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Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Vol. 1: Colossus of Mars by [Nelson, Arvid]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 120901 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite (19 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5JYQV4
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of the five issues of Dynamite Entertainment's comic book `Warlord of Mars - Dejah Thoris Volume 1: Colossus of Mars'. It is a prequel to the graphic novel collection `Warlord 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. We have red Martians slaughtering red Martians, green Martians slaughtering red Martians, and Red/Green colossi slaughtering both red and Green Martians. We also have fathers killing sons (possibly accidentally) and sons shooting their fathers in the head for the last seat on the escape ship. They were both villains however. There are also many large female bosoms almost, but not quite, totally exposed to the reading public, whereas the men always keep their shorts on, even when hung up in the dungeons or being thrown to ravenous calots to be eaten alive. I wonder if the almost psychopathic slaughter of the Martians by each other is tied to sexual repression - one of the Martian leaders comments that "we have mandated strict procreation quotas in Zodanga", and another one observes that as the green Martians are breeding like rabbits, it is justifiable to exterminate them - though whether it is the Martians repression or the 19th century writer who created them, is open for discussion. It could just be the American comics' publishers' fear of prosecution for publishing comics with objectionable content, of which there have been many cases over the years - wholesale massacre is apparently not considered objectionable though. Anyway, it is all good clean fun, in the great American pulp tradition.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 May 2013
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This is a collection of the five issues of Dynamite Entertainment's comic book `Warlord of Mars - Dejah Thoris Volume 1: Colossus of Mars'. It is a prequel to the graphic novel collection `Warlord 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. We have red Martians slaughtering red Martians, green Martians slaughtering red Martians, and Red/Green colossi slaughtering both red and Green Martians. We also have fathers killing sons (possibly accidentally) and sons shooting their fathers in the head for the last seat on the escape ship. They were both villains however. There are also many large female bosoms almost, but not quite, totally exposed to the reading public, whereas the men always keep their shorts on, even when hung up in the dungeons or being thrown to ravenous calots to be eaten alive. I wonder if the almost psychopathic slaughter of the Martians by each other is tied to sexual repression - one of the Martian leaders comments that "we have mandated strict procreation quotas in Zodanga", and another one observes that as the green Martians are breeding like rabbits, it is justifiable to exterminate them - though whether it is the Martians repression or the 19th century writer who created them, is open for discussion. It could just be the American comics' publishers' fear of prosecution for publishing comics with objectionable content, of which there have been many cases over the years - wholesale massacre is apparently not considered objectionable though. Anyway, it is all good clean fun, in the great American pulp tradition.
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this book has very good artwork, the figures are well drawn and the colouring is very good. the only criticism i have is that these men would not be able to concentrate on fighting battles when the women are running around practically naked, so there might as well have been some sex scenes in it too to make it more realistic lol. The story is quite interesting and not all of the characters are one dimensional eg dor valian.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d1ff318) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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HASH(0x8cf5d1c8) out of 5 stars This is what it's about! 11 Nov. 2011
By T. R. R. Comics - Published on Amazon.com
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On Warlord of Mars: Dejah thoris Volume 1-The Colossus of Mars: I wrote earlier about Dynamites Warlord Lord of Mars John Carter and all the problems it had. In that review I only gave the book three stars. There were so many problems with it and I was very disapointed with it being a ERB fan. I also said they needed to get a different artist. I am still going to purchase Volume 2 when it comes out to see if they can fix the problems it had. I also saw this book when I bought the John Carter Graphic Novel. I read John Carter first. Then this book can in the mail. I was bound and determind to read it.

Now, Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris is how an ERB's graphic novel should be done! The artwork is increadibly beatiful. When I opened the book I just couldn't put it down the story was great. The art is out of this world. I really hope that Dynamite will keep this series going. It is definately a seller. You have got to get this book if you are a fan of the man! Heck any comic fan should get this book to see how good comics are supposed to be done. Now all the publisher has to do is fix the problems with The John Carter novel and all is good in the world again!

