Female Furies takes both the old school form of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World and the social commentary that came with those stories. Cecil Castellucci continues an amazing string of work that started in Shade, the Changing Girl and has been present in the quality of her writing ever since. She was absolutely the right choice for this series and by gosh does this series thrive for it. Partnering with Castellucci is the ever fantastic Adriana Melo, who is just a few months off of Plastic Man. Melo’s art within this issue is such a contrast to her Plastic Man work, which is brought in by the almost Mitch Gerads-esque coloring by Hi-Fi.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
All their lives the Female Furies have been raised to be the meanest, most cunning and most ruthless fighting force on all of Apokolips. So why are Granny Goodness’ girls left behind every time the men go to war? With the might of New Genesis hanging over the planet, and the Forever People making mincemeat out of Darkseid’s army, Granny thinks it’s about time that changed.
And so, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth and Stompa set out to beat the boys at their own game. Little do they know the game is rigged–and one accidental murder could spell disaster for them all!
FEMALE FURIES is an exciting new miniseries starring some of Jack Kirby’s coolest Fourth World characters by the writer of SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL and the artist of PLASTIC MAN!
Tell me about it!
Female Furies is not your typical cape comic. It’s a dive into the sexism and discrimination that women face in jobs that aren’t considered traditionally feminine. The entire first issue of this series revolves around how the New Gods of Apokolips won’t take Granny Goodness and the Female Furies seriously and instead only see them as objects to be admired and played with instead of the deadly warriors that they are. It’s a dive into the toxic masculinity of a workplace if that workplace was also where the root of all evil rules with an iron fist. A look at Apokolips from this perspective is an interesting choice for sure considering it’s never been done before, though the Fourth World as a whole has never really had great treatment outside a small number of writers I can name on one hand. It’s also a great origin story for the Furies as this first issue alone shows that it’s a project worth doing and I’m so glad DC chose to go ahead with it.
The issue is also heavily helped by fantastic art by Adriana Melo. She’s able to convey motion and emotion incredibly well in everything she does. Her range is also fantastic considering she’s gone from the fun and cartoony Plastic Man to the social commentary and war-focused spectacle of Female Furies. The art is also helped with how Hi-Fi gives it a coloring reminiscent of Mitch Gerads’ art within the recent Mister Miracle, where it has that murky yet clean look to it which pushes the war aspect of the book.
Overall this is a fantastic first issue to what I can imagine being a spectacular series which is brought to life through a collaboration of multiple people who are all masters of their specific craft. Castellucci and Melo’s Female Furies is a must read!