Cleavage and controversy: The new Madonna comic book is raising ... eyebrows

Cleavage and controversy: The new Madonna comic book is raising ... eyebrows

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She's beyond rich now, but Madonna came from humble beginnings in the Detroit area, which is where the new comic book Female Force: Madonna begins. The book, written by CW Cook and illustrated by Michael Johnson, hit shelves Wednesday, just one day after the pop sensation's 53rd birthday.

For a mere $3.99 and throughout the course of just 32 pages, you can read about Madonna's rebellious youth and first forays into music, her chart toppers and tours, her babies and breakups.

"Our goal is to show the little-known events and influences that resulted in Madonna becoming the phenomenon she remains to this day, more than a quarter-century after she burst upon the scene," Bluewater Production's vice president Jason Schultz says in a statement.

If the Material Girl's story isn't enough reel you in, there is gratuitous cleavage and near-nudity aplenty to keep your eyes moving through the panels ... and to question Amazon's recommended "ages 9-12" reading level.

"Female Force" is a monthly series by Bluewater Productions that "offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture," according to a press release from the independent comic book publishing company. Past issues have featured movie stars (Angelina Jolie, Olivia Newton-John), TV personalities (Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres), and politicians (Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin).

Madonna certainly deserves a place among these ladies: As a fashion icon, pop musician, actress, businesswoman and clothier, she has kept her audiences and her detractors on their toes for decades. And she has paved the way for female musicians of today — like it or not.

Female Force: Madonna ($3.99) is available at Bluewater Productionslocal comic book shops, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.