Mirror #1

Writer: Emma Rios Artist: Hwei Lim Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 3, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 11
8.5Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

EMMA RÍOS (PRETTY DEADLY, ISLAND) and HWEI LIM (Lalage, Hero) team up for a new ongoing series, following a terrorist talking dog, an idealist mage, and a heroic lab rat on their quest for acceptance.

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry Feb 4, 2016

    The artworkis masterful"gorgeous, evocative, and playful in the form. For it alone is worth buying the issue. Add to that an emotional, compelling story of love, loyalty, and freedom, and Mirror's premiere earns a deserved spot on any discerning comic book reader's pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jan 9, 2016

    Mirror #1 is one of the most hugely enjoyable opening issues in recent memory, and I will be very excited to explore the world Rios and Lim have set up. I have barely scratched the surface of what is contained in the issue, and I highly recommend you get a copy yourself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 4, 2016

    All in all, though, “Mirror” #1 is a stellar artistic debut. Emma Rios once again proves herself to be just as fantastic a writer as she is an artist, demonstrating both qualities amazingly in this issue, and has found the perfect partner in Hwei Lim. Their styles, in both art and writing, perfectly compliment one another to make a gorgeous and fascinating fantasy comic that feels like nothing you've ever read before. There's no telling just quite where Rios and Lim are going to take this story, but the amount of boundless potential shown in this issue means it's likely going to be amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Kyle Welch Jan 13, 2016

    Mirror is one of the more enjoyable experiences I have had reading a comic in recent memory. I was encouraged and thrilled to reread the issue and really take the time to appreciate each quiet moment alongside the bigger ones. The world and characters created by Rios and Lim are complex, different and mysterious. I found myself invested in the hard choices they came to make. Mirror is a book that will challenge many readers. It's not always forthcoming in its story and takes an in-depth read to come away with a fuller experience (at least for me anyways). Mirror is a great comic experience, one I continued to enjoy more and more each read through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Feb 3, 2016

    Mirror #1 is the kind of book the breathes imagination into to the world. It's beautiful and heart-wrenching, emotional and visually stunning. Rios and Lim are clearly working very well together to paint a magical world with an intriguing cast of characters, one that I'm anxiously awaiting to learn more about. Mirror #1 is a comic not to be missed by fans of thoughtful, fantasy story-telling. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Marco Cunalata Feb 4, 2016

    The 8HOUSE series is well known for it gorgeous art, and MIRROR is no exception. Hwei Lim's panels in this book do more than separate scenes; they build structures within the page. From buildings to jail cells, the panels work with the story and the book itself. Lim's lines are simple, but her colors make this book pop. Her color palette spans the rainbow, and she uses it to paint this book as a wholly distinct comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 6, 2016

    I really like the aptly titled Mirror: one look at the decorative panel frames in this book show why this title works so well. Making far more out of the panels in each page, Lims artwork and layouts are outstanding, and absolutely a breath of fresh air. The watercolor creations work incredibly well, and give the story a unique look and feel, very fitting for such a special series. Rios and Lim have created a fantasy story that feels original, feels like the reader has to read more. I am intrigued by this debut issue: from the plot, to the artwork, to the clever back story where the writer and artist switch roles, Mirror #1 is an excellent start to the latest fantasy offering from Image Comics. If you are looking for something different, something that looks and feels different from your run of the mill comic on the stands, then Mirror is the answer you seek. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Cory Anderson Feb 2, 2016

    I really enjoyed the supporting hybrid animal characters that fill out the castand the emotional spectrum. We get a lab rat assistant (literally) who is as timid as his hybrid animal blood is, Zun. A mischievous and grumpy sphinx, Phinx who we can already see has a strong heart hidden under his catty exterior. And an old bear who knows his time is limited, Lesnik. Again, by the time I was done reading this issue, I wasn't confident I knew everything that I had just read, but I was positive I knew what Rios and Lim wanted us to feel from the story and interactions between the characters. A second read through helped clarify the overall story, but one read through was enough to make me want to see more of this world and the other hybrids and Guardian Spirits that are out there. I really enjoyed this story telling method with a loose plot but a strong emotional story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Feb 5, 2016

    This brand of fantastical doesn't organically click with my sentiments of anchored realism, but the emotional purity that seeps through the cracks ofeach panel is so sincere and powerful that it's impossible to deny the viability of this work. There is love between these characters and love put into them, and those are probably the two most important factors to making a story work. Rios and Lim are building (on) an epic. Their beginning is bold and soft, but it is also powerful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Feb 4, 2016

    The story's dream logic movement will frustrate some, and confuse almost everyone on an initial read, but there's so much emotion and intrigue in the opening chapter that it'll be nearly impossible not to come back to learn more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Feb 8, 2016

    Issue #1 of Mirror creates a world of fantasy loaded with tragedy. Rios and Lim give enough backstory to give this issue a lot of heart and drive right from the beginning as we see the struggles these characters have been facing. This issue points towards hope, and as the quote from Zun says above “if I don't even try, I've already failed” – so might as well go out there and fix all the bad things in life! Especially if you're a talking rat! (Or a TALKING DOG!) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 8, 2016

    This is a great issue that is going to turn into one really amazing series. Its only downfall is that it gets quite confusing at some points. It all blends together rather well to create a very light, daydream-like quality. The best is yet to come, so make sure to keep up with this series, and let us know what you think! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 2, 2016

    While all the characters are sympathetic, almost none of the plot feels new. Idealistic heroes, star-crossed lovers and oppression are all familiar elements of fairy tales and classic fantasy, and Rios' usage of them is by the book. The obvious moral lessons about bigotry and compassion also don't have any new twists added quite yet. Despite this, "Mirror" #1 still has a lot of emotional power and the art is entrancing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Aubrey Douglas Feb 4, 2016

    Overall, I did not enjoy this book very much. The story was hard to follow at points, and the art style was not one that I enjoyed very much. If you are familiar with this world, then you might find this more enjoyable than I did, but if you are not then I would suggest starting with the main series before reading this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - neil_or_no_deal Feb 8, 2016

    Stunning visuals sadly don't make up for a muddled narrative with little too hook you in. Read Full Review

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