Comic Review – Miss Fury #1

  • Writer: Corinna Bechko
  • Artist: Jonathan Lau
  • Colorist: Vinicius Andrade
  • Letter: Simon Bowland
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 6, 2016


Miss Fury #1 published by Dynamite Entertainment marks the triumphant return of the Golden Age heroine in this second volume by writer Corinna Bechko and artist Johnathan Lau.  June Tarpé Mills was the original creator of Miss Fury. The heroine made her debut April 6th 1941 in the Black Fury newspaper strip published by Bell Syndicate.  Miss Fury was the first female superhero created and drawn by a female cartoonist.  The original newspaper strips were collected and published as an eight issue comic book series by Timely Comics. 

Under the stewardship of Dynamite Entertainment, Miss Fury made several appearances in team books including Mask, Masks 2 and Swords of Sorrow.  In 2013, she was the star of own eleven issue series written by Rob Williams with art provided by Jack Herbert.  Miss Fury Volume 2 #1 was released on April 6th and marks the 75th anniversary of the characters first appearance.


Miss Fury #1 cover by Tula Lotay
Miss Fury #1 cover by Tula Lotay

Brief Synopsis

Miss Fury is the alter ego of Marla Drake who lives in New York City in 1942. She works as a senior marine engineer designing technology for the Brazil government in return for aiding the U.S. in the war against Axis. Someone has been trying to stop her engineering firm from completing their project and she intends to get to the bottom of it as Miss Fury.


The Creators

In the 1940s June Tarpé Mills wrote and drew Miss Fury under the pseudonym Tarpé to conceal her gender.  More positions eventually opened up for women in the comics industry during this period when many of the men in the U.S. went off to fight the Axis powers on the front lines.  However women found themselves forced back into their traditional roles when the men returned home from war. Today women are still a minority among creators in the comic book industry, but change is slowly taking place. This issue is an example of such change.

For this second Miss Fury series two of the most highly talented creators in today’s comic book industry are taking the lead. Series writer Corinna Bechko is highly regarded for her current work on Invisible Republic for Image Comics and the series Planet of the Apes for Boom! Studios. Cover artist Tula Lotay has produced many eye-popping covers for Dynamite Entertain series, including Red Sonja, Vampirella and Swords of Sorrow. Whenever I pick up these series I cannot resist grabbing the copies with Lotay’s cover art.  

Rounding out the team is the addition of Jonathan Lau on interior art, who is no stranger to Miss Fury having worked on the finale issue of the previous series. Lau has worked almost exclusively on Dynamite titles.


The Verdict

This series by writer Corina Bechko and artist Jonathan Lau is a winner. 

I have been disappointed by the portrayal of Miss Fury by some of Dynamite’s creative teams. While the artists on previous books have been superb, the writing completely missed the mark. Miss Fury is an empowered woman. She has always shown a sense of class and confidence, even ferocity, but never crassness. I always had difficulty in reading and even finishing other series because of how out of character she was written.  The language she would use was often fowl and not even fitting of the period. The only series that really did her justice to date by have been in Masks and Masks 2, until now.

Bechko gets the character of Miss Fury right out of the gate. She writes a tight script filled with action and intrigue. Lau’s action sequences are drawn so the reader zips along as quickly as our heroine in action through the pages, but can also let off the accelerator just enough to allow more panels for conversions and story developments that advance the plot.  

Sometimes the paring of an illustrator and colorist does not work and results in a flattening of the art on the page, but not in this case. Vinicius Andrade adds depth to Lau’s art that really makes a difference in the look and feel of the overall story. Simon Bowland rounds out the team embellishing the story with lettering and sounds effect giving the story just the right amount of punch. As a result, Miss Fury is a satisfying read and I felt as though I received my money’s worth.

If you had trepidation about picking up Miss Fury #1 because of past mishandling of her character, fear not. Miss Fury is back and better than ever.

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Christopher Calloway

Christopher Calloway is the small press and idependent comic creator editor for Word of the Nerd. He is long-time comic book reader and collector who is passionate about comics and their creators.

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