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Doctor Mirage (2019)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  30 reviews
How do you solve the case of your own death?

Paranormal detective Doctor Shan Fong Mirage had the ability to see and talk to the dead. Except the dead have gone silent, their spirits mysteriously vanished, including Hwen, her deceased husband. Now, Doctor Mirage must face the most challenging question of her life: Is she dead but doesn’t know it?

From Eisner Award-nominated
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 5th 2020 by Valiant
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Briar's Reviews
I love a good graphic novel, then throw in one truly epic cover and one of the most wild descriptions I've heard in a long time... You've got me hooked! I also used to have a strong fondness for Valiant, so that made me want to read it even more.

Shan Fong Mirage is a famous paranormal investigator. She used to see the dead, and now she doesn't. She's finally alone for the first time in her life. Then a sixteen year old walks into her life and announces that she too can see the dead... Will she
Xavier Hugonet
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, arcs
Doctor Mirage is a new volume on the Valiant character collecting issues one to five of the mini-series soft-rebooting, in a self contained story, the character who already got a mini-series treatment in 2014 and other appearances.

Writer Magdalene Visaggio is at the helm with artist Nick Robles, colorist Jordie Bellaire (who worked on the acclaimed Vision mini).

Shan Fong Mirage has the power to communicate with the dead (including her late husband), and acts as a paranormal investigator. The
Pop Bop
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Nice to Have the Doctor Back

This was an engaging reboot of Doctor Mirage, set in a Dante's Inferno frame that suited her very well. This time around Mirage/Dante is guided by a snarky teenage girl instead of the Roman poet Virgil, and I thought that marked quite an improvement.

The set up is that Doctor Mirage can't see ghosts any more and can't communicate with her dead husband Hwen. Something is very much amiss. Our teen guide arrives to advise Mirage that she can't get into Hell because she's
Dini Kamayana
I admit to requesting this book based solely on the cover alone. The name "Doctor Mirage" rang a small bell but I actually haven't read superhero comics, so I can't speak to how differently or how well her character is portrayed in this new comic compared to previous ones. I will say that I enjoyed the story though!

I loved the illustration style and the color palette of the comic. The artwork has a modernised vintage feel to it that reminds me of all the superhero comics that I never read but
Alex Sarll
Valiant's non-comedy books generally have a faint whiff of 'we've got superheroes at home', with which the wider world is likely to become more familiar once Bloodshot finally squelches on to the cinema screens come March. But starting from that admittedly low bar, this one is definitely better than most, not least thanks to the fabulous, trippy visuals from Nick Robles and Jordie Bellaire*, who at times make this look almost like an art deco Brendan McCarthy. I know nothing about any previous ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Mirage is a take on how talking to ghosts and the boundaries between life and death are about love more than anything else. Death is a very uneasy thing to live with. For many it is a means of remembering everything about the people they love. For others it is a symptom of afflictions that can be treated or reversed. The problem is people don't know much about how and when people die. People can argue that because of this mesmeric state, it's not meant to be understood. But for Shan Mirage, ...more
Rory Wilding
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Created by Bob Layton and Bernard Chang in 1993, the original version of Doctor Mirage was a male paranormal investigator who worked alongside his wife and possesses black magic, specifically called “Darque Power”. When Valiant rebooted the character a few years ago, Mirage became a woman with similar origins who seeks to restore her ghostly husband, Hwen. This new limited series by Magdalene Visaggio and Nick Robles is a great opener for anyone wanting to learn about this superhero, who is all ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Doctor Shan Fong Mirage is a woman that can see the dead, and has up to this point been able to see her departed husband, Hwen, who has always been with her. All of a sudden she can not only “not” see him, but any dead people, period. After a failed attempt to see the dead again, particularly Hwen, a strange girl shows up at her supposed to be impossible to see/find home and tells Shan that she
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Suddenly, Doctor Mirage can't see ghosts anymore. To fix this problem, she attempts a ritual that destroys parts of her house - and then a girl knocks, seeing her despite being heavily concealed with magic.

