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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it's about!,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)On Warlord of Mars: Dejah thoris Volume 1-The Colossus of Mars: I wrote earlier about Dynamites Warlord Lord of Mars John Carter and all the problems it had. In that review I only gave the book three stars. There were so many problems with it and I was very disapointed with it being a ERB fan. I also said they needed to get a different artist. I am still going to purchase Volume 2 when it comes out to see if they can fix the problems it had. I also saw this book when I bought the John Carter Graphic Novel. I read John Carter first. Then this book can in the mail. I was bound and determind to read it.
Now, Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris is how an ERB's graphic novel should be done! The artwork is increadibly beatiful. When I opened the book I just couldn't put it down the story was great. The art is out of this world. I really hope that Dynamite will keep this series going. It is definately a seller. You have got to get this book if you are a fan of the man! Heck any comic fan should get this book to see how good comics are supposed to be done. Now all the publisher has to do is fix the problems with The John Carter novel and all is good in the world again!
Theodore Raymond Riddle Cartoonist/Creator/Author
4.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)I have to tell you, I usually avoid comics and so-called "graphic novels." But after enjoying the first two of Burrough's "Barsoom" books and the big-screen "John Carter" film, I was primed and ready for more adventures set in the same universe. To that end, "Colossus of Mars" delivers the goods. And even though the story is set some 400 years before the time of Carter, it is far more faithful to the written word than the movie (which I DID enjoy very much, but for different reasons). Unencumbered by the need to tell a family-friend story, the writer and artists really let loose with a true fantasy adventure tale, complete with bloodshed and ample flesh on display. Again, I liked the movie, but THIS is the Dejah Thoris I pictured when reading the original books.
My only gripe--and this extends to my complaint in the opening sentence above--is that things happen far too quickly. I realize this volume contains 5 full comic books, but I breezed through the whole thing in about 30 minutes. When you consider the cost of these things, that's hardly a bargain. Still, the artwork is terrific and the story well-told, so it may not be a huge problem for some. Certainly, if you are fan of the Barsoom stories, you won't be disappointed. I just wish we got a little more bang for our bucks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating, rollicking ride through Barsoom that is more than worth reading,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)hadowhawk reviews the first two volumes of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, Colossus of Mars (collecting issues #1-5) and Pirate Queen of Mars (collecting issues #6-10), published by Dynamite Entertainment.
"Colossus of Mars and Pirate Queen of Mars are exhilarating, rollicking rides through Barsoom that are more than worth reading. They are great sword & planet adventures!" ~The Founding Fields
My only previous exposure to the characters and world created by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the recent movie, John Carter, which I highly enjoyed and even reviewed a few weeks back for the 24FPS movie review blog. The entire setting of Barsoom, as Burroughs calls Mars, is really intriguing, whether its the people, the culture, the technology, the mythology, the creatures, the world itself or what have you. I came across Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 on NetGalley which is a great resource for reviewers (you have to at least check it out!). Reading and finishing it in one sitting, I just had to get the second volume too, because the comics are just that good.
The Dejah Thoris comics are set centuries before John Carter ever arrived on Barsoom and they feature the scantily-clad Princess as the main protagonist as she fights, schemes and fights for the future of Lesser Helium (Helium at this point in time is divided into two warring states). I have to say that the whole notion is quite an interesting one, it sets up a lot of intriguing possibilities with regard to the storylines. And since the people of Barsoom are long-lived, effectively immortal, that just adds more possibilities to the mix.
The first five issues, collected together in a single volume titled Colossus of Mars, tell how the two cities of Lesser and Greater Helium are at war with each other and how the ruler of Yorn, Jeddak Senneth Dor, schemes to take over all of Barsoom. Expect lots of betrayals and double-crosses, heroism and cowardice, and the plans of a madman to dominate the entire world.
I really liked Colossus of Mars. The main reason is that it is simply more stuff related to John Carter, but also because it is a really good story. Not groundbreaking or mindblowing by any means but it is still good. Sometimes all you need is a "basic" story told really well and this one does that in spades. The twists are good twists and they keep you guessing and turning the pages. Consequently, the story moves along at a really brisk pace. It is a war-story after all.
There are a few characters that I really liked: such as Dejah herself, Senneth's son Dor Valian who is an inventor of sorts, and Khanid Thal who is the Jed of Greater Helium. These three were really enjoyable, Dejah for her heroine-antics, Dor Valian for being the clumsy guy who finally grows up, and Khanid for being so damn sincere. The bad guys, in the form of Senneth Dor and his henchmen were somewhat compelling as well, and not a little humorous given the appearance of at least one of them. Overall, a really varied cast of characters that'll appeal to everyone.
Some really emotional scenes as well in the comic, which really make it worth a read. They are not too emotionally-charged but they are still compelling enough to move you. Part and parcel of the double-crosses going on.
The artwork, both the cover and the panels themselves, as well as the various illustrations and inking are also damn nice. My only concern with the art is that the people of Barsoom wear far too less clothing, especially the women. Its... disconcerting. I have no clue if that's how it is in Burroughs' novels so I can't comment in that respect as I am only familiar with the Barsoomians from John Carter, who are quite covered up! The whole we-are-not-really-wearing-much thing is offputting a bit since it makes the combat really unrealistic at times. This is an old problem with the genre however and while I don't mean to be dismissive here, it is what it is.
Another concern, a minor one however and I hope it was only me, is that at times I was confused where the action was taking place. Whether we were still in Yorn or in one of the Helium cities. It was just slightly jarring and made following the narrative a tad tedious, but like I said, its a minor point.
All in all, it was a blast reading Colossus of Mars and I'm glad I picked this up. Gives a whole another layer of context to events in John Carter, although the two aren't related story-wise in any way. Also makes me all that eager to get around to reading Burroughs' novels sometime soon. Got my fingers crossed on that one.
You can find the full review over at the Founding Fields:
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comic rendering of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian series,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)This comic version of Edgar Rice Burrough's martian world is well-done. The artwork and the story are true to the spirit of Barsoom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)I finally received my order. Talk about a crazy confusing hot mess. In the end the book is excellent and is a wonderful addition to my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warlord of Mars - Dejah Thoris Volumes 1 and 2,
This review is from: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP (Paperback)When I ordered the books from Amazon I was very excited for this new media and story telling on the old subject.
When they arrived I saw the most wonderious books with covers that jumped out at me like no comic book could, the artwork is astounding, as with the rest of the books.
As I read them I was reminded of the comic book with a modern day form of artwork that caters for the graphical titillation of people today.
I am a text book reader with the imagination to bring the book to life (with most of the help from the author), where these books, like comics, relies on the graphics to do the work for them. I give the artists much credit to produce this excellent work, which in itself, needs imagination. The extra artwork is a bonus which I also welcome and appreciate.
If there is an artist out there with the talents of Burne Hogarth, step forward and start work. He could depict life in the true sense, and to see someone of his caliber would be a dream come true.
I would recommend these books to the new generation of collectors and old alike, as I will be collecting them myself, knowing that it is the graphics, and not the story that will keep me interested in them. I hope that in a few years they will inspire me to go back and read them again, as the text books have done.
These books deserve 5 out of 5, but I give them 4, as the storyline is less than I expected. To me these books will never hold the same awe as the text books do, but they are excellent books none the less.
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Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 - The Colossus of Mars TP by Arvid Nelson (Paperback - November 1, 2011)