The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5

Writer: Jen Van Meter Artist: Roberto de la Torre Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: January 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
8.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Doctor Shan Fong-Mirage has lived and died...and lived to fight again!

Scarred, transformed, and strengthened, Dr. Mirage returns from the perils of the spirit world to face the treacherous men who would erase her from existence...with everything to fight for and nothing left to lose! Do not miss out on the haunting climax of the critically acclaimed, sold-out series that Comic Book Resources calls "equal parts clever and emotional as it sets up an impressive new hero."

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 14, 2015

    If you missed this series last year then you should seriously pick it up from the beginning. Better than the ending was the news that the character would be continuing in a new series. I sincerely hope that it's the same creative team, but we'll see. In the meantime pick up this series, it was a strong contender for my best mini-series and was my winner for "Best Revival" which should tell you how much I enjoyed it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jan 16, 2015

    The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5 is a very satisfying conclusion to the series with great action, character and story development, and sets up a potentially exciting new story arc. I appreciate how much was resolved this issue as all the original story threads from the beginning of the series were answered in some way. Even the Scry, which I felt was underdeveloped to this point became a much more intriguing character and didn't just stand by idly. I didn't know anything about Doctor Mirage prior to this series, and now both of them are among my top characters. And I'm looking forward to seeing more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 14, 2015

    I highly recommend The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage as a whole, and Valiant has my attention while I wait for the sequel. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 14, 2015

    I'll admit easily that with most stories, shows and books out there, the journey is usually more satisfying than the conclusion. With this series, it's a rare instance where I thoroughly enjoyed the final act more than the journey itself, since it felt needlessly convoluted and just an issue or so too long in getting to what it needed to do. I really loved the art style for this and what Roberto de la Torre presented in examining the characters in a new way, but I had struggled with some of the story pacing and plot points as it went on as it just didn't read smoothly a lot of the time to really establish certain places in time – or places in general. As a whole, the series is a bit of a mixed bag but it now offers up the potential of where it can go with a new miniseries and this one ends on a very, very satisfying note after a strong issue overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 19, 2015

    The story only suffers in comparison to the lighthearted take of the original series, which I liked a lot - but there's a lot to recommend here, especially for fans of horror tales. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jan 15, 2015

    In the end, what's always tough is a mini-series with so many characters and sub-stories but Van Meter manages a solid balance between them and ties them up nice and tidy in the end. The last 2 pages of the issue serve as an epilogue of sorts and finally brings a sense of calm and completion to the havoc that came before. Death-Defying Doctor Mirage is a great start for a new hero that lies beyond the physical plane of existence and a dark mystifying corner of the Valiant universe. For readers who like things unconventional and out of this world amazing! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 19, 2015

    "The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage" #5 culminates in Fong-Mirage's personal transformation, leaving readers with a decidedly different character and cast at the end of this issue. The bold new dawn presented in the final pages evolves organically from Van Meter's story and is visually accented by reds, oranges and yellows, hues borrowed from a bright, bold sunrise as Valiant Entertainment prepares readers for the further adventures of Doctor Mirage, another fine addition to their stable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jan 22, 2015

    The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage explores a spiritual and supernatural side of the Valiant Universe. More importantly, it is an introduction to a new version of this character that was established twenty years ago. Writer Jen Van Meter brought in Shan in a very organic way while still paying homage to Hwen, the original Doctor Mirage. It isn't a sudden change, like some of the stuff that came through with DC's New 52. It is a logical progression of the character and really makes you identify with Shan instead of just her being thrown into an adventure where she has to talk to ghosts. This book takes her on a journey that nearly breaks her, but she comes out the other end more in tune with her abilities and what she's capable of than ever before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 19, 2015

    The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage had a lot of things in it that Valiant has been lacking since Shadowman ended. With Shadowman long done, and apparently out of the picture for now, DDDM was a great reminder of just what the VU can offer for fans of this sort of genreand, hell, for fans of good comics in general. When this drops in trade form, if youve missed it, itll definitely be worth picking up. The next arc is certainly going to be one to watch, lets just hope they trim that ridiculously long title. Read Full Review

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