EXPLORING EMOTIONS, A “MIRROR” #1 (REVIEW)

Feb 2, 2016

m1 Mirror #1
Image Comics

By: Emma Rios and Hwei Limm2

To start off with, Mirror is a very engaging comic book for the reader. The story can be confusing at times as the script seems to use the past in almost a dream like state for Ivan who ends up being a powerful idealistic mage. We see his past play out near the beginning of the Irzah Colony’s formation. We also see the love he has for his friend, a dog-girl name Sena who he sends off into hiding for her own protection. This is just the start of the emotional journey we will be going on as we find out more and more about this world.

At times, it can be confusing as to what actually just happened in the panels, but the emotions of the scene are always the strongest and foremost imagery used. The loose lines of the characters plays off the scripting of how it is a loose story, but the almost water-coloring like effect that fills in the pages gives the characters their real definition.

The conflict that is going on in the world has led Ivan to be forced by Kazbek to try and create hybrid human-animals in order to m4try and tap into the Guardian Spirits. Kazbek’s coloring and emotional characteristics lead us to see him as the villain of the book, but there has been no real encounters or conflict to justify good or bad characters. I can’t wait to see the Minotaur or the other thugs with Kazbek begin to really turn the story into a black and white “Who is good and who is bad” and further the emotional exploration.

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I really enjoyed the supporting hybrid animal characters that fill out the cast and 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.

Author

  • Born in Boston MA, raised in NH. Fully functioning adult who happens to read any and every comic under the (yellow)sun. Of course there are the favorite comics I must read when they're released, but any comic is fair game in my eyes. Of course my love for pop culture doesn't end with comics, but branches out to movies, toys, video games and most importantly Dungeons and Dragons (which I withheld this last hobby from my Fiancée until she said "Yes"). Point of Origin for my nerdy condition may have been in '93 when I got slimed at Nickelodeon(now closed), and a teenage accident or two(collapsed lungs) landing me in the hospital around the same time the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies started coming out. When my dad stopped at the local comic store and brought me the essential comics for Spiderman and the X-Men, I stood no chance. (Which also created a secret aspiration to start a fundraiser of sorts to bring comic books to kids in hospitals to keep their spirits up(nothing has come of this to date)) Add in a heavy dose of trip to Disney World, upcoming Disney themed wedding and a career aspiration to become a Disney Imagineer, I think it's safe to say I never want to grow up. Xbox Live Gamertag: AllusiveReaper7 (If you notice my xbox achievement score, you might assume I game a bit) Twitter: @AllusiveReaper7 Recent comic addictions(Non "Big Two"): Saga, Crossed, Coffin Hill, Rat Queens, Pathfinder and Rover Red Charlie Collects: Old Comics (Green Lama), Miniatures (D&D, Heroclix, Star Wars), Action Figures preferably 90s and older, and comic book themed hats Systems Owned: NES (though it was my sister's), Game Boy(The gray brick), Sega Genesis, N64, Dreamcast, PS2, Game Boy Advanced, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Xbox360, Wii, Xbox One, Junk PC

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