Image Comics’ debuted Max Part One of their Fury Road line (which includes issues for Furiosa, Nux and Immortan Joe as of this writing) on 7/8/15. This title focuses on Mad Max over the course of all 4 movies (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max Fury Road) and pulls all this content together into an effective history of our dark wasteland explorer. As a die-hard Mad Max and post apoc fan, I was overjoyed at seeing scenes from the films showcased in well-drawn comic panels. We get to see comic depictions of not only these events, but Max as he evolves over time. I enjoyed seeing the different versions of Max hand drawn; each really showcases the changing depictions of the decades of cinema that the films span, and you’ll see stark differences between Mel Gibson’s Max from Mad Max and Tom Hardy’s Max from Fury Road. The presentation puts things in mostly chronological order, and helps build up and flesh out the Max seen in Fury Road.
After a fair bit of nostalgia following review of events from the films, we find ourselves following Max as he attempts to restore his beloved and iconic Interceptor. Reliving the past and its mistakes is a theme within the article; history is cyclical and doomed to repeat itself. This message is evident not only within the recap, but also within the entirely new content. Max finds himself collecting replacement parts while utilizing his honed skillset of violence along with a good bit of luck. The new story content is nothing groundbreaking that we haven’t seen before, but it is a solid enough stage to start and adventure, and takes us to a notable location to begin it all. Max puts himself back within the confines of the Thunderdome; not as a defense to criminal action this time, but rather as a competitor, fighting for glory, and most importantly, to secure a hallowed and nigh-legendary V8 engine.
Max comes face to face with the normal assortment of scum and villainy that we have come to expect from the irradiated sands of post civilization. He aptly applies brutal savagery and quick thinking to get ahead within the dome, and ends up in a standoff with a foe that is recognizable to those who have seen this summer’s blockbuster. A bit of intrigue and endurance follow, leaving the issue on a cliffhanger, with readers left to speculate as to what will happen to our intrepid anti-hero.
Bottom line, Mad Max Fury Road: Max Part One is a solid offering for any fans of the cult classic film franchise. The issue is presented in high-quality semi-gloss format, and is a steal at $4.99 (in my slightly biased opinion). Check the shelves for your local comic shop today, as I suspect this issue will be gone faster than an unguarded barrel of guzzoline. No time for that? Plunder a copy online.