Review: Doctor Mirage #4

Doctor Mirage #4

Doctor Mirage #4 features the first appearance of a terrifying new villain! Enter… the Embalmer! Will Doctor Mirage escape the clutches of the terrifying Embalmer, and return to the land of the living? Danger lurks around every corner in this mind-bending ride by Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and astounding artist Nick Robles! It’s the must-read supernatural mystery of 2019!

Doctor Mirage #4 has a wonderful dichotomy to it, and I genuinely can’t get enough of the comic. Vissaggio’s story has very real-world and relatable relationship/s at its core. It’s easy to miss just how grounded that area of the comic is when you have an artistic approach from Robles and colourist Jordie Bellaire that is straight out of a psychedelic journey. It’s a combination that works very well for the character and the nature of the story. I find myself already wanting this creative team to tackle either Doctor Mirage again, or one of Valiant’s other supernatural characters.

Although this isn’t going to be a book that everyone enjoys as fully as I have (tastes differ and all), it’s another series that Valiant are currently publishing that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I have been. Typically I tend to stay away from anything not grounded on earth. The supernatural and science fiction parts of my collection are pretty sparse. What I’ve learned, and perhaps taken far too long in doing so, is that the setting doesn’t necessarily dictate the quality or thematic approach of the writer and artist/s. Doctor Mirage #4 is a reminder to me not to write a story off before I’ve given it a fair chance. Really, I’m too old to have to be reminded of that, but here we are.

I’ve stayed away from discussing the plot as a whole so far. It’s relatively hard to explain without really giving anything away. Especially in a form that will do justice to Vissaggio’s vision with resorting to broad generalities. Which is also unfair to you, if you’re still on the fence about the comic. This issue finds Doctor Mirage and her young companion on the run from the denizens of the Deadside as they try to escape back to “our” plane of existence. Denizens who aren’t exactly friendly. In the midst of the running, there’s the odd moment of peace. It allows you to deepen your connection to the characters and the story itself.

Vissaggio’s pacing has been great throughout the book. As the penultimate issue in the series, she’s set this book up for a wonderful finale. I can’t wait.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Nick Robles Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review