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Review: Miss Fury #5

MissFury2016-05-Cov-A-LotayMiss Fury #5 is an action comic that’s 90% fight, 5% sage wisdom with a side of spirit animal and, 5% set up. In this issue, Corinna Bechko has the 1940’s superhero trying to right some wrongs and turn the tide to save the world.
There’s a whole lot of fighting going on in this issue. After the first pages story set up the bad guys are met head on by Miss Fury and she came to win, if she can. The fight is a hard one that finds our hero deep under water with only her spirit animal to guide her to safety.

Miss Fury tries to make sense of all of the supernatural forces that surround her and she finds herself unable to come to terms with the dark forces that she seems unable to defeat. There are winged Krakenesque beasts on the attack, pig faced people on the offensive and double crossing humans standing her way.
Corinna’s writing is decent but, she seems to focus more on adding more elements to the story than character development. In some places, I felt as if the story relied more on Jonathan Lau‘s beautifully illustrated throwback artwork than on the character. This issue seemed to have our hero flying blind and not giving us any of her trademark sass. I found myself a little disappointed but, still invested.

There seemed to be a bit of a disconnect in this issue that separated it from the previous issues, I’m not sure if this was done intentionally or to set things up for the rest of the arc. It felt more like a placeholder than a stand-alone issue which left me hoping for another couple of pages to round things out. There were a whole lot of fight panels where I got to see what Miss Fury could do but, it felt like she was holding back and had left her A game at home. The few pages that were not action packed fight panels were pretty tame and didn’t really help move the story along.

Overall the issue was a decent read but, not what I was expecting or hoping for. We already know that she kick ass but, we want to know more about her and this issue fell short. The switching back and forth between the long fight panels and the moments of Miss Fury having what felt like an existential crisis (or awakening) were done with minimal transition and I think this issue would have been much better if it were split in two, part one being the fight scenes and supernatural set up and part two being her underwater sorting things out with herself and then emerging from her underwater vision quest ready to fight some more.

This issue wasn’t enough to make me give up on Miss Fury and her adventures but, it was enough to have me already giving the side eye to the next issue because I’m not sure it’s going to be able to bounce back and bring our hero with it.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Jonathan Lau
Story: 6.4 Art: 7 Overall: 6.2 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5

Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Marla must choose her fate as past and future collide. Is she Marla Drake, friend and co-worker, or Miss Fury, a creature of dark power and fierce retribution? The answer lies far from land as the Minor Key seeks to unlock an apocalypse they can’t control, forcing Miss Fury to confront the mysterious force coiled within her. Will she learn to harness it in time, or will all of New York pay the price?

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Preview: Miss Fury #4

Miss Fury #4

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Miss Fury uncovers the sinister facts behind what the Minor Key is planning, but is it already too late to stop them? As time grows short, Marla delves deeper into her own shadowy past in Brazil, and the true nature of the power that she barely holds in check. Can it be used for good, or is she doomed to hasten the very thing she fears will come to pass?

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Preview: Miss Fury #3

Miss Fury #3

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As Miss Fury prepares to take on the darkest occult elements New York has to offer, her alter-ego Marla wrestles with the suspicion that something sinister might be behind her own abilities as well. Can the supernatural be harnessed for good as well as evil? Or is Miss Fury trapped in a web of deceit from which there is no escape, no matter how hard she fights?

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Preview: Miss Fury Vol. Two #2

Miss Fury Vol. Two #2

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art),
Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Marla is drawn deeper into the mystery surrounding the missing ship plans even as she comes to grips with her own troubled past. But who – or what – is stalking her through the snowy streets of New York? As friends are unmasked, enemies circle… leaving Marla’s alter ego Miss Fury all alone to fight a foe she can barely comprehend!

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Around the Tubes

HotDamn01-CoverThe weekend is almost here! What geeky things will folks be doing? Any games being played? Comics read? Movies seen? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Into It 64: The Warriors with Elana Levin – Listen to our Elana on the Into It podcast.

ICv2 – Deadpool 2 Formally Confirmed – Is anyone surprised?

The Beat – To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York – This sounds cool!

ICv2 – Iello Unveils New Preorder Policy – Seems like a good policy.

