Mara #5

Mara #5

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Everything's on the table as far as the military's position on Mara, but who's the one with the nuclear option? How much power can one woman hold before the world says "enough"?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jun 19, 2013

    MARA has been a must-pull for me since the first issue. The series is easy to follow, but not lacking depth, and it's a truly unique take on the superhero genre (plus there's a badass female protagonist). It's fascinating to watch Mara fall from a pedestal that humans created and then rise to a level that humans can't even fathom. Call this another victory for Image right now; I'm absolutely enjoying the series, and holding my breath for its ending next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 19, 2013

    Mara #5 has the series primed for an explosive ending and it does a great job of pushing this series forward. This is a creative team I would love to see reunite for any project under the sun down the road, as they are so in sync with this issue that it would be a shame to not see them work again in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 19, 2013

    Brian Wood has woven a story where hes tearing Maras emotional world down while at the same time her physical boundaries are expanding, perhaps without limit. The point she gets to in this issue is something that would never happen in a Superman comic, but it can be explored here. Is Wood teasing us with what seems to be happening? Perhaps. I know that hes got me hooked into wanting to know what happens next and isnt that the goal of every storyteller who writes serialized fiction? Wood does it here quite ably. Mara is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jun 20, 2013

    Mara has become one of the most entertaining miniseries of 2013; it's just too bad the next issue will be the series' last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jun 18, 2013

    With one issue left, we are left with the question of whether Mara Prince is irredeemable or incorruptible. One of the joys of this book has been in discovery, and with only one final chapter to go, we still can't guess what is coming next. In an age where comic arc are spoiled months in advance, the element of surprise is a welcome feature. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jun 18, 2013

    Mara #5 is an engaging ride from start to finish and it will have you glued to your seat. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jun 20, 2013

    Brian Wood continues to bring his A-game with this perfectly paced story, while Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire lay out breath-taking line work and color. Great set-up for the final issue, leaving the reader wondering whether Mara will become a hero or a villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - William Tournas Jun 18, 2013

    Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire excute the feelings and emotions of this story so well with their gorgeous art styles. From emotive descriptions on the faces of characters, to bursts of bright colours, Doyle and Bellaire bring their brilliant art to this book which has me just seitting at a page and just staring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 24, 2013

    Secondly, the last five pages are one long surprise. Wood and Doyle successfully expand what would usually be a one-page shocker into an epic build towards a final, brutally simple concluding image. The enjoyable unpredictability of the plot and Wood and Doyle's unusual approach to characterization should make the upcoming sixth and concluding issue a winner as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jun 20, 2013

    “Mara” has been a superb series so far from two excellent creators and has really become a new standard in exploring superheroes in comics. This issue was a bold move from those creators as a more introspective approach to the build of a conclusion that we usually see in superhero comics and it worked. Brian Wood and Ming Doyle have created an excellent look at how superheroes work by creating their own universe and looking at the concept of superheroes through a different lens. This is truly how the Superman story should be explored for the 21st century. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jun 21, 2013

    If you're into like sci-fi mystery stuff this is a book you should have been picking up for the past 5 issues, it's different, and intriguing and well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jun 20, 2013

    To me, Mara, whether it means to or not, feels gimmicky, like it’s an excuse for people to say, “some of my favorite comics are about superpowered homosexual minority female celebrity volleyball players,” because now that’s a thing. This issue leaves off cunningly, at least enough for me to check out where it’s going, but only because I’ve already come this far. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Spark Vizla Jun 20, 2013

    The entire series, she’s been unwilling. Forced into volleyball, the military, and then forced out of it all. Now, she finally has a choice of her own to to go all Collective Punishment on dat earth! / This issue made my heart pound when I got to it yesterday. The preview of #5 was my FIRST peak into the world of Mara, so I've been craving this! Also, last year they announced this comic at an expo in my hometown! Must read right? Tho its like they charge a dollar per reading minute. |THE PACE| The speed at which the comic moves is rush and focus. So little happens so slowly, then so much happens too quickly. Only 22 pages I guess. |THE SYMBOLISM| Also I see this series has a fair grasp on symbolism. Throughout the series, we see a volleyball. Red for the first three issues, and as it become unimportant and no longer apart of her, it turns white. As with the earth in the next issue (#thx4endinggiveaway). However, I must say its good to have a cover on par with the story vs one that shows the cover artist doesnt even read the issues. / One part where they TRULY lost me, was Bellaire's coloring on the second to last page. The girl crying almost looks like the girl crying in the first issue, but the HAIR COLOR is wrong! If the two were the same, that would've been oh so powerful! Even taking lighting into account its still off. |THE MISSING MAN| I'm wondering who the man in the shower, and the one that called her name in the first issue? I'm hoping they'll show in the last issue. |THE ART| Doyle at times lacks a sense of scale, and only adds further confusion when reading. Mainly the missile scene. Despite this, Doyle has a grasp on emotions, so if nothing else, that keeps me interested. The look in Mara’s eyes of uncaring in the previews nabbed me, so thanks to Doyle for that. The rage in her last appearance, and the fear of her former peers is truly remarkable too. |THE VERDICT| 6.5/10 Digital only. Too quick a read for travel.

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