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Your Alternative Comics Beat For December 29th, 2012

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Posted by: Kenneth Porter, Staff Writer
created 12/29/2012 - 3:22pm, updated 12/29/2012 - 3:52pm

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Hello, Cosmic readers! Welcome to another edition of Alternative Comics Beat. I hope that everyone had a great holiday and that you try not to party too hard this New Year’s Eve.

With that being said, let's jump right in!

It’s All About Sponsorship

The comic book that I decided to choose for this week’s article was one that caught me by surprise. I had planned to do a completely different series until I picked up a new title from Image Comics on a whim. This new series by writer Brian Wood (DMZ) and artist Ming Doyle combines a look into the future with an interesting combination of the military and professional sports world.

Mara #1

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In a future where the world is obsessed with military and sports culture, Mara Prince is more popular than religion. She’s one of the world’s greatest athletes and is constantly in the spotlight. But things go horribly wrong for her when a supernatural event takes place during a live broadcast.

Why It’s A Great Alternative

Futuristic stories are a dime a dozen. It’s really rare to see anything where a writer is willing to take a chance and take the human race in a new direction. The concept of the military and sports being interrelated makes so much sense that I’m amazed I’ve never read anything like it before. I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist, but personally it’s a bold new take for me.

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Brian Wood has been known for developing great characters. He’s been doing a lot of work with Marvel’s X-Men, but this new series from Image allows him to spread his wings from the strict rules of franchise characters.

This comic book is a prime example of what this column is all about. It a new and exciting concept and delivers it in the form of a thought-out and incredibly produced comic book. Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire deserve just as much praise as Wood for putting together a beautiful issue.

Why You Should Read It

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I’m aware of the fact that Marvel has some wonderful superhero stuff going on with Marvel NOW! In fact I’d have to be hiding under a rock not to notice it. But considering that last week we were dumped with a million comics because of the holiday, now would be the time to pick up something different if you’ve got a light week. Mara has the potential to be one of those deep character stories that people could talk about for years to come. I suggest you get in on the ground floor while the getting is good.

After the first issue, I know that I’m hooked.

Ken Porter also writes comic books with his latest being "Ink Ribbon" from Visionary Comics.

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