Issue by Issue – John Carter: Warlord of Mars Vol.2 #2

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

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, the thing he loves most in two worlds. 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 that they will not have to wait all that long. Ron Marz continues to reinvigorate John Carter with the second issue of this new series and does more than 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 and Marz makes sure to intrigue his readers enough that they feel a vested interest in the book. Questions have arisen though, such as how Clark was able to make his way to the Red Planet and how did he come into commanding an alien legion and why does he want John Carter so bad? One can assume because Clark is a Captain and the fact that he knows Carter is that they must have served together at some point, that being the only logical reason. Marz sets up all of these little mysteries quite well and packs the book full of action with men both Green and Red and even those of the giant, White Apes. The artwork by Abhishek Malsuni is truly 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 had wasted all those years publishing the first volume of the comic only to finally have it become exciting in this volume. It was always an interesting book in its previous iteration because one wanted to see what they would do with the property but it was never really exciting which was always a shame. Thankfully things have changed and hopefully, things continue to get bigger and better as time goes on which looks to be a given with this creative team.

3.5 out of 5

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