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Mara was one of those comics that grabbed my eye and demanded that I purchase it, even though I knew nothing about the author or artists involved. I mean, just look at her face:

Mara Cover Image

I loved the look in her eyes, the scratch on her cheek, the way she was drawn with the clear body of an athlete.

Okay, but wait--I am getting ahead of myself. Mara is set in a sort-of dystopian future where the economy is driven by two industries--professional sports and the military. The title character, Mara, was shipped off to a volleyball camp at a young age with other promising future athletes. She now competes in a global league for fame, massive endorsement deals, and social status that is on the level of a religious icon.

At times, Mara seemed a bit too perfect to be true, and I hope the rest of the series rounds her out a bit. The story does much better at showing the nasty side of the world she lives in, including the creepy military forces her brother is a part of and a viewing public ready to pounce on her when her superpowers manifest in the middle of a game, and she unwittingly uses them to win. The compact nature of the story (only six issues total) results in a bit of info-dump in the beginning, but it's not too distracting.

In addition to the interesting story, Ming Doyle's art scored a lot of nostalgia points with me. There was something about it that reminded me of those early to mid-90s manga like FAKE or Slam Dunk, where everyone's features are slightly exaggerated in a way that makes them seem beautiful and at the same time, slightly creepy.




This effect is heightened by the fact that the backgrounds are often super-spare. I don't know whether Doyle just doesn't have the time/manpower or inclination to fill in all the extras, or is trying to make some kind of commentary on the emptiness of their lives. Whatever the answer is, I will continue to ponder it over the next 4 issues, since I think Mara is pretty great.

Date: 2013-03-03 06:52 pm (UTC)
bethbethbeth: (Bears Yankee (lunaris_))
From: [personal profile] bethbethbeth
This looks really cool (and it looks really cool as well *g*) - and it reminds me that since Sandman and Fables I haven't really read any comics stories where the future of the world wasn't at stake in some way.

Not that serious sports fans don't think that the future of the world rests on their team's successes, but... :)

Date: 2013-03-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
bethbethbeth: (Captain Marvel (bbb))
From: [personal profile] bethbethbeth
Consider yourself tagged! (I've added the artist for all the titles we have so far because of your review. Of course, now I'm thinking we should include everybody - letterers, colorists, etc - but I'm just too lazy to track them all down *g*)

Date: 2013-03-03 10:58 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
Oooh, that looks really fun! (And I also like the design.)

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