Review: John Carter Warlord of Mars #8

JCWoM08-Cov-A-BenesThe stories of the Martian Chronicles featuring John Carter and Dejah Thoris generally fall into one of two broad categories.  As the princess of Lower Helium, she is often out into a position where and she and John have to defend Helium from a plot to destabilize it or an all-out invasion.  Conversely there is a second kind of story, one which focuses on the wonders of Mars, a sort-of carte blanche for telling pretty much any kind of story.  Mars is quit a bit smaller than Earth, but it stands to reason that there are a lot of odd corners with odd denizens much like Earth, and many of the stories also deal with this setting.  After the start of the series was so heavy on the first kind of story, with the two heroes stopping an invasion of Helium, it is therefore fitting that the second kind of story is featured in this series now.

With Dejah and John out in the wilderness searching for ruins of temples, there is a menace on the loose.  A creature of the night, this beast attacks for sport instead of for need, and has been terrorizing a small community.  A small family made a stand against the creature, but as the two heroes fly over the territory, all that they find is a burning building, with all of its occupants murdered.  The local leaders are upset that only two have arrived in place of significant forces, although they are at ease to discover that Helium’s heroes are among them.  With the promise to return with troops on the following day, John and Dejah retire for the night, though the night predator has other plans.

This issue is not really special in any way, and its ending even buys into some of the more misogynist trends of the original novels but it is also not really trying to be more.  This is much more like an issue of a 1950s jungle adventure story, except one that is reinvented on Mars.  It is a fun start to the story arc, if not particularly inventive or memorable, and it is worth a look.

Story: Ron Marz and Ian Edginton  Art: Ariel Medel
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review