Castellucci and Melo hit it out the park yet again in Female Furies #3. I don’t think there are very many New Gods derivative books that would have really pleased Jack Kirby, but it’s hard to imagine him not being impressed with the way this series delves into the details from his Mister Miracle series, and comes out with pure gold.
Auralie is a minor character, appearing only in flashbacks to Scott Free’s youth on Apokolips, in Kirby’s work. Pretty much a footnote. The first two issues of this run have given her a lot more development, and this issue puts the spotlight fully onto her character, as she reaches her tragic end.
It seems this will turn out to be Big Barda’s series by the end. Auralie always was a bit of a sacrifice, her death serving to motivate both Barda and Miracle to break free. Mister Miracle has not yet appeared in this book, but we hear him speak at the end of this issue, and I am expecting to see him show up shortly.
Considering the way the males of Apokolips have been portrayed, I can totally see Miracle shining in contrast to them, and capturing Barda’s interest.
But that’s all yet to come. This chapter has some clever art and a solid story, as it marches Auralie towards disaster. It’s not quite as funny as the previous two issues, but then, it probably shouldn’t have been.
This book really is a must read. Pick it up if you aren’t already doing so.