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Miss Fury #1 Review
By Andy Frisk
April 28, 2013 - 17:29

Writer(s): Rob Williams
Penciller(s): Jack Herbert
Colourist(s): Ivan Nunes
Letterer(s): Simon Bowland
Cover Artist(s): Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Paul Renaud, Will Conrad

Dynamite Entertainment has been telling some pretty good superhero stories using old, out of copyright heroes that became obscured, lost and overshadowed by the more popular Marvel and DC Comics characters. Some of the stories have been really, really good, some have traded upon the visual look (especially of the female characters), and others have been pretty bad. Miss Fury #1 falls somewhere in between all of the above. I guess the best way to describe Miss Fury (as a character and a comic book) is that it is full of plenty of brilliant potential. Whether or not that potential is reached will remain to be seen.

Marla Drake is one of the wealthiest women in the world. Sole inheritor of her father's fortune, and a regular on the New York scene, Marla has become bored with her life. During a magical, and somewhat surreal visit to the deepest heart of Africa though while on safari, Marla encounters a spirit of fury unlike any other. Infusing her with great fury and physical prowess, she ends up taking to a life of crime, i.e. jewel thievery to be exact, in order to assuage her boredom. Events conspire though that might just bring out the heroism buried in her heart. Nazi agents are conspiring to utilize their time traveling abilities to conquer the world...and they just already might have...

Bouncing between 1943 and 2013, Miss Fury #1, written by Rob Williams, tells a bit of a jumbled tale as it also bounces between Marla Drake/Miss Fury's origin story, her flippant dialogue, a gratuitous bath scene, her battle with Nazi agents on a New York rooftop, and her trip to 2013. All the bases are covered though and the stage is set for the hopefully smoother unfolding of the rest of the story in the next few issues.

Artist Jack Herbert brings Miss Fury and all her beautiful contours...oh, and violent beautiful life. Marla/Fury turns heads as she walks down the street in dresses way too revealing for the 1943 setting (that's part of the uber-feminism charm of the character though), bares her derriere not once but twice, and pulls off the leopard skin/skin tight outfit look the best this side of Catwoman's leathers. Herbert covers the rest of the bases well though too. Period costume, landscapes, and background detail are all top notch.

Definitely worth reading more of, but also quickly worth dropping like a hot potato if the narrative doesn't streamline better over the next few issues, Miss Fury is another potential filled updating of a forgotten Golden Age character from Dynamite.

Rating: 7/10

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