Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mara by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Mara
Author: Brian Wood

Illustrator: Ming Doyle
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: Acclaimed creator BRIAN WOOD (The Massive, DMZ, X-Men) and brilliant newcomer MING DOYLE (Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Girl Comics) bring you MARA, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports- and war-obsessed future. When she starts manifesting strange superpowers, the world that once embraced her turns against her, and for this young woman who once had it all, it’s almost too much to bear. Both an intimate coming-of-age story and an epic superhero drama, MARA takes the genre to new places. Young adult friendly. Perfect for readers of WOOD's Demo, Local, and X-Men work.

Collects MARA #1-6


Review: This graphic novel takes the concept of the superhuman, modeled after Superman, and brings it to the modern reader. In a near future world where sports teams have taken pop culture's eye and mind away from constant war, a young volleyball star becomes more than human.

This graphic novel brings up some interesting discussions about humanity. I liked the way pop culture, the military, and family are portrayed. They all react differently. 

The artwork is also stunning. The world is futuristic, but familiar enough to appear possible. 

I really like how this graphic novel ends. I don't know if it will continue, but I'd love to see Mara back. I give this graphic novel a 4/5.


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