Furious 1 (January 2014)

294547 20140130132550 largeI obviously haven’t been getting enough Darwyn Cooke and Cameron Stewart lately because they were the first styles I thought of seeing Furious. It’s not like Victor Santos is particularly similar to either style–his figures are sharper against the backgrounds–but the tone is the same. It looks fun, but it’s serious.

Bryan J.L. Glass has a big surprise for the finish, but it’s one the reader really needs to pay attention to get. The gimmick is a superhero treated like Lindsay Lohan by the media, but it’s an empty one compared to what Glass and Santos are actually going for. They’re rather ambitious here.

But Glass and Santos are often too ambitious, they want to get too much into the issue–and Glass has very deliberate, if sometimes tiring, plotting. They don’t take enough time to transition.

Furious has a lot going for it, if no one fumbles.

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CREDITS

Fallen Star, Part One, Life’s a Bitch; writer, Bryan J.L. Glass; artist, Victor Santos; letterer, Nate Piekos; editor, Jim Gibbons; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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