Friday, September 23, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: NOCTERRA #6

NOCTERRA #6
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STORY: Scott Snyder
ART: Tony S. Daniel
COLORS: Tomeu Morey
LETTERS: Andworld Design
EDITOR: Will Dennis
COVER: Tony S. Daniel with Tomeu Morey
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Emanuela Lupacchino with Dave McCaig; Tony S. Daniel and Marcelo Maiolo
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (August 2021)

Rated “M/ Mature”

“Full Throttle Dark” Part Six


Nocterra is a horror and science fiction comic book series from writer Scott Snyder and artist Tony S. Daniel.  Published by Image Comics, Nocterra is set on an Earth that has been experiencing an everlasting night, the “Big PM,” since the sky went dark and the world was plunged into an everlasting night over a decade ago.  Colorist Tomeu Morey and letterer Andworld Design complete the series' creative team.

In Nocterra, any living organisms left unlit in the dark for more than 10 hours start undergoing a biological transformation.  Soon, the living turn into monstrous versions of themselves, becoming something called a “Shade.”

Valentina “Val” Riggs – call sign “Sundog,” – was in the fifth grade the day the “Big PM” occurred.  Thirteen years later (“13 PM”), Val drives a big rig hauler, a heavily-illuminated 18-wheeler known as the “Sundog Convoy.”  A skilled “ferryman” Val transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads between the few remaining human outposts, and now she has her most dangerous haul – Bailey, a girl with a dangerous secret and her brother, Emory “Em” Riggs, who is becoming a Shade.

As Nocterra #6 opens, Val is back in those early days of sanctuary, when she saw the true killing ability of the “Smudges,” the name for a human Shade.  Val has found safety in the mysterious Sanctuary, having brought Bailey to Tiberius McCray, the leader of Sanctuary and the brother of her grandfather, Augustus McCray.

Now, however, the calm has given way to the storm, and Val is surrounded by shocking revelations.  She must prepare for both battle and for survival afterwards for herself, Bailey, and Emory.  Can she see past the darkness into the light?

THE LOWDOWN:  As I have written in some of my earlier reviews of Nocterra, I enjoy writer Scott Snyder's creator-owned series.  I have also told you, dear readers, that I am usually happy to read a comic book drawn by Tony S. Daniels, going back to his early days writing and drawing creator-owned titles at Image, such as The Tenth.  Nocterra has justified my devotion, and this sixth issue ends the series' first story arc with a tremendous payoff for readers who stuck around after the first issue.

Like issue #5, Nocterra #6 gets all thematic, and like the fifth issue, the sixth is the best of the series.  This new issue expands the world of Nocterra in one fell swoop, and the potential for this narrative's long haul excites me with the possibility of new places and so many new dangers.

I don't want to spoil anything, but Snyder, Tony Daniel, Tomeu Morey, and Andworld Design are doing some of their best work as a killer creative team of this amazing title.  Science fiction, dark fantasy, horror, family drama, action:  Nocterra is terribly good, dear readers, equally exiting and mysterious, at all times.  The trade collection for the first arc arrives in October, so take that chance to start at the beginning and then, run on up to catch up with us, the regulars of Nocterra.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel will want to sample Nocterra.

A
★★★★+ out of 4 stars

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: KING SPAWN #2

KING SPAWN #2
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STORY: Sean Lewis with Todd McFarlane (additional dialogue)
PENCILS: Javi Fernandez
COLORS: FCO Plascencia
LETTERS: Andworld Design
EDITOR: Thomas Healy
COVER:  Don Aguillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Todd McFarlane with FCO Plascencia; Javi Fernandez
56pp, Color, $5.99 U.S. (September 2021)

Rated: “T/ Teen”

Spawn created by Todd McFarlane


Spawn is a superhero/antihero character that stars in the long-running comic book series, Spawn.  Created by writer-artist Todd McFarlane, Spawn first appeared in Spawn #1 (cover dated: May 1992).

Spawn was Albert Francis “Al” Simmons.  A career military man who becomes a highly capable assassin and dies a violent death.  He makes a deal with the devil, Malebolgia, in order to return to the living realm to see his wife one last time.  However, Al returns with almost no memories accept that his name is Al Simmons, and he learns that he is now a “Hellspawn” in service of Malebolgia.  Rebelling, Al Simmons, now “Spawn,” finds a new purpose in stopping evil.

Back in February (2021), Todd McFarlane announced his plans to build a larger, multi-character, interconnected, comic book universe based around his Spawn comic book – a “Spawn Universe.”  McFarlane also announced four new comic book titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles.  The first of the three titles, King Spawn, has arrived.

