Nuclear Family banner ad

Review: Doctor Mirage #3

Doctor Mirage #3

Doctor Mirage’s mind-bending mystery to the other side leads her to a frightening new foe in Doctor Mirage #3! How death-defying is Doctor Mirage?

The issue features the first appearance of a terrifying new villain! Enter… the Embalmer!

I’ve never sampled LSD, or other mind-altering drugs of the psychedelic variety. I imagine that if I had then I would find the visuals in this book very familiar. Nick Robles and Jordie Bellaire combine for some of the most colorful and interesting pages I’ve seen in some time. They’re bright, hallucinogenic images that catch the eye and imagination as the comic moves forward in a visual feast.

Mags Vissaggio‘s story balances out the visuals with a strongly grounded story. It keeps the reader’s feet on the ground whilst their mind soars with the visuals through a story that retains the excellent pacing shown in the first two issues. Doctor Mirage #3 focuses on the titular character’s quest to find her missing husband and to discover whether she’s actually dead or not. It also introduces a new character, Embalmer. I’m certainly curious to read more about the Embalmer in future issues – whether in this comic or other Valiant comics. There’s the right level of sinister creepiness flowing from the character. That makes it a perfect fit for the supernatural mindfuckery of this comic.

I’ve loved literally every page of this series so far. While I’ve been reviewing them based on a review pdf, it’s the physical comic that shines so well. I say this because I have also been buying the series, in part because I wanted to see the art without a watermark on it and in part, because I will always try to buy the books I enjoy in order to support the series.

And this is a book I enjoy.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Nick Robles Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review