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Mind Capsules – John Carter: Warlord of Mars #4 and Inhuman #12

John Carter Warlord of Mars #4
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #4

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

This is the issue where we finally learn the backstory between Captain Joshua Clark and John Carter, of how they became enemies and how Clark managed to take his vendetta to the stars.  It is a fun tale as only Ron Marz can tell it and Clark has become a great villain for John Carter, of which he has very few real enemies.  Should Clark survive their encounter, you can see him going on to become a real adversary for Carter, more so than he is now.  As the book progresses, John Carter manages to reach and rescue his beloved Dejah Thoris who was set to be executed and comes into contact with the man he thought was long dead.  Marz has been doing an exceptional job with the book thus far, making it accessible to new readers as well as a very exciting read.  He has introduced some new characters, like the aforementioned Clark, as well as older ones to the reader, and while his supporting cast has always been one of the best ones in popular fiction, the addition of a White Ape to his team is a welcome one indeed.  Abhishek Malsuni continues to kill it with his artwork, his pencils vibrant and electric and lending an energy to the series that it needs to succeed.  Dejah Thoris looks beautiful under his guiding hand and Marz nails down her personality, giving her the right amount of confidence and strength as befitting her station as a princess of Mars.  All that is needed now is a giant battle scene between the forces of Mars and those that have invaded.  So far, that has been the only thing that has been missing, but if the story continues the way that it has, it can only be a matter of time before Marz and Malsuni oblige us.  Truly fun stuff from all involved.

4 out of 5

 

Inhuman #12

Inhuman #12

Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Ryan Stegman
Colours – Richard Isanove, Rachelle Rosenberg

Finally, Black Bolt has come back to Attilan and not a moment too soon it seems as the forces of Ennilux are attacking to gain back what they think is theirs.  The Nuhumans put up a valiant effort in keeping those forces at bay, but thanks to Black Bolt’s return, they are made short work of.  And while everyone is glad to see their king returned, there is one person who is not, Medusa, queen in his absence and furious that he failed in his duties, not only as king, but as a husband.  Inhuman continues to be the little book that could with a story that was a long time in the coming and makes itself known in a very explosive way.  It is good to see Black Bolt back.  Having a title featuring the Inhumans and not having Black Bolt within it is a strange thing indeed, even though it has worked out quite well in the meantime.  Sadly, if the ending is anything to go by, the man will not be staying very long, but on the flipside, Medusa truly is the queen of her people now and there can be no denying it.  Charles Soule actually delivered one of the most powerful moments to be seen in this title so far with the ending we were left on and it made the run up until this point really worth the time and investment on the reader’s part.  The feud between Ennilux and Attilan is very interesting and sounds like it might go further back than just this little skirmish.  Hopefully we get to see some of it as the book moves on as well as more of the Inhuman, Reader who decides that he has to move on to other pastures.  It would be nice to see a little more of the original Inhumans, the Royal family, as well as those that were introduced in the previous run of the title, not to mention Lockjaw.  Where is he?  Yet, twelve issues in and this book is still just as fun as when it started, if not more so.

4 out of 5

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