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Warlord of Mars Paperback – Oct 25 2011
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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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The comics are rated Mature and the abundance of partial or complete nudity (as originally imagined by ERB himself in his Mars books, albeit with discreet shading where appropriate here) makes that rating understandable. It is a fun, smooth read, thanks largely to the artists' use of full-page panels to give breadth to their expansive landscapes (both of Earth and of Mars), interesting dialogue and narration, as well as tighter, smaller panels to create tension during heated verbal exchanges or hand-to-hand combat sequences.
As a sidenote, it's interesting that two of ERB's most iconic characters shared the same initials: John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan) and John Carter of Mars. Fans of ERB and science fiction, in general, should enjoy this book. The artwork alone will demand more than a second look.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
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.
Having never read the source material, I can't really say how faithful this adaptation is, but Writer Arvid Nelson and Artists Stephen Sadowski and Lui Antonio have really done an outstanding job. There are some things that are intrinsic to the John Carter story that just seem, to me, anyway, patently ridiculous.....The fact that almost everyone on Mars exists in a state of nudity or near-nudity, for instance, Carter's Superman-esque abilities, I could go on and on.....Nelson makes all of these things go down easier by telling an enjoyable, straight-forward story that reminded me why comics are so much fun. The book is INCREDIBLY Gory, so I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers. In addition to the first nine issues, WARLORD OF MARS, VOLUME ONE also features a complete gallery of every regular and variant cover, a small design gallery, and an extensive section featuring John Carter's journal entries regarding Martian life and civilization. An excellent read all around.
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.