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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – C

Today, we look at one of the most inventive characters Valiant had.


Carmen Mirage

Bob Layton’s The Second Life of Dr. Mirage was one of the most inventive comic concepts of the early 1990s (at least from a non-Vertigo comic). The story is about a doctor named, shockingly, Mirage, Hwen Mirage, and his wife, Carmen Mirage. The two are parapsychologists, investigating reports of paranormal activity, and like the good folks of Scooby Doo, they never actually FIND any paranormal activity, that is until the one day that changes their lives forever (heck, it ENDS one of their lives).

The villain Master Darque sucks the life force out of Hwen, but the love between Hwen and Carmen is so strong that Hwen is not completely killed. This stuns Darque, and Hwen and Carmen escape. However, they discover that Hwen is now, more or less, a ghost.

These early issues are the best of the series by far – writer Bob Layton, with art from a young Bernard Chang (who was amazing on this series), as the book dwells on how this affects their relationship.

Fer instance, how do they have sex now?

Carmen shines in these issues, as she is a truly vibrant figure by Layton. There’s a lot of comedic elements, like when Hwen’s mother comes to visit.

Layton left the book after #11, and Chang followed soon after, and the book really meandered – it is too bad, because it was a great concept, a husband and wife team investigate paranormal activities, only the husband is actually a ghost who can control energy! Neat-o!!

The book ended after 18 issues.

I hope the new Valiant Comics reprints the Layton/Chang issues!!


How DID they have sex?

It all started with a pottery wheel man.

I have to say, hearing all the descriptions of Valiant Comics I’d forgotten is almost more fun than reading them over again.

For more information on this and other VALIANT comics, check out the Official VALIANT Universe Wiki at http://www.valiantentertainment.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page :

Reminds me a bit of Harry Potter.

That was a cool series and Bernard Chang at the time was a real stunner bursting on the scene. I agree that Layton was doing real well with this. I am so dying for more Valiant !

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