Superheroes originally started wearing masks to hide their secret identities so that when they were out of costume they could relax. The mask also protected those they cared about from retribution from the criminals they stopped. The star of the new Dark Horse Comics series “Furious” by Bryan J.L. Glass and Victor Santos wears her mask because if the public found out who she really is they would hate her.
“Furious” #1 begins an exploration of a superhero in our “modern” media crazed society. Where heroes are torn apart because they’re politics may differ from popular opinion or they don’t dress the way they are expected to. One false move or one screw up will lead to eternal condemnation. Society loves a good hero, but they love a good fall just as much and finding those salacious tidbits is much easier than finding a true hero.
The story follows Beacon the world’s first hero who has been renamed by the media as the heroine named Furious for the way she angrily beats up the perpetrators she stops. Beacon without her mask is Cadence Lark a Hollywood starlet embroiled in scandal. As Beacon she seeks to overcome the sins of her past.
Glass gets you right into the head of the heroine. What makes her tick and what motivates her to patrol the city looking for crime to stop. You can see her inexperience combined with her desire to make a difference. She does not know what to do to get her redemption and is shocked when her actions get her the wrong kind of media attention making the people she wants to protect scared of her.
Telling the story with pictures, Santos shows the flash of the story. It is big and it is explosive to watch Furious in action. The story is built around a car chase where Santos captures the excessive speed of the car as the heroine flies through the air trying to keep up with the vehicle and trying to find a way to stop it from the outside.
The artwork gives the story a frenetic pace, even as it fills in the back story of Furious and what she is about. It is a stylized look that lightens the mood of the story’s dark tone.
“Furious” #1 does what it is supposed to - introduce Furious and the media obsessed world she lives in. Glass and Santos present a stunning first look at the character providing a hook to bring you back for more. She is exciting and her story is one that is wrought with tragedy. Can she make up for her past troubles by saving the world? Will the media even allow her to get the redemption she seeks? The first issue brings you into Furious’ world so you can find out.
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