Furious Hearts – Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 ReviewJune 17, 2015
Journey back into the apocalyptic wasteland with Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1. Despite the film’s title it was Imperiator Furiosa, portrayed by Charlize Theron, who quickly stole the show. Now nearly a month later the beloved character receives her opportunity at the comic book treatment. Straight from the mind of George Miller himself, comes the latest installment in the Mad Max prequel series, published by Vertigo Comics. But did it deliver upon fan’s expectations?
Furiosa’s story in Mad Max: Fury Road was one that left fans wanting more. How did she lose her arm? What exactly did the Green Place, the land of Many Mothers, look like before it shrived away to nothing? But most importantly how exactly did the road warrior rise up to the highest ranks of Immorten Joe’s eternal army? Unfortunately none of these questions seem to be answered as the story turns to focus more so on the five precious Wives of Immorten Joe. That being said doesn’t necessarily make this a bad thing, it’s just that maybe this wasn’t exactly what readers were to expect from the forty page issue. I myself was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to uncover the mysteries behind the gun toting heroine but after some time of thinking maybe it’s better that she have a more ambiguous beginning leaving the details up to the imaginations of fans.
We knew of the Wives, the awful purpose of which they were forced to serve which lead to their inevitable escape. Yet with Furiosa #1 readers are given a more detailed glimpse at their life in the Citadel. With fresh water, pure air and even an education these five women seem to live a life of luxury compared to the lives the rest of world is obliged to live. Yet even such luxury comes at a cost when faced with the wrath and abuse from Immorten Joe. Like I stated previously much of the story seems to focus on the wives allowing the personalities of Capable, Angharad and even Cheedo to develop much more then what we were able to see in the original film.
While we may not learn of Furiosa’s story prior to a life at the Citadel we are however given how her duty as sworn protector to these women began. As his premier warrior, his Imperiator, Immorten Joe entrusts Furiosa with his most prized possessions, ensuring that no harm comes to them. As is expected the soldier is cold and quiet merely performing the duty that was given to her in the beginning. But things slowly change as Furiosa begins to form relationships with the Wives causing her to give her promise to take them away from such a life.
Although the book is illustrated by several artists, the artwork transitions almost seamlessly. The art is gritty yet beautiful, a perfect depiction of the desolate wasteland in which Furiosa, Angharad, Immorten Joe, and many others are forced to live. While the first installment of the Mad Max comic series, Immorten Joe & Nux #1 served as a merely an origin for the characters, this story serves as the perfect prequel as the events of the comic tie themselves almost directly into the events of the film. Ultimately Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 is one of strength, courage and hope as six women look to find worth not only in themselves but within each other.
The cost may seem like a turnoff to some readers at a cover price of $4.99 but this issue is certainly worth the extra dollar. Make sure to pick up Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology, and be sure to look out for Mad Max: Fury Road: Mad Max #1 in stores next month!