Tuesday, June 2, 2015

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7 - A Review

With the invaders that threatened the city of Helium banished, John Carter and Dejah Thoris can turn their thoughts to more pleasurable pursuits. Of course their trip to the ruins of Gulondra are also part of a quest to restore the dying atmosphere of Barsoom but they also view the scientific expedition as a welcome chance to some quality time alone. Alas, another enemy seeks revenge upon the young couple and their vacation may prove to be short, if not fatal!

Ron Marz has done an amazing job in fleshing out the characters of both John Carter and Dejah Thoris. Their relationship is presented as one of equals and mutual respect, in stark contrast to most pulp hero romances,  Both are capable of great intelligence and great savagery, as Dejah proves when it falls to her to protect her injured husband.

The artwork by Ariel Medel proves a welcome change of pace.  A caricaturist by trade, Medel has a great grasp of expression and his characters' faces broadcast emotion well. Yet Medel is also a gifted fight choreographer and the action of the issue is well illustrated.

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