Furious #1

Furious #1

Writer: Bryan J. L. Glass Artist: Victor Santos Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 29, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 4
6.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world's first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by doling out rage-fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption.

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 28, 2014

    Overall, Furious has busted out matching it's name. The comic is rage, action, fun, and entertaining. If you're a superhero fan, or a fan of visually eye-catching art, do yourself a favor and grab the first issue. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Jan 31, 2014

    By the end of the issue, the notion left hanging is what, exactly, Cadence is trying to atone for " and while it's not the most unconventional of cliffhangers, the emotional dimension of this book is well-developed enough that we understand the answer isn't a simple matter. The “how” of this story is looking to be more important than the “what”; and with a first issue this intense and intricate, this is one “how” you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Jan 28, 2014

    Furious is a good first issue for a superhero origin story. Furious is a better first issue as one about a girl seeking redemption and struggling with her past, present, and future. I read Furious three times and each time caught a different line that made me feel like I caught another level of context to the story. Brian J.L. Glass has created a character that is trying to fix a past that was not super by trying her hardest to be a hero. Victor Santos' then slathers this great story in another layer of beautiful imagery with his art. You will be absolutely Furious if you do not give this issue a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - John Saavedra Jan 28, 2014

    This is a very good start for this new limited series. If Mice Templar is any indication, Glass is very good at telling epic stories that are at once intimate and captivating. Along with Santo's beautiful illustrations, Glass has laid down the foundation for a wonderful new yarn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 29, 2014

    Furious #1 may not be what my fellow fanboys and fangirls expect, but rest assured this is quality entertainment that comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jan 29, 2014

    Not much else can be said except that while it wasn't perfect, as a first issue I can't wait to see where the take it from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonmonster Jan 30, 2014

    This is a comic book with implications and escalating consequences. A standout start to what I can only imagine is going to be a stellar comic with some harsh reality infused into a completely badass storyline. Because what I havent doled out yet is that The Beacon will be The Beacon for as long as that little angel sits on her shoulder. But that angel has a shelf life and that shelf life is called Furious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Feb 1, 2014

    While the art and story have both caught my interest, I'm not completely sold quite yet. It was a great introduction but I'm not sure how much I'll care about the character as we learn more of her past and fear that might take away from my enjoyment of the book. We'll see as time goes on! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jan 30, 2014

    Furious #1 is a very interesting start to a new take on a superhero striving to do good and use one's powers responsibly while trying to protect one's alter ego. The parallel drawn between the car chase Furious is trying to stop in the best way and her own life worked in not only giving a clear way to understand the overall predicament and mentality but also in showing how physics is even important for superheroes (if you read the issue you'll understand). The character's notoriety in the public eye was somewhat confusing initially and hopefully that'll become clearer as more of the character's past is revealed. Overall this is a very promising start to a new series showing the journey of a conflicted superhero coming to terms and maybe finding redemption for one's past. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 29, 2014

    The star of the show is Mr. Victor Santos. His inspired cartooning fills this comic with energy and life. The action scenes are a thing of wonder. Panels slip and slide across the page, it looks as if everything is falling apart before your very eyes (and, in a way, it is). It's frantic and kinetic, inserting you into the moment and making you feel the intensity. Furious #1 is visual treat, a debut filled to the brim with awesome artwork. Hopefully the story can keep up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Alvarez Jan 28, 2014

    Like I said, Furious wants to take the big thematic bite. I'm just worried that it will start choking as it tries to digest it, having chewed far too quickly before swallowing. And yet a big theme can make the dinner party if served just right. Glass and Santos know how to craft comics, their work on Mice Templar proves that without a doubt. But even the best chefs sometimes over-salt a new recipe before they get it right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jan 29, 2014

    Overall, I think this series is setting up to be fierce! A book that will need to be reckoned with through cosplay, fan art and deeper debate over its commentary on media-immersed existence before the last issue ever hits the stands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 29, 2014

    Technique issues aside, "Furious" #1 is a superhero comic that has something to say, and says it enjoyably enough. Interested readers might also want to seek out the prologue to this issue that appeared in "Dark Horse Presents" #31. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jan 29, 2014

    Furious explores some deep themes under the disguise of a superhero story. There's enough new ground tread in the debut issue to make sure you return. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Feb 3, 2014

    There is an obligatory climax to the book. Which I honestly did not like so much. Its cool and all, just nothing earth shattering. The artwork however is full aces. Damn slick work, the action shots and the facial expressions are all spot on. It ain't easy getting them both right in one book and Viktor Santos manages the trick. All in all it is an explosive first issue worthy of being read by a Comic Addict. I can already see this one is gonna end in a lot of violence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jan 28, 2014

