Saturday, February 05, 2011

Warlord of Mars

I first discovered Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter back in 1977 when it appeared in a Marvel Comic. and remember enjoying it quite a bit. I really dug the four-armed Martians. It wasn't until much later on that I realized that this character had a long, rich literary history in comics (I was aware of his connection to Burroughs right away). Well, in the years since, the character has appeared in other comicbook incarnations (including DC & Dark Horse).

Oh, and for those of you paying attention, the character “John Carter” who appeared on the TV program, ER was actually intentionally named by series creator, novelist Michael Crichton (The Andromeda StrainJurassic Park), after the Burroughs character in tribute to the master storyteller.

Well, recently, Dynamite Entertainment has begun publishing a 12-issue series entitled Warlord of Mars. The first two issues serve as a prelude story, issues 3-9 will adapt A Princess of Mars, and issues 10-12 will be an original story. The great part of this is that issue #1 has a $1.00 cover price, which — as I’ve often said — is always a great way to lead into a new series. This first Dynamite issue (by Arvid Nelson & Stephen Sadowski) is really very good, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Dynamite also has a Warlord Of Mars Deja Thoris series planned as well that will give some background to Carter’s Martian love. I’m looking forward to both series.

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