You Can’t Escape Your Past – Furious #2 Review

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24459I loved the first issue of this challenging new comic, and wondered if the quality could be kept up as the series progressed.

The answer to that is an emphatic “YES”.

For the uninitiated – “The media can’t get enough of the high-flying super-celebrity known as Furious! But the authorities are convinced she’s a danger and a menace—they’ve had more than enough of the privileged vigilante! Stuck in the crosshairs of her past, Furious must balance her desire for justice with her quest for redemption.”

Furious #2 from Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Victor Santos (Mice Templar, Polar), and Dark Horse Comics is out today in comic shops everywhere, and comes highly recommended by this reviewer.

Continuing the philosophical themes of last issue, issue #2 explores more of The Beacon’s past, and how no matter how hard you try, or how good of a job you do burying it, the past always has a way of coming back to bite you on the ass.

Our unsure hero is still fighting herself in her quest for identity, in a media obsessed world that keeps saying she’s one thing, and an inner monologue that isn’t quite so sure. Still trying to wrestle her way out of the Furious headlock the media has her in, while trying to prove to the world, and herself, that she is the hero she thinks she is.

This time around though, her fight to escape her previous life and her unsure nature are not her only opponents, as a shadowy figure is determined to out her, and make her pay for her past mistakes. Just when I thought I knew where this series was going…

Bryan’s scriptwriting chops are meatier than ever, deftly juggling the past and present, and the duality of human nature making this a compelling must-read beries. His dialogue is crisp, and to the point, just telling enough to propel the story forward. There is a lot going on with this story, with new ideas constantly bubbling to the surface, but it never seems daunting. This is a writer with all his cylinders firing, and it’s exciting watching the sparks fly.

Once again Victor Santos has upped his game, fully delivering on Bryan’s challenging script. His ability to think outside the box, and fully embrace what only this illustrated medium can really deliver, makes this an exciting book to read. He has a dynamic style, with just the right energy for this book, and you can tell it is a labor of love.

I especially like the way he has worked the social media bits into the story, giving the everyman’s view on the proceedings. The little nods to Facebook and Twitter make the book feel all the more real, especially by using his and Bryan’s real twitter handles. It gives it an element of fun as well.

These are two creators working at the top of their game, and Furious is easily becoming my favorite superhero series. If you like a little depth with your superheroics, Furious is the book for you!

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