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The Best Modern Comic Stories of John Carter’s Mars

Though often treated as a hokey anachronism of earlier literature, John Carter is a character that has helped to define modern science fiction.  In terms of inspiration he was little different from many of the earlier science stories, in that his inspiration was that of Mars, a place which many thought was inhabited up until the early 20th century, thanks in part to Percival Lowell semi-scientific theories about the the supposed Martian canals.  Many of the earlier science fiction stories dealt with Mars, and prominent among them were the War of the Worlds and the Martian Chronicles.  The War of the Worlds played on a different kind of fear, one very evident as it was was only 16 years away from the start of the First World War at the time of its publishing.  This inspiration from Mars provided a different plot inspiration as Martians were almost universally seen as uncaring invaders, interested in our world for its resources and not caring much about the inhabitants.  The Martian Chronicles were something very different though.  Although they were not the first kind of story of this type, it was one of the first of them, and it managed to do something which had never been done before, as it combined a medieval kind of inspiration (the fantasy genre didn’t really exist at the time) with science fiction, and thus helped to give birth to the space opera.

marsIn the modern setting though, John Carter feels a bit dated.  We now know that there is no life on Mars, or in the unlikely event that it does exist, that it would be microbes clinging to life in an inhospitable environment.  Equally we know that the literary suppositions about John Carter have little bearing on what his Earth muscles would do in such a place.  Although the weaker gravity would make him super strong in a sense, it would be more like the “super-strength” of a human on the moon as opposed to that of a true superhero, and instead of a graceful killing machine, he would look more like a stumbling giant.

Despite the shortfalls of the original setting and how they relate to the modern reader, the stories themselves have a rich enough setting that there is no reason that they should be so easily written off.  After all there are many combination of fantasy and science fiction, with Star Wars acting as the most impressive example in modern popular culture, with light sabers taking the place of regular swords.  There are even other relatively popular setting such as He-Man which use the same inspiration, so it is not as though John Carter should be treated as much of the anachronism as he gets to be seen as.

That being said though, the stories of John Carter, at least in modern comics have struggled to get a strong footing, where other similar properties have succeeded or even thrived.  The characters have primarily been used by Dynamite in recent years, although as they are all in the public domain, the characters can be published by anyone, as Marvel/Disney did after the John Carter film in 2012.  What defines the characters are the commonality of the scenarios, as they tend to fall into one of two basic story types.  In the first the characters have to defend Helium from an invader, in the second they explore some previously unexplored and unmentioned corner of the planet and they come upon something often bizarre and often deadly.

marsThe first kind of these stories is much more in line with the original works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, as most of his Martian Chronicles detailed the fight for power of the various cities on Mars.  Every subsequent main story has focused on the same as it forms a part of the character’s origin story.  A man haunted by the events of the Civil War on Earth, who comes to terms with war after winning one on Mars.  However, as origin stories can tend to get somewhat repetitive it is hard to highlight one modern story focused around this concept, as most simply are versions of the original of Burroughs.  Instead if one were to look for something a little different in terms of the usual from the “defending Helium” plots, it would be worth checking out the most recent attempt to make John Carter catch in popular culture, in the first story arc of the current John Carter Warlord of Mars.  There are several different small changes to the story here, mostly in that John Carter and Dejah are already in control, and as one of John Carter’s old nemeses from Earth returns to exact revenge.  It is maybe not excellent but it was a fresh take on what is cliche for the characters by this point.

whiteapesThe second kind of story is one which is not foreign to the original source material, but not one which is specifically related.  The discovery of the bizarre and the deadly was always an issue for those in the Martian Chronicles, as john Carter meets the Tharks of Mars before anyone else, but the discovery has generally fed into the invasion theme, as allies are formed to make victory possible.  The exploration of Mars just for the exploration is a relatively new concept, and one which is tied to what is a relatively heavy prevalence of John Carter stories in recent years, especially from the period when both Dejah and John had their own series, and in which material for the stories had to be expanded.  Although these stories end up being a fluffier as the stakes are not as high, sometimes they are pretty engaging.  Probably the best from this inspiration would be Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars.  Dejah’s series was set a few hundred years before the arrival of John Carter, and she got to stand on her own as a hero.  In this miniseries, she is exploring the ruins of a city, only to discover that it is not fully abandoned, rather that it is being inhabited by the White Apes of Mars, a murderous group of bloodthirsty killers.  It combines the claustrophobic setting of Die Hard with the death by death approach of Alien into a pretty fun series.

