Issue by Issue – John Carter: Warlord of Mars Vol.2 #9

Writer – Ron Marz, Ian Edginton
Artist – Ariel Medel
Colours – Nanjan Jamberi
Letters – Rob Steen

The creature that kidnapped Dejah Thoris stands revealed as a Hormad, a monster akin to that which Henry Frankenstein created, a type of being that is artificial in nature. It is also one that much like that famous monster, realizes that it does not want to be alone. For that reason, Dejah finds herself a prisoner and she is not alone as there are many other women all awaiting the same fate as she, what that is one can only imagine. Thankfully, Dejah is an incredibly able woman, one who is rarely afraid no matter the situation and a woman who is as smart and capable as anyone. It does not hurt either that John Carter has come to her rescue and together, they take on the Hormad. Ian Edginton and Ron Marz wrap up this quick little tale and it was particularly nice to see that it was not going to be dragged and padded out for the sake of collecting it into a collection. It was fun, adventurous and to the point which is how most comics used to be written and how they should be written today. While the book might have John Carter’s name in the title, Dejah Thoris plays just as important a part as that of her husband and it is good of Marz and Edginton to realize that and not have her as just a part of the background but play an active role, perhaps even more so than he. Another good thing about this book is the variety of tales showcased thus far and it will be exciting to see what comes next as Marz and now Edginton have surprised readers with their direction. Ariel Medel and Nanjan Jamberi provide some very solid artwork and altogether, they and the writers make this a book worth picking up month in and month out.

3.5 out of 5

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