I don't know anything about this character or this series, and I think that this volume is a good introduction. You get to know who she is, what she can do, what her priorities are. The pacing is good, the colourful illustrations are beautiful. The hieroglyphs are real, but I am too tired to
Jess Smiley
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An exploration of the mysteries inherent in both life and death as experienced by Dr Mirage—a paranormal detective with the unique ability to communicate with the deceased.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Doctor Mirage through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Valiant has once again given the lovely Doctor Mirage her own solo series. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more excited about this news, as she’s one of my favorite characters to come from that corner of the market (which is saying something, since I also adore Faith).
Doctor Mirage, aka Shan Fong, has always had the most unusual talent – the ability to see ghosts. Her story is more heartbreaking and
Doctor Mirage is one of those books where the cover was so eye-catching for me, that I didn't even bother reading the blurb before I just dove right on in to this comic - one that's a bind-up of the five issues of this series that follows Doctor Shan Mirage as she searches for a way to be able to see her dead husband again. You see, she can see and speak to the dead, which makes losing her husband a tad easier as she hasn't actually lost him. Hwen - her husband - is always by her side and there ...more
Artur Nowrot
I received an e-ARC of this comic via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Doctor Mirage used to see ghosts – including her late husband, whim she tried to resurrect – but something went very wrong. Now she’s on a journey with a pill-popping teenager. Will she break free or is a fate worse than death awaiting her?

I like Magdalene Visaggio’s writing for anchoring the trippy weirdness of her premises to emotional and existential arcs of her characters. Doctor Mirage is no different and an
Angel 一匹狼
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Doctor Mirage was capable of seeing the dead. But now, even her dead husband, who was always by her side, has disappeared. Mirage cannot live without him, so she will try her best to reunite with him, whatever she has to do.

"Doctor Mirage" is another of those supernatural comic/books with a simple story, and not a particular original development, that, however, surprises for different reasons, giving the reader a very entertaining and enjoyable time.

For starters the drawing style. Even if the
Anandi Puritipati
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! All the following opinions are my own!

Doctor Mirage is something of a superhero Marvel-es que story that primarily deals with grief and how it can make you go to extremes that are not good for you. The main character, Shan, is a witch and she's someone who can see through the veil. She's lost her husband and she tries to bring him back to life. One day, however, soemthing happens and the dead, whom she's so accustomed to living with,
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This, like so many comics these days, especially from this publisher, is a reboot. Although that's not to say it's just a reboot of a comic – it seems to want to be a reboot of an entire history of head books. The graphics of the world beyond ours are so evocative of weird psychedelically infused books of the 1960s and 1970s. Still, unlike many of those books (which never appealed to me, particularly) this is actually easy to follow – until the last two pages, that is. The thing is Valiant are ...more
Lou (Lou and Life)
Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What drew me into this book was the cover. It looks really cool and reminiscent to Mass Effect, so I ended up looking up what the comic was about and wanting to read it because the premise seemed cool. However, what I thought I was going to read and what I ended up reading was two very different things. I wasn't prepared for what this comic brought to the table. I thought that it was going to be more
Thee Princess
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
True Rating: 3.5

-Art Style
-The Egyptian Mythology
-The present story

-The time jumps
-I'm so confused with the ending

I want to thank Netgalley for giving me this graphic novel, it was a fun read. So what is the story about princess? Umm yeah I have no idea. Let me see if I can sum it up nicely with no spoilers. Shan can see the dead and has some type of magic. Her husband is dead so now she is trying to find a way to bring him back. There is an interesting side character that kind
Wayne McCoy
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Doctor Mirage' by Magdalene Visaggio with art by Nick Robles is a graphic novel about the paranormal detective who can see the dead, including her dead husband.

