PopCultHQ Comic Book Review: Valiant Comics – THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #2 (of 4)



Hitting stands Wednesday, January 13th, is the latest from Valiant‘s Doctor Mirage series.  The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #2 is the second issue of a four-part series.  It focuses on the titular character Shan-Fong Mirage (a paranormal investigator) and her apparition husband Hwen.  Shan has the ability to see and commune with ghosts, of which her late husband is one.  The two are on the search for the mysterious, ancient Vita Secunda scroll, an artifact with mystical powers over the spirit world.  Shan feels the scroll may unlock the secrets in giving ghosts human form again.  They soon realize that the scroll has released the specter of Denis De Walt, an ethereal being with the ability to kill people and eliminate ghosts.  This entity capable of traversing the physical and spiritual realm worries the couple.  By performing a ceremonial rite, they wish to not only help the deceased but hope to halt De Walt’s destructive, deadly path.  Reluctantly, Dr Mirage has no choice but to align herself with Linton March, a corrupt occultist (who is tormented by ghosts of his own) whom with she has had a past.

Writer Jen Van Meter immerses the reader into this phantasmal epic and executes an arcane storyline which is both compelling and gripping.  Artist Roberto De La Torre does a magnificent job of creating a magical personification of spectral bodies and spiritual possession.  Both creators combine for a creative and inventive world filled with enchanting characters.

PopCultHQ Rating:

PopCultHQ 4 out of 5 stars
*** PopCultHQ 4 out of 5 stars ***


Here’s a brief sampling of what to expect in The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #2:

Covers of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #2, available this Wednesday, January 13th (hover over each pic to see the cover artist):

Written by JEN VAN METER
Cover B by KEVIN WADA (NOV151718)
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (NOV151719)
Variant Cover by EMI LENOX (NOV151720)

Official synopsis from Valiant Entertainment:

A lethal menace has been loosed on the world and everyone – alive or dead – is in harm’s way!

Shan Fong-Mirage is married to a ghost – the late Hwen Mirage, who she herself pulled back from the brink of eternal imprisonment in the underworld. But this team of paranormal investigators has discovered that even the unliving like Hwen can be killed…and that their own research has unwittingly freed a malevolent spirit from a centuries-old enchantment. Now innocent victims – both among the living and dearly departed – are being massacred. To set this right, the Mirages need to unlock another copy of the ancient spell…and only one other paranormal collector has it. And so now the good doctors must pay a house call to an old enemy…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 13

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