Dr. Mirage wants to defy death... she just needs to figure out how first. As the latest hero resurrected by the new Valiant comics, the paranormal investigator has been reborn as the publisher's first leading lady, and her adventures begin in this massive exclusive comic preview!
Written by Jen Van Meter and with stunning art by Roberto de la Torre, the new Death-Defying Dr. Mirage is clearly inspired by the original '90s comic, but re-reinterpreted for modern audiences — something Valiant has been doing exceedingly well, and to great success. So meet the new Dr. Mirage:
Doctor Mirage talks to the dead… but the only spirit Shan Fong can't ﬁnd is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America's favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classiﬁed military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she's ever tackled – how to get Hwen back. Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld, if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves… or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.
Here's the preview!
The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage is one of those rarest of superhero comics – one starring an adult, mature woman. "What I haven't seen much of is stories about mature adults, especially women, really being changed or learning something new about themselves in the course of a quest —so much of our fiction implies that we're kind of done growing or changing after thirty, you know?" says Van Meter. "That's what I want for Shan — she's got an expert's confidence about her weird job dealing with ghosts and monsters and such, but she really feels incomplete and lost since the death of her husband — she feels like she's done."
But that hardly means Dr. Mirage isn't also going to have a kick-ass adventure, too. "At first I thought this was simply going to be a story about the adventure and mystery of trying to find him, and it is that, but as we've worked on it, it's also become about how the journey itself changes Shan and challenges her to look at herself in a new light. Plus she has to deal with creepy paramilitary wizards, save our plane of existence from a demonic invasion force, and barter stories for survival tips in a series of bizarre underworlds — that part is cool too."
Check out The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage #1 when it hits comic stores on September 3rd!