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GIRL vs. THE WORLDA gifted athlete and a mega-celebrity, Mara Prince is a global brand and the most famous girl alive. But when she starts to manifest superhuman traits, her world starts to crumble around her. Pursued by armies and governments, dropped by friends and sponsors, and dragged through the media, Mara Prince rebels. Rejecting those who'd reject her, she embarksGIRL vs. THE WORLDA gifted athlete and a mega-celebrity, Mara Prince is a global brand and the most famous girl alive. But when she starts to manifest superhuman traits, her world starts to crumble around her. Pursued by armies and governments, dropped by friends and sponsors, and dragged through the media, Mara Prince rebels. Rejecting those who'd reject her, she embarks on a global action to let all of humanity know: she won't sit down and shut up. Collects MARA #1-6...

Title : Mara
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ISBN : 9781607068105
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Number of Pages : 158 Pages
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Mara Reviews

  • Alyssia
    2019-03-03 04:12

    I received an electronic copy of this graphic novel from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.2.5 starsI really wanted to like this, but I can't say that I actually did.Mara is an interesting character - a young, athletic female in a broken world. I did like that she wasn't white (not that you can tell from that cover), and that she was (apparently) in a non-heterosexual relationship, although this was pretty low-key in the story.However, the actual comic was somewhat boring and slow. There was narration and then there was story. The narrator made Mara out to be a lot more interesting and conflicted then she actually ever seemed. However, the omniscient narration also delivered a lot of plot without justifying it. It provided a convenient - this happened, here's what was being felt, here are the reactions of other people, etc. Very tell-based.The actual story - where Mara interacted with people or they interacted with each other - was almost snapshots. It seemed like most of the plot developments had to be explained in narration. Character interaction was a little shallow in most cases. There was interesting depth to some of the artwork, but no space for speculation - the narration told the reader how to feel about everything.The storyline didn't really hold my attention, and a lot of the actual happenings were fairly shallow. The most interesting elements of the graphic novel had nothing to do with the plot. It wasn't a slow read, but it felt that way at times. I kept waiting for something really interesting to happen, but it didn't. I couldn't really feel for any of the characters, even though the narrator told me that they were suffering. Because of this, I didn't really care what happened to them.

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    2019-02-26 03:29

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/Mara is the type of graphic novel that can be very hard to review and likely will polarize readers. It's a story that works in the format and yet also feels almost like a self referencing parody at the same time. But it is also beautifully illustrated with a distinct and interesting style.Mara is the most famous vollyball player in a future where sports are a world obsession. Children are taken away from their families in toddler-hood if they show a natural ability in any of the major sports and trained for most of their life in boot camps to become a world famous player. The perks are great but she's left very disaffected, living a listless sterile life traveling and playing, supposedly enjoying the adoring fans while her friend and lover/co player handles her corporate endorsements. But this all changes when she suddenly begins to develop supernatural powers and recognizes she wants no part of her human world any more. The adoration is hollow, her friendship/lover superficial, the world inhumane. So she leaves and lives in space - until a lonely astronaut forces her to reevaluate the roots of her discontent.I can definitely see where the author was going with this. Mara is a thinly veiled Gabrielle Reese, abandoned by her family and turned into a sports-robot for the enjoyment of the masses. The 'poor little rich girl' is admittedly a bit hard to swallow, though, and once the weirdness of her suddenly morphing into Superman, complete with super speed, flying, and ability to live in space just fine, it just gets a bit odd. For the sake of the story and to emphasis Mara's disenfranchisement from humanity, she is made super-human. I can't say it isn't artfully done but at the same time, it feels like artifice and a rather heavy handed deus ex machina. As the powers allow/force Mara to rather unemotionally shed the trappings of her current life (betrayed by the public, abandoned by her lover, etc.) she starts to realize what she gave up at the behest of others and to try to figure out what she wants. Which, oddly, is to be alone in space (making no sense considering how alone and disenchanted she was already with her old life).The heavy handedness comes in again at the end, with a lonely astronaut sent on a one-way exploration mission eavesdropped upon by Mara following his space ship to deep space as he communicates his last missives with his family. Tacked up on his bulletin board are pictures of Mara playing and a close up of her along with a photo of his family. It really wasn't necessary to put Mara into the pictures on his board to show that humanity doesn't always lack faith - just the words used when he communicates with his loved ones should have been enough to make Mara realize her exile was just another version of her previous life, no less one-dimensional for having made the choice herself this time. The "well, he believed in me so I guess humanity isn't all bad" was really shallow when it hit and lacked the punch it should have had.The illustrations were very well done and suitability stylistic to create a unique and distinct feel. In fact, I felt the illustrations were better than the story they realized. I feel a less heavy handed, much more subtle approach to what feels like a self indulgent attempt at 'high concept' would have worked much better here. By no means terrible - but still leaving me feeling underwhelmed and unaffected by Mara's journey. Received as an ARC from the publisher.

