REVIEW by Ginny: Warlord of Mars Volume 1 by Arvid Nelson (@puretextuality )

The original warrior of Mars comes to Dynamite Warlord of Mars is an enhancement of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Princess of Mars. If you thought you knew the story, think again Featuring John Carter, an ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, joined on his adventures by Tars Tarkas, his Martian comrade, and Dejah Thoris, a Martian Princess. Collects the first 8-issues of the hit series, along with bonus material and a complete cover gallery featuring such great artists as Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, J. Scott Campbell, Lucio Parrillo, and more.

Ok, so I can’t really cover much ground with the plot of Warlord of Mars Volume I. Its “Princess of Mars” told in comic book form. You and I both know that “Princess of Mars” is an excellent book. Instead what I’ll be talking about here is the adaptation and the art.

Both are brilliant. ‘Nuff said. Ok. *wipes hands* I think we’re done here.

Alright fine. I read “Princess of Mars” in the fifth grade. Some boys found it in my desk and, well, the cover was the Michael Whelan cover. They were not super awesome about me having a book with mostly naked folks on it. As a result, this book stuck with me.

I can tell you that the story was an excellent adaptation. Sure in places there was less detail then you would’ve gotten from actually reading the novel, but it never felt lacking. Ok it felt a bit lacking in the speed at which John and Dejah fall madly in love… but I’m willing to forgive that because of the art.

Remember that Michael Whelan cover that caused me distress? (It was one paragraph ago, so I hope so) Well here’s a bit of a secret, I actually love that style of art. You know, the sci-fi/fantasy style with scantily clad women who are more than a little curvy. The style that as a young girl you’re not supposed to admit that you like because that means you’re “weird.” Guys, this entire book feels like a comic homage to that style. Like that style and modern comics got together and had a really awesome baby. (I like to imagine they named that baby Ginny, by the way)

Also… there’s no dong. Well, no bare dong. I know you were curious. I mean John Carter spends a good hunk of time nude in the story, and somehow they managed to not only avoid inking a dong, they did it without making it too obvious they were avoiding it. It’s not like Watchmen where it’s all “OH HEY LOOK AT MY DONG” or the American version of “Dragonball” where Goku mysteriously has a poorly drawn flower in front of him at all times.

5 Stars

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