We live in a society that’s redefined privacy. And by redefined, I mean, pretty much done away with. Especially if you’re a celebrity, real or imagined – every move they make is chronicled by the paparazzi and picked apart by the general public alike. What makes anyone think that superheroes would be safe?
We’ve already seen allusions to this in movies, from Harry Potter getting a bum rap in The Daily Prophet to J. Jonah Jameson’s seemingly never-ending quest to discredit Spider-Man. But what would happen if a superhero, trying to redeem herself, was never allowed to forget one lone incident where she lost her temper? If her own superhero name was forgotten in favor of a moniker put on her by the media?
Furious is about a superhero – Beacon – who’s trying to atone for a huge mistake in her past. Unfortunately, neither her alter ego nor her superhero persona get a break from the ever-present media. Beacon, dubbed “Furious” by the media, has a habit of losing her temper, which leads to her being hounded by the media and any jerk on the street who feels like he has the right to give her a hard time. Which would really cause anyone to lose their temper again… right? See where I’m going? Vicious cycle.
This first issue sets up the Beacon/Furious background. We get some comprehension about her previous life, but more importantly, we see her present: she’s frustrated. She can’t go anywhere without people calling her out, calling her Furious, threatening to kick her out of their establishments and labeling her a troublemaker, goading her into losing her temper and reacting… in a heated manner, let’s say.
Bryan J.L. Glass’ story prompts an interesting examination of life in the spotlight and how it can make a person snap. Can someone redeem themselves once they’ve been labeled by the world? Furious is motivated by the desire to atone for something no one associates with her superhero identity, but she bears the dual burden of both her identities being very public gossip fodder. That would make anyone’s day pretty darn rough.
Victor Santos’ art reminds me of old school comic book art – lots of exaggerated facial expressions, shadows, sounds effects, the overall look and feel. I really like it; it evokes a familiar, comfortable sense of the past, when I’d sit on my bed and read my Batman and Star Wars comics on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I’ve already added Furious to my pull list based on the sneak preview covers Dark Horse released to tease us. The book hits shelves next Wednesday, so when you hit the comic book store to get your week’s books, slip this one into your stack.
I give it a 4/5 sucker punches.
Take a look at a sneak preview from Furious, right here.
Writer: Bryan J.L. Glass
Art: Victor Santos
On-Sale Date: January 29, 2014
Publisher: Dark Horse
Diamond ID: NOV130057