  • Sesana
    2019-03-24 03:06

    I guess I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I was absorbed while I was reading it. That could partly be because it's a very fast read, with big panels and little text. The ending is pretty weak, though. It's kind of cheap, for Mara to regain her faith in humanity through somebody who had been one of her fans. It makes Mara's crisis of faith, and its resolution, look cheaper. And Mara herself is kind of a hard character to get attached to. Her affect tends to be very flat, even when she's experiencing extremes of emotion. I get why she'd be like that, considering, but it's distancing. Not that this isn't good, it is, but it could have been so much better.

  • Dan
    2019-03-21 21:21

    I wasn't sure what I got myself into with this one. I'm not really a sports fan so when I discovered the title character was a volleyball star I wasn't sure I would like this. Her development of enhanced abilities and contemplation of just what makes us human had me hooked.

  • Isa Lavinia
    2019-03-16 23:25

    copy provided by Image Comics through NetgalleyI was so excited for this!The main character is a highly successful woman of colour who is not in a heteronormative relationship! How awesome is that?Those 2 stars are all for that, plus the absence of gratuitous sexualisation and the amazing art work.The story was just too shallow for me - yes there are some heavy subjects approached like, alienation and empathy and what it means to be human, but Mara herself wasn't a particularly developed character. Nor was anyone else, come to think of it.This just read like a stereotypical super hero origin story, with a distinct disconnection between characters - I suppose that's deliberate, to show how Mara was becoming more, but still...It seemed like Watchman ultra-light, with Mara as a young adult female Dr. Manhattan. But with none of the grittiness of the position.Even when we get flashbacks to her parents saying goodbye to her before she was turned over for training, it all seemed so... superficial and sanitized.Also,I get that they're trying to make the reader's focus shift to the philosophical implications of her new state, but really... this needed a why.So, to summarise, awesome artwork, kudos for a character representing several minorities (not that any of these minorities' issues are ever approached...)... and not so great on the character development and cohesive narrative side of things.It felt more like an exploration of philosophy 101. And I, personally, am not here for that.

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-03-11 21:31

    Book blurb: A gifted athlete and a mega-celebrity, Mara Prince is a global brand and the most famous girl alive. But when she starts to manifest superhuman traits, her world starts to crumble around her. See that premise? That's what sucked me in. I'm disappointed with how this turned out. That Mara is an athlete, of color, and non-heterosexual are all pluses. The world building is interesting, but overall I was bored with this story. Mara suddenly realizes that she has super powers, and seems to take it all in stride. The text would suggest otherwise, but nothing about what the character says or does seems to suggest much angst about this turn of events. There is zero character development, and while the art is good, it is not good enough for me to continue with this graphic novel series.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-06 05:24

