It's no hallucination: Dr. Mirage has returned to Valiant Entertainment though the paranormal detective is decidedly different.
Appearing in "Shadowman" No. 5 — out Wednesday— the popular character who debuted in 1993 is presented anew as Dr. Shan Fong, a dedicated and detailed investigator who talks to spirits in a bid to solve human crimes.
Valiant says the new Dr. Mirage is similar to the previous incarnation, a man named Hwen Mirage, whose exploits with wife Carmen Ruiz ran for 18 issues in "Second Life of Doctor Mirage." But this one is more contemporary and, added "Shadowman" co-writer artist Patrick Zircher, her powers are more steeped in Asian mysticism.
Zircher says the change is part of Valiant's "ongoing plan to expand its universe of characters."