Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Comic book review round-up: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #1

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #1 (March 2011), the first 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 strong interest among fans.

Written by Arvid Nelson, illustrated by Carlos Rafael, colored by Carlos Lopez, and lettered by Marshall Dillon, with variant covers by artists Arthur Adams, Sean Chen, David Finch, Alé Garza (pictured above), Joe Jusko, Greg Land, and Paul Renaud, here are some snippets from various reviews of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #1.

1) Weekly Comic Book Review: “Conclusion: Arvid Nelson has got Barsoom down, and his art team is spectacular. This is the right time to get on board this series. I am anxiously looking forward to issue #2. Grade: A.”

2) Comic Addiction: “The Verdict? Dejah Thoris #1 is a great first issue that makes me excited to see what is coming. If you’re like me and new to this world of characters, come on in and see what it’s like. I think you’ll enjoy what you find.”

3) Comic Book News: “Buy this series guys.  It's definitely on the high fantasy end of the cosmic spectrum — but it's consistently one of the best cosmic books on the shelves today. Rating: 4 Stars.”

4) JCOM Reader: “In the end this first issue at least delivers a hot Dejah but I need to see where it goes before I can judge it a success. I do feel that this series will probably play better for those unfamiliar with the books more than die hard fans who probably have their own ideas of what Dejah was doing before John arrived.”

5) “With relatable characters, byzantine politics, and a surprise at the end, Dejah Thoris #1 does not make me want to dive into Burroughs, but it does make me want to see what Nelson does next.”

6) Chuck’s Comic of the Day: “If you want to see some nice drawings of a virtually-naked woman, this is your comic. If you're hoping for a good story to go along with it, keep looking. Grade: C+.”

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