This is the first in a series of comics dedicated to providing some backstory to the characters of Mad Max: Fury Road. They will be released over the summer and as each issue is released I will cover each one. By time this first issue came out I had not seen the movie yet. I wasn’t sure how much info in the comics would be in the film so I didn’t want to spoil anything for myself. This does nothing of the sort, so if you want to read this first you can. I do however recommend that you see the film first then follow up with these comics as it just further adds to the experience.
The stories are framed with a character called a wordburger, who has words written all over his body. This actually is very intriguing as he explains that those like him are responsible for keeping what written word there still is remaining in the world as most of it was burned. Just more great world building to George Miller’s excellent story.
The first part of the book covers the backstory of Nux. The War Boy played by Nicholas Hoult in the film. We see his early childhood and it fleshes out his character as his search for his father leads him to Immortan Joe and how he got his nickname.
The bulk of the story is dedicated to the warlord Immortan Joe. Joe is a veteran of the wars of this world’s past who made an incredible stand to take over an aquifer that would become his base of operations. No one seems to truly know what happened when he took it over which adds to his legend as being immortal.
This issue is 34 pages and moves along at a great pace. Having seen the movie I wanted more which could have contributed to going through it. The artwork is nothing special. Not bad, but it doesn’t really stand out. I do love the cover however.
This was a nice first issue for this miniseries to continue fleshing things out in the Mad Max universe. I am excited for the other issues covering Furiosa and Max.
Final Rating: (4/5) Main knock is for artwork not standing out
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