Legendary writer J. Michael Straczynski (Spider-Man: One More Day) teams with superstar artist ACO (The Amazing Spider-Man), inker David Lorenzo, colorist Marcelo Maiolo and letterer Sal Cipriano for a tale of bloody vengeance in The Madness from AWA Studios.
The Madness introduces us to Sarah Ross, a thief who has been stealing from the rich and keeping it for herself. However, when she steals from a highly placed official who retaliates by targeting her, Sarah’s life is turned upside down. The government sends in so-called “good” superheroes to take her down, but they end up wiping out her entire family instead. Driven mad by grief, Sarah becomes laser-focused on revenge and teams up with an imaginary friend who may be more real than she thinks. Together, they go after the superpowered operatives who destroyed her life, determined to get vengeance at any cost.
One of the things that sets The Madness apart from other comic books is its excellent use of unique layouts and vivid colors. ACO does a fantastic job of bringing the action to life with high-energy scenes and detailed character designs. Whether it’s Sarah’s stealthy thefts or her all-out battles, every moment is captured perfectly on the page. You’ll feel like you’re right there with her as she takes on the world and fights for justice.
Of course, no superhero story would be complete without plenty of action, and The Madness delivers in this regard as well. From the first page to the last, there’s never a dull moment as Sarah takes on the forces of the government and battles for her revenge. Whether she’s using her thief skills to outmaneuver her enemies or tapping into her own superpowers to take them down, the action is always intense and exciting. You’ll be hooked from the very start, and the ending will leave you counting down the days until the next issue.
Another thing that sets The Madness apart is its unique approach to death and mourning. Instead of simply using these themes as plot devices, the story explores them in depth and shows the emotional impact they can have on a person. Sarah’s grief over the loss of her family is palpable, and her struggle to cope with it forms a major part of the story. This depth of characterization is rare in superhero stories, and it gives The Madness a unique depth and complexity that is sure to resonate with readers.
The Madness #1 is an excellent debut issue that offers a fresh take on the superhero genre. With its engaging characters, high-energy action, and unique exploration of grief and revenge, it’s a story that is sure to capture your attention and leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment.
The Madness #1 hits local comic shops on August 9, 2023. Be sure to let your comic shop know you want a copy by July 17 (FOC).