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Warlord of Mars TP [Paperback]

Arvid Nelson , Stephen Sadowski , Lui Antonio
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Oct. 25 2011
The original warrior of Mars comes to Dynamite! Warlord of Mars is an enhancement of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Princess of Mars. If you thought you knew the story, think again! Featuring John Carter, an ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, joined on his adventures by Tars Tarkas, his Martian comrade, and Dejah Thoris, a Martian Princess. Collects the first 8-issues of the hit series, along with bonus material and a complete cover gallery featuring such great artists as Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, J. Scott Campbell, Lucio Parrillo, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book three is more ferocious than the first two. Nov. 17 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Sometimes the first three books are referred to as a trilogy as the first two books have cliff hangers. Of course we know this is not the end due to the number of book written.

In this part of the story we left John waiting at the Temple of the Sun. Everyone knows that he as not long to wait until his old nemeses' devise a plot of revenge. Soon John, while in the process of chasing the capturers of Dejah Thoris, will come up against untold and unfathomed barriers to the end of the world. Luckily he has old Woola at his side.

Reading this make you want to get out you sward and join in.

Still as with all places ruled by law, John will have to meet with the Judges of the Temple of Reward ad face the consequences of returning from the Valley of Dor and the Lost Sea of Korus. As no one can escape judgment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Graphic Novel July 15 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great art, great story, and it leaves you wanting more. It's everything you want in a graphic novel. John Carter the way he was meant to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Over-The-Top Fantasy! March 20 2012
By Mother/Gamer/Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer(This was reviewed in conjunction with the movie. Visit the site to see full review of both)
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Me

Never having read the original John Cater series created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, I don't really have anything to base my review of the movie and graphic on other than my overall opinion of the finished product. With that being said, I must admit I absolutely adored both! John Carter is not your typical superhero; in fact he is nothing more than an ordinary bad mouthing, gun slinging ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army with a short temper who just happens to end up on Mars. He's a tad bit arrogant, very compassionate, and just can't seem to stay out of a fight. All of these qualities combined make John Carter one tough Science Fiction character not to love.

The story begins in 1866 at the close of the Civil War in a small frontier establishment in Arizona. In the graphic novel, John is accompanied by John K. Powell; however in the movie he meets Powell with his fist shortly after arriving in Arizona, literally. The circumstance in which John Carter ends up on Mars, or Barsoom, are slightly different in both the graphic novel and movie. I won't go into too much detail about how he mysteriously arrives on the planet, but Carter tends to get himself into a mega amount of trouble.

Diving into the graphic novel first, Warlord of Mars Volume 1 embodies everything I love about comics and graphic novels. It's full of action, has beautifully illustrated artwork, and an over the top storyline. Volume 1 consists of 266 pages, 170 or so being the actual story and the rest is artwork (at least in my review version from NetGalley). There are 9 Issues from the Warlord Series, and each explains the complicated story of John Carter on Mars and how he became infamous. The legend of John Carter is EPIC. And by epic I mean there is plenty of fighting, ruthless killings, Barsoomian creatures, futuristic cities and machinery, a scantily clad man, and one well endowed woman to rev even the tiniest sci-fi nerds engines.


Once I started reading I couldn't strip my eyes from the pages. They were super glued, to every frame, every creature, and every battle. I loved meeting all of the major characters, Tars Tarkas, Princess Dejah Thoris, Sola, and a little green monster dog named Woola who was so slimy and cute I couldn't help but smile at her overzealous behavior. What I liked most about Warlord of Mars was the back story. While the movie failed to give us history and depth to our characters, the graphic novel excelled at delivering the who, what, when, where and why certain things where happening. Though the storylines were different, it was still nice to get a sense of who our characters were and what made them into the people they are today.