    Mara is a book that’s easy to read and easy to follow but will remain mysterious and open-ended when you’ve finished reading and will leave you with questions about what it all means that’ll be up to you to answer - and that’s all to the good. It starts out in the near future with Mara Prince as a superstar volleyball player - in the near future volleyball is insanely popular - which might make you think that this is a sports comic: and then Mara suddenly uses super-speed in the middle of a game! From that point on, it’s anyone’s guess where the story is headed as Mara develops more and more superpowers - flight, strength, resilience, psychic abilities - and the world around her reacts with fear and hostility. It’s a story where you think at different points, as Mara discovers superpowers, that she might become a superhero, and then later you think she’s going to choose to become a supervillain, but by the end, like Mara’s powers growing by the chapter, the story eventually transcends the final barrier and becomes almost zen-like in its outlook and as enigmatic as a Kubrick film. If I’m making it sound like a tricky read, I assure you it isn’t. Brian Wood is one of the finest writers working in comics today and he writes Mara in a highly accessible way so that even if this is a completely new character and world, you can get into it and understand it instantly. I’ve read a lot of his work recently and Mara is definitely the best thing he’s written this year. The best part of the book by far - and both writer Brian Wood and colourist Jordie Bellaire do first class work, so this is saying something - is Ming Doyle’s artwork. It is absolutely gorgeous! You know those shots in movies/TV shows where a camera films traffic and then you see the sped-up footage that looks like a neon line of red or white? Doyle does this in the first panel of the book, making it look as vibrant and surreal as it does on film - in a comic! From there you’re treated to page after page of incredible illustration. The fight sequences between Mara and the military are especially brilliant as Doyle brings the focus tight in on Mara and then pushes it back at just the right moments to give a perfect sense of timing and movement to the scene. Or the scenes where Mara is flying and to give the reader an idea of her power and speed, the panel remains earth-bound, looking up at Mara, is an utterly genius choice. Even a page-length shot of Mara meditating while listening to her MP3 player is ridiculously stylised and amazing. If nothing else, this book will make you a fan of Ming Doyle and make you seek out everything she’s ever worked on, and is reason enough to pick up this title. Is Mara a superhero story told slightly differently? Is it a metaphorical story of a teenage girl’s journey to self-identity? Is it a spiritual comic retelling an ages-old story of gods? You can figure out the meaning of the book for yourself but the one answer I will give you is to definitely pick up this highly entertaining original superhero comic to read.

  • Travis Starnes
    2019-03-14 05:15

    I could not wait to the end of the book before getting started on writing this review. I was reading through the first issue of this trade and I was so bored. I thought I was reading a trashy teen book about rich sporty kids, or more specifically about one who outshone all the others, Mara. At 17 she was a billionaire because of the craze for volleyball and this seemed to be descending into something like Saved by the Bell meets Hannah Montana. I was mentally preparing to write another review where I had to explain that I was not the target audience for this book, and I am sure that if I was a twelve year old girl I would very much enjoy it etc. Scrap all of that, rewind my brain and start again because the ending of the first issue totally rewrote all of my expectations and I definitely am the target audience.As I mentioned, at first I thought I was going to have to say that this was a stunning looking book, but so shallow and boring that I could not recommend it. However I was suckered in by the low key opening issue which made the rest of the series so much better. If you have missed out the middle few paragraphs because you want to read this and enjoy the stories full evolution the way that I did, then rest assured you will not be disappointed. If you did read the middle section, please do not worry, I only spoke about things up to the middle of the second issue of this six issue trade, so you have a lot more of the book entirely unspoilt for you to enjoy. Before I close, I really want to mention the art again, because it is beautiful and really carefully and meticulously planned out. Unfortunately the worst bit of art work in the entire book is the front cover; I never understand why they let that happen, maybe they thought it looked striking.If you are a fan of wonderful art, or of comics and comic tropes in general, then I would say this is a definite read. In fact it would be a great for anyone looking for a complete story to read in-between whatever ongoing series you are currently involved with. I cannot recommend it highly enough.http://cmro.travis-starnes.com/blog/2013/12/mara-tpb-review/

  • P.
    2019-03-15 04:27

    I just wanted this to move more slowly - I love the character designs, color palette, even the font choices. I was into the whole global volleyball phenomenon, so I wanted to read more about that and get to know mara and ingrid and everyone more through their interactions on the job. Mara's transformation was so quick that there wasn't much change from when we first meet her to when she feels inhuman - I think slowing down the action could have made it easier to understand her feelings (not make her more likeable or unlikeable, I don't care if she's likeable or not, but I want to get in her head more.) And it was great that although everyone was generally beautiful they all looked like they had real faces, not ideas of faces.re-read December 8, 2014: added a star because it's better than most other new superhero origin stories