As a setting and concept, some might argue that Mars is no longer engaging, especially when the comic companies have such rich cosmic settings, and when other franchises such as Star Trek and Star Wars have populated the cosmos with other stories.  However, a little imagination goes a long way to keep the stories of the John Carter and Dejah Thoris alive, and makes them more less of an anachronism and more of typical space heroes.

Baltimore Comic Con 2013: Dynamite Announces The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars Art Book

Dynamite has announced the December release of The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars, a hardcover collection featuring over 250 pages of full color artwork from some of the finest illustrators of modern fantasy comics.  Depicting cover artwork and pin-ups from Dynamite’s exceedingly popular line of Warlord of Mars and Dejah Thoris comic books, this magnificent art book counts industry heavyweights Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Art Adams, Francesco Francavilla, and Joe Jusko among its many contributing talents.

Since the first serialized adventures in 1912 of the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris and her beloved hero, John Carter, science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts have dreamed of the faraway Red Planet (known to its inhabitants as Barsoom), its wondrous sights and monstrous perils.  In hundreds of full-color illustrations, the finest artists of modern fantasy have brought the dying world of Mars to life, depicting scenes of brutal conflict with alien beasts, quiet moments overlooking Martian wastes, and enticing visions of an exotic princess at her most intimate.

This magnificent collection of illustrations include all cover artwork to date from Dynamite’s variety of Warlord of Mars-related comics, including Warlord of Mars, Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, Warriors of Mars, Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars, Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom, and Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars.

The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2013.

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Preview – Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars TP

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS TP

96 pages FC  •  $16.99  •  Mature
Written by Mark Rahner 
Art by Lui Antonio 
Cover by Brandon Peterson

The most harrowing survival-horror tale in the annals of Barsoom! Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, leads an archeological field trip to unearth the dark secret of the ancient battle site beneath the fabled “face of Mars” formation. Without John Carter or Tars Tarkas, Dejah Thoris must call upon all her nerve, cleverness and endurance in a relentless chase and horrifying bloodbath. You’ve never seen a Mars epic like this!

COLLECTION FEATURES:

  • The complete 4-issue mini-series by writer Mark Rahner (Rotten) and artist Lui Antonio (Warlord of Mars).
  • All of the covers by Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Alé Garza (Deadpool) and Sean Chen (Nova).

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Dynamite Entertainment Previews – 7/25/12

THE BIONIC MAN #11

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by PHIL HESTER
Art by ED TADEO
Covers by ALEX ROSS (main), JONATHAN LAU (1:10)
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After his epic battle with Hull, Steve Austin returns to his family’s farm to reconnect with his loved ones. How can he break the news of his bionic transformation to his family who believed him dead, especially when that information may cost him the life of his father? Also, just who or what is stalking Steve from the outskirts of the farm?

DARK SHADOWS #6

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by MIKE RAICHT
Art by GUIU VILANOVA
Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

The arrival of a stranger in the town of Collinsport leaves Barnabas Collins facing exposure, forcing him to take drastic action. What is contained in the new arrival’s luggage that can see into the souls of innocent men, and how much longer can Barnabas keep his vampire nature a secret?

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS #4

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Mature
Written by MARK RAHNER  •  Art by LUI ANTONIO
Covers by SEAN CHEN (main), ALÉ GARZA (1:10)
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The harrowing horror epic’s explosive conclusion! The princess has seen her crew and best friends killed and eaten by the white apes that infest a dead Martian city. She’s run, hidden and tried to fight the apes. Now she’s out of options – with Carthoris and a ship full of children about to arrive. Who will survive to learn the secret behind the legendary Face of Mars?

