As "Furious" #4 sets us up for the conclusion of this first mini-series, Bryan J.L. Glass and Victor Santos' title character goes through a bit of an emotional wringer. While the first half of this issue feels a little too familiar and pat, it's the second half that ups the stakes and reminds readers why this is such a fun comic.
At first, it feels like Glass is just going through the motions; Cadence is getting angry again, a reminder of how she ended up with her current moniker even though she wanted to be called the Beacon. But then, we see her go head-to-head with a bit of a tabloid journalist, and suddenly things get much more interesting. It makes sense, when you think about it; who would know better on what sort of traps entertainment reporters would lay than a former child star who lived through all of the craziness once before? It's fun to watch Cadence work both the crowd there to see Furious, as well as the journalists who think that they've laid out an ambush. It's "gotcha" tactics turned neatly on their head.
All the while, Glass isn't afraid to keep laying out new information. He starts to reveal more about Perfidia, and her connection to Cadence, and sure enough, it's a reminder that Cadence can't completely outrun her past. The big revelations are still to come in the final issue's conclusion, but for now, it's a good lead-in to what's still to come. Glass's pacing in "Furious" has been strong and enjoyable, and this is no exception.
Santos' art still looks good, too; the characters all feel a little iconic in nature, while at the same time coming across distinct and expressive. I think there also needs to be some special attention brought towards his colors, which are eye-catching and important to the overall look of the comic. When Perfidia shows up at the interview, for instance, the strong contrast between the different shades of green in the grass and the reds and purples on her outfit and hair make her pop off the page. It's a good method to give her some extra visual heft, and I like how Santos integrates it into the look of "Furious."
"Furious" at this point has been a strong, critical success; hopefully the sales are following suit, too. I can see the potential for a lot more "Furious" comics down the line from Glass and Santos, and with any luck we'll get them before long. If you haven't gotten around to trying this mini-series yet, I'd recommend scooping them all up. It's worth it.