Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Mad Max: Fury Road Review (George Miller, Mark Sexton)


Mad Max: Fury Road was one of my favourite movies from last year - it was crazy fun and full of awesome action set pieces and characters. So I was intrigued to check out these prelude comics from writer/director George Miller and his scriptwriter Nico Lathouris and storyboard artist Mark Sexton. And then I was disappointed as, with most prelude comics, this one turned out to be total crap. 

The book’s divided into five short sections featuring Immortan Joe, Warboy Nux, Imperator Furiosa, “Mad” Max Rockatansky, and the War-Rig. I couldn’t even tell you what the Immortan Joe and Nux stories were about, they were so damn boring and sloppily put-together. 

Furiosa was the best part of the movie so it’s a shame her story here is so irrelevant. She sees Joe treating his five wives cruelly and decides to help them escape his wrath. We didn’t need a comic to understand that, we got everything we needed from the movie itself. I wonder if these were scenes cut from the movie and repurposed as a crap comic? 

Max’s story was the only interesting part of the book. There’s a summary of the first three Mel Gibson movies and then we’re back in Gastown as Max fights in the Thunderdome for the V8 engine needed for his Interceptor. He also saves a couple women in the process, a mother and daughter, from the crazies. It was kinda exciting to read and stood out because it was an actual story where the main character did stuff! 

The short War-Rig section was as dull as the Joe/Nux parts as we’re told where the various parts it’s made of came from, blah blah blah. Pointless and boring! 

Even if you’re a fan of George Miller’s weird and wonderful Wasteland and Fury Road, you definitely don’t need to read this crummy collection of half-assed Mad Max comics.

Mad Max: Fury Road

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