Marvel Comics is ever the clever marketing company and it shows in this week’s new “Future Fight” tie-in comic White Fox. It’s a book with two stories; one about White Fox and her beginnings fighting crime and the other about the Future Avengers. Both stories are written by Alyssa Wong and feature heroes in Asian countries.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This book ties into the 2015 game Marvel: Future Fight for Android and iOS. Given the likelihood the audience who plays the game will be reading this note that this book is certainly created with a younger reader in mind. That means young characters getting their bearings and kicking butt in similar fashion to the game.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Wong does a good job with the opening story featuring a teenage White Fox who is attempting to hide the fact that she has shapeshifting powers. It has a few staples you might see in manga like the fact that White Fox is on a volleyball team and that there is a Yakuza style gang for her to topple. Wong and artists Kevin Libranda and Geoffo do a good job weaving in flashbacks to help convey the epic and almost fairy tale story of her kind. White Fox is like some kind of South Korean Batman and I’d be curious to see future stories with the character.
The second half of the book is focused on the Future Avengers who are based in Tokyo. The team consists of some rather young characters with a variety of powers. This story is drawn by Ale Garza with Wong writing and it is a nice introduction to the team of four characters. It’s a fight comic to be sure but the camaraderie is there to build the team up. There’s also a nice nod to Captain America to look out for.
Following both stories is a quick one page about the computer designed White Fox by YongJoon. It’s a nice way to segue to the game if you’re planning on playing it.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
As a YA comic the stakes never really feel all that high. It’s a lighter comic story to be sure and one the younger set will enjoy more. There is a lack of complexity to the characters that keeps it easy to dive into but leaves you wanting.
The other gripe I have is the cover, which seems to sexualize White Fox when in fact she’s just a modest high schooler. An odd choice, but I guess sex sells.
Is it good?
A good first issue in the “Future Fights” origin story comics. I had no idea what the Future Fights game was, but had a good time getting an introduction to some interesting characters.