Review: Furious #1
Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world’s first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by doling out rage-fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption.
A new miniseries from Dark Horse kicks off this week in the pages of Furious #1. The story of fame and damaged heroes is written by Bryan J.L. Glass with art by Victor Santos and letters by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT. Dark Horse has been doing some great work with their superhero books, but is Furious one you should be curious about?
Furious is a hero that wanted to do good, but her plans were altered when she became a reluctant celebrity. Furious saved two college kids, but she nearly beat their abductors to death on live TV. She originally wanted to be called The Beacon but her actions earned her the name she now goes by whether she likes it or not. She’s trying to go out on patrol and actually help people, but her newfound stardom is already damning her in the eyes of the majority of people. There is a small group who think a real life superhero is cool and Furious is hot, but that’s just the young guys. When Furious tries to rescue a kidnapped kid, things take a turn for the worse and Furious has to decide if she’s a hero or the monster the media is making her out to be. It doesn’t help that the girl behind the Furious goggles is messed up and as damaged as her alter ego is said to be. Can you save someone else when you can’t even hold yourself together?
Glass writes a layered, deep, and emotional story that explores fame and how it can destroy people even if they have the best of intentions. It’s ground that’s covered before under the guise of superpowers and capes, but Glass shapes Furious into a character that stands out from what we’ve seen before. The story is largely a character piece on her and setting up her world, but we can see the larger story at play starting to take form. Hopefully that means we learn a little more about Furious and her power set. We got a little of that in her debut in a Dark Horse Presents issue. Santos’ art is a perfect fit for the story. He has a loose and kind of pop style that shows the contrast between fake fame world and the real that Furious embodies. Santos presents Furious in flight in a very creative way that brings something new to the table. His panel layouts are inventive and really utilize the page to its fullest. Panels are tilted, uneven, layered on top of each other that really facilities the hectic pace of the story’s action sequences.
Bottom Line: Furious explores some deep themes under the disguise of a superhero story. There’s enough new ground tread in the debut issue to make sure you return. 3.5/5