LORD OF THE JUNGLE #6

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Mature
Written by ARVID NELSON
Art by ROBERTO CASTRO
Covers by LUCIO PARRILLO (50%), PAUL RENAUD (50%),
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (1:10)
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Cannibalistic man-apes… pirates… gigantic crocodiles… horny gorillas… Tarzan and Jane Porter have survived a lot! But they will face their most devious adversary yet – not in the jungle, but on the mean streets of Baltimore. Jane has attracted the unwanted attention of a notorious gangster, who wants to marry her so he will appear “respectable”. Normally Jane would tell him to take a hike, but her father is deeply in the gangster’s debt! Tarzan travels halfway around the world to save her, but his savage instincts threaten to rip him and Jane apart forever. Don’t miss Lord of the Jungle #6: The Light of Civilization, the thrilling conclusion to the lord of Greystoke’s first adventure!

WITCHBLADE / RED SONJA #5 (of 5)

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by DOUG WAGNER
Art by CEZAR RAZEK
Cover by ALÉ GARZA

The tide has turned as Red Sonja now hunts the dark angel Ragniel. Filled with a savage bloodlust, Sonja won’t rest until the monstrosity carrying her father’s soul is destroyed and Ragniel has paid for his transgressions. In modern-day New York City, Sara Pezzini has found Sonja’s mythical Hyrkanian sword and rushes to save her daughter. Hell hath no fury! Join Dynamite Entertainment and Top Cow Productions for the thrilling conclusion of Witchblade/Red Sonja. Blood, guns, swords, and a chainmail bikini are guaranteed.

NOWHERE MAN #4 (of 4)

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM
Art and cover by JEEVAN J. KANG

500 Years in the future, every thought you have is monitored by a central apparatus called the Omnimind. Now one man (Mason) whose thoughts are off the grid, who was engineered for the singular purpose of bringing down the Omnimind comes face to face with his destiny. In doing so, Mason realizes the Omnimind is not just a machine and the consequences of bringing it down may be more devastating than his lifetime’s worth of training could possibly have prepared him for.

KEVIN SMITH – THE BIONIC MAN VOL. 1: SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED TP

264 pages FC  • $29.99  •  Teen +  •  (C:0-1-2)
Written by KEVIN SMITH w/ PHIL HESTER
Art by JONATHAN LAU
Cover by ALEX ROSS

Steve Austin. A man barely alive. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before.
Better… stronger… faster.

Those immortal words signaled the beginning of every television episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and served as the inspiration for groundbreaking filmmaker Kevin Smith to bring the classic character into the twenty-first century with a bold new take on the story of Steve Austin… The Bionic Man. Joined by “The Green Hornet” team of Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau, Smith plunges our hero into a dangerous world of espionage and high adventure where enemies wait at every turn, including the deadly and maniacal Hull, built from the ground up to be more than a match for The Bionic Man!

COLLECTION FEATURES:
• Issues 1-10 of the hit series by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau
• a complete cover gallery by Alex Ross, Paul Renaud, Jonathan Lau Stephen Segovia & More!
• Sketches and designs by Alex Ross!

“The Bionic Man is officially here. Leave it to Dynamite along with Kevin Smith, Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau to revive the almost forgotten character.”– Comicvine.com

“I honestly can’t recommend this book highly enough. Put on your red track suit and RUN down to your local comic store and pick this up right away!!!!”
-GeeksOfDoom.com

Dynamite Entertainment Previews – 6/20/12

THE SHADOW #3

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by AARON CAMPBELL
Covers by ALEX ROSS (25%), HOWARD CHAYKIN (25%), JOHN CASSADAY (25%), STEPHEN SEGOVIA (25%)
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The Shadow sets a trap for his foes, but neither Taro Kondo nor the fearsome Buffalo Wong are inclined to step into it without taking certain precautions. A night of slaughter in the Shanghai underworld sees Margo Lane learning just how high the stakes are, and how far her master will go to win his deadly game.

MERCILESS: THE RISE OF MING #2

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by SCOTT BEATTY
Art by RON ADRIAN
Cover by ALEX ROSS

As the saga of Ming continues, the would-be world conqueror moves one step closer to ruling all of Mongo. But Ming’s deviously imagined schemes are complicated by a fetching beauty selected to be a ritual sacrifice to the insatiable Sharkmen! Who will prevail? Even on pitiless Mongo, Ming the Merciless knows that blood is thicker than water!

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS #3

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Mature
Written by MARK RAHNER
Art by LUI ANTONIO
Covers by BRANDON PETERSON (main), ALÉ GARZA (1:10)
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First they killed and ate her crew. Then her best friends. Now Dejah Thoris is the only person left trapped in the ancient dead city, and the ravenous white apes want her. The suspense and action crank up yet another notch as the princess fights desperately to survive – with a ship full of unwitting children on the way!

