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on October 23, 2011
Action, adventure, passion, violence, and larger-than-life characters are all staples of the tales told by Edgar Rice Burroughs and this comic collection of nine issues from Dynamite's WARLORD OF MARS captures all of those ingredients masterfully. I really enjoyed this book. Featuring an introduction by Burroughs himself which sets an appropriate atmosphere for what is to follow, this collection features excellent artwork (colored flawlessly), exciting adventure, a 15-page pictorial glossary at the book's end which includes a Martian map (as drawn by John Carter) and which fills in details about Martian life, as well as full-page variant covers for each of the issues. The stories are printed on the same kind of thin, glossy paper that you find in individual comics, making it a bit difficult to turn a single page at times but this is a minor nuisance given the rich panorama the artwork provides for the eye. Full page covers at the start of each issue are also featured.

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.
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on May 26, 2015
As the first installment of the series it sets up the story well. Condensing the novel into comic form could probably have been adapted several ways, and this one has plenty of its own flair on the well known story. The only downside I could see is the occasional drop in quality for the art. Other than that I recommend this if you are a fan of the Barsoom stories.
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on November 7, 2011
On Warlord of Mars: Well let's start with the good. The cover illustrations that are inclued in this collection of the original comic book series are absolutely beautiful.

The interior art is really not up to standards. You have to keep fliping back and forth pages to even tell who is talking or what is happening. Everyone looks the same. Granted in the original ERB's series the martians are claimed to be of no different in appearance. However even animals of the same kind have differences. You can tell one lion from another, just like people.

Being someone who has read ERB's Warlord of Mars the entire series at least three times, I still had a hard time following it. I was able to fill in the missing gaps in the story. As for the writer, he did ERBs justice in keeping to the original text and was true to the writing. However he used the language of the martians in a made up language. I personally liked this touch. However that combination with the artwork made it very confusing.

I don't know how anyone that never read War Lord of Mars could even follow this story. I know is has recieved possitive reviews from other readers, plus the sales seem to be good. This series is a dream come true for a pure ERBs fan. I was very disapointed. I purchased the first issue and I am also going to purchase the second issue when it comes out. On issue #2 I really hope they correct the artwork problems. This is a dream job for many better artists.

I am a cartoonist by trade and the simple rules of comic book art is to make people recognizeable, from panel to panel,and page to page, includeing expresions. To make one character even if it is of the same race have some way to tell one chartacter from another, perhaps a scar, blemish on the skin, even a mole or a broken tooth. This artist attemped to do these rules, but not effectively.

I recomend this book to only the present day comic fan. If you are a true ERG's die-hard you will find yourself a little disapointed. Like I said this was a very hard call. Plus I'm still going to purchase the next issue. I just hope they can fix things before I give up on it. That would be very disapointing for me.

Dynamite is putting out a lot of good stuff. I have read several of their books as we speak. Out of all the Graphic Novels I've read I like this title the least. They are a very good company and even the big guys have their fall out titles. Right now I'm just going to keep the faith and hope they can fix the problems.

Theodore Raymond Riddle Creator/Cartoonist/Author
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on August 6, 2014
Great book for comic lovers.
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on November 28, 2011
Fans of the classic Edger Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars will really appreciate the new look of this classic story.
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