Dark Horse presents us with the world’s first superhero, Furious, a name given to her by the media. But who is Furious? Is she the hard-boiled superhero that the media makes her out to be? Thanks to this issue we will get a little more insight.
Furious is actually a former child-star, who like most child-stars has fallen from grace. She puts on a costume and patrols the skies in order to atone for her own sins and guilt. The story opens with a flash back into the life of the former child-star Cadence Lark, the reader is shown exactly what troubles her most and how the media has and always will have a role to play in her life as both a celebrity and a superhero.
Furious, although indestructible on the outside, is a lot more fragile on the inside. In this issue she will find out that she is not as indestructible as she thought. Fear can paralyse even the best of us. How can you get angry when you are terrified? Cadence Lark faces the scariest and most chauvinistic villain she has ever come across; a villain whose sole purpose is to destroy women mentally and physically and he is not pleased that the world’s first superhero is a female.
The art in this story is great. The dark colouring sets the tone of the story quite well. This is not a happy-clappy story of a young girl that has received some great super powers and is fighting crime and looking good whilst doing it. Furious is a conflicted and complex individual and the colouring of this issue shows us just that. The only brighter colours used in this issue are reserved for fight and flames. Other than that this is a darker read with a serious story to tell. The thick lines used in the illustrations work well at creating a rough look, lending to fight scenes and facial expressions. The drawing technique really lends to the grit and graphic nature of the combat in this issue. The fight is personal and visceral and shows us that Furious is not a clean cut hero, that she has moral decisions to make and challenges of her own.
This is a great read paired up with art and colouring that works towards creating a great issue. The writing is powerful and shows us how a powerful female lead character is important, if not necessary for modern day comics. Whilst telling a great story, Furious is a read that encourages female independence and gender equality. Every strong superhero needs a strong villain, one that makes the protagonist question their abilities, morals and beliefs; this issue offers just that… and then some!