The GeeksverseMirabilis – The Year of Wonder #1

Mirabilis – The Year of Wonder #1
Published on Sunday, February 27, 2011 by

Published by: Mirus Entertainment
Written by: Dave Morris
Art by: Leo Hartas
Colors: Niko Koutsis
Letters: Blambot

Mirabilis is about the return of magic and myth to the world. It’s the “year of wonder” when all this returns and what happens to the people living in the world. The story takes place in England, Victorian times, though the year is never specified. A green comet streaks across the sky and an old two-headed coin is found.

The story is told through the eyes of Jack Ember, a lieutanent in the military. He’s facing a duel when the comet flashes and he finds a coin. The duel is no fault of his own. He met a woman and another man took exception. From there strange things happen and he’s ordered to assist the Royal Mythological Society in dealing with the strange things.

The first issue follows Jack as the disbelief in magic is taken from him by an encounter with a witch. Morris does a good job with the story. Up until the witch, everything can be explained away, so Jack’s disbelief is believable. It’s not forced. We see the demons as they make their way into the world again, we know what is really happening, but we can follow Jack as he comes to grips with what is happening.

The characters and events are believable, easy to understand and the script has a nice flow that is easy to read and lures you into it. There’s a nice narrative/storytelling feel to the script, almost musical.

The art by Hartas fits the story. The linework is smooth, not cluttered. The backgrounds are nicely detailed, not overpowering. His characters are well proportioned with unique features that make them all stand out from the others. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling as the layouts and panels flow smoothly with the story, no jarring jumps.

Mirabilis – The Year of Wonder #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An interesting story that is well crafted and well done.

For more on Mirabilis, go to the website.

The first issue is available for free at Drive Thru Comics.

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