Overall, the story of John Carter and his victories around Mars are told brilliantly in this graphic novel. I highly, highly, highly, (and in case you didn't hear me) HIGHLY, recommend Warlord of Mars Volume 1 to all Science Fiction/Fantasy/Adventure lovers. And due to the extreme graphic nature of this comic, please read responsibly and keep it over 18.
3.0 out of 5 stars The feminist in me just couldn't let me enjoy it... Aug. 12 2014
By Andre - Published on Amazon.com
I'm probably going to get as much flak for this review as the other reviewer who only gave it three stars (vs the five star reviews everyone else is giving it) but....

My overall impression is "not bad".. some might consider this both unfair and unrealistic but I reserve 5 star ratings for what many comic fans would consider "epic" graphic novels that fall into the "universal acclaim" category.. while there are those who would differ with me that list includes the older Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman, Watchmen and V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller... anything short of that I don't give 5 stars.

The art is pretty good.. compared to say Alex Ross's painted artwork in "Kingdom Come" for example I'm not sure I can give it 5 stars... and as far as the depiction of Dejah (cringes)...

(warning, minor spoilers follow) Okay, you have to understand that this is based on the original novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs back in 1912... that's a long, long time before the feminist movement, advocating for equal rights for women, and so forth.. I'd like to think we've come a long way since then and it probably explains why I winced in pretty much every panel Dejah appears in... my thought process reading the book was "Oh, okay, this guy is in the middle of the Confederate war and suddenly finds himself on an alien planet, cool, okay he's stronger than everyone else due to the way gravity works on Mars, that's a neat twist and.. OH MY GOD THIS WOMAN IS NAKED !!!!! ... okay, he's adapting to the strange alien warrior culture of the big green martian giants, cool and ... DEAR GOD IT'S THE NAKED WOMAN AGAIN! ... okay here he is civilizing the green martians and making them better people and HOLY CRAP NAKED WOMAN !

Okay, technically she's got nipple-cap-glue-on-things of some sort and a thong but.. for all practical intents and purposes, naked. Every time I saw her she also fell into the stereotypical "damsel in distress" situation and was constantly in need of rescuing. And don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude.. I see no problem at all with nudity when it makes sense given what's going on in the story... Dejah's about to make love to John Carter? Okay nudity totally makes sense. But walking around with the two nipple covers and a thong as the entire outfit all the time? I suppose that sort of thing would have been part and parcel of what Burroughs did and did well in his novels .... manly-macho-men rescuing women and "reaping the rewards" if you will, but...

Again I get that this is based on a novel written before feminism really hit it's stride... there's a lot to like in this comic but... I just can't really enjoy it as much as I normally would given the outdated treatment of females. And I'm a heterosexual male who enjoys seeing pictures of scantily clad women as much as I suppose any other heterosexual male would ...still just couldn't get past the guilt and secretly wishing she would just pick up a sword and start kicking ass right alongside Carter (maybe she does in later graphic novels? No idea...).. I'm wondering what opinion a female pro-women's-rights-comic-book-reader (and there are a fair number of them out there google it .. heck I read a lot of their blogs) would have about this though hopefully they will take the dated material the graphic novel is based on into account.

Still, for someone like me who hasn't read the original Burroughs novels it's a fun peek at what many would consider to be one of his classic works... in comic book form at that which is pretty neat. And again, given what the author's novels tended to be like in the first place (I did read his Tarzan novels) I'm guessing this is actually a faithful adaption of the his original Barsoom books that does them justice... I guess if you're not the kind of guy who cringes at the whole "damsel is ALWAYS in distress and scantily clad" sort of thing then you might give this 4 or even 5 stars. Even putting the feminism thing aside I still wouldn't give it 5 stars (though again my 5 star standards are very high, see above).

