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Review – Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant Entertainment)

Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant Entertainment) cover C (detail) by Nick Robles
Doctor Mirage #1
Overall
7.8/10
7.8/10
  • Writing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.75/10
    7.8/10
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Summary

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Nick Robles
Colorist: Jordie Belaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Maturity Rating: not rated
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

The (almost) famous Doctor Mirage is back! Only, things aren’t quite as they seem, in Doctor Mirage #1. But what will she do about it?

 

A Shift in Perspective for Doctor Mirage #1

Doctor Mirage is back! This time for an all-new tale focused on her and her late husband. In Doctor Mirage #1, nothing is quite as it seems. But how will our almost-famous heroine handle the realization of it all?

If you haven’t been following her journey before now: Doctor Mirage is able to see ghosts. Including the ghost of her late husband. Or at least, she was. Now she can’t, and that loss is almost too much for our character to bear.

Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant Entertainment) cover A by Philip Tan
Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant Entertainment) cover A by Philip Tan

This series wouldn’t be a bad starting point for new fans looking to get into her series. As long as you understand the basics, you’ll be fine. Of course, longer-running fans of hers will simply be happy to see her back, and curious about her latest adventure.

Writing

Magdalene Visaggio has taken over the writing for Doctor Mirage, and you can already tell that she’s having a lot of fun with this project. Here our beloved character has been thrown into an all-new world and situation, leaving readers wondering what sort of twists are in store.

Doctor Mirage #1 doesn’t waste any time throwing readers into the thick of things. Right away we’re introduced to our main character and even given a brief background of her adventures. This is one of the reasons why this series would make for a decent starting point for new fans.

Considering that this issue had to get through quite a lot of material, the pacing was fairly well done. There was always something going on, but despite that, it never actually felt rushed. Instead, fans are left anxious to see what is going to happen next. Here’s hoping the wait for Doctor Mirage #2 won’t be a long one.

Art

The art for Doctor Mirage #1 is on par with Valiant’s typical style. This is perfect because it fits in with the themes and expectations for Doctor Mirage herself. There are some elements that stand out, for this issue. The color palette is perfection. Using blues and purples is a perfect match for Doctor Mirage—matching her hair and the core concept of her character (death and ghosts and all of that). But our creative team has also worked in some other colors too, to great effect.

Doctor Mirage’s expressions were another highlight of this issue. They showed everything from confusion and loss to exasperation and frustration. It suits her newest plot arc. And the expressions of the newly introduced character were comical at times and dramatic at other points. It’s made for a fascinating introduction.

Nick Robles (artist) can take credit for all of the latter, while Jordie Bellaire (colorist) gets to take credit for that color palette. Together they’ve really managed to bring Doctor Mirage’s tale to a whole new level.

Conclusion

It’s so exciting to see Doctor Mirage getting her own series again. And Doctor Mirage #1 certainly starts the series off with a bang. The twists in the first issue alone are enough to get readers coming back for more. I’m looking forward to seeing how this series will progress.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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