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Mara #1 Review

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Is this brand new series really worth a post-Christmas trek to your local comic shop? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Acclaimed creator BRIAN WOOD (The Massive, DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and brilliant newcomer MING DOYLE (The Loneliest Astronaut, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you MARA, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports-and war-obsessed future. Young Mara Prince is at the top of the world, a global celebrity in a culture that prizes physical achievement above all else. After she manifests supernatural abilities on live TV, she becomes famous all over again but for the worst reasons. Integrating themes of superpowers, celebrity worship, corporate power, feminism, and political brinksmanship, MARA takes a classic genre to new places.

The idea of delving deep into the human psyche and exploring the impact of a star-athlete manifesting heightened abilities may on surface level sound like something familiar, but trust me when I say this narrative thrives in the execution of its subtle details. From the first page to the final panel this is a comic book that gives its audience something that’s truly worth their time and money.

The creative team throws out a good deal of information in this first release, but the script by Brian Wood, finds a way to soundly delve it out without causing much (if any) fatigue.  Poised with the right level of competence and consistency, readers are quickly welcomed to a natural but far off world that feels like a logical extension of our own.  The main character of this piece, Mara, is quite likable which makes her a proverbial lightning rod for empathy despite a few minor moments where we all suffer from the presence of some rather stiff dialogue.

Ming Doyle handles the art, and the talent does an outstanding job lavishing this book with intimate but provocative layers.  It’s a visual dance comprised of many elements such as symmetry, finesse with just a hint of chaos.  Perhaps what most caught my attention is our protagonist’s eyes and how the artist handily gives her a soul via such a subtle but important feature.

Mara #1 is an exceptionally good first outing that yields a striking future that’s truly worth your exploration.   Recommended.


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