King Spawn is written by Sean Lewis with Todd McFarlane; drawn by Javi Fernandez; colored by FCO Plascencia; lettered by Andworld Design.  King Spawn finds Spawn battling one of his old adversaries, but it is someone only Spawn knows that exists.  And that someone want to make Spawn a king.

King Spawn #2 opens in the wake of a bombing at an elementary school in Seattle, Washington.  The bombing killed sixteen people, including fourteen children, aged five and six years old.  An underground religious group, “Psalms 137,” seem to be the culprits behind this attack, but what do they really want – beyond killing more children or “innocents?”

Al Simmons is filled with rage because he knows that someone is slaughtering children in order to draw Spawn out into the open.  He is so angry that he even calls upon a former friend to help him, but he does not want  his current crew helping him, which includes Jessica Priest, the newly minted “She-Spawn.”  However, there is an even darker reunion afoot.  One of Spawn earliest and most despicable adversaries returns, as a showdown in Washington, D.C. looms.

THE LOWDOWN:  I mentioned in my review of the first issue of King Spawn that I read Spawn #1 back in 1992, and while I had mixed feelings about it, I found myself following the series.  I was a dedicated reader and followed the series for another five or six years.

King Spawn #1 was the first time I read a Spawn first issue since I read Curse of the Spawn #1 back in 1996.  I guess I was waiting for the return of the king because after reading this second issue, I can say that King Spawn is fucking awesome.  Hell, no!  I'm not going to use the phrase, “freaking awesome,” when I know that King Spawn is “fucking awesome.”  Bitch, please! dear readers.  I'm keeping it real for your hard earned money.

Writer Sean Lewis has taken the inspired madness and crazy potential of those early years of the original Spawn and used that to turn King Spawn into a must-read.  Lewis' script for the second issue has taken Al Simmons from one angry man to one crazily vengeful man.  Lewis has also made Spawn something like the best of Frank Miller's Batman of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and of Steven Grant's The Punisher of the 1980s.

I love Javi Fernandez's art.  His graphical storytelling shares a sensibility with McFarlane's, which was more dark fantasy than vigilante fiction.  Fernandez's balances his art with both a clear-line style and with heavy textures, which makes for a fuller and richer story.  The darkness and the violent action explode off the page, but the character drama is equally forceful.

FCO Plascencia's Hell-spawned hues allow the story to operate under multiple moods and atmospheres which convey the shifting realities of the story.  Meanwhile Andworld Design's quiet lettering imparts the action and drama with a steady beat that carries the imagination through this narrative.

I heartily recommend King Spawn.  It has activated me to find my way back to the original Spawn series and to prepare for the upcoming new Spawn titles.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Spawn will want to read King Spawn.

[This comic book includes “Spawning Ground” Presents “The Breakdown,” which features an interview with Javi Fernandez.]

A
★★★★+ out of 4 stars

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

I Reads You Juniors: September 2022 - Update #49

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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NEWS:

COMICS - From NBCWashington:  Thieves steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of rare comic books from Victory Comics in Falls Church, Virginia.

DC COMICS - From MSNCBR:   DC Comics will give it another try with a six-issue miniseries, "The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives," due this December.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Former DC Comics' boss Paul Levitz is writing his first comic book series for Marvel Comics.  It is a limited series, "Avengers War Across Time," and it is set during the early days of the Avengers.  Alan Davis will draw the comic book.

DC CINEMA - From Variety:  In a surprise bit of news, Warner Bros. announced that it is making a sequel to its 2005 film, Constantine, with Keanu Reeves returning as John Constantine.  The HBO Max TV series that was being developed by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot has apparently been scrapped.

DC TV - From TVLine:   Actor Chad L. Coleman will play DC Comics villain, "Bruno Mannheim," on the third season of The CW's "Superman & Lois."  Coleman previously played "Tobias Church" on The CW's "Arrow."

EN MEMORIAM - From BleedingCool:  Comic book artist, Eric Jones, has died at the age of 51, Saturday, September 10, 2021.  He was the frequent collaborator of writer Landry Q. Jones.  Together, they created the comic books, "Little Gloomy" (Slave Labor Graphics) and "Danger Club" (Image Comics).  Jones and Walker also produced the six-issue miniseries, "Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade."

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:  September 17th marks "Batman Day 2022, and there will be a global celebration.

DC FILM - From DCBlog:  There is a new trailer for DC Film's "Black Adam," which is due in theaters Oct. 21st.

IMAGE COMICS TO TV - From CBRAmazon has cancelled its Prime Video television series adaptation of "Paper Girls," the graphic novel series from writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Cliff Chiang.  Series production company, Legendary Television, will shop "Paper Girls" around to other outlets.

