REVIEW: Mara TPB

mara01_COVERWe all know what to do when we inevitably get bitten by a radioactive spider; you fashion yourself a lycra costume to hide your secret identity and use your great power responsibly, right?

Well what happens if you discover your powers, in public, and the whole world happens to be watching? You have no anonymity, no privacy, not even a moment to process what you can do or who you have become. Will you still want to fight for the betterment of your fellow man if you are turned on by your co-workers, disavowed by your friends or isolated by your government? The hero’s journey is oft not of the hero’s own choosing and is most certainly filled with sacrifice. However, when faced with personal struggles that have big picture consequences, would you fight for a world that has turned its back on you, or would you remove yourself from it?

When your value to society defines your identity, rather than adding to it, it is required then that you define yourself. Brian Wood deftly weaves the tale of Mara, an international athlete and spokesmodel, who has to face just that challenge. Mara, a 6-issue trade, follows her emotional journey, penned with well-developed characterization, as she resigns herself to a world of change within a uniquely painted future. The book warrants an introspective look at the nature of truth, loyalty, patriotism, personal liberty, and just where you might draw your line in the sand if any of those are questioned or revoked.

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Thom Obarski is an editor with a writing problem. Also, a podcaster, nerdy comic gamer guy & opinionated consumer with a penchant for geeky fitness involved in a dark and twisted love/hate relationship with pop-culture and run-on sentences. Check him out weekly on Geek Girls, Nerd Boys on Fanboys Inc. When not inside hiding from the sun, you can find him running from zombies, slinging arrows with Hawkeye, sparing with the Cavalier, or target shooting with Deadshot.