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Get Curious About Furious #1

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Glass and Santos created a new heroine on a path to redemption through crime fighting. She called herself The Beacon until the local news cameras caught her rage on camera. Now, the media has dubbed her Furious. Is Furious a hero or a menace? Can she really make a difference? Pick up this title now—it looks like life will be moving fast for our furious heroine.

Furious 1 cover image from Dark Horse

Furious #1
Writer: Brian J L Glass
Artist: Victor Santos
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 29, 2014

The red-headed starlet Candace Lark, a blond super heroine called The Beacon, and one everywoman that can’t keep a grip on things (literally)—what do they have in common? They are all furious.

A car races down the freeway and Furious tries to stop it. Inside the car a woman white-knuckles the wheel to shake off the superheroine while her son cries in the backseat. Furious gets a hold of the speeding vehicle and offers help, but the driver will not relent. Suddenly, a truck is heading straight for them set for collision. Six hours before, a woman is in the grocery store leaving a trail of broken eggs just like when she dropped the milk in the same store last week. Furious is out on town superhero-style, on the roof tops before heading into a comic shop. In the comic shop, she is met by an angry clerk, some admiring fans, and a few jerks. Furious does her best to set them straight but her words fall short. Behind her a mother and her child push by her toward the exit (we’ve seen them before). Back in real time, Furious is being crunched by a semi-truck. Yet she continues her pursuit after the impact and manages to stop the car. But this night was not a success for Furious. She didn’t save everyone.

Glass is raising some interesting issues with Furious. The power of fame is threaded throughout the story with commentary on what fame means for the individual and for our society. Through Cadence Lark and Furious, Glass can comment on the many ways famous folks use their fame and privilege for their own needs and purposes.

The Beacon faces a lot of external reshaping throughout this book. For example, the media ignores her selected name and renames her Furious. And, the patrons of the comic shop objectify and keep her under the male gaze due to her tight fitting costume. Furious definitely has something to say on that front. I also like the idea of exploring attitudes around women expressing anger. Too often women are labeled a bitch, crazy, or hormonal when angry. I hope Furious can figure a way to own her anger in the face of our critical society.

Recommendation: For readers who like their heroes overcoming inner conflict—so that is pretty much all of them—like  Batwoman, Birds of Prey, or Huntress solo.

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