    Furious is a difficult comic book series to endorse due to the way it is written. Those that are interested in the series may have a reason to pick it up in order to see what these two creators do together. However, time could be better spent on a different project unless something drastic changes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 29, 2014

    Furious has some hurdles to overcome to break into the upper echelon of indie superhero books but they aren't insurmountable. There's a good foundation under some unfortunate art direction. The superhero as celebrity metaphor isn't new but it taken on a different kind of context as time has gone on. The 24-hour news cycle and the rapid growth of social media have changed the ways we think about our cultural icons. Glass is attempting to distill that are hopefully he can with stronger work from Santos. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 28, 2014

    I believeFuriousis a limited series. It looks to touch on real world subjects like fame and anger-management. The first issue is enjoyable. Bryan J.L. Glasswill be looked to build on the foundation and let readers learn more about Furious' past, and how she plans to go about turning the public in her favor. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Jan 27, 2014

    As an enormous fan of the creators' previous work, it is disappointing to walk away from Furious #1 with such a sense of neutrality. The plot has the potential and the series will hopefully build in excitement and scope as the story progresses, but as an opening installment this book felt lacking. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Mar 12, 2014

    Furious is a good idea gone horribly awry. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Dec 31, 1969

    The title of Dark Horse's new series describes the feelings of anyone who spent money on it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The PullBox Mar 25, 2014

    Furious is a gritty and realistic ride into the belly of what it means to be a hero. Bryan J.L. Glass has the sort of writing that puts you in the plot, gripped by the frustrations and discomforts of the heroine “The Beacon”, or as the media has instead dubbed her, “Furious”. From the classics onward, it has always been an almost naive facet of comics that for the sake of immersion we set aside certain elements of the story to embrace the fantastic. Furious disregards that placid naivety with an air of severity reminiscent of Garth Ennis’ “The Boys”. Now, replace the over-the-top gruesome nature of The Boys with a far more realistic and relatable level of destruction and brutality, and you get Furious. The fact of the matter is when the brutality comes? You want it. You need it. It’s boiling in your veins because the picture Glass paints puts you there with “The Beacon” as she struggles to do right in a world that’s just as crappy as our own. Drawing you into the world Glass weaves is the aesthetic design of Victor Santos, whose art style has the weight and severity that a story like Furious demands. Each and every dark twist in the plot is accompanied by a fittingly sculpted panel with a consistency of flow that is frankly rare to see maintained as capably as Santos manages. All things considered this is shaping to be an incredible series to follow and you should make sure you get in at the ground floor. As first issues go, it has everything you could want, coupled with the right amount of lingering questions to pull you forward – This one is a must have. This series has the sort of passion and frustration that pulls you in and drags you through the rage and the anguish until you’re furious.

  • 9.0
    ASanti05 Mar 22, 2014

    Furious delivers what is a well thought out, and articulated in every way, series. When I finished I rushed to see if they had the next issue available, but I was sadly disappointed. But yet excited too that it was not out yet. The waiting adds more to the excitement of the next read. I know I will be kicking down my local comic shop’s door for the next release. If this story has end I will be deeply sadden.

  • 9.0
    Timmidura Mar 22, 2014

    After being showcased in issue #31 of Dark Horse Presents, Furious appears in her own mini-series, Furious #1, starting the arc "Life’s A Bitch." Written by Bryan J. L. Glass and with art by Victor Santos, the cover shows a bloody, violent Furious complemented by her previous civilian persona being photographed by paparazzi. After having her breakdown broadcast worldwide, the media has dubbed The Beacon (the superhero name of protagonist Cadence Lark) "Furious," and she is now trying to present herself as helpful again. She does this by attempting to stop a convenience store robbery and rescuing a kidnapped child. As she's new to her powers, these don't go all according to plan. Bryan J. L. Glass crafts a full-formed universe right out of the gate: a world unused to superheroes trying to come to terms with life among supers. As the narrative states, Cadence Lark is a troubled person who tries desperately to better herself and the world through her persona, Furious. This issue is quite dialogue-heavy, yet it isn’t forced exposition, but a deep dive into the thought process of a young, insecure girl. They bounce around from boys to Sam Cooke to being honorable. The dialogue between Furious and the teenage boys comes off as natural as teenagers can. All of the art is handled by Victor Santos, which is a great fit for the action-heavy, fast-paced issue. His linework is razor-thin, with just enough detail to get his emotive facial expressions across. The pictures in the background of Cadence’s home seem more detailed as opposed to the main characters, which I found odd. Santos uses an ample amount of dark colors throughout, keeping to the moody tone, and when lighter colors appear, they’re muted. The major crime Furious has to thwart is taken to the extreme, making it realistic and scary. I enjoyed what Glass and Santos had done in DHP and am now glad to see it becoming a mini-series. Furious is a fresh take on mature themes as seen through the e

  • 6.5
    Haziord May 17, 2014

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