Review: Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah2016-01-Cov-A-NENGrowing up, I was a big fan of epic novels, as just about every hero Joseph Campbell talking about in his classic tome, I have read, and Robert Howard was the master of epic hero odysseys in my young mind. He introduced worlds upon worlds of fully functional universes where man can be great no matter his circumstances. His sweeping books like Conan have been celebrated all over the world, engaging readers’ imagination with blood filled feuds and chain linked armor flailing from tale to tale. Not to say, that John Carter of Mars was not loved as much, but not as well known.

The Disney movie of recent memory did not help the legend of the books in any one’s minds, as it got downplayed a sophomoric version of Conan in space, but truthfully, very much enjoyable and is actually better than what critics had to say about it. Although I liked the movie, I can honestly say this is where the book is better than the movie, as the books offered much more complex characters to not only include the main character but supporting ones, like Princess Dejah Thoris. Thankfully, the folks at Dynamite, had the incredible insight to actually mine into this universe and have done so in the most spectacular way, which brings us to Dejah’s own adventure.

In this book, we catch up with John and Dejah soon after the Jed has vanished, leaving the kingdom’s rule in limbo. Soon after the disappearance, Dejah is accused of crimes against the kingdom and assassination and imprisoned for these accusations, trying to disprove her bloodline and right to the throne. This leads to Dejah questioning everything, about her whole existence. By issue’s end, Dejah is on the run searching for answers with her handmaiden, leaving John as the one hoping she comes back safe.

Overall, an excellent story, that not only entertains but also challenges gender stereotypes in the most entertaining way. The story by Frank Barbiere, is grand conspiracy thriller that much reminds me of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.The art by Francesco Manna, is grand ad alluring, definitely a talent I have missed on their way up. Altogether, not only a strong first issue, but what looks to be an excellent series.

Story: Frank Barbiere Art: Francesco Manna
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: BUY IT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!!!

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review