My Top Rack: Furious

If we're honest for a second, superhero comics are a dime a dozen (not really have you seen those prices!). It really boils down to your preference, your favorites, what entertains you. One could argue that any number of monthly superhero comics are worthy of purchase and then argue that they're all basically the same. That's why I like Furious because it doesn't feel the same. I don't feel as if the story is just going to delve into a giant superhero battle with half of the city destroyed; and if it does then it will be a terrifying and tragic event.

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What makes Furious or as she calls herself "The Beacon" a unique character is the fact that there are no other superheroes in the world (at least that we know of). The way she earned her name was by beating the shit out of two serial killers and no one could stop her. By why did she do that? Because she's human. The thing that most superhero comics don't do is deal with real life. A mother kidnaps her child and blames the court and Furious offers to help her, but when she learns that the mother is bad mom and hits her kid... she looses it. I mean doesn't it enrage you to see a parent obviously not giving a damn about their child and then smack them because they're asking to be taken care of? Wouldn't that just send you over the edge? Now imagine you had superpowers and an alter ego to hide behind.

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It may sound strange; it may sound like Furious is governed by her emotions, but the facts are she's put into these intense situations where any one would be governed by their emotions. If you're trying to help someone and discover that they're the monster that others need protecting from, don't tell me you wouldn't be pissed off. To me it's more of a natural human response to be upset when we see others being treated poorly. Frankly when Furious asks, "how can you do that to another human being" while punching someone in the face... I think it's justice and not irony.

Furious may not always be able to control herself, but considering the world she's trying to help is utterly scared of her and her power... I'd say she's doing alright.

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If you're not reading Furious from writer Bryan J.L. Glass and artist Victor Santos, published by Dark Horse Comics, then you're missing out on one of the few truly unique superhero stories on the market. I don't know if it will go down in the history books just yet, but the path its blazing certainly leads me to believe it is.  -- Be sure to read Kimberly Gibson and Dustin Cabeal's "Dual Review" for Furious #2, out now!