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Brian Wood Returns To Image Comics With 'Mara'

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Image Comics has announced yet another new series at their Expo, which debuted for the first time last weekend, in Oakland.

Brian Wood will be returning to the publisher that gave him his first gig in pro-comics, ‘Channel Zero’ back in 97, with a brand new six issue series titled ‘Mara’.

Illustrated by Ming Doyle, ‘Mara’ sees Wood tackle a subject similar to ‘Demo’ – namely, what happens when regular people begin to manifest superpowers?

“The world of MARA is a war-and-fitness obsessed future, where the angst and insecurity of average citizens is compensated with an extreme focus on sports and battle.” Says Wood in an interview with Comic Alliance. ‘Mara’ follows Mara Prince, a young gifted athlete who is finding fame and fortune thanks to her skills on the volleyball court. Only her life is about to take a new turn when she finds herself manifesting strange new powers, giving her an edge that the rest of civilisation won’t look too kindly on.

“During a highly visible match, she starts to manifest superpowers. For a culture that prizes physical achievement, conformity, and fair-minded sportsmanship, this puts Mara's entire world at risk.” ‘Mara’, much like Wood’s ‘The New York Five’ and ‘Demo’, features acomplex, realistic, multi-faceted female lead,” and that his motivation for once again returning to the character archetype he has utilized so well over the years was to prove, if only to myself, that a story like this can be told without reducing it to or otherwise relying on these sorts of base depictions of women.”

No other information or interiors have been revealed yet, but we are hoping to see the book hit shelves later this year.

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