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MARA #1
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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.

Story by Brian Wood
Art by Ming Doyle
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ming Doyle

Price: $2.99
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  1. Urthona Urthona says:

    What is this? BRIAN WOOD? OK, I’m pulling this.

    • BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

      It came out last week. My store had only one copy. I flipped through it but it didn’t grab me.

      I don’t think I’ve read anything by Brian Wood but I am interested in his new Star Wars comic, coming out next week.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      You’re missing out. I’ve read almost his entire output and there are very few misses in there.

  2. adrianrigter adrianrigter says:

    Decent book, a fairly straight up mix of sports manga and a mutant title, nice art, particularly at the end. That said it didn’t Really grab me, may pick up ish 2 if it’s a lighter week.

  3. USPUNX USPUNX says:

    Wow, this was really bad. Talk about old, worn out sci-fi; I didn’t see a single new or innovative idea in this entire issue, not even the hint of one. I really expect a lot more from Brian Wood. Not to mention this really played up his preachyness which occasionally overwhelms his story telling in books like DMZ and The Massive. Very overbearing in this issue.

    And how about pages 7-10? I guess Wood was going with the “tell don’t show” mantra with this book. This whole issue somehow felt incredibly condensed even though nothing really happened.

    And the art!! My god can we say Paul Pope wannabe!?!?

    I case you couldn’t tell I really found almost nothing to like here. Brain Wood is one of my all time favorite comic creators but this was a really really big miss. One star.

  4. Urthona Urthona says:

    I gotta agree, USPUNX, I did not like this book. Art was not up to the standard I need. For example, Mara in the bathing suit full splash…just a very dull, poorly drawn piece of art. If you’re supposed to show the most sexy woman on the planet, you better be up for the challenge.

    Volleyball? Really? The whole thing felt very amateur. Sorry to be harsh. But, since I’ve loved and praised Northlanders, Conan, Demo, I feel like I can throw a tomato here.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      Dude I know. I mean really? Freaking volleyball!?!? I know it’s the future but there is suspending disbelief and then there is just plain ludicrous.

  5. tomistommy tomistommy says:

    I love Brian Wood and will pick up anything the guy writes, but, man, this was REALLY rough. I think Ming Doyle is a decent up and coming artist but the art was just so bland, and Wood’s writing felt like someone trying to do an impression of him. I was even interested to see Wood write a book about volleyball, but I couldn’t even finish it.

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