VAMPIRELLA VS. DRACULA #5 (of 6)

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by JOE HARRIS
Art by IVAN RODRIGUEZ
Cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

Vampirella and Dracula have battled through the ages, drawn to each other like kindred souls yet tearing each other to pieces in a clash of stubborn wills, white hot hatreds and deepest, darkest desires.  They’ve spilled blood, drank even more, and left a wake of destruction behind them to span the ages.  Now, caught between a past unremembered and a present that seems to shift by the day, these time-tossed titans of the vampire breed find themselves unable to resist their animal attraction any longer.  And as timelines fold and realities crumble before the climax of their union, an old story comes to a painful close… while a new, bloody saga is born!

JIM BUTCHER’S THE DRESDEN FILES: FOOL MOON #6

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +  •  re-solicit
Written by JIM BUTCHER, MARK POWERS
Art and cover by CHASE CONLEY

Harry’s barely survived an attack by the legendary loup-garou — a werewolf of unimaginable power and ferocity — but the worst is not over yet. A building full of Chicago police officers has been utterly savaged. With the deaths of friends and strangers alike weighing on his conscience, Harry comes face to face with the one person who might be able to unravel the mysteries tearing apart his life: himself…

GREEN HORNET VOL. 4: RED HAND TP

160 pages FC  • $19.99  •  Teen +  •  (C:0-1-2)
Written by PHIL HESTER, ANDE PARKS
Art by IGOR VITORINO, RONAN CLIQUET
Cover by JONATHAN LAU

Red hand. One of the world’s most proficient assassins-for-hire. He’s killed presidents, CEOs, generals and housewives. He’s killed just about everything that walks the earth on two feet. Before all that, he was Hayashi Kato’s protégé. Now, Red Hand’s sights are set dead center on Hayashi and his current pupils, the new Green Hornet and Kato.

One by one, Red Hand is picking off Century City’s undercover heroes, working his way up to a final confrontation with the man Redhand blames for his own loss of humanity- the original Kato. The stakes have never been greater for Britt Reid and company.Along with the epic “The Devil You Know” arc, this collection contains two stand-alone Green Hornet tales. As the relationship between the new Green Hornet and Kato becomes more complicated, Britt and Mulan find themselves confronting two more relics from the past: a mad German engineer-thief and one of Britt’s former MMA sparring partners.

Collection Features:
•  Issues 16-21 of the hit series by Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Igor Vitorino and Ronan Cliquet
•  Complete cover gallery by Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau and Brian Denham

“…this is one of my favorite comics being published today. Highly recommended.” – Major Spoilers
“…all of you who aren’t reading this book need to pick [it] up and give it a shot.” – Just About Comics
“If you’re not reading The Green Hornet, you should be.”- Geeks of Doom
“This is one sassy superhero comic.” – Comic Vine

JUNGLE GIRL OMNIBUS VOL. 1 TP

248 pages FC  • $29.99  •  Teen +  *  (C:0-1-2)
Written by DOUG MURRAY, FRANK CHO
Art by ADRIANO BATISTA
Cover by FRANK CHO

Experience adventure like never before as Frank Cho (X-Men/Avengers), Doug Murray (Red Sonja, The ‘Nam) and Adriano Batista (Red Sonja, Jennifer Blood) present JUNGLE GIRL! Action, excitement, twists and thrills await as Jana, the undisputed queen of the jungle, travels from the heart of a mysterious jungle to the depths of an uncharted sea to battle dinosaurs, cannibals, mermen and sea monsters in an attempt to save a band of stranded outsiders on the savage island that she calls home!

