September 23, 2015 – Dynamite Comics released issue 11 of John Carter Warlord of Mars this week. The Ron Marz and Ian Edginton story begins a new story arc called “Lost Empires” and brings the first year of the Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired tales to a close. It’s amazing to see John Carter alive and well within the pages of comics after all these years. As a fan, much thanks needs to go to Dynamite Comics for keeping the spirit of great pulp heroes and high adventure alive.
Ron Marz and Ian Edginton’s current storyline “Lost Empires” continues to show his knowledge of the Edgar Rice Burroughs created mythology. John Carter Warlord of Mars issue 11 introduces to new readers and reintroduces fans to the Orovars, the white martians. After a storm brings John Carter and his wife Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars down in uncharted territory, they soon stumble upon a long-lost citadel. Artist Ariel Medel services the story in a true pulp way that while different from Abhishek Malsuni’s previous work, it still is distinctly fitting for a John Carter story. Ariel Medel’s particular work on characters such as Mahla and Zantz come off really well within the story. His art adds to the spirit of adventure found within John Carter Warlord of Mars and gives it an undeniably entertaining feel to each page.
John Carter Warlord of Mars remains one of the easiest of titles to pick up while at your local comic shop. Ron Marz and Ian Edginton give readers new and old a simple story about good vs evil. Issue 11 introduces us to Pallias, a laborer for the family of Dejah Thoris. He holds a grudge against her father Mors Kajak after him and his men were dispatched to “cull the rapacious warhoons.” After narrowly escaping and being the lone survivor, Pallias discovered the Orovar citadel. Knowing that “even the crumbs from the table of such an ancient civilization are worth a fortune”, Pallias then took two years to gather a company to return to the citadel. The story by Ron Marz and Ian Edginton does share a similarity to the Stephen Sommers 1999 film The Mummy and “Lost Empires” part one does journey into that territory.
The quality of story telling by Ron Marz and Ian Edginton should not be overlooked if you enjoy fun adventure stories. The stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs practically lend themselves to comic books and it’s pleasant seeing them fully realized within the pages of Dynamite’s comic. John Carter Warlord of Mars remains as one of my favorite comics and is another strong entry for Dynamite this week, especially following last week’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit (which we reviewed here.)
John Carter Warlord of Mars issue 11 is in stores now and gets four stars!
*While John Carter Warlord of Mars doesn’t require a working knowledge of the previous comic series by Marvel, nor does the reader need to be familiar with the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories (or film), there are many references that the reader may not fully understand, in particular the language. In my previous review for John Carter Warlord of Mars, I gave a quick breakdown on some important facts you may feel relevant. You could find that here. If it wasn’t for the usage of words like calot, jeddak, warhoons, and orovar, which are treated with the assumption that you know what they mean, issue 11 would have been given five stars. Perhaps this is too strong a criticism, but some readers may feel turned off or confused.