Theodore Raymond Riddle Cartoonist/Creator/Author
HASH(0x8d1f6084) out of 5 stars Just doesn't really seem to have much ambition 14 Mar. 2016
By C. D. Varn - Published on Amazon.com
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Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arvid Nelson should be appealing, and there is a lot of that could be interesting about Dejah Thoris beyond slave-girl aesthetics, but this just doesn't seem to hit the mark.. Nelson's work on Rex Mundi is excellent, so I was somewhat surprised how stilted the dialogue was in the book. Carlos Rafael's art is fairly strong, but almost all female characters look the same as do almost all male characters. Rafael's figure work is good for cheesecake artwork, but it doesn't differentiate itself enough even there. Nelson also doesn't do much with the setting being so much earlier than Burroughs' canonical works. Dejah Thoris is a stronger character here than it Burroughs' work, but even with that caveat, Nelson just doesn't do enough with her. Dynamite's inclusion of the sketch work and alternate covers, however, is a bonus as many of these are strong
HASH(0x8d1f3f6c) out of 5 stars The Colossus of Mars 10 Jun. 2014
By EdM. - Published on Amazon.com
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Four hundred years prior to John Carter traveling to Mars, Dejah Thoris appears to have been the hero and action star. The storytelling done in these Dynamite Entertainment graphic novels retains the pulp action feel of the original novels and takes the premise of Dejah Thoris as action princess as in the 2012 film. As heroic and commanding as she is, who needs Carter??

The story: The jeddak (king) of Yorn seeks to use the inter-city rivalry between Helium and Zodanga to his advantage to conquer both by the use of an ancient super weapon, the Colossus.
The art: The book has beautiful artwork both for the story and the bonus illustrations throughout. The artist proves that pulp-style art never goes out of fashion if presented right. The heroine does pretty much goes near topless for the entire story but it seems to fit in the overall arc of things.

Rating: 5 stars for both story and art. Any fan of E.R. Burroughs and/or the Warlord of Mars novels will enjoy this action tale.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8da62c48) out of 5 stars Exhilarating, rollicking ride through Barsoom that is more than worth reading 29 Jun. 2012
By Abhinav Jain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
hadowhawk 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.

The first five issues, collected together in a single volume titled Colossus of Mars, tell how the two cities of Lesser and Greater Helium are at war with each other and how the ruler of Yorn, Jeddak Senneth Dor, schemes to take over all of Barsoom. Expect lots of betrayals and double-crosses, heroism and cowardice, and the plans of a madman to dominate the entire world.

I really liked Colossus of Mars. The main reason is that it is simply more stuff related to John Carter, but also because it is a really good story. Not groundbreaking or mindblowing by any means but it is still good. Sometimes all you need is a "basic" story told really well and this one does that in spades. The twists are good twists and they keep you guessing and turning the pages. Consequently, the story moves along at a really brisk pace. It is a war-story after all.

There are a few characters that I really liked: such as Dejah herself, Senneth's son Dor Valian who is an inventor of sorts, and Khanid Thal who is the Jed of Greater Helium. These three were really enjoyable, Dejah for her heroine-antics, Dor Valian for being the clumsy guy who finally grows up, and Khanid for being so damn sincere. The bad guys, in the form of Senneth Dor and his henchmen were somewhat compelling as well, and not a little humorous given the appearance of at least one of them. Overall, a really varied cast of characters that'll appeal to everyone.

Some really emotional scenes as well in the comic, which really make it worth a read. They are not too emotionally-charged but they are still compelling enough to move you. Part and parcel of the double-crosses going on.

The artwork, both the cover and the panels themselves, as well as the various illustrations and inking are also damn nice. My only concern with the art is that the people of Barsoom wear far too less clothing, especially the women. Its... disconcerting. I have no clue if that's how it is in Burroughs' novels so I can't comment in that respect as I am only familiar with the Barsoomians from John Carter, who are quite covered up! The whole we-are-not-really-wearing-much thing is offputting a bit since it makes the combat really unrealistic at times. This is an old problem with the genre however and while I don't mean to be dismissive here, it is what it is.

Another concern, a minor one however and I hope it was only me, is that at times I was confused where the action was taking place. Whether we were still in Yorn or in one of the Helium cities. It was just slightly jarring and made following the narrative a tad tedious, but like I said, its a minor point.

All in all, it was a blast reading Colossus of Mars and I'm glad I picked this up. Gives a whole another layer of context to events in John Carter, although the two aren't related story-wise in any way. Also makes me all that eager to get around to reading Burroughs' novels sometime soon. Got my fingers crossed on that one.

Rating: 9/10

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

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HASH(0x8cf5d63c) out of 5 stars Excellent 2 July 2015
By Peter Pan - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Loved this 1st Volume of WOM: Dejah Thoris! The art work of Carlos Rafael is amazing, it reminds me of the Michael Whelan covers for the 1979, Del Rey/Ballantine Books of the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars novels. As soon as I received this in the mail I read the whole book the story flows really well, can't wait to read the volume 2.
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