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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606902679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606902677
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Arvid Nelson worked on a couple of films after college, ranging from Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks to Troma Productions' The Toxic Avenger Part IV. As much as he enjoyed fetching coffee and sleeping in rat-infested warehouses, he decided to drop out and write comics, and he hasn't looked back.

Ten years later, he's finally delivered the coup de grâce to Rex Mundi, his first published work, as well as Zero Killer, another comic he's been working on for a Really Long Time. He's written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment.

Arvid lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a loving wife and a large television. He enjoys lifting weights and writing about himself in the third person. His next big project is a young adult fantasy novel based on his love of Scandinavian and Celtic mythology, and heavy metal music. You can get in touch with him at arvidland.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2012
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This is a collection of the five issues of Dynamite Entertainment's comic book `Warlord of Mars - Deja Thoris Volume 2: Pirate Queen of Mars'. It is a prequel to the graphic novel collection `Warlord of Mars', and a sequel to Deja Thoris' solo adventure `Colossus of Mars'.

The art and scripting is of as reasonable standard for the story, which is basically wholesale slaughter of Martians by Martians in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories. This time round we have Black Martians slaughtering Red, Green and Black Martians, with the added ingredient of cannibalism, as the Black Martians happen to eat their victims - though they draw the line at Green Martians, viewing them as unfit to eat. It is all good clean fun, in the great American pulp tradition. I just find the artwork a bit too `cartoony' for my taste, preferring the traditional American adventure comics' more naturalistic style - see John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds as an example.

Anyway, having captured the city of Greater Helium in the previous volume, we now discover that the water supply has stopped. Deja volunteers to lead a party to the south polar pumping station to investigate, where they find the crew locked up and a mysterious gold coin at the bottom of one of the reservoirs; it must have been cold wandering around the pole and swimming in just two nipple-protectors and a converted eyepatch covering her strategic bits. Coincidentally, Deja's father is out on a raiding expedition to steal gold from the Green Martians to fund the rebuilding of the cities of Helium. Anyway, she is soon captured by the Black Pirates of Mars.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ac on 6 Mar. 2012
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The artwork is very good, the figures are drawn very well. I particularly enjoyed Dejah Thoris being almost naked all the time lol. However I think it highly unrealistic that all these men around her would not be trying to have sex with her or at least chat her up. I think they should put some sex in the next one as she and all the men are running around practically naked anyway. The story on this one was weak compared with the volume 1, and the script was sometimes not explained for example the pirate chief seems baffled as to why dejah thoris calls him a moon pirate, but his reaction is not explained. I think it could gone a bit more in depth as to why the 'black' martians look down on the red and green martians, but the story instead focused on the action. Overall it is saved by the artwork.
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No one here gets out alive 12 Mar. 2012
By 50 Squirrels of Grey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of the five issues of Dynamite Entertainment's comic book `Warlord of Mars - Deja Thoris Volume 2: Pirate Queen of Mars'. It is a prequel to the graphic novel collection `Warlord of Mars', and a sequel to Deja Thoris' solo adventure `Colossus of Mars'.

The art and scripting is of as reasonable standard for the story, which is basically wholesale slaughter of Martians by Martians in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories. This time round we have Black Martians slaughtering Red, Green and Black Martians, with the added ingredient of cannibalism, as the Black Martians happen to eat their victims - though they draw the line at Green Martians, viewing them as unfit to eat. It is all good clean fun, in the great American pulp tradition. I just find the artwork a bit too `cartoony' for my taste, preferring the traditional American adventure comics' more naturalistic style - see John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds as an example.

Anyway, having captured the city of Greater Helium in the previous volume, we now discover that the water supply has stopped. Deja volunteers to lead a party to the south polar pumping station to investigate, where they find the crew locked up and a mysterious gold coin at the bottom of one of the reservoirs; it must have been cold wandering around the pole and swimming in just two nipple-protectors and a converted eyepatch covering her strategic bits. Coincidentally, Deja's father is out on a raiding expedition to steal gold from the Green Martians to fund the rebuilding of the cities of Helium. Anyway, she is soon captured by the Black Pirates of Mars. In the next episode, an even bigger pirate ship turns up, captures Deja's crew from the pumping station and pursues the first pirate ship. After a fight, Déjà and her new friends are captured, and sent to the galley, where we find the cooks cutting up Deja's crew... We also discover that the two pirate captains have a history together. In the third episode, after a bit of gratuitous slaughtering in the galley, Deja and her pirates escape, and she learns of a long-lost Black pirate treasure buried under the ice at the pole, just as the other pirate captain tortures information out of one of Deja's crew left behind on his ship about the coin she discovered. So, everyone is heading for the pumping station... In the fourth episode Deja's pumping crew have a tunnelling machine that take them into a network of caves, where they discover the aged survivors of the lost expedition - Martians live until something kills them, remember - as well as a giant worm with very sharp teeth, and the treasure, and the other pirates discover them... In the last episode, Deja and her pirate captain, and the captain's brother, escape, leaving their crew to be gratuitously slaughtered by the pirates, who in turn get picked off by the monster. Eventually, the evil pirate captain confronts the three escapees above a nest of the giant worm's offspring... What happens next you ask - well read the book and find out!
Pirate Queen of Mars is an exhilarating, rollicking ride through Barsoom that is more than worth reading. 29 Jun. 2012
By Abhinav Jain - Published on Amazon.com
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Shadowhawk reviews the first two volumes of Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, Colossus of Mars (collecting issues #1-5) and Pirate Queen of Mars (collecting issues #6-10), published by Dynamite Entertainment.