  • Marla Haasz
    2019-03-05 23:10

    Mara's biggest letdown is that there is no announced or implied continuation in a volume 2. Sure, you can argue Brian Wood intended for the story to be open ended and open to interpretation as to what was a metaphor for what and what kind of analogy is present, but everything felt like a build up to a conclusion that wasn't there. The pay off was not what I really wanted, BUT, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy taking a break from other long winded, attention demanding anti-hero comics by sitting down and flying through Mara in under 20 minutes. I even feel like I got my moneys worth! yay!A very unique Image comic, worthy of your time.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-23 21:14

    I was really disappointed that this turned into a superhero book. Once that part of the story kicked in the book became very derivative of other works. The entire ending sequence seemed like a rip-off of Alan Moore's Dr. Manhattan going to Mars in Watchmen scene. The first ~third of the book was quite intriguing. The world is blindly obsessed with sports, and Mara is the biggest star of them all. We see her living her daily life and her fall from fame.

  • Paige
    2019-02-25 01:05

    Check out my review here: https://thepaigeturnerblog.wordpress....

  • Molly
    2019-03-04 23:27

    It was fine. I've seen better from Brian Wood, though. The art was a lot of fun, but the plot was . . . not amazing? It was a quick, fun read before I had to leave for work this morning, but I probably won't think much about it again.

  • Sydney Crawford
    2019-03-01 02:06

    I read Mara by Brian Wood. This graphic novel was absolutely amazing! The author did a phenomenal job of portraying Mara.This book is amazing because of the author's use of a voice-over. Toward the end, you find out that Mara was doing a voice-over while showing how she matured in a matter of days. The actual maturity is a huge part of the graphic novel. Showing a lifetime of mistakes made and solved in a matter of days. The graphic novel is also astounding because Mara was a volleyball player. I mean, how many graphic novels do you see with a volleyball playing superhero in it?

  • Miri
    2019-03-23 00:20

    Confusing combination of awesome and what the fuck is going on, with your usual dose of vague sexism throughout. The narration is sporadic and hard to follow, the plot is bizarre, but the artwork is great. Mara is powerful and angry and not taking anyone's shit, literally anyone on the planet. I love her. I have very little idea what is actually happening in this book, but I do love Mara.

  • Cat Russell(Addicted2Heroines)
    2019-03-02 22:21

    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.

  • Wandering Librarians
    2019-02-28 05:27

    We're in a world that holds soldiers and athletes in the highest esteem. Mara is the best of them all, an incredibly talented volleyball player, she is known the world over. Everyone loves her, no matter what side of the war they are fighting on. When Mara begins showing signs of superpowers, her fans turn on her. Now Mara isn't sure the world has a place for her any more.This collects Mara #1-6. I didn't love it. I was kind of interested in the world, except there wasn't enough information to understand the world very well. It seems to be a world that's constantly at war but we don't know why. We don't know who's fighting who. There are special schools to groom athletes. Everyone is expected to do their duty to the country. But why? And how does it all work? No hints.Mara is the perfect specimen. Physically, intellectually. She is perfect. She would be a perfect solider or athlete. Everyone loves her.Mara essentially turns into superman. She can do everything. She can fly. She can move things with her mind. Bullets cannot harm her. She seems to know no weakness, which isn't very interesting. While she's been groomed for a secrete branch of the military, her brother is captured (by her own country) and tortured to see if he will manifest superpowers too. Mara goes rogue and easily breaks out of the training facility. When she discovers her brother has been tortured to death, Mara is done with humanity.I'm not really sure where it's going. Mara has rejected the human race and now she's floating around in space. So what's next for her? There weren't really any clues. And is this series continuing? Or was that the end? If that was the end, it was a pretty weak ending.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-23 03:20

    I liked Mara quite a lot: it's great that we've got a queer woman of colour in a comic like this, where neither of those things define her. I like the lead-in here: it doesn't come across like a superhero comic in the first issue or so; that had me wondering what the pace would be like and whether I'd want to stick with it. Normally, Carol Danvers or Steve Rogers would've punched something by now, after all. Still, I loved the look of the comic, aside from the slightly weird fact that Mara's white on the cover. The lines and colours all look great.As the story develops, it becomes a bit more typical. Mara develops superhuman powers, the military gets interested, people want to experiment on her family to see if she's the only one, etc. I only vaguely remember the bit in >Watchmen that people compare Mara's reaction to, but I do agree that actually, it's a really similar character arc. What makes it different is the character. The origin stories of superheroes are often compared to adolescence; their secret identities to being 'in the closet'. But there's no mystique about that with Mara, so where does that take the superhero narrative, if it's an allegory?I'd need to look at more of the literature and reread at least Watchmen for comparison to really talk about that, but it interests me nonetheless. Mara's story seems to tell us that for her, it's not adolescence or having a girlfriend or being a person of colour that sets her apart. Partly it's fame, as the first couple of issues show us, but characters like Ingrid share that spotlight. Worth pondering.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-24 23:10

