see and speak to the dead. It’s an ability that has mysteriously stopped working. Have her powers failed or is something far more sinister at work?
Will she figure out her fate and the fate of the one she loves the most? Valiant’s gripping supernatural mystery starts here!
I’ve been looking forward to the first issue of this five issue miniseries ever since it was announced. For reasons unknown to me, it’s the first comic written by Magdalene Visaggio I have knowingly read. I say that because there’s a chance I’ve read her stuff without knowing it. I’ve heard great things about her writing style. I was looking forward to seeing her take on Doctor Mirage. Mirage is a character with whom I’ve been getting more acquainted with after her appearances in other Valiant books recently.
Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed with the story in this comic (or the art, but more on that later). Far from it in, fact.
Visaggio employs a really interesting voiceover/narration box style in the comic that’s a fun throwback for the fans that are more familiar with Dr. Mirage’s reality show, but also works very well within the confines of this issue for those reading a comic about the character for the first time. The story itself throws an interesting twist on Dr. Mirage’s supernatural adventures. She starts out in a different set of circumstances than we’re used to seeing. She’s powerless for one reason or another. The answer is given within this comic, but I won’t be telling you what it is here. The comic sets the stage for what’s to come.
Joining Visaggio for the comic is Nick Robles and Jordie Bellaire (art and colors respectively). Without really getting into discussing the art too much (you’ll understand why when you read this – and read this you absolutely should), I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect visualization of the story. Everything about the art in this comic is nigh on perfect. The layouts, the color and lack thereof in certain places… it’s great.
As a combined effort, Doctor Mirage #1 is a wonderful experience.
Whether this is your first time reading a Doctor Mirage or you’re returning to the character then you’re going to find a very compelling story. The creative team have delivered far above what I was expecting from the comic; in a week with some great reads hitting the racks, this is one that may get missed by too many people. Which is a shame because it’s one of the best that I’ve read so far.
Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Nick Robles Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review