John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

Writer: Ron Marz Artist: Abhishek Malsuni Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: November 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Jason DiGioia Nov 5, 2014

    Of course, it wouldn't be much of a first issue without a high-stakes twist at the end to entice us into issue #2. But really, even without the final page reveal of the shadowed figure from the beginning of the book, I'd be eagerly waiting for the next installment of this ongoing series. It's like a cocktail of old sci-fi serials and Saturday morning cartoons with a dash of maturity. It's what a comic book should be: well-drawn, well written, and lots of fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 6, 2014

    Abhishek Malsuni handles the artwork in this new series, with colours by Nanjan Jamberi and letters by Rob Steen. Bart Sears does the cover here, which is the “B” cover for this issue. Right off the bat, I loved Abhishek's artwork here. He draws a pretty great John, Tars, Woola, and Dejah and his sense of action and camera angles is similarly excellent. The visual flow of the story is unhindered at all times and he neatly mixes in the splash pages with the regular pages. There's one splash page in particular, which shows off the different forms of life found on Barsoom, whether intelligent or bestial, that I think is one of the best pages in this entire issue. And Nanjan's colours are also excellent, imbuing the issue with rich and varied tones that bring Abhishek's pencils to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Nov 3, 2014

    This approach is perhaps where this series might succeed. It offers both long-term and new fans of the series a great place for jumping into the action. The story is of course a bit bizarre as it is based on the works of Burroughs, who only operated off of an early 20th century understanding of the red planet, but those that decide to look beyond the obvious scientific impossibilities of the setting will find here an excellent tribute to the fantasy and science fiction masterpieces that were the originals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Nov 5, 2014

    And more Malsuni's fault. Not to say that his art was bad, because it wasn't, it was really great. I just couldn't condone him looking at the script of this issue and drawing the outline of the character that gets revealed and thinking..."can you really tell?" Because I could. Other than that disappointment though, the character drawings were magnificent and everything flowed well. But I just can't get over that reveal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Sushi - Gary Hilson Nov 5, 2014

    John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 is great start to a new ongoing series, and I'm sure fans of the mini-series or the broader works of Burroughs will be pleased. And the ending provides a great twist that will have readers picking up the second issue. And despite my concerns about the art, I'm looking forward to seeing this series develop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Nov 5, 2014

    John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 is a sturdy start for a franchise that earns a spot on your pull-list. It's not perfect but it is recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 10, 2014

    As a new reader of the Martian Chronicles, I was impressed by this debuts ability to both integrate me into the world Burroughs created and begin a new story. Its a refreshing change of pace, a long running adventure story that still manages to be inviting. Marz and Malsuni are clearly having fun telling new tales set upon Mars and its easy to join in the action with them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 10, 2014

    I don't think that I have ever been excited to read a John Carter comic book, but with a refreshed presentation and story arc, this one is off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Taneisha Jane Oct 30, 2014

    I will be on the lookout for the second issue to this comic since I'm hopeful the plot will evolve. I recommend this based on the artwork alone, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that doesn't like war comics or anyone whom opposes the idea of the damsel in distress. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 6, 2014

    "John Carter: Warlord of Mars" #1 is a solid start to a nice space opera that serves up great promise. Now that the Burroughs estate is inline, things are looking very bright for the comic book adventures of John Carter. I'm in, at least for a little while, but more variation in body types and postures would not hinder the adventures going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Nov 6, 2014

    Yes, Dejah Thoris has always been depicted as scantily clad, but it just seems that theres too much emphasis on certain areas. This is not to say the book is bad, or the artist is bad, or Ron Marz is bad or whatever, that is not the case. Some people like that kind of character, which is fine, but for personal tastes it was, at times, a little much. Putting personal tastes aside, John Carter: Warlord of Mars was still an interesting and well crafted first issue. This character and world have been around as long as they have for a reason, and if youre new to it, short of going back and reading the novels from Burroughs, this is still worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Nov 7, 2014

    An unnecessarily small stakes relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Anderson Nov 9, 2014

    John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 sets up readers to enjoy a type of story that's been dormant since the pulp era. It aims to be a swashbuckling romp that takes place in a fantastical alien world filled to the brim with stunning beauties, gruesome monsters, and honest to goodness heroics. If Ron Marz didn't have to waste time rushing us through the titular characters back story, it could even be entertaining enough to keep me invested for future books. Sadly, I don't think I see myself taking a trip back to Mars anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jennifer Flatebo Nov 11, 2014

    Well, this version turned out to be just what I was expecting. I did not find any joy in reading it. I feel like I have heard this story before. John Carter is basically Superman on another planet. I feel like now I understand more why that movie adventure failed. It wasn't my cup of tea, so to speak, but I feel like I am not alone on that! John Carter should have just stayed on ER. Read Full Review

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