Mara #3 Review

Does this imaginative take on the future still warrant a purchase?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Seeing her friends and supporters abandon her, and instead of trying to suppress her newfound powers, Mara goes public. Openly displaying her rapidly developing abilities, she challenges the bias and discrimination. People start to see her as not a freak, but rather someone who can’t be stopped, and that starts to make a lot of very serious people very concerned. Socially-aware superheroics in a world we’ve never seen. Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellaire bring the goods.

The continuing odyssey of the extremely special athlete Mara Prince, is a tale that’s been shrouded in conspiracy, excitement and absolute mystery.  To the creative team’s credit they’ve more or less birthed a lead that could easily be put on the same power level as Superman, while still making her a metaphorically grounded protagonist.

Brian Wood continues to spin this romp that offers both a simple and honest perspective on the forthcoming days surrounding humanity.  From the way the media and its collective audience reacts to this situation to how our heroine comes to term with her powers, all the emotions ring true on an intellectual level.  The layers orbiting this phenomenon are complex, as the world adjusts to the appearance of what can only be described as the first real Super-Human. What makes this all even more interesting is the fact that she just happens to be a revered star and not some mild mannered reporter.

The art by Ming Doyle continues to be one of the strongest areas of praise for this title.  The delicately rendered backgrounds and simplistic movements yield a level of hyper-realism that most talents strive to achieve.  In short each proverbial pencil stroke exists to serve the greater whole, but that’s not to say that there weren’t any problems here.  On occasion there seemed to be a dip in overall quality but these instances were few and far between.

Mara #3 is an excellent extension of what has been a thoroughly compelling ride thus far. Recommended.


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  • Marcell Hines

    Can’t wait to read Wood’s X-Men run