Collection Features:
•  Issues 0-5 of the acclaimed mini-series, Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug  Murray and Adriano Batista
•  Issues 1-5 of the hit sequel, Jungle Girl: Season 2
•  A complete cover gallery featuring the art of Frank Cho and Adriano Batista

“Jungle Girl is one of the more pleasant surprises of [the year]. …What makes this book enjoyable is that it hardly has any faults.” – Philadelphia Daily News

THE LIVING CORPSE VOL. 1: EXHUMED TP

176 pages FC  • $19.99  •  Teen + •  (C:0-1-2)
By KEN HAESER & BUZ HASSON

The Living Corpse rises from the grave in his all new Dynamite debut! Once he was a mindless zombie, but now he is The Living Corpse, protector of the border between the world of the living and the realm of the dead! In this volume, The Living Corpse and his vampire friend, Lilith, must fight their way through a sleazy Nosferatu, a pissed-off Skunk Ap… I mean Bigfoot, the Invisible Man and the U.S. Corpse Corps— the best and brightest dead Marines brought back to life as cyborgs by the evil Doctor Brainchild! And it all leads to the final confrontation with The Living Corpse’s son, Agent Romero, in a bloody battle that not everyone will survive!

Collecting issues #1-6 of the hit series, along with all of the series covers and more!

THE LAST PHANTOM VOL. 2: JUNGLE RULES TP

192 pages FC  • $19.99  •  Teen +  •  (C:0-1-2)
Written by SCOTT BEATTY
Art by EDUARDO FERIGATO
Cover by ALEX ROSS

THE GHOST WHO WALKS IS FINALLY GOING HOME
After the climactic confrontation with friend-turned-foe Peter Quisling high above the streets of Midtown Manhattan, The Phantom finds himself on the run and quite literally a man without a country. “JUNGLE RULES” picks up just moments after Kit Walker’s dynamic leap of faith at the conclusion of THE LAST PHANTOM: GHOSTWALK, as Kit decides to leave behind the charitable Walkabout Foundation headquarters in order to return to war-torn Bengali, home to the previous twenty Phantoms that came before him. But the road back is, of course, fraught with danger at every turn… even for a Man Who Cannot Die. Bengali’s blood-soaked military junta may be the least of Kit’s problems when he is forced to face the secret history of the Phantoms and the resurrected ghost of his own father!

Collection Features:
• Issues 7-12 of Dynamite’s hit series featuring Lee Falk’s classic comics hero by Scott Beatty (Buck Rogers, Merciless: The Rise of Ming) and Eduardo Ferigato
• The Last Phantom Annual #1 by Scott Beatty and Johnny Desjardins (Kirby: Genesis – Silver Star)
• All of the covers by Alex Ross (Marvels), Stephen Sadowski (JSA) Fabiano Neves (Vampirella) and Jonathan Lau (Green Hornet).

RED SONJA VOL. 10: MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE TP

128 pages FC  • $19.99  •  Teen +  •  (C:0-1-2)
Written by ERIC TRAUTMANN
Art by NOAH SALONGA, PATRICK BERKENKOTTER
Cover by PAUL RENAUD
In a savage, violent world, it takes a strong sword arm and quick wits to survive…

Red Sonja — mercenary, thief, and slayer — arrives in Khorshemish, capital city of the mighty nation of Koth. With enemies on all sides, the She-Devil With a Sword finds herself at a crossroads between rival families, all vying for the kingdom’s throne. Amid such intrigues, there’s always a chance for profit, and Sonja’s roll of the dice throws her into a snakepit of old grudges, ancient magicks, and arcane sciences…with the fate of a kingdom at stake.

Written by Eric Trautmann (Vampirella, Action Comics) and illustrated by Noah Salonga (Xena) and Patrick Berkenkotter (Torch).

Collection Features:
•    Issues 56 through 60 of the hit series by Eric Trautmann, Noah Salonga and Patrick Berkenkotter.
•    All of the beautiful covers by artists Walter Geovani, Paul Renaud, and Fabiano Neves!

“…an entertaining feast that’s atypical of the simplistic plot usually found in the sword and sorcery genre.” – comicbulletin.com

“…Tons of action, adventure and just plain good old fashioned hot girls and violence. Exactly what a Red Sonja comic should be.” – Geeks of Doom

ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN HARDCOVER

256 pages FC •  $29.99  • (C:0-1-2)
Written ROBERT GREENBERGER
Art and cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Edited by THOMAS KITNER

Legendary for what he has done on the page and infamous for what he has said off it, Howard Chaykin ranks among the  superstars of modern comics. In The Art of Howard Chaykin, go behind the scenes with the creator whose pioneering works include American Flagg! The Shadow, Batman, New Avengers, Dominic Fortune and Black Kiss and more. Experience the stories of his life as only he can tell them. Filled with no-holds-barred perspective from his longtime friends and colleagues, and featuring an extensive selection of artwork from throughout his career, including many never-before-published pieces from Chaykin’s own archives, The Art of Howard Chaykin takes readers on an in-depth journey from the 1950s to today with one of the medium’s great storytellers.

