Saturday, November 9, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: Mara by Brian Wood & Ming Doyle

Release Date: November 12, 2013
Published by: Image Comics
Issues #1-6
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Comixology

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.

Mara was an interesting story about a young girl who had it all. She was a star athlete, considered the very best, with all of the money and fame that anyone could ask for. Her talent was in volleyball and everyone knew her and wanted to be like her. But it was all taken away when strange supernatural powers began to emerge.

Mara suddenly becomes labeled a cheater and is shunned by her fans. And as the knowledge of her strange abilities spread, she is brought to the attention of the military who decide that she would be more useful as a weapon. But as her powers continue to grow and her body becomes less human, so does her mind. 

This novel was a quick read with some entertaining moments, but I had high expectations after reading several glowing reviews and was left feeling a bit disappointed. It wasn't a particularly impressive or mind-blowing story and the artwork was average.

Also, since I began reading this story I've been bothered by Mara's image on the cover. She has a white complexion. I can't figure out why that is considering that throughout the story, Mara looks like this..

It's not something that necessarily affected my rating, but I would like to understand why her appearance is so different on the cover. I seem to be the only reviewer that has brought this up, as far as I can tell, so maybe there is some artistic angle I'm missing here.

I can't say I wouldn't recommend Mara, because it was a quick read and worth the time spent reading it. But if the series continued, I don't think I would be all that interested in following it.


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