EN MEMORIAM - From TCJ:  Comics artist and underground cartoonist, Diane Noomin, has died at the age of 75, Thursday, September 1, 2022.  She was the editor of the anthology title, "Twisted Sisters," and her work appeared in Underground Comix titles such as "Wimmen's Comix," "Young Lust," and "Weirdo."  Her best known comics character was "Didi Glitz," which first appeared in "Short Order Comix #2 (1974).  Noomin's spouse was acclaimed American cartoonist, Bill Griffith, the creator of comic strip character, "Zippy the Pinhead."

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics announces its latest round of "Stormbreakers," eight artists who will receive exclusive contracts.

IMAGE COMICS - From Variety:  Comic book writer Rodney Barnes, of "Killadelphia" and "Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog," and the upcoming "Blacula" original graphic novel, has made "Variety's" list of the most impactful producers of scripted TV for the year 2022.  Barnes co-wrote and was one of the executive producers of HBO's hit miniseries, "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty."

DC TV - From DCBlog: "Stargirl" star, Brec Bassinger, talks about the upcoming third season of The CW series based on the DC Comics charactere.

MARVEL - From Marvel:  Marvel Comics celebrates "Letterer Appreciation Day 2022."

DC COMICS - From Deadline:  DC Comics' virtual event, "DC Fandome," is not happening this year.

HELP - From BleedingCool:  There is a public appeal by Neil Gaiman and others to help raise money for former Vertigo Comics writer, Rachel Pollack ("Doom Patrol").

LGBTQ+ - From Time:  Author Maia Kobabe expresses relief because a court ruled that sale of eir (their) graphic novel, "Gender Queer," cannot be restricted in Virginia.

MARVEL - From THR:  The site has a first look at Alex Ross' upcoming graphic novel, "Fantastic Four: Full Color" (Abrams ComicsArts/Marvel Arts) and interviews the artist.

FRANK MILLER - From BleedingCool:  The "Frank Miller Presents" ashcan will get a second printing.  It had a 12,000 first printing which was allocated to comic book stores.

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AUGUST 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Antarctic Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Asylum Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Behemoth Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM Studios for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Comic House for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "A.X.E.: Judgement Day solicitations for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for August 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for August 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Aftershock Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Artists Elite Presents for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  AWA for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Blood Moon Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics solicitations for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  It's Alive for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Lev Gleason for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for September 2022
From BleedingCool:  Z2 for September 2022

OCTOBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Antarctic Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask Studios for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  CEX Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  It's Alive for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Keenspot Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "Star Wars" for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Opus Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Sumerian Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  TOKYOPOP for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Whatnot Publishing for October 2022
From BleedingCool:  Yen Press for October 2022

NOVEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Ahoy Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  AWA Studios for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Box for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask Studios Entertaiment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Blood Moon Comics LLC for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Fairsquare Comics LLC for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Frank Miller Presents for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Keenspot Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Kodansha Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for November 2022
From CBR:  Marvel Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Opus Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Rebellion/2000AD for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Red 5 Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Seven Seas Entertainment for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Sumerian Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Tokyopop for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Whatnot Publishing for November 2022
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for November 2022

DECEMBER 2022 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for December 2022
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for December 2022
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics "Cold War" event for December 2022

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#IReadsYou Review: KISS: Phantom Obsession #1

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #1
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

STORY: Ian Edginton
ART: Celor
COLORS: Valentina Pinto
LETTERS: Troy Peteri
EDITOR: Joseph Rybandt
COVER: Jae Lee with June Chung
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Stuart Sayger; Tim Seeley; Celor; Jae Lee
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2021)

Rated Teen+

Kiss is an American, four-man, rock band.  It was formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, the original line-up that is also considered classic Kiss.  Kiss is best known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, and the group rose to prominence and gained a notorious reputation in the mid to late 1970s with its shocking live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, and pyrotechnics.

The members of Kiss have licensed their band name and likenesses for merchandising.  In a 2014 article, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Kiss had sold over one billion dollars from the sale of more than three thousand licensed items.  That merchandising includes comic books.  Kiss first officially appeared in a comic book in Marvel Comics' Howard the Duck #12 (cover dated: May 1977) and first starred in their own comic book with Marvel Comics Super Special #1 (1977).  Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Platinum Studios, Archie Comics, and IDW Publishing have published licensed Kiss comic books.

Dynamite Entertainment obtained the license to produce comic books featuring Kiss' brand and began releasing Kiss comic books in 2016.  The latest comic book is Kiss: Phantom Obsession.  It is written by Ian Edginton; drawn by Celor; colored by Valentina Pinto; and lettered by Troy Peteri.  Phantom Obsession pits the band against a powerful, obsessed Kiss fan.