"Colossus of Mars and Pirate Queen of Mars are exhilarating, rollicking rides through Barsoom that are more than worth reading. They are great sword & planet adventures!" ~The Founding Fields

My only previous exposure to the characters and world created by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the recent movie, John Carter, which I highly enjoyed and even reviewed a few weeks back for the 24FPS movie review blog. The entire setting of Barsoom, as Burroughs calls Mars, is really intriguing, whether its the people, the culture, the technology, the mythology, the creatures, the world itself or what have you. I came across Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 1 on NetGalley which is a great resource for reviewers (you have to at least check it out!). Reading and finishing it in one sitting, I just had to get the second volume too, because the comics are just that good.

The Dejah Thoris comics are set centuries before John Carter ever arrived on Barsoom and they feature the scantily-clad Princess as the main protagonist as she fights, schemes and fights for the future of Lesser Helium (Helium at this point in time is divided into two warring states). I have to say that the whole notion is quite an interesting one, it sets up a lot of intriguing possibilities with regard to the storylines. And since the people of Barsoom are long-lived, effectively immortal, that just adds more possibilities to the mix.

Pirate Queen of Mars, collecting issues 6 through 10, follows on fairly immediately from the events of Volume 1 as the people of Helium, which is now a single city, begins to suffer the aftermath of the war against Senneth Dor and his Colossus. Disease, property damage, lack of water and so on. The evils of the war are finally beginning to settle in and Dejah and her advisors have to move quickly to keep things together. Matters quickly turn for the worse when the polar water-refineries stop supplying water to Helium. So here begins another adventure for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium as she sets off to the polar regions. Without bothering with cold gear of course!

This was a much better storyline than Colossus, to be honest. It is far more realistic, barring the clothing choice for the heroine, and it also delved a fair bit into the history of Barsoom as well. Not to mention that we meet the Moon Pirates for the first time as well, a race of blue-skinned (extreme) humanoids who live on the moons of Barsoom as I understand it.

What really made me like this story was the fact that it takes place aboard the Barsoomian ships, whether it is Dejah's skiff, Phondari's pirate vessel Jeddessa's Revenge or Xen Brega's massive warship. It was a really good change of location from Colossus of Mars. As a contrast, a fair bit of the action takes place in the ice caverns beneath the southern polar region as well. So together, it was a complete experience of highs and lows. Just about perfect!

In terms of the characters, Dejah didn't do much for me this time because very little changes in her characterisation from the previous volume. There definitely was room to make her really grow but the comic doesn't quite get there. On the other hand, Phondari was excellent. She is a complete opposite to the Princess: irreverent, Moon Pirate, ship captain, and thief. As such, she was my favourite character in Pirate Queen of Mars, and I'm sure that titles suits her too. Xen Brega, the big bad guy of the storyline, was suitably charismatic (in an evil way), ruthless, and domineering. Again, he is a typical bad guy but I don't hold it against him. What the Dejah Thoris comics are good at is using typical characters and then showing them off as atypical, to a degree. That can sound a little confusing I know, so what I'm trying to get at is that they are all still well-written.

The pacing of Pirate Queen is also far better than Colossus because of a simple reason: the story doesn't involve winding the clock forwards to convey that sense of war as the story isn't about war but hunting for treasure and personal vengeance. This focus meant that the narrative was tighter and there wasn't any confusion about where the action takes place or what have you.

The one thing that still grated at me however, was the clothing used by the Barsoomians. Even when Dejah, Phondari and their companions are inside the ice caverns, their only concession to the cold is a simple (fur?) robe. It really takes away from the realism of things. Again, I don't know if this is all explained in the Burroughs novels, and it definitely isn't even touched upon in the comic either, so it makes for a jarring experience.

Other than that though, I really enjoyed Pirate Queen of Mars. Same as with Colossus of Mars, the artists have done a great job and the various illustrations and the panels themselves are really good. There is distinctiveness in each character, whether it be in terms of their physicality or in their expressions or what have you.

Rating: 9.5/10

You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

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Pirate Queen of Mars 10 Jun. 2014
By EdM - Published on Amazon.com
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Vol. 2 of the Dejah Thoris graphic novel series has the heroine seeking to find why the water supply has run dry for Helium. The answer- the sky pirates from the moons of Mars! Kidnapped by the female captain, Dejah Thoris finds she must help her captor against her rivals to survive.

The story and art continue the high settings from vol. 1 and introduces new characters into the Mars mythos. An action tale that really captivates and the fact that Dejah Thoris is near topless throughout does not detract at all the story. The Dejah Thoris line from DE would make far better films than the 2012 John Carter.
Delightful. 16 May 2013
By MPhoto - Published on Amazon.com
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These books are just *gorgeous,* and yes, they're mostly about Dejah Thoris and other babes who don't wear a lot of clothes. (In the comic's defense, they wear way more clothes than the Red Martians did in the books!) One thing which is kind of a plus/minus is that the characters are just as obliviously idiotic as the characters in the Burroughs books which inspired these. Yay for authenticity/continuity, boo for oblivious idiots.
Nice 4 Feb. 2014
By Osiris - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful artwork and story! The John Carter stories are very captivating, but I never knew there were some many adventures about Dejah Thoris.
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