Except now she can't. Try as she might, Doctor Mirage has lost the ability to see the dead, until a young girl named Grace comes along and offers to help. Grace tells Doctor Mirage that she has been sent to help, but that they might be dead and don't actually know it. Can Doctor Mirage find out the truth, and can she restore her
Laurie (AFozenBookParadise)
I recieved a copy via NetGAlley fore review purposes.

I have to say I'm not really leaning one way or another. I enjoyed this book, but that was about it. The premise is interesting and art and character designs are really cool. they have the old comic-style vibe but with bright colours and it feels very modern. I also love the touches of the camera directions going on like as if every scene was a scene in a movie and we were privy to the director's thought. It was a very unique concept and I
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

I was really intrigued by the synopsis I read for this and the cover alone was probably enough to draw me in. I had no idea it was reboot, but knowing that now I can say that it would be great for someone who was new to the character or someone who was familiar. I loved the vibrant artwork and colors, though there was some text that was a little harder to read - I'm sure this would be different if it was actually in my hands and may have been
Feb 18, 2020 is currently reading it
I am not familiar with Doctor Mirage but I was able to quickly catch onto her ability she once had. Doctor Mirage was able to see and speak to the dead, including her own husband, Hwen. One day, she was unable to see the dead and felt the loss of her husband once more. Readers will learn about two quests Doctor Mirage was on. The first the attempt to being her husband back. The second quest was to hear and see Hwen, even if he is dead. While trying to discover what happened to her ability to see ...more
Sarah Z
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a graphic novel about a woman who can see ghosts. Well she used to, until something went wrong after the death of her husband. She still has some pretty awesome magical powers though. There are 5 editions and through each Doctor Mirage must travel through the underworld with her companion to find her husband and overcome certain complications.
Interesting read, great artwork, just didn’t have me
Ok, so this is technically a spinoff from a different series, and I have not read the original but I was still able to mostly follow what was going on.
It was alright until the weird sad-happy-but-also-cliffhangery ending, which also felt too abrupt. Comparatively speaking, I did prefer the author's Vagrant Queen (but only slightly preferred) to this, BUT it is nice to see a story by a woman, with a female POC protag that incorporates mythology from several cultures.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the cover and the title of this graphic novel, and I have to say it was not what I thought it would be about. That does that mean that I did not like it however. The themes explored were heavy; death, grief, love and family being the major ones, but we're written in a way that was not heavy handed or flippant.
The art was eye catching, with a dreamscape dynamic, which added to the story.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you netgalley for the chance to review! Doctor mirage could see ghosts including her dead husband for her whole life and then she couldn't. I really enjoyed this. The storyline was very well done and I enjoyed it. The illustrations and coloring were absolutely gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this to a friend who enjoys comics and graphic novels.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Is this what being on lsd looks like?
I'm surprised this got published. It looks like they lost the colorist by issue 5.
This is a weird story about dealing with grief and moving on.
I didn't know that this was a reboot. I'm not sure if that would have made me enjoy it more or not.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great reboot of Doctor Mirage that speeds by but is a much deeper read that gets into death, the afterlife, and a bit of Egyptian gods/spirits. (e-galley from NetGalley)
Elena ( The Queen Reads )
The art and the colors and storyline was amazing but all to the colors made it quite hard to read because you can't really see the words anymore. But beyond that it was nothing short of amazing. Advance Copy got from Edelweiss ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There is something about Doctor Mirage that I really enjoy. She is a play on the TV psychic stereotype that claim they can speak with the dead, but Mirage can actually do it. This story picks up at a point where she has lost the ability to see/speak with the dead and she is trying to reclaim that power, so that she can reconnect with her husband who passed away a few years ago. A young woman seeks out Mirage and
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Magdalene Visaggio is a comics writer and essayist. She's the writer and creator of the GLAAD and Eisner-nominated series Kim & Kim, as well as Eternity Girl at DC Comics. She currently resides in Manhattan.