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Byron Brewer

Review: Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #31


Sometimes readers wonder if Dynamite puts out a separate Dejah Thoris book simply to do those great covers. This is definitely not one of those times, as writer Robert Place Napton tackles a wonderful time paradox tale in the pages of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #31.

Recently, Dejah demonstrated her “scientific knowledge,” as she put it, to thwart a foe. Even though it turned out to be a ruse, I was impressed with her panache. Absolutely none of that “knowledge” or its attempt at execution is evident here, as Dejah becomes a cipher for Napton’s far-reaching shenanigans.

The evolution of Barsoom itself is at stake as Dejah gets whisked into a series of cascading incidents that mushroom into a confusion of conviction. Our heroine tries her best, but can even her warrior spirit and savvy cunning save Mars from a dark future even as invaders strike?

Napton’s answer will surprise you.

Carlos Rafael’s depicting of those alien landscapes is as beautiful as ever, and his clean line is perfect for the facial expressions of the characters that bolster some of the more … well, bizarre elements of the story. Rafael’s art is really growing on me.

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #31 continues her story while giving us a sci-fi element not often encountered in the John Carter franchise.