Mind Capsules – John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

John Carter Warlord of Mars #2
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2

Writer – Ron Marz
Artist – Abhishek Malsuni
Inker – Zsolt H. Garisa
Colours – Nanjan Jamberi

John Carter has captured one of the Kahori invaders and wants to know all he can about the invading force before he faces them all head on to not only rescue Helium and Mars, but also his beloved Dejah Thoris.  Meanwhile back in Helium, Captain Clark and his forces await the capture of John Carter, not knowing that the man is coming for them and they will not have to wait all that long.  Ron Marz continues to reinvigorate John Carter with the second issue of the new book and does a fine job of it.  The book feels fresh after the last series and introduces a new threat for John to face, one he knows from his days back on Earth.  Questions have arisen though, such as how Clark was able to make his way to the red planet, how did he come into commanding an alien legion and why does he want John Carter so bad?  Marz sets up that little mystery quite well and packs the book full of action with men both green and red and even a one of the giant, white apes.  The artwork by Abhishek Malsuni is fantastic and is the best any incarnation of this series has seen at Dynamite thus far.  It is a little sad to think that Dynamite wasted all these years publishing the comic only to finally have it now become exciting.  It was always an interesting book in its previous iteration because you wanted to see what they would do with it, but it was never exciting.  Thankfully things have changed and hopefully things continue to get bigger and better as time goes on.

3.5 out of 5

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis
Artist – Frank Cho
Colours – Jason Keith

In the world of the current Guardians of the Galaxy, this book is somewhat of a rarity.  Written by current title scribe, Brian Michael Bendis, it features a done-in-one story, something that he is not really known for.  So with the promise of having the full story at your fingertips, with no crossovers or additional parts looming it definitely makes this book much more attractive to the buyer, never mind the gorgeous Gamora cover by Frank Cho which graces this book.  Leading the issue is Captain Marvel, who has not been in the main title for some time now, so it would seem that this issue takes place sometime during her tenure.  It finds her and her fellow Guardians investigating the mystery of a S.H.E.I.L.D. helicarrier out in deep space and manned by Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Jessica Drew among others.  They do eventually come to the bottom of it which will not be spoiled here, but it all ties back into the Kree-Skrull War.  It is a fun and fascinating little tale that adds a little depth to the aftermath of that big event in Marvel history as well as letting our heroes stretch their wings with something that is a little different than what they normally face.  At times the book is quite humourous and there is a lot of action to keep the pace going strong.  There are even a couple of moments in the book that are a little touching, especially the last panel with Captain Marvel and Groot and it really ends the book on a great note, something we again, do not really see too often in any title.  This is probably one of the strongest issues that Bendis has written featuring the team and it took an annual to do so.  Great job from all involved, including the exquisite pencils from Frank Cho.

4.5 out of 5

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  1. I haven’t read John Carter but I have been reading Vampirella and a few other horror themed comics from Dynamite on my Kindle Fire through I am also an avid reader of their Red Sonja titles. There’s just something about a raven haired vampire in go-go boots and a fiery redhead with a sword that warms my heart. 😀

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