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

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.