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Advanced Review: Lords of Mars #6 (of 6)

Arvid Nelson’s gripping Burroughs team-up of Tarzan and John Carter in Lords of Mars comes to its exciting conclusion Wednesday, and as a reader I have had an excellent time.

Nelson had a big job in bringing the characters together while staying true to the mythos of both, and he did so successfully. I never thought it would work, but the Ape Man did well in a sci-fi atmosphere. Makes me want to see it more, actually.

Issue #6 brings things to a close as the escapees, Carter and Tarzan, battle against Jagati Khen, the Holy Father of the Therns, Carter’s long-time enemies. Khen has a secret weapon capable of mass destruction, but his son has befriended the Lord of the Jungle on the Red Planet and is having second thoughts about his father’s warped schemes.

Will the two Lords of Mars be able to trip up the Therns, and what will that mean for Tarzan’s wife, Jane, also on Mars courtesy of the Therns? Will a little child lead them, or be caught in the aftermath of destruction?

Nelson’s vivid handling of these characters and their worlds makes me believe he can write anything and stay true to its voice. And Roberto Castro’s vivid visions of the Red Planet and the humanoids who do battle are enthralling. Facial expressions add to the story and the panel arrangement makes Nelson’s tale flow easily along.

More mini-series should be like this. A fun read!

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John Carter Meets Tarzan In Lords Of Mars From Dynamite Entertainment

Press Release





May 17, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming LORDS OF MARS #1 debuting in August 2013, a crossover that sees Tarzan and Jane Porter of their LORD OF THE JUNGLE series team with John Carter and Dejah Thoris of the WARLORD OF MARS franchise. The six-issue series will be written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Roberto Castro, with the first issue available in multiple cover editions featuring art by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Dan Panosian, and Ardian Syaf.

In LORDS OF MARS #1, the legendary Tarzan has claimed his title as Lord of Greystoke, but his very life is threatened when a hunting excursion with his fellow “gentlemen” goes disastrously wrong. Meanwhile, on Mars, John Carter is forced to respond to a veiled threat from his defeated enemies. Mars and Earth might be separated by millions of miles, but a sinister force is at work on both planets, setting the two iconic adventurers on a deadly collision course.

“The two greatest heroes of pulp fiction coming together… what could be better than that?” says Arvid Nelson, writer of the six-part miniseries. “And it blows the lid off the possibilities for storytelling. Earth, Mars, lost civilizations, hidden worlds, interplanetary adventures. But above all, we want LORDS OF MARS to be fun. I can’t wait to unleash it on the world.”

Nelson was uniquely suited as the writer for the upcoming LORDS OF MARS series, having contributed storylines to Dynamite’s comic book series LORD OF THE JUNGLE and WARLORD OF MARS previously. However, the writer stresses that the new story will not require readers to have an extensive knowledge of what’s come before. “It’s a great jumping-on point. In fact, I always go out of my way to make sure new readers are never at a loss, regardless of where were are in a series.” That philosophy fits in perfectly with that of Tarzan and John Carter’s shared creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs. “Burroughs was a fanatic for novelty. He didn’t like exploring all the details and intricacies of the things he’d invented; it was always about the shiny and new for him.”

John Carter and Tarzan are the archetypal science fiction and jungle heroes, respectively, whose literary history stretches back over a century. “Carter is more comfortable around human beings than Tarzan. He’s more of a leader, but he’s most in his element in times of conflict, as opposed to the backstabbing and intrigue of ‘peacetime.’ Tarzan is more a force of nature. In terms of raw strength and agility no one can match him, but he’s not fully in control of himself.” Joining these pulp heroes in LORDS OF MARS are their love interests, Jane Porter and Dejah Thoris, who play pivotal roles in the story.

LORDS OF MARS #1 is solicited in the Diamond June Previews catalog for release in August. Alex Ross, one of the industry’s leading artists, provides the Main cover edition, while Eisner-winning Francesco Francavilla and fan-favorite Dan Panosian contribute two additional variant covers. A fourth edition, the Subscription-Only variant, is illustrated by Ardian Syaf and is limited only to retailer initial orders as a reward for dedicated Dynamite fans.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!

Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!

Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.


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