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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

Vagrant Queen Gets its First Trailer

Yippee-ki-yay Vagrant Queen is coming to SYFY in 2020!

The television series is based on the comic from writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith. The comic series is published by Vault Comics. The show will premiere on Syfy in 2020 with as 10-episode one-hour series.

The show is being produced by Blue Ice Pictures. It features an all-female team of writers and directors with Jem Garrard as creator and showrunner.

Adriyan Rae has been cast in the lead role of Elida, Tim Rozon as Isaac, and Paul du Toit as the menacing Commander Lazaro.

An official synopsis for the show has been released:

Vagrant Queen follows Elida from child queen to orphaned outcast, as she scavenges the treacherous corners of the galaxy, always one step ahead of the Republic government out to extinguish her bloodline. When her old friend Isaac shows up claiming her mother Xevelyn is still alive, they head off with their new ally, Amae, to stage a rescue that will take her back into the perilous heart of her former kingdom and up against a deadly foe from her childhood, Commander Lazaro.

Executive producing the television series are Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron as well as F.J. DeSanto and Damian Wassel of Vault Comics. Mika Collins and Mariko Tamaki are on board as writers. Confirmed directors so far include Garrard and Danishka Esterhazy.

Preview: Doctor Mirage #2 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #2 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN with JAY DAVID RAMOS
Cover B by COLLEEN DORAN
Cover C by CLAUDIA IANNICIELLO
Pre-Order Edition by ZU ORZU
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 25th

Death was no obstacle for Doctor Mirage, who could speak to the departed. But what happens if she’s one of the deceased?

Her new ally, Grace, claims to be in the same dead boat, but can you really trust someone so young and inexperienced?

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

DOCTOR MIRAGE #2 (of 5)

Review: Doctor Mirage #1

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

Preview: Doctor Mirage #1 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN with JAY DAVID RAMOS
Cover B by ROBERTA INGRANATA with WARNIA SAHADEWA
Cover C by NICK ROBLES
Pre-Order Edition by JEFF DEKAL
Haunted Variant Edition by MJ KIM with JORDIE BELLAIRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 28th

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—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!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Strangelands #2

Strangelands #2

(W) Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger (A) Guillermo Sanna (CA) Guisseppe Cammuncoli
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Elakshi and Adam look for a key to understanding their powers, but are they falling into a deadly trap? The Lands are no detectives. But clearly, weird things are happening at the Wild Saints Lodge where they’ve been invited by its mysterious director. But is the charming Win Fletcher really who he says he is?

Strangelands #2

Valiant Announces the Doctor Mirage #1-5 Preorder Bundle

Valiant has announced the Doctor Mirage #1-5 Preorder Edition Bundle, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. Each Doctor Mirage Preorder Edition issue will feature a cover drawn by a talented lineup of artists, including Jeff Dekal, Zu OrzuTula LotayVanesa R. Del Rey, and Dan Brereton, plus contain an extra eight pages of bonus material.

Written by Magdalene Visaggio and illustrated by Nick Robles, the Bundle is available to preorder now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, August 5th. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, August 28th.

In Doctor Mirage, paranormal expert Doctor Shan Fong Mirage was born with the ability to see and speak to the dead—an ability that has mysteriously stopped working. Have her powers failed or is something far more sinister at work?

Released monthly from August 2019 through November 2019, each 40-page issue comes packed with cool extras—including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and cover galleries—that can’t be found anywhere else. Each issue is priced at $3.99, the same price as the regular-edition copies!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Cover A by PHILIP TAN (JUN192002)
Cover B by ROBERTA INGRANATA (JUN192003)
Cover C by NICK ROBLES (JUN192004)
Haunted Variant Cover by MJ KIM (JUN192005)
Also available BLANK COVER (JUN192006)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 28th (FOC – AUGUST 23rd)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1-5 PREORDER EDITION BUNDLE

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Covers by JEFF DEKAL (Issue #1: JUN192007), ZU ORZU, TULA LOTAY, VANESA R. DEL REY, DAN BRERETON$3.99 each [5 Issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale AUGUST 28th (FOC – AUGUST 5th)

Preview: Strangelands #1

Strangelands #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger (A) Guillermo Sana (CA) Mike McKone
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Humanoids H1 Universe brings you another smash series! Adam Land, an indigenous American, and Elakshi Land, a British-Asian, have what some might call “a love-hate relationship.” They’d probably be better off without one another, except for the fact that they have superpowers that cause mass destruction whenever they are separated. Now, their greatest challenge is to stay together-even if it tears the world apart.

Strangelands #1

Preview: The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Jonathan Lam (CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 03, 2019
SRP: $4.99

SUPER-SKRULL VS. MS. MARVEL! Ever since the Skrull homeworld was destroyed, Emperor Kl’rt has been out for revenge. And with a device that will turn Earth into a new Skrull kingdom, he’s about to get it. All he needs is the DNA of one very special shape-shifter. The Super-Skrull is coming for Kamala Khan – and with all the powers of the Fantastic Four on his side, Ms. Marvel doesn’t stand a chance.

Preview: Marilyn Manor #1

Marilyn Manor #1

Magdalene Visaggio (w) • Marley Zarcone (a & c)

Where were you in ‘81? When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abewho claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincolnthrow a rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, unearthing long dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide. But at what cost to Marilyn Kelleher, the world at large, and music television?

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim and Kim) and artist Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl, Effigy) for the first time, MARILYN MANOR explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship. It’s a rollicking, neon party gone out of bounds when we need it mostset just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: MTV.

“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes.”
Magdalene Visaggio, creator/writer

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marilyn Manor #1
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