“Howard is a legend—and his work is legendary. Any chance we have to talk about how much we love him and that so-incredibly-important work of his—to realize how important his work has been to the development of the medium over the last thirty years, and to say, out loud, that THIS GUY, this thorny, hilarious, shark-witted and black-hearted fiend is an honest-to-god-genius that grew the whole goddamn art form because it was too stupid for him should be taken advantage of and celebrated.”
–  Matt Fraction

“Flagg!, in both its style and its concepts, fed the literary genre of cyberpunk that has since watered the entire landscape of popular culture, from comics and computer games to movies to television programs.”
–  Michael Chabon

“When I discovered the work of Howard Chaykin—creator, writer, artist, and designer extraordinaire—his work in American Flagg! Forever changed my view of comics were and, more importantly, could be.”
–  Jim Lee

Dynamite Entertainment Previews – 5/9/12

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS #2

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Mature
Written by MARK RAHNER
Art by LUI ANTONIO
Covers by BRANDON PETERSON (main), ALÉ GARZA (1:10)
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First they were forced to watch from hiding while the men in her party were torn apart and eaten by white apes. Now an unarmed and vastly outnumbered Princess Dejah Thoris and her female friends must flee for their own lives in an ancient, dead city! The apes are still hungry. No-holds-barred horror and suspense like you’ve never seen in John Carter’s world. And it just keeps getting worse.

LORD OF THE JUNGLE #4

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Mature
Written by ARVID NELSON
Art by ROBERTO CASTRO
Covers by PAUL RENAUD (50%), LUCIO PARRILLO (50%),
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (1-in-10)
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“Jungle Green” Retailer incentive cover by PAUL RENAUD
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Jane Porter is safe with Tarzan, where the two are drawing closer and closer together. If only her suitor, Cecil Clayton, knew! He and Jane’s father set off into the deepest jungle for a rescue mission, but soon the two men might need saving themselves. Fortunately, a French warship discovers the castaways’ camp – but will they be in time to save the two men?

DARK SHADOWS #5

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by STUART MANNING
Art by GORDON PURCELL
Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Barnabas Collins finds himself increasingly troubled as Dr. Julia Hoffman continues her experiments to cure his vampire condition. Alone as the night draws in, a trip to the nearby town of Collinsport sees Barnabas stalked by a mysterious woman with a message. As he follows her into the night, he finds himself confronted by faces from his past, each with a score to settle…

ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME: THE EYE OF THE WORLD #24

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by ROBERT JORDAN, CHUCK DIXON
Art and cover by ANDIE TONG

Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic continues here!  Rand and Mat are running themselves ragged, unable to afford lodging or food, and unable to perform for any money without attracting darkfriends… but they are close, so close, to Caemlyn.  It’s the last village before the city, and evil is lurking everywhere especially in their dreams.  Will they make it to the city before they’re found out?

PATRICIA BRIGGS’ ALPHA & OMEGA: CRY WOLF #7

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by PATRICIA BRIGGS & DAVID LAWRENCE
Art by TODD HERMAN
Cover by JENNY FRISON

Even an Alpha wolf can die at the hands of powerful witchcraft. And if the evil Mariposa is too much for a wolf as powerful as Charles what hope is there for the inexperienced and unsure Omega wolf Anna? Worse still, the dark magic that has overwhelmed Charles may even give the witch sway over his father, ruler of all the werewolves of North America.  If she can control him, what hope remains for the wolves…or anybody?

Dynamite Entertainment Previews – 4/4/12

THE BOYS #65

40 pages FC •  $4.99  • Mature
Written by GARTH ENIS
Art by RUSS BRAUN
Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON

The showdown between Butcher and the Homelander turns out to be something neither of them expected, as all Hell breaks loose in the Washington skies and MM teaches Hughie one last Secret History lesson. One story ends and another begins, as Over The Hill With The Swords Of A Thousand Men reaches its bloody conclusion. Over 30 pages of story and art!  The Countdown begins!  Only 7 issues to go!

