Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Bryan J. L. Glass
Artist: Victor Santos
Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Victor Santos
Review: Tom Barnett
“This is the story of Cadence Lark. The tale of a very troubled woman.” That is the opening line of the first issue of Furious and it is no joke. This is a super heroine like you’ve never seen before. Talk about rage issues. This lady doesn’t know when to stop. And that’s the premise here. She calls herself the Beacon, but after rescuing two college kids from a serial killer, she beat the serial killer almost to death. Maybe rightfully so, but the TV cameras recorded all of it and are now calling her Furious. She only wants to help, but her crazy temper is her most powerful super ability.
Writer Bryan J. L. Glass weaves an interesting twist on the super hero story. Part super hero, part psychological thriller. Beacon is not what she seems, and to say that she is an untrustworthy character is an understatement. This character has something else going on besides a temper issue. Glass gives you just enough bread crumbs to follow his trail as to what is really behind Beacon’s issues.
I’m new to Victor Santos’s work and I love it. He has a great use of shadows and lighting and colors. There are a couple of panels involving Beacon flying with police cars in the background that are just fantastic. There is a lot of energy in his work too. Santos throws in some nice references in the book. The first being the Kirby Dots on a kids t-shirt and then there’s the billboard for Polar the movie. Polar happens to be Santos’s online comic. As a side note, Polar looks awesome too. Check that out.
This is a great start to a fresh and wonderful looking book. It’s something that feels completely different. Also check out Dark Horse Presents for the first appearance of Furious!
Tom is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @tphoto10.