Again I realize I'm going to provoke a lot of angry comments here.. folks, free speech is your constitutional right but please bear in mind fiction (including comic books) is a VERY subjective thing, what one person loves another person may hate.. each person is still entitled to their own opinion and attacking someone else for their opinion just because you disagree with them... that's a bit narrow minded don't you think? Feel free to disagree with me but I humble suggest you do what I strive to do even when I publicly disagree with others on the 'net - keep it civil and remember that the person whose review you are commenting about is just that.. a person. It's hard to keep that in mind when that person doesn't have a face and they're just some anonymous presence on a computer screen a zillion miles away but.. honestly, I think that's the civilized thing to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only John Carter comic worth reading today Jan. 28 2012
By Michael E. Payton - Published on Amazon.com
There are two publishers doing John Carter comics right now. Marvel is doing stuff for the upcoming Disney movie and Dynamite is doing this series, as well as the ongoing Dejah Thoris comic. Unless you are buying comics for a 3-6 year old, buy this one. The first volumes from each publisher retell the same ERB novel, A Princess of Mars, but it seems that only the folks at Dynamite bothered to read the book first. Sadly, the writing is where Marvel's adaption shines best, as the art looks like something your not-very-artistic child drew for you and begs you to hang on the fridge. It's literally impossible to tell what is happening in half of the Marvel version. Their own John Carter comics in the 70s looked 1000% better. The art and story here are top notch, only to be outdone by their own Dejah Thoris spin-off, which I'll review later.

If you are interested in the upcoming Disney movie or better still, are already a fan of the books, do yourself a favor and grab the first volumes of this series and Dejah Thoris, and pre-order Dejah Thoris volume 2. They're all well worth your money.
4.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Days of Yesteryear. With More Skin. May 16 2013
By MPhoto - Published on Amazon.com
These books are just gorgeous and yes, there're a lot of very hot chicks wearing not much in them. (The original books, however, specified that the Red Martians never wore ANY clothes. So there.) They do have that pulp feel to them - which can make them feel kind of stupid to modern and sophisticated audiences.
5.0 out of 5 stars You seriously cannot miss reading this. June 29 2012
By Abhinav Jain - Published on Amazon.com
Shadowhawk reviews the first volume in the retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic Princess of Mars. This is a nine-issue collection with additional bonus material that somewhat parallels the story of John Carter the movie as well.

"Expect to be bowled over by this fantastic retelling and wowed by the amazing artwork as Arvid Nelson tackles the origin story of one of the world's first superheroes. You seriously cannot miss reading this." ~ The Founding Fields

I am a recent convert to the world of John Carter, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs all those years ago. It began with the movie John Carter and then progressed through to reading the first two volumes of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris and now with this. I have to say that I really can't get enough of this entire setting and the characters and the location itself. They are all just too evocative and immersive. You can get lost for hours and not even realise how much time has passed. Warlord of Mars Volume 1 is just utterly fantastic in that way.

Warlord of Mars Volume 1 is John Carter's origin story in that it tells of how he comes to Mars and becomes a legend in the histories of both the Tharks and the Red Men. In all aspects, this is a very mature and serious narrative that really shows the more brutal side of John Carter's first visit to Barsoom, as Mars is known by the natives. Comparatively, John Carter is very upbeat and even Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris often has a less serious tone. That was the charm of this graphic novel for me. I wasn't reading just a comic-book adaptation of Princess of Mars, but something much more that can really appeal to the adult readers.

The story is very much a romp through the world. We get to see the workings of the Thark society throughout as Arvid Nelson exposes John Carter to this Orcish race of the future and then later with the Red Men as the hero gets embroiled in their inter-city conflicts. This helped me in immersing myself into the narrative. By the end of the collection, I felt like I understood both the Martian societies as they were well-developed and well-characterised. In any SF setting, in order to portray alien societies as realistic and unique, it is important to work on developing them in detail, whether it is a direct experience for the reader through the eyes of the "aliens" themselves or through the "non-alien" characters. It also helps if there is a strong basis for contrast with something that the readers will be familiar with: our own Earthly societies and cultures.

A full review can be found over at The Founding Fields:
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