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Review – Doctor Mirage #3 (Valiant Entertainment)

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Doctor Mirage #3

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Nick Robles
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019

Doctor Mirage #3 is a surreal journey, taking our characters through a psychedelic landscape, all in the attempt to find their way to freedom.

 

The Quest Begins in Doctor Mirage #3

What would you do, if you found out you were trapped in hell, and that was the reason you could no longer commune with your dead husband’s ghost? Oh, right, that’s not exactly a normal occurrence. But it is for Doctor Mirage. Get ready to follow along, as our leading lady has finally started to admit the truth, in Doctor Mirage #3.

Doctor Mirage #3 begins our epic and surreal quest. In the last issue, we saw some of the truth behind what might just have gotten her here. Now, we’re hoping to learn more of the truth, while also seeing her find a way home. Or, at least, a way out of here.

Doctor Mirage #3 (Valiant Entertainment) cover A by Philip Tan
Doctor Mirage #3 (Valiant Entertainment) cover A by Philip Tan

Doctor Mirage has always been an emotional and fascinating series. But it feels like lately, they’ve been managing to up the ante. Perhaps that is thanks to their separation between Doctor Mirage and her husband. After all, fans are surely eager to see them find a way back together.

Writing

Magdalene Visaggio’s take on Doctor Mirage has been as surreal as it is brilliant. She’s taken the character to all new heights, while also pushing her to the limit. It’s been a fascinating read, and we have yet to have the full story revealed to us.

In this issue, it feels like the quest has finally begun. She may not have fully admitted the truth to herself, but at least she’s moving forward in the right direction. Or so we hope. Perhaps that is why this series has been so fascinating so far; we don’t yet know what is true, and what is an illusion. Doctor Mirage #3 is a surreal quest, weaving together different lore about life and death, all while leaving us wondering if what we’re seeing is real. It’s no wonder Doctor Mirage is so hesitant to believe; who can blame her?

No matter how you look at it, there’s no doubt that Doctor Mirage has found herself in the middle of a complicated mess. The real question is, how is she going to resolve it?

Art

Doctor Mirage #3 has perhaps some of my favorite artwork for the series, which is saying something. It’s vibrant and surreal, and it fits in perfectly with this sensation that we can’t trust what we’re being shown. Nick Robles was the lead artist for this issue, and the landscape and characters he brought to life in this issue are…to put it simply, fascinating. They’re warped versions of gods and legends of the dead, and I just can’t stop looking at them.

Jordie Bellaire’s colors only serve to heighten the artwork in this issue. The real sense of the surreal comes from the coloring, which is almost psychedelic in nature. It certainly makes for a vibrant issue! And it’s one that’s difficult to take your eyes off of.

Finally, Dave Sharpe did the lettering in this issue. And his work is the epitome of knowing how to be subtle and understated.

Conclusion

Doctor Mirage #3 was a surreal masterpiece. The artwork and the plot combined to leave the reader unsure of the truth. And the end result was something luminous and vibrant. I already can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue, and I know I’m not going to be alone in feeling that way.


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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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