The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #3

Writer: Jen Van Meter Artist: Roberto de la Torre, Diego Bernard, Tom Palmer Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: February 10, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Shan Fong-Mirage thought she had solved the riddle of her ghostly husband...

They thought the magic of an ancient scroll, the Secunda Vita, could restore Hwen Mirage’s physical form. But the spells in the scroll are deadly…and after spending decades trapped within its words, the malevolent and corrupted spirit of a long-dead sorcerer has been freed to wreak lethal havoc on Earth! To stop this dark force once and for all, Shan and Hwen Mirage must marshal an alliance of old friends and new enemies, of the living and the dead. If they should fail? The living will die…and the dead will be extinguished in this life and the next more

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 11, 2016

    Doctor Mirage continues to surprise with its second series when it really shouldn't. Part of it is that I just wasn't sure what to expect after a kind of dour and depressing first series that focused mostly on Shan with a lot of unknowns at play. This series continues to work strongly with its characters, mixing in a little more subplot material, and bring it all together with some artwork that just clicks perfectly in creating the right kind of mood for it. The creative team here seem to be completely on the same page when it comes to bringing this vision to life and the project is very worthwhile " though I think it'll read even better when you can burn through the whole thing in one sitting and just savor the experience. Good stuff all around and pretty much my favorite Valiant book these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Kenny Coburn Feb 12, 2016

    Issue #3 is a very well-written story with a few areas that are beginning to falter after the great setup of the opening two issues. De Walt has become bland in his intentions, and the mystery aspects of the story are beingsolved far too easily to create much tension. Still, the heart of the story remains superb. Shan and Hwen are great together, and their love story continues to make this book a worthy read for any fan of the supernatural. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Feb 9, 2016

    Overall, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #3 delivers. The plot pacing is tight, providing a variety of emotional charges as readers reel from despair then catapult into action, leaving us waiting breathlessly for the axe to fall. De La Torres classic haunted feel is bolstered by Barons evocative coloring. Bernards clean lines, adeptly inked by Palmer, are showcased in the daytime outdoor scenes, and their brightness provides a normalcy and strong contrast to the murk and mystery of the Mirages lives. Next issue is the conclusion to the miniseries. Dont miss out on this unique story of love eternal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Napier Feb 9, 2016

    All in all, this is yet another stylish, layered and emotional installment in what has been a quality series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 23, 2016

    While the credits never specify who worked on what page, its clear just from reading that no single artist illustrated Second Lives #3. Diego Bernard and Tom Palmer assist Roberto De La Torre. They are obviously capable of imitating his style, but their pages are not as polished: faces can look awkward and clearly rushed. Colourist David Baron brings his A-game to make Second Lives #3 look consistent. This isnt a bad-looking issue by any means, its just a few points below average. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Feb 11, 2016

    The art is good. Yet, the two different styles of art are too different, throwing off the story's momentum a little. Other than this, the story was superb. There was strong character development and great build up to our finale for next issue. Solid over all. Read Full Review

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