Marvel – Pizza Hut Gives Marvel Fans Power To Choose A Side With New Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Promotion – Who are you siding with?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Hot Damn #1

CBR – House on Penance #1

Talking Comics – Miss Fury #1

CBR – Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Preview: Miss Fury Vol. 2: Walk Through The Valley TP

Miss Fury Vol. 2 : Walk Through The Valley TP

writer: Rob Williams
artist: Jack Herbert
cover: Dennis Calero
FC • 136 pages • $17.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 7-11

Marla Drake, the untamable costumed adventurer known as Miss Fury, fought Nazis with wild abandon not just during World War II, but – due to a scientific mishap – throughout time, as well. Now trapped in the 1943 of a parallel universe, she comes face-to-face with her mirror double, a hedonistic murderess whose soul was never saved by the love of a good man. Realizing what her life could be like now that she has lost her own beloved Matthew Chandler, she surrenders to the slimy promises of Schauburger, a rogue (and dead) Nazi agent whose ghost can alter the timestream and set things right. The cost? Killing the alternate Marla Drake, the Pharaoh of Time, the Mafia superhero The Mob, a US Naval Intelligence nuclear physicist… and the list goes on. No matter how hard she tries, people just seem to want Miss Fury to murder for them. How many must die so that she can become a good person again?

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Preview: Miss Fury (Vol. 2) #1

Miss Fury (Vol. 2) #1

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b)
incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Golden Age heroine returns! New York during the second World War is a place of mystery and intrigue, but with all our boys fighting in Europe, who will stand up to the forces of darkness at home? Miss Fury is ready to step into the breach, but even she doesn’t understand the shadow she carries within herself. Is it a force of good or of evil? And can she learn to control it in time to stop the deadly attack that threatens to destroy the Big Apple?

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Comics Herstory: June Tarpé Mills

missfury_1June Mills, better known in her early days by her pen name, Tarpé Mills, was one of the first women to write action comics. She was both a writer and artist, and is credited as the first woman to create a female action hero with Marla Drake, also known as Miss Fury. Her other characters included Devil’s Dust, the Cat Man, Purple Zombie, and Daredevil Barry Finn.

Mills hid her gender by using her middle name, rightfully believing that her gender would be a significant barrier to the comic industry at the time. Only after Miss Fury gained significant popularity was it revealed that Mills was a woman.

586525The first Miss Fury strip debuted on April 6, 1941. Originally called The Black Fury, the comic ran as a Sunday strip distributed by Bell Syndicate. The main character, Marla Drake, was modeled after Mills’s appearance and began her journey as Miss Fury when she dressed in a ceremonial panther skin that belonged to an African witch doctor. Despite these racist origins of the character, the strip was more controversial for its depiction of Marla Drake. Mills, previously a fashion illustrator, paid careful attention to Drake’s outfits, often drawing her and other female characters in revealing clothing. Mills was criticized for the characters’
immodesty, and after a strip showed Drake in a bikini in 1947, thirty-seven newspapers refused to continue its publication.

Drake had no superpowers, but used her agility and the panther suit’s claws to fight crime. She had her own villains, several of which were Nazis as the comic was published during World War II. During this time, Drake’s cat, Perri-Purr, became a symbol (in unofficial capacity) of the Allied soldiers. Miss Fury herself was painted on at least three bombers during the war.

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 9.38.33 AMWhen Mills fell in poor health, other artists and writers supplemented her work until the comic’s cancellation in 1951. Miss Fury broke down another significant barrier for women in comics, however. Her characters were inspirational and unique, and Marla Drake would become the inspiration for Patsy Walker. Drake’s legacy also lived on in the other incarnations of Black Fury, some of which were men and some of which revived her character in comics published in 1991, 1994, 2008, 2013, and 2014. 

Mills died in 1988 after a long illness.

Preview: Miss Fury #11

MISS FURY #11

Rob WIlliams (w)
Jack Herbert (a)
Billy Tan, Ardian Syaf, Colton Worley, Dennis Calero (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

FINAL ISSUE! With Miss Fury now allied with US Naval Intelligence she is parachuted into wartime Europe in order to track down Schauburger’s laboratory in Germany. Can she find her kidnapped lover, Captain Chandler, there? And who is attacking Schauburger during his garbled ghostly messages? Nazi forces are everywhere but a war can be fought on many fronts, as Miss Fury is about to discover…

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