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.