    In the future, the world is torn apart by war. The only unifying force is sports and volleyball is one of the most popular while Mara Prince is the world's biggest star. Billions of dollars in endorsements, millions of adoring fans, everything handed to her on a silver platter. She is living the life. But it's not really her life, as she discovers. And when powers beyond her control start to manifest themselves, she finally tries to take her life back before it's too late. I need to apologize to Brian Wood and Ming Doyle. I read issue 1 of Mara when it first came out a year and a half ago. It was good but nothing compelling enough to keep me reading. Then, while searching for Wood's DMZ at my library, I found the TPB of Mara and decided to check it out. Effin' love it. It's a superhero tale but without going all heroic. We don't even know if she's good or bad. Neither does she. All she wants is to use her powers to leave the planet that has betrayed her so badly. As she says, maybe she'll return but who knows. Maybe Mara, a limited six-issue arc as yet, will return but who knows. I can hope.

  • Unai
    2019-03-14 05:15

    En un futuro bélico y con grandes restricciones a la libertad personal, donde los padres deben entregar a sus hijos al estado antes de la adolescencia para no volverlos a ver, las mentes pensantes han potenciado los deportes como via de escape y control de las masas. Mara es una joven jugadora de volleyball, ídolo para todo el mundo y con una vida envidiada. La cosa se empieza a ir de madre cuando Mara empiece a demostrar unas capacidades y habilidades fuera de lo común.El tema del autodescubrimiento de Mara y su perdida de fé en la humanidad según ella misma va trascendiendo esa definición, es el tema del cómic, pero en términos generales, me ha dejado bastante frío. No se si es que se planeaba hacer mas números y al final tuvieron que cortar un poco en falso, pero la buena premisa y el desarrollo de Mara como ser “Dr.Manhataniano” (toma palabro), quedan un poco vacías realmente. Si ya, como es mi caso, el dibujo de Doyle tampoco os mata, pues la cosa queda en un tebeo que se lee en un momentito, pero que sale caro para lo que ofrece.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-28 21:28

    #I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review#"Mara" is an easy to follow story that unfolds in a future world obsessed by sport and war. In this story we follow the fall of a sports star, Mara. However, this comic is anything but simple. The pages of this book are filled with insight and some existentialism. It is more than a social critique, it seems an outburst of some disenchantment with human society.I was sorry when I got to the end anstill didn't get why Mara changes. But I don't think that was the purpose of the book. The entire theme focused on the consequences of being a social outlier.Graphically it's very good. I liked it very much.

  • Anita Gomgal
    2019-03-18 23:03

    Recibí una copia en Netgalley para leerlo y comentarlo y realmente me ha encantado lo que he encontrado.Es un historia original, que a pesar de la limitación de páginas tiene un buen desarrollo. Me ha gustado mucho el diseño de sus personajes, el colorido, el trazado y el orden de la historia.Sin duda este es de esos comics que me gustaría que llegaran a España porque sé que hay gente que lo disfrutaría.Podéis ver mi reseña completa en: http://chibiakasworld.blogspot.com/20...

  • Tammy
    2019-03-25 05:02

    The thing about this is, I wanted more. Much more. I wanted to know what Mara was going through when she left the earth. I wanted to know what she was feeling and thinking. I wanted to know what got her to the place where she was willing to look upon that rocket and the person inside.This was great but it just felt unfinished to me. As if it were an outline as opposed to a full story. I long for the full story.(Provided by publisher)

  • zxvasdf
    2019-03-26 05:03

    Of course Brian Wood goes and makes a female version of Superman...Except this one's homebrewed and has had to contend with more personal issues than being the last of one's kind after species wide annihilation. What MAra's had to contend with is way worse: teh darker aspects of human nature. It affects her life, her amily. This tests the limits of her abilities, which she finds she can't reach.What does a god on earth do? Of course. She is wrathful.