Kiss: Phantom Obsession #1 finds the members of KISS:  Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter onboard a private, but mysterious flying craft.  It belongs to Darius Cho, the richest man in existence … and the most reclusive.  By reputation, he is a ghost and a phantom; some people even believe he doesn't exist and is actually a front for a maze of companies and consortiums.

Oh, but Cho does exist, and he is a huge KISS fan.  He has hired the band to play a private party for his employees.  But KISS is an obsession for Cho, and the band has some misgivings about him.  Unfortunately, KISS might not be suspicious enough...

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Kiss: Phantom Obsession #1, which is the very first Kiss comic book that I have ever read.

I like that Ian Edginton makes the members of KISS wary of their faux-benefactor.  There is something endearing about their suspicions; it suggests that they have knowledge and power and cannot really be victimized.  It also prepares the readers for some seriously dramatic conflict.

The art team of illustrator Celor and colorist Valentina Pinto:  I can take it or leave it.  The two of them come together and are good enough.  Troy Peteri's electric lettering gives the graphics the spice and energy they need.  I look forward to the second issue.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Kiss comic books will want to read Kiss: Phantom Obsession.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: DEJAH THORIS VERSUS JOHN CARTER #1

DEJAH THORIS VERSUS JOHN CARTER, VOL. 1 #1
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STORY: Dan Abnett
ART: Alessandro Miracolo
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Simon Bowland
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Alessandro Miracolo; Sebastian Fiumara; (Rachel Hollon cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2021)

Rated Teen+

Based on the characters and stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs


Dejah Thoris and John Carter are characters that first appeared in the serialized novel, Under the Moons of Mars (The All-Story, 1912), written by Tarzan creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs.  When it was first collected and published in hardcover, the novel was re-titled, A Princess of Mars (1917), the first of Burroughs' “Barsoom” novels, which were set on Barsoom, a fictional version of Mars.

Dejah was the title character of A Princess of Mars, the princess of the Martian city-state/empire of Helium.  John Carter was a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War who was transported to Mars via “astral projection” where he got a new body that was similar to the one he left behind on Earth.  John makes several trips back and forth between Earth and Barsoom, and Dejah and John were married and had two children.

John Carter first appeared in comic books in the early 1950s, and Dejah has been a prominent comic book character beginning in 2010 via Dynamite Entertainment.  Now, the star-crossed lovers are the stars of Dynamite's new comic book, Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter.  The series is written by Dan Abnett; drawn by Alessandro Miracolo; colored by Dearbhla Kelly; and lettered by Simon Bowland.  The series finds Dejah and John caught in a war to save Mars from an ancient race that has returned to reclaim Mars.

As Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter #1 opens, Dejah Thoris reigns as Queen of Helium, after overturning the regime of the tyrant, Kurz Kurtos.  Now, she must deal with his ally, the rogue scientist, Rotak Gall.  Dejah and her forces travel to Dar Shadeth, far in the distant west.  However, before she faces Gall, she must face the beasts of “The Longborn,” the ancient and mysterious race of immortal gods that have arrived to reclaim Barsoom/Mars.

Meanwhile, John Carter worries about the status of his relationship with Dejah, after having betrayed her during her war with Kurtos.  John was in the thrall of the Witch-Queen, and he believes that means he is a liability.  Will Baroom's (former) greatest champion remain or return to Earth?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter #1.  I must admit that other than being aware of Edgar Rice Burrough's “Martian Series” or “Barsoom series,” my only substantial experience with these stories is the 2012 Disney film, John Carter.

I find Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter #1 likable, and the art by Alessandro Miracolo reminds me of the kind of art that readers would find in a Flash Gordon comic book.  Through her colors, Dearbhla Kelly creates the idea that the story takes place on a different planet simply by making the atmosphere and lighting look like they are part of an alien biosphere.  Simon Bowland's lettering catches the eccentric and shifting nature of the dialogue and calmly presents it to readers.

Writer Dan Abnett, a veteran comic book scribe, delivers a script filled with modern comic book storytelling elements and plot points.  There is a mission, Dejah's, that builds on mystery before delivering a cliffhanger.  Meanwhile, there is the appropriate soap opera drama focusing on John Carter's shame and self-doubt.  Abnett also makes me want to come back for the second issue, so I'll recommend Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter #1.  The series does have potential.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Dynamite's Dejah Thoris and Barsoom comic books will want to try Dejah Thoris Versus John Carter.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Monday, September 19, 2022

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