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Review: Doctor Mirage #5

Doctor Mirage #5

In Doctor Mirage #5, how will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?

Doctor Mirage #5 brings Magdalene Visaggio’s five-issue run on the character to a close. For this first time since reading the first issue, I felt the balance of real-world grounding and the supernatural tip away slightly from the wonderful dichotomy she had developed as the book embraced the supernatural aspects that fans know and love about Doctor Mirage. When you dig deeper you’ll realize that Vissaggio’s story still has very real-world relatable relationships at its core. It’s only as the story comes to a close that it becomes as evident in the series finale.

Nick Robles and Jordie Bellaire have been consistent throughout the book. The visuals are what I can only imagine be similar to what the Beatles were seeing at the height of their most experimental phase. It’s a glorious look for the comic. The artist and colorist getting the freedom to explore what the Deadside is like through some flowing layouts and imagery. I scrolled through the comic in the review PDF. When done quickly you get a sense of the comic melting into your mind up until the final pages. This isn’t going to be a book that everyone enjoys as fully as I have. Tastes differ and all. It’s another series from Valiant that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did.

The unique visual style and storytelling of the artists combined with Visaggio’s story struck me in just the right way. Magic in a bottle? Maybe – all I know is that I want more of this. That surprises me because typically I tend to stay away from anything not grounded on earth. I always enjoy when I’m reminded that a great story is a great story no matter the setting.

On the whole, Doctor Mirage #5 wraps up a story with themes that – for me at least – focused on depression, grief and loneliness. The brightly psychedelic visual style didn’t take away from the journey that Shan Fong took. As she traversed the Deadside she came to grips with the silence of the ghosts that had been her companions for so long. ThatVisaggio could bring the elements of the character, her journey and our relationship with Doctor Mirage together in a way that allows us to relate to her in a way that’s very human. Loss is loss, and that’s always going to be a powerful feeling – regardless of what stage of grief you’re in.

For a comic I didn’t expect to enjoy all that much, Doctor Mirage has become one I’ll return to time and again.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Nick Robles Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Mirage #5 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by ANEKE
Preorder Edition Cover by VANESA R. DEL REY
On sale DECEMBER 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

How will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?

What will Doctor Mirage have to sacrifice in order to discover the truth, in the haunting climax of DOCTOR MIRAGE’s critically-acclaimed 2019 miniseries!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Preview: Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Art by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Edited by: Joe Corallo
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Phillip Sevy
IN STORES NOV 20, 2019

The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell… and it’s definitely Kim Q’s fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together.

A brand new adventure from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim!
Collects issues 1-5.

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim

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

Preview: Doctor Mirage #4 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #4 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Cover A by PHILIP TAN
Cover B by PHIL WINSLADE
Cover C by YOSHI YOSHITANI
On sale NOVEMBER 13 | 32 pages | $3.99 US | T+

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 (Eternity Girl) and astounding artist Nick Robles (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)! It’s the must-read supernatural mystery of 2019!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #4 (of 5)

Review: R!de #1

R!de #1

As a father, you sometimes get sucked into watching shows that your kids love. Even though my daughters are now teenagers, they still are massive fans of Spongebob Squarepants. It was never something I could watch on my own. The one show that they did watch which I did love was Gumball as it contained jokes that everyone could laugh at.

Then there was the anime shows like Naruto and depending on who you talked to, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which my kids loved and I did too. One show which I found exceedingly progressive was El Tigre: The Adventures Of Manny Rivera, where the protagonist was both hero and villain. Which is far more realistic than any of us are willing to admit. In the first issue of R!DE, we find one such protagonist whose life is far too complicated for any one teenager to endure.

We meet Rolando Mayes, a young man who is on a cross country trip with his grandmother and protege, with no destination in mind. As they reach Crystal City, a nearby metropolis, they settle in for the night while Rolando looks to get into some excitement. Meanwhile, his grandmother and protégé practice sword fighting, as his grandmother worries about his whereabouts. Despite Rolando’s pursuit of some fun, his whereabout catches the attention of a demon king and his hoards, looking to capture him. By issue’s end, he eludes their capture for now, but brings the demonic hoard back to where they camped out, setting the stage for a huge battle.

