Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Comic book review round-up: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #2

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #2 (April 2011), the second issue of a new spin-off comic book series published by Dynamite Entertainment that is based on the fantastical science fiction world created by beloved pulp author Edgar Rice Burroughs and chronicles what the lovely Martian princess Dejah Thoris was doing all those hundreds of years before John Carter arrived on Barsoom, is generating solid interest among both comic and ERB fans.

Black & white risqué cover art by Arthur Adams.
Written by Arvid Nelson, illustrated by Carlos Rafael, colored by Carlos Lopez, and lettered by Marshall Dillon, with variant covers by artists Arthur Adams, Ale Garza, Joe Jusko, and Paul Renaud, here are some snippets from selected reviews of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #2:

1) JCOM Reader: “…the artwork by Carlos Rafael is really good. The characters are well drawn—especially Dejah, who manages to be attractive but real, even in her lack of clothing-and the action scenes are handled with a certain style that makes it clear what's going on. Where I'm having problems is with the story…”

2) Weekly Comic Book Review: “Conclusion: Dynamite has a winner with a great setting, a strong female lead, an unlimited storehouse of adventures and the creative team to make it happen. You should be reading the series. Grade: A-”

3) MajorSpoilers.com: Bottom Line: “Come for the art, stay for the story. As wonderful and as jaw dropping as the art can be at times, it is the story that makes this issue fun and worth picking up. Where else are you going to find an epic tale of war, revenge, and deceit, set against a martian backdrop with sexy people fighting giant green aliens? Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris has a great hook, that also includes a great story and earns 4 out of 5 Stars.”

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