Content Warning: Phyisical and Sexual Assault
One of the books I was extremely interested in adding to my pull list while researching one of my indie FOC videos for youtube was Maw #1. Here's the summary from Boom! Studios.
"What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment… that isn’t at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and awakening a hunger she can’t bring herself to name. When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will transform Marion into the very monster they’ve made her out to be?"
The final floating question from the previews text resonated with me for quite a bit. In coaching an activity (with a large squad of young women) they are all too often critiqued for being "bitchy" while males are "assertive." If they are critiqued for dressing "too provocative" for showing a shoulder or midriff. They are branded as feminazis if they seen as "too progressive" in their views. Given my experience in coaching/assisting young women through these unfair social norms, which will only age with them, I'm naturally drawn to the idea of the transition into the demons we make women out to be. Which is why I was excited to grab a quick preview of one of Boom's new releases next week!
Maw #1 (Boom! Studios)
After introducing us to an odd transformation with no context on the first page we jump almost 2 weeks back in time when two sisters are en-route to a feminist retreat to become "empowered." Wendy seems to be more than bought in to the premise of their voyage, where Marion is far more skeptical of what they're doing. Their banter with the van driver is quite hilarious to me in describing the retreat and its clientele:
All of this humorous skepticism does an excellent job setting the readers up to be vulnerable to the horrific events which unfold throughout the remaining pages of the book, which is an excellent literary tactic!
Are you intrigued? Let me know what you think in the comments down below. And as always...thank's for stopping by, and have a good one!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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