Female Furies #1 (DC Comics)
After making a brief appearance in Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle miniseries, the Female Furies of Apokolips get their very own miniseries from Cecil Castellucci and artist Adriano Mello. But instead of an ass-kicking adventure starring Granny Goodness’ powerhouse team, Female Furies instead flashes back to the early days of the Furies, and their attempt to be seen as a legitimate part of Darkseid’s forces.
Flashing back and forth between Granny Goodness’ time as a new general for Darkseid and her time training the Furies, much of this first issue is largely an origin story for the group. Naturally that won’t be as enticing for comic fans who know about the Furies, but Casellucci’s script makes some pretty strong comparisons to the Furies and Granny’s struggles to be seen as equals that have a lot in common with what’s going on in our world as well. Unfortunately, Castellucci’s script doesn’t do a great job of balancing that part of the story with the rest of the book, making for a frustratingly uneven first issue. Castellucci tries to cover a lot of ground in the 22 pages that fill up this book, which means that the emotional moments he’s going for, while effective, don’t have quite the impact that they should.
Adriano Mello’s art is a fantastic throwback to Jack Kirby’s classic Fourth World books, and that’s not even taking into account the artist mimicking the king’s style for the Granny Goodness flashbacks. Mello’s strong character work and fluid sense of motion make for a pretty great combination for this series, and makes for a comic that has art that can seemingly do it all. At times I almost thought I was looking at recreated Kirby pages.
While Female Furies isn’t quite the follow up to Mister Miracle that DC is hyping it up to be, it’s still a pretty good debut issue with a surprisingly pointed message. That message gets a little lost when the script is adding on a bunch of new aspects to the story, but if the other issues can focus in more on the message, than Female Furies could make a pretty sizable impact on the comic industry.