Overall, a fun mashup of Easy Rider and Blue Exorcist, that brings something unique to the genre. The story by Kevin Michael Roberts and Magdalene Visaggio is funny, and entertaining. The art by Roberts is very much Anime inspired and looks great on the page. Altogether, an enjoyable debut which introduces readers to this world and these characters.

Story: Kevin Michael Roberts and Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Kevin Michael Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Vault Announces Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom from Mags Visaggio and Jason Smith

Vault Comics has announced Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom, a brand new Vagrant Queen mini-series that will hit store shelves in January 2020. 

Written by Eisner and GLAAD award-nominated Mags Visaggio, drawn by Jason Smith, colored by Harry Saxon, lettered by Zakk Samm, and designed by Tim DanielVagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom picks up where the first series concluded, however, it serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers who want to hop on board this epic sci-fi journey.

Vagrant Queen is the story of former child queen Elida who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

In 2020, Vagrant Queen will debut as a TV show from SYFY, produced by Blue Ice Pictures, staring Adriyan RaeTom Rozon, and Paul du Toit. The TV show was created and developed by Jem Garrard, and based on the Vagrant Queen comic by Visaggio and Smith.

Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1 hits stores in January 2020, and will have a B cover variant drawn by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel.

Get ready—Vagrant Queen is BACK! Elida Al-feyr has finally managed to build a happy life… until a mysterious man in an ancient white ship shows up and takes it all away. And hey, where the hell is Isaac?

Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1
Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #1

Preview: Doctor Mirage #3 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #3 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Cover A by PHILIP TAN
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover C by PASQUAL FERRY
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TULA LOTAY
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 23rd

Doctor Mirage’s mind-bending mystery to the other side leads her to a frightening new foe!

How death-defying is Doctor Mirage?

Featuring the first appearance of a terrifying new villain! Enter… the Embalmer!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #3 (of 5)

Review: Doctor Mirage #2

Doctor Mirage #2

Death was no obstacle for Doctor Mirage, who could speak to the departed. But what happens if she’s one of the deceased? In Doctor Mirage #2, her new ally, Grace, claims to be in the same dead boat. Can you really trust someone so young and inexperienced?

How did Doctor Mirage end up in this spot? Find out here!

Sometimes it’s the subtle things about a comic that make your jaw drop. Sometimes it’s the most visibly obvious things like Jordie Bellaire‘s trippy yet utterly appropriate coloring work that lays upon Nick Robles art like a Picasso painting. This comic is a visual mindfuck from beginning to end, and I absolutely love every minute of it. Or panel, I suppose. It feels like what life would have been like in the sixties as the Beatles reached their most hallucinogenic phase. I bloody love it.

Mags Vissaggio‘s story is strangely grounded despite the supernatural core and the incredibly exciting visuals, but it’s a balance that’s needed. Too often you read things trying to be edgy, experimental and all of that. But, they don’t quite cut the mustard. Doctor Mirage #1 cuts with ease because the artistic vision is a fully complete one. Where the art is off the walls in a fantastic way, the story remains very easy to follow. I’d love to know if the imagery in the comic was what Vissaggio pictured when putting pen to paper.

The recap explaining how Doctor Mirage ended up in the afterlife tugs a little at the heartstrings. It’s reinforced by Robles’ art in a gut wrenching panel as the explanation comes to its close. Vissaggio continues to employ the director-like framing for the narration. With the effect being employed to certain parts of the story, it remains an unequivocal success for me. Both as a harsh reality check, a throwback to the character’s television show, and to highlight the scenes in which the writer uses the technique.

Doctor Mirage #1 was a wonderful experience. Doctor Mirage #2 is every bit as wonderful, and doubles down on the direction of the miniseries. I already want Vissaggio to write more Doctor Mirage, and this series isn’t over yet.

Quite possibly one of the most exciting things on the shelves today – I urge you to check this out.

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

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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