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS #1

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Mature
Written by MARK RAHNER
Art by LUI ANTONIO
Covers by BRANDON PETERSON (main), ALÉ GARZA (1:10)
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On the way to an archeological dig at an ancient battle site at the “face” of Mars, Dejah Thoris and her party are stranded. They take shelter in a dead, ancient city –  infested with killer white apes. Hungry ones. The most harrowing horror story in the annals of Barsoom!

VOLTRON: YEAR ONE #1

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by BRANDON THOMAS
Art by CRAIG CERMAK
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Before they were known as the legendary Voltron Force, they were Space Explorer Squadron #686 of the Galaxy Alliance — four young men, led by Commander Sven, and tasked with keeping the Earth safe and the skies clear in a universe growing more and more dangerous every day. So it was no surprise that central command came to them first with an impossible rescue mission and an enemy even they didn’t truly understand. One that threatens the fragile coalition of planets they’ve risked their lives to maintain. Unbreakable bonds are formed and intense rivalries borne in the first chapter of “Fearless Leader”…

WITCHBLADE/RED SONJA #2

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by DOUG WAGNER
Art by CEZAR RAZEK
Cover by ALÉ GARZA
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Facing a mythical monster as old as the universe, Red Sonja is joined in battle by the Witchblade bearer of her time, Nissa. But the battle soon takes a morbid turn when the depraved creature resurrects someone from Sonja’s past. Someone whose mere presence brings the She-Devil to her knees. In modern day New York City, Sara Pezzini continues to investigate the bloodcurdling slaughter of a Catholic Priest. Is the gruesome murder a rite of passage for a clandestine cult, or something far more sinister?

JENNIFER BLOOD #11

32 pages FC  •  $3.99  •  Mature
Written by AL EWING
Art by KEWBER BAAL
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Jen gets ready for the final confrontation with Mason Buwick’s private army, while Detective Pruitt meets an old friend, Andrew meets an old flame and we find out exactly what it’s like to be married to Jennifer Blood. Also – massive explosions! Raging gun battles! Poo flinging! And the mind-exploding debut of — NINJETTES TWO! Watch out, they have extremely harmonious crystals.

QUEEN SONJA #28

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by LUKE LIEBERMAN
Art by MILTON ESTEVAM
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Koliostri strikes, Xander and Melea in his dungeons the wizard unleashes his zealous minions and wreaks havoc across the land, striking at the heart of the empire. Sonja must grapple with a foe that worships death, and gives blood freely to their cause.

THE LONE RANGER VOL. 2 #4

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by ANDE PARKS
Art by ESTEVE POLLS
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Tonto and Lone Ranger set out to stop a deadly string of train robberies. Now, Tonto has been left for dead at the bottom of a ravine, and The Lone Ranger faces a noose at the hands of a maniacal sheriff in bizarre small town called Utopia. In short, the two greatest heroes of the old West are in a tight spot. As the epic Hard Country arc continues, Tonto must face down both death in the desert and his own, painful past as he struggles to make his way to Lone Ranger before the gallows lever is pulled.

KIRBY: GENESIS #6

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Plot by KURT BURISK, ALEX ROSS
Script by KURT BUSIEK
Art by JACK HERBERT, ALEX ROSS
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The Primals awaken — but are they Earth’s saviors, or harbingers of destruction? Kirby, along with the mysterious Wanderer, will have only one chance to win them as allies, and failure isn’t an option. Meanwhile, multiple threads come together as the villains discover their true master. And the Midnight Swan’s humanity may be lost to her forever…

ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME: THE EYE OF THE WORLD #23

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by ROBERT JORDAN, CHUCK DIXON
Art and cover by ANDIE TONG

Hard traveling on the Caemlyn Road becomes a little bit easier for Rand and Mat after they’re inspired to travel as gleemen.  Their journey takes them to the village of Four Kings – and right back into danger.  In a world of treachery anyone can be your enemy!  Will it be the thieves or the Darkfriends that catch them first?

