Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, March 28 2014 and posted in Reviews
"You can call me Perfidia!"
By Bryan J. L. Glass and Victor Santos, Dark Horse Comics continues Furious with issue #3, titled “Blaze of Glory.” With a cover by Victor Santos of Furious chained up in front of a brightly blazing fire, contrasted with a flashback shot of Cadence Lark’s dad holding her up while she clutches a trophy, we can see the clear dichotomy between who Cadence Lark was and who she wants to be.
Right off the bat and pulling no punches, we find out what happened to Cadence’s father, fueling her guilt. In the midst of her recollection, Furious responds to a fire on a rooftop that a man lit to signal her to help save his wife, taking the story in a dark direction. We also get a greater look into the new super in town, Perfidia, and learn exactly where her loyalties lie.
Bryan J. L. Glass underscores Furious’ naivety here; she’ll do anything it takes to save someone and redeem herself. The addition of another super-powered person really helps flesh out the new universe, and it’s good to have a possible antagonist who isn’t Furious herself (maybe). Although she has her own flaws, Glass writes Furious as a very strong female protagonist, and with her fighting an overtly misogynistic man, he makes it clear where he stands.
Victor Santos handles all art duties for Furious using a variety of panel layouts to keep things in motion. He utilizes a steady color theme throughout the issue of blue and yellow, resembling the color pattern of Furious’ outfit. This culminates in an enormous fire transitioning to the use of reds matching the appearance of Perfidia’s red and purple outfit.
Furious #3 continues to world-build as we’re fully introduced to other super-powered beings, and Cadence continues to show her youth. In three, short issues, Glass and Santos have established a wholly formed universe, which is more than some series do their entire runs.
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