I was informed, shortly after writing my review of the previous issue of Female Furies, that some people really hated this series. I was puzzled, and so I sought out some of the negative reviews. Well, I can say that the people who were complaining about earlier issues of this book are going to throw a fit over this one.
Castellucci and Melo have spun their usual magic, drawing on the established history of Big Barda and the Furies, and turning it into so much more. I particularly enjoy how Lashina is dealt with in this chapter. Her time as a member of the Suicide Squad, back during Ostrander’s time on that book, made me sympathize with the character, in a weird way. This story shows us Lashina in a light she is not often given, one that does not detract from her deadly, violent nature, but also emphasizes her intelligence and rationality.
Barda and the other Furies work together to get revenge on Willik, the member of Darkseid’s elite who raped Auralie. Apparently some incelebratory readers find Castellucci’s handling of these issues unfair and hateful. Because really, if there are any male characters who have earned the right to be portrayed in a noble fashion, it’s Darkseid’s best buddies.
Those readers will doubtlessly feel a kinship to Willik, as he cries his final words before being killed. Myself, I laughed so hard. Sometimes a message deserves to be thrown into people’s faces, and it takes real skill to do it in such an entertaining manner.
So if you feel threatened by the idea of strong women fighting against oppression, then this is not the book for you. I don’t know what is. Nor do I care. For anyone who enjoys well told and well illustrated comics, ones with something to say, and a real flair for how to say it, Female Furies is a winner.