WAREHOUSE 13 #5 (of 5)

32 pages FC •  $3.99  • Teen +
Written by BEN RAAB, DERIC HUGHES
Art by BEN MORSE
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Pawns in a deadly game of survival, Pete and Myka prove why they’re the best of the best by turning the tables and taking the fight to their captor, the beautiful-but-deadly Viola Adair.  Little do they realize Viola’s got an artifact ace up her sleeve.  Once its terrible power is unleashed, can even the combined might of the Warehouse team stop it?  Find out in the pulse-pounding conclusion of WAREHOUSE 13!

TERMINATOR/ROBOCOP: KILL HUMAN TPB

112 pages FC  • $16.99  •  Teen +
Written by ROB WILLIAMS  • Art by P.J. HOLDEN
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The ultimate killing machine meets the future of law enforcement! In the future, humanity has been wiped out and the machines are triumphant. Traumatized by his Skynet-influenced actions, Robocop looks to travel back in time and change the course of history. But when he emerges in the middle of Jon and Sarah Connor’s assault on Cyberdyne Systems, he comes face-to-face with the second time-travelling Terminator. Bullets will fly! And the T-1000 can’t be far behind!

“Put together Robocop and Terminator, and you have a geek’s dream come true!” – GEEKS OF DOOM

New Dejah Thoris Series Delves Into Her Rich History!

Official Press Release

NEW DEJAH THORIS SERIES DELVES INTO HER RICH HISTORY!

DEJAH THORIS AND THE WHITE APES OF MARS! IN STORES APRIL 2012!!!

January 17th, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite has had incredible critical and commercial success of Dynamite’s Warlord of Mars, Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, and Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom series.

Read what the critics have had to say about Dynamite’s Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris series!

“Dejah Thoris continues to be an entertaining series that captures the spirit of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels as it explores the perils and pitfalls of Martian existence.” – Diamond Galleries

“Dynamite has created a masterpiece for those familiar with John Carter!” – Broken Frontier

“If you want to sit down and just be entertained with a comic book, then grab this one. This is a fantastic comic, and you won’t regret it.” – Geeks of Doom

“All in all, this was a very fun book!” – Geeks of Doom

Now comes Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars #1!

On the way to an archeological dig at an ancient battle site at the “face” of Mars, Dejah Thoris and her party are stranded. They take shelter in a dead, ancient city –  infested with killer white apes. Hungry ones. The most harrowing horror story in the annals of Barsoom!  Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars is written by Mark Rahner and drawn by Lui Antonio, with covers by Brandon Peterson and Alé Garza and will hit comic stores in April 2012!

“The most terrifying tale in the annals of Barsoom,” says writer Mark Rahner.  “A trip to unearth the secret of the “face of Mars” when the Princess, her best friends and crew get stranded in an ancient dead city – infested with ravenous white apes. You’ve never seen a Mars epic like this!”

“Mark [Rahner] has been on a roll with us, turning out great work on the Green Hornet and Warlord of Mars with the Annuals he did for us,” adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt.  “For this series, we’ve given him a lot more room and he’s paid us back by delivering a terrifying tale of horror and survival on Barsoom! Don’t you miss it!”

“There are so many more stories that can be told about Dejah Thoris, that we knew we had to expand Dejah’s universe with another Dynamic comic book,” states Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Mark is doing a fantastic job on this series, and we are extremely excited by his take on Dejah Thoris!”

Princess of Mars is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the first of his famous series, which initially began publication in serialized form within the pages of All-Story Magazine in February 1912. It is also Burroughs’ first novel, predating his Tarzan stories. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the story is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction.

Dejah Thoris is the Princess of the Martian city state/empire of Helium, Dejah Thoris is the love interest and later the wife of John Carter, an Earthman mystically transported to Mars, and subsequently the mother of their son Carthoris and daughter Tara. She plays the role of the conventional damsel in distress who must be rescued from various perils, but is also portrayed as a competent and capable adventuress in her own right, fully capable of defending herself and surviving on her own in the wastelands of Mars.

Mark Rahner is a veteran critic, interviewer and pop culture writer at the Seattle Times. His comic book work includes “Galveston” and “Cthulhu Tales.”  Rahner’s work has appeared in publications around the world including WIRED, FANGORIA, and STARS AND STRIPES. Media appearances include Headline News, MSNBC TV, KIRO talk radio Seattle, KPTK (Air America) radio Seattle, KZOK (Bob Rivers Show) Seattle, and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (“Rahner’s Rotten Rentals”).

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About Dynamite Entertainment:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.