Mini-Review: Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller et al. (2015)

Monday, December 14th, 2015

two out of five stars

“Nux and Immortan Joe” – 3.5/5 stars

“Furiosa” – 1/5 stars

“Max Part I” – 3.5/5 stars

“Max Part II” – 4/5 stars

“War Rig” – 3/5 stars

Unsurprisingly, Furiosa’s storyline mostly soured my view of this collection of Max Mad: Fury Road prequel comic books. (The rest are readable enough, though largely underwhelming.) Feminist critics have already picked “Furiosa” apart, panel by panel, so instead of rehashing what’s already been said, I’ll just redirect you here, here, and here. For starters.

I especially loathed the artists’ portrayal of Furiosa, who they transform into a) a pro-lifer who compares Angharad’s attempt to abort her rape baby to Immortan Joe’s reign of terror and b) a rape apologist who berates the “wives” for not showing the proper amount of respect and gratitude toward their abuser. Granted, Furiosa’s behavior might be due in part to past trauma; for instance, her tirade against the wives could be Furiosa’s way of minimizing her own abuse. (It’s revealed that she too was once one of Joe’s breeders; because no woman can be a hero without first being victimized in the most brutal and inhumane ways.)

If this is the case, the whole storyline could have been handled better, with more nuance and compassion. That’s a pretty big if, though, especially given the creators’ odious responses to criticism and their general lack of awareness overall.

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