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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #8

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #8

Ron Marz, Ian Edgington (w)
Ariel Medel (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
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John Carter and Dejah Thoris visit a remote Martian city, where residents are being terrorized by a monstrous, murderous presence. Will the Warlord and Princess of Mars be able to solve the mystery, or will they be blamed for the brutal crimes? More masterful Martian adventures from writer Ron Marz and Eisner-nominated co-writer Ian Edginton, authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate!

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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7

Ron Marz (w)
Ariel Medel (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Jonathan Lau (c)
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John Carter and Dejah Thoris have survived the invasion of Mars, but rest and relaxation are not in their future. Marooned in the crumbling remains of an ancient city, John and Dejah are beset by mysterious enemies. When John is struck down, it falls to Dejah to protect her beloved, and find some way to escape the certain death that stalks them.

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Preview: Witchblade #182

Witchblade #182

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Laura Braga
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: NOV140698
Published: April 29, 2015

Mysterious agents have appeared in the small town Sara Pezzini calls home. Their agenda, and the secret power behind them, will change Sara’s life forever. The next evolution of the Witchblade saga begins here!

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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #5

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #5

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Yonami (c)
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John Carter has crossed the vast deserts of Mars to find his beloved Dejah Thoris. But have they been reunited only to die together? John’s sworn enemy, Union officer Captain Joshua Clark, will not rest until the Warlord of Mars is dead! Writer Ron Marz continues his acclaimed run as “Invaders of Mars” builds toward its epic conclusion.

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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #4

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #4

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Yonami (c)
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With John Carter lost and presumed dead in the Martian desert, his enemy’s triumph is all but assured. But who is Captain Joshua Clark of Earth, and why does his hatred for John Carter know no bounds? As Dejah Thoris prays for her warlord’s safe return, the shocking origin of John Carter’s arch-enemy is finally revealed! Superstar writer Ron Marz and rising-star artist Abhishek Malsuni continue their acclaimed, official run!

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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #3

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #3

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Abhishek Malsuni (c)
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Alien invaders have conquered John Carter’s adopted world of Barsoom. John Carter endeavors to reach the occupied city of Helium, where his beloved Dejah Thoris is held captive by the invaders. But Dejah Thoris is no princess-in-peril, as she hatches a plot to escape from her captors and lead her people in bloody rebellion! Classic planetary adventure in tradition of grand master Edgar Rice Burroughs!

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Review: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #3

JCWoM03-Cov-A-BenesThree issue into the Dynamite reboot of their own John Carter franchise and things are still not looking good for the heroes. After starting off the first issue kidnapped by Captain Clark, Dejah Thoris has not been able to escape from his control, and John Carter is seemingly no closer to rescuing her or freeing Helium.  Meanwhile the villains seem to be able to continue unabated in their own plans for domination.  This treatment of the main characters gives a sense of desperation within the plot, but it does not necessarily work to the benefit of the overall story.

This series has been entertaining at times thus far, but there are also some evident problems with this series as it progresses. Though it is a story based on a pulp science fiction story, it contains a lot of the problems of this era. Dejah Thoris, often portrayed as a competent hero in her own right in contemporary versions of the character is often relegated to the dominated heroine in this version, the chains being used to restrain her being a creative allusion to the writers of this series not really willing to let her loose. That is solved about halfway through this issue, but the manner in which this occurs is also disappointing, with the minor villain that is guarding her changing too easily his own convictions at her suggestion. Without the main heroine in a heroic role, there is little at times to distinguish this from the classics which inspired it, as John Carter is himself heroic, but not evenly remotely outside-of-the-box in his presentation thus far.

The series still has some ground to catch up on in order to be headed in the right direction. While this is based on a science fiction closer to fantasy, it seems to be bogged down by it, not thriving in the fertile ground that such stories can use to their benefit. As a reintroduction to the characters, this first story arc has maybe done its job, but it has done so in a lacklustre way, and the series would benefit from moving beyond this first story arc into something more meaningful.

Story: Ron Marz Art: Abishek Malsuni
Story: 6.8 Art: 8.0  Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

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Deadlands Deals Winning Hand

deadlandsGet ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand brings together a who’s-who of superstar horror-western comic talent to launch this unique series that laid the groundwork for every horror-western series since! Join High Moon’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis as they tell the tale of a cursed weapon created to kill the devil in Devil’s Six Gun. Journey with All-Star Western’s creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and Shinku’s Lee Moder on a young Shamaness’ quest for vengeance in Massacre at Redwing. Duck low for Witchblade’s Ron Marz and Superman / Wonder Woman’s Bart Sears as they tell of a heroic ranger who sets out to kill a whole town in Death Was Silent. Then dive into Desperados’ Jeff Mariotte and Golly’s Brook Turner’s love tale drowned in horror in Black Water.

But that ain’t all! For the first time in the comic market, this volume contains two brand new short stories penned by Deadlands creator Shane Hensley and Brand Manager Matt Cutter, who show us What a Man’s Gotta Do and how to be Vengeful. And for the first time ANYWHERE, get an exclusive sneak peek at the first, original Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers by New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, to be published by Tor Books in Fall of 2015! This amazing new adventure launches the new Tor novel line for Deadlands scheduled with releases into 2017!

Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2

Ron Marz (w)
Abhishek Malsuni (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino, Abhishek Malsuni (c)
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Alien invaders are on the verge of conquering all Barsoom. Only one man stands between them and the planet’s annihilation: John Carter, Warlord of Mars. But John is marooned deep in the Martian wastes, confronted by a savage white ape. Even if he survives, how will he return to the side of his beloved Dejah Thoris in time to save his adopted world? Ron Marz finally tackles the series he’s always wanted to write, teaming with rising artistic star Abhishek Malsuni for the best Barsoom ever!

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Review: John Carter Warlord of Mars #2

JCWoM02-Cov-A-BenesAfter the first issue of John Carter Warlord of Mars, this second issue feels far more routine.  After the revelation in the previous issue of the true identity of the mastermind behind the invasion of Barsoom, little time is spent here dwelling on it.  Instead this issue shows John Carter in the barrens of Mars, trying to formulate a plan to save Helium while also trying to stay alive.  Meanwhile, Dejah Thoris is downgraded slightly from the previous issue’s stubborn monarch, to this issue’s damsel-in-distress.  While John Carter’s time is spent fighting for his life, she seems almost indifferent to the events as she argues with Captain Clark.

While the first issue set up the following issue with a fair amount of intrigue, this second issue keeps the story moving along, except only by substituting plot development for action.  A lot of this issue is spent in the throes of life and death battle, and to be fair this side of the story is handled well by Abishek Malsuni.  The action sequences practically jump off the page for their intensity and choreography.  However, what is a feat for the eyes here also has to be an apology to the brain, as John Carter’s honorable nature alone manages to convinces two separate enemies to aid him in his attempt to regain Helium.

It is not that this story is particularly bad, it is only that it is a bit of a letdown after an impressive first issue.  All of the pieces are still here, and the forces introduced in the plot are still working here, it only seems as though the entire story has been put on hold for some gratuitous action scenes.  While this does little to progress the story forward, it was still an enjoyable enough experience to get to the end of the issue, and hopefully the third issue channels more of issue #1 than #2.

Story: Ron Marz Art: Abishek Malsuni
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.0  Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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