Mara #2

Mara #2

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17
8.0Critic Rating
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As superstar athlete Mara Prince's superpower manifestation is caught on live TV, her life rapidly starts to spiral out of control. The media descends like vultures. Her handlers go into spin mode. The footage is seen around the world, and this young woman, who only hours ago was the darling of pop culture, is now being slammed and ridiculed for being a fraud and a liar. But the more she tries to fight back, the only thing she's doing is escalating the problem. A sci-fi take on real world superheroes by the powerhouse team of BRIAN WOOD, MING DOYLE and JORDIE BELLAIRE!

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 30, 2013

    Where Wood is going with this story, I can scarcely say. The final page of this issue was just as exhilarting and surprising as the first issue's, and for a writer who normally ends on a somber note or character beat, that is saying something. His control over the book's tone is enhanced by Mara's supporting cast, which continues to be varied and diverse. With stories like Lance Armstrong's in the news right now, a story like Mara's is more pertinent and relevant than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jan 31, 2013

    Be it a corrupt system or a girl going through unknown and uncontrollable change, I'm looking forward to seeing how issue two's surprises play out next month. Mara #2 costs $2.99. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jan 31, 2013

    The enhancement/cheating element of the story really resonates with readers in the light of recent doping allegations, and makes the story that much more compelling. Ming Doyle's artwork is fantastically detailed and beautifully rendered, brilliantly complementing the "real word" feel of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 5, 2013

    After Issue #1 I was sure I was buying it more for the art than the story -- even though the dystopian volleyball premise is exciting for being something we haven't really seen before -- but Wood's second issue is pretty strong. I found the expository worldbuilding a bit tedious in the opening issue, but here it works, probably because we're embedded enough at this point that not a lot needs to be explained to us. There's fallout from the events of the previous issue, followed by some intriguing escalation. And it's all very pretty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Tatiana Christian May 10, 2013

     As her superpowers continue to develop, I'm excited to read the next issue of Mara.   Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 1, 2013

    The series is deep and so layered, a brilliant take on modern media and icons in a futuristic setting. The story, art, everything is fantastic. Sadly, it's a limited series right now, but hopefully we'll luck out and get more once these initial six issues are up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 29, 2013

    Mara #2 is an excellent release, that handily earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jan 30, 2013

    Despite the fact that Mara is only two issues deep, its already abundantly clear that this mini-series has no qualms with putting a unique spin on a classic genre. While this issue is not overly packed with action, Maras creative narrative and impressive splash page cliff-hanger should be enough to leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Feb 1, 2013

    An ambitious comic that isn't all it could be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - TaliAdina Feb 3, 2013

    I enjoyed the story and it's such an intriguing idea. The creative team works well together as Wood's writing Doyle's artwork, and Bellaire's colors compliment each other very well to visually and orally introduce this new society to readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 3, 2013

    As usual, Wood's setting is a vital aspect of his narrative. DMZ, The Massive, Northlands, and even Conan all have unique and memorable locales, with their own sets of rules that assist Wood in world building. It is these settings that define Wood's characters and Mara is no different. The art is powerful in its simplicity, establishing a future world that looks both familiar and fantastic. The big draw of the book is the question of whether Mara is a cheater who betrayed her public, or is she a victim of events beyond her control. Today's marketplace is tough, and Image and Brian Wood should be praised for daring to create a book about a dystopian volleyball obsessed future culture with a strong female lead. It works, and I'm intrigued to see where this one-of-a-kind experience goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Feb 4, 2013

    Answers to those questions are surely forthcoming, and in the meantime readers are left to wonder what the series is really about. It's clearly an ambitious comic with something to say, and its creators have the chops to realize those ambitions and deliver that message. All that remains is to pay attention while the creators tell their story, and after two issues, I'm as interested as ever in how it's all going to play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 1, 2013

    It's definitely not your generic super hero book, but there's something special going on with Mara and it's more than enough to keep someone interested. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - William Tournas Jan 29, 2013

    Given it is the second issue in a miniseries, I feel someone could easily jump onto this here without having the read the first one, but you would be missing out on an enriching first book. Definitely check this series out and grab a copy of one if you haven't already. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Sal Brucculeri Jan 30, 2013

    I'm not really sure the direction Mara #2 is going, other than that of some type of “powers” story, but I wouldn't mind staying tuned to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 1, 2013

    Mara isn't the most action-packed book on the shelves right now, but the story is character-driven, unpredictable, and interesting. This title is off to a strong start. I also have to give Image credit for choosing to run its ads at the end of the book"smart move. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jan 30, 2013

    I guess I could see this book being great for a young girl who is interested in pursuing volleyball as a means of changing the world, but otherwise, this one is off the mark and way too out of bounds for me. Read Full Review

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