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John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 Review

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Specs from Dynamite.com:

Writer: Ron Marz

Art: Abhishek Malsuni

Genre: Science Fiction 

Rating: Mature

Publication Date: Nov 2014

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 pages

ON SALE DATE: November 5
John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!

Score 8 out of 10

Dejah Thoris is captured (what else is new?) and these invaders want to know everything there is to know about Barsoom (Mars for the uninformed Earth[wo]man).  A great starting point for new and old fans of John Carter of Mars alike! After getting a bite by a nasty truth-serum insect, Dejah unwillingly tells her captors of all the races on Barsoom (Mars, come now, pay attention) and the Warlord of Mars, her Husband, John Carter! While she tells the story, we get to see John Carter (along with Tars Tarkus and Woola) in action fighting against the oncoming invaders. While under truth serum insect venom (a little wordy, I know), Dejah claims that now matter what, John Carter will stop them, but an old enemy of John Carter isn’t so sure.

Good:

Very easy for new readers to jump on because Dejah explains the background of Mars (Barsoom, see I made it even easier for you) and lists off all the races and many of the savage animals that inhabit the planet.  Get a great fight scene worthy of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story (he is the writer of the John Carter of Mars series. Read them, you won’t be disappointed). And we get a whole new alien force that we will hopefully learn about through the series. The art is good and I’m interested to see where they will go.

Bad:

It’s the first issue which means that things need to be set up but doesn’t take away from the action of the story. Caution: Barsoomians dress very sparse (it is probably why this book is rated mature), they cover what needs to be covered but you may not want to let your young impressionable lads or lasses read this book if that is something that will offend you or your children.  It’s mostly just the difference in culture but I completely understand how that can be upsetting to some.

Other Thoughts:

If you haven’t read any of Edgar Rice Burroughs there are tons! The Tarzan series (also called The Adventures of Lord Greystoke series), John Carter of Mars, The Land That Time Forgot, Carson of Venus, etc. All action packed and all enjoyable.  Get swept away in a little adventure and a little romance. Have fun!

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