The third and final volume of Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars finds our heroine trying to deal with the various traumas that were dealt her over the course of the series. She is having a hard time of it and not simply for the fact that she was nearly killed, nearly eaten and nearly raped, but also because she was forced to kill after all of the psychological torture she had to endure. And torture it was, enough to drive any sane person mad, but the Princess of Helium is a strong woman, maybe more than most people give her credit for. So while she might not have gone insane, she is having some problems trying to deal with it all and so decides to set off on a new mission, to keep her mind busy while she processes everything that has happened.
The interesting thing about this volume was that it could have been a completely separate miniseries as it barely ties into the previous issues. It does deal with the emotional fallout of Dejah Thoris, but at the end of the second volume, Dejah killed the Thark responsible for her turmoil, thereby giving a fitting and satisfying end to the series. Though most people would probably have ended it there, Mark Rahner decides to follow up with the aftereffects of said issues and to see just what it is our heroine will do. So it is that Dejah goes on to assemble her own type of Dirty Dozen or Magnificent Seven, bringing together the worst Tharks there are and the meanest ones she can find so that she might stop some Warhoons from unleashing a terrible weapon against the populace of Mars.
The story is a lot of fun for the most part, as we see these Tharks led by the princess head off on their journey. The crew meets up with the Warhoons and the story has just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep you hooked for the long run. The pace of the book is exceptionally quick and you can breeze through the four issues that make up the volume in no time at all. Sometimes that can be a bad thing, but here it works as the tale that is being told requires it. The only moment where the story ceased being completely enjoyable was when it focused upon Dejah and her post traumatic stress. It did not lessen the story in any way, in fact adding to it, and it was nice to see Rahner put this in the story, really fleshing out Dejah’s character and making her much more relatable than she is normally portrayed as.
The final volume of this story features a different artist personified in Jethro Morales who takes over from Lui Antonio with a cleaner and more detailed style. As the chapter is so different from the previous two, the artistic change works well and gives the story a little more punch. The book also featured a plethora of fantastic covers once again, most by Jay Anacleto in both censored and uncensored versions as well as by Carlos Rafael. Whether they were needed or not, whether they were suitable or not, or even whether they had anything to do with the story, they look amazing. Dejah’s husband, John Carter was hardly featured whatsoever but was acceptable fact as this was a story about Dejah through and through with no need for him to appear. As a whole, the series worked quite well and was much more entertaining than the ongoing series which also featured our heroine. This was a fitting end, full of action and drama and probably one of the better chapters in the ongoing saga of Dejah Thoris.
4 out of 5