  • Frank Harris
    2019-02-25 01:09

    Mara starts out with a really original setting, and takes an interesting trajectory pretty quickly...it's just, there's no explanation whatsoever for things happening, which would almost be okay as an open-ended enigma if more time were spent on giving Mara herself more depth. She's not an empty character, at least - I think it's more an issue that more room was needed than any lack in what there is already.

  • Kasey Jane
    2019-02-28 21:10

    So, storyline. People love volleyball girl. Volleyball girl gets magic somehow and now people hate volleyball girl. Military wants volleyball girl. Earth doesn't deserve volleyball girl.And despite having a wacky storyline and being short, it still manages to be really dull.Man, I just keep trying to read Brian Wood. I loved Local but I'm pretty convinced it was a fluke.

  • Chantaal
    2019-03-02 00:14

    Issue six isn't even out yet, but I'm rating this now because my love for Mara knows no bounds. I wish everyone were reading this book. And that it was longer. Edit: Issue six is out. It's done. I'm going to go cry in a corner for a while.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-23 21:13

    Very interesting concept, but I felt like world building and character development didn't go deep enough. The plot forced along the characters, rather than the characters moving the plot along.

  • Shanoah
    2019-03-25 23:21

    This book was really beautiful, but the story felt rushed and expositional.... still lovely though, enjoyed it either way.

  • Matko
    2019-03-15 21:05

    Everything about Mara seems weak. Okay, not EVERY thing though certainly enough of it to make me go ‘meh’. In the gist of it lies an interesting idea -let’s make a comic about a ‘god’. Over the course of six issues it gets lost but that doesn’t stop it from being interesting. It’s a nice spin on ye olde tale of super powered entities and I’m saddened by the fact that it could’ve gone somewhere. Were it not for that pesky kids. Or bad writing. Whichever rocks your boat.Mara’s ascension into the godhood comes fairly late into the game. Up to that point it’s all about futuristic society with a fixation on competition and winners (kinda like some countries we used to know are right now…only with more pow!). Wood gives as some background, some team dynamics, some character development, some social commentary, some techno-futuristic babble and tons of wasted opportunities manifested as boring panels with no relevant information anywhere in sight. Just when you sigh with exasperation the Topic kicks in and Mara suddenly transforms into something that you may actually care about. She has almost unlimited powers, there’s no stopping her, she’s been a part of weird ass society which worships godlike athletes and she’s bound to be a bit psycho. What will she do, why will she do it and how fucked up will it all be? These are all the topics worth exploring or at least having fun with. Wood…dear Wood…choses a different path for us to trod on.Come, now, you’ve read a comic or two. Try to think of the least inventive reason for Mara not destroying the Earth. Yeah, that’s it. That’s Wood. That’s the answer to all our difficulties with super-powered aliens. That’s not all, folks. We mustn’t forget a political rant which comes out of nowhere right before the end of it all. Nor an implied critique underlying this sort of dystopian society we’re looking at. Why is it dystopian, how does it really work, where is this oppression and how can one pine for the loss of self in a society which has no concept of self as some thing of worth – it would’ve been nice to know. Or at least explored a bit. Sadly, Wood had other plans, mostly intent on covering boot camp volley ball training sessions. Pretty important topic in a grand scheme of things, don’t you think? It doesn’t really help that Doyle’s art is wooden (she couldn’t draw decent movement if her life depended on it), it doesn’t really help that Bellaire’s palette is fairly subdued and ‘safe’ for a futuristic society of neon, it doesn’t really help that you don’t feel the need to look at any one panel twice nor does it help that there’s no real playfulness or inventiveness in overall composition. That alone would plummet Mara into mediocrity. Together with Wood’s uninspired writing it goes even deeper towards the abyss of better forget it ever existed throw outs. So, pick and choose amongst myriad of comics readily available. Just pick and choose something else. Leave Mara for masochistic people like me who can’t help themselves. We’re here as a vanguard, guarding your sanity. And wallets.