Furious 2 (February 2014)

F2What a very strange comic book. It’s got a lot of humor; Glass writes some really funny details and rejoinders. Funny, funny guy. It’s got a lot of pop culture commentary. Glass makes some perfectly good observations about how celebrities get treated. It’s thought out too. He backs it up with good flashbacks. It’s got the Santos artwork. There are some problems I’ll mention later, but otherwise, very solid artwork. Santos handles motion beautifully and there’s a lot of motion in Furious.

It’s also a very cynical look at the world. Glass implies a certain misogyny involved in how the public interprets Furious as a superhero. He’s not obvious about it, but it’s a rather bold observation to make.

And the comic’s very violent. The protagonist is a vicious psychopath with control issues. She’s very sympathetic too.

Santos can’t handle the violence. His blood’s too cartoony.

Otherwise, Furious is impressive.

B+ 

CREDITS

Fallen Star, Part Two, A Dream of Flying; writer, Bryan J.L. Glass; artist, Victor Santos; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Spencer Cushing and Jim Gibbons; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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