Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris Volume 4 - The Vampire Men of Saturn Paperback – 9 Jul 2013
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The art and scripting is of a reasonable standard for the story, which is once more fairly thin. This series is set at some unspecified period before the advent of John Carter on Mars, and tells of Dejah's solo adventures. Having committed some unspeakable acts in the previous volume, she is wandering in self-imposed exile across Mars. Issue #16 sees her in the Martian Arctic, though at least she has equipped herself with a hooded cloak and boots to complement her usual attire of thong and nipple-protectors. The boots, for some reason, have a habit during the story, of resembling a Japanese schoolgirl's shoes and white socks. I'm sure it is just a trick of the light and not an attempt to bring in sales from another fetish group. Anyway, our heroine soon meets the Martian equivalent of polar bears and Eskimos - well, one anyway, who might just be a member of the mythical Yellow Race of Mars, long thought extinct. After rescuing her from the critter, he naturally enough chains her up in his home, as any member of a Yellow Race would. Leaving her alone, with her flying harness on a nearby table, she struggles to reach it, but it is just beyond the grasp of her extended arms and breasts. If only she had thought of reaching out with her legs, our story would have been much shorter, but at least the artist could have got in a few more salacious poses for us. Anyway, suffice it to say that she eventually outwits her captor, then helps him against a polar bear attack [Note - for polar bear please read giant six-legged white critter with fangs, horns and tusks] and is allowed to leave without further molestation. However, she is without her Red Riding Hood cloak, though she kept her Japanese schoolgirl boots. In the final panel, she sees a aircraft that resembles the Batwing to an uncanny degree...
The next three issues sees our heroine captured by Vampires from Saturn, taken to the Saturnine moon of Titan, escape to join the resistance, lead an insurrection, and overthrow the tyranny of the Vampire Men, with the usual ginormous body-count. It is no wonder NASA can't find signs of life in the Solar System the way these ancient races keep killing each other off. She manages to keep her boots on all the way through.
If it wasn't for the cheap copies available on Amazon, I don't know why I'd bother with this series.
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In the Yellow Man story we find Dejah in self imposed exile venturing to the Arctic northern climates of mars. She is abducted by a yellow martian with a hook for a hand. The first couple panels with Dejah Thoris wandering around the snow and cold with her famous G-String and Pasties on had me laughing out loud. Granted she has fur boots and a little fur cape which covers very little and makes it all the more ridiculous. Must we have cheesecake in every single panel?
The main story involves Dejah being once more abducted, this time by vampires from Saturn is wonky fun. The Vampires are all colored Grey but the good Saturians she meets are colored purple with blue hair. She does eventually meet one good vampire who falls in love with her not because she is a smoking hot nearly naked girl but because her blood tastes good.
The writing by Robert Place Napton is in the flavor of Edgar Rice Burroughs and is good, but I wish he would try for a little bit of realism and maybe some character development. I would also like to see the creation of a supporting cast.
Brazilian artist Debora Carita style is way too cartoony for my liking and would be better suited for Betty & Veronica. Colorist Carlos Lopez colors everything bright neon adding to the cartoon feel of the book.
The excellent covers by french artist Paul Renuad and Brazilan Fabiano Neves are all included. I just wished the interior art was close to this excellent work.
Still, if you like Edgar Rice Burroughs I don't think you can pass up this book.
Collecting issues 16-19 the story and art are excellent even though the story itself seems almost at times to make the reader laugh at the clichéd plot. The vampire who bites the princess is so smitten with her he is willing to betray his own. The rebels are trying to make a last attempt at freedom but there is a traitor in their midst. The art clearly shows that when in distress the heroine has no choice but breathe deep and heave bosoms. The bonus artwork at the end and between chapters are very good. The cover is not indicative of the interior art. Shame, as Dejah Thoris really looks the warrior and would have been more believable that way.
Continuing her self-imposed exile from Helium, Dejah goes wandering in the Northern Arctic region, covering her near-nakedness with a coat that she conveniently leaves open at the front despite her concerns about freezing to death because, really, why would she want to cover her near-nakedness? She's about to be eaten by a six legged Martian polar bear when she's saved by a large yellow man who promptly enslaves her.
Not to be outdone, another studly guy abducts Dejah in the next story. Well hey, Dejah is always nearly naked, so who wouldn't want to kidnap her? Not that I condone the enslavement of nearly naked Martian women, and perhaps the alien vampire who kidnaps Dejah goes a bit far by biting her neck, but maybe the residents of Saturn haven't learned proper etiquette for dealing with nearly naked women. Anyway, on Saturn's moons Dejah pretty much acquires the powers of Wonder Woman, making her even more formidable. And after biting Dejah's neck, the question is, which one will be enslaved: Dejah or the vampire? Biting Dejah's neck, it seems, can become an addictive pleasure.
The art in this volume doesn't seem as sharp or as detailed as it was in some of the earlier volumes. The covers are quite nice, but the interior art is inconsistent. I would give this volume 3 1/2 stars if I could. It's still fun, an Dejah is just as nearly naked as ever, but if the point of the series is simply to show us nearly naked Dejah (and I'm not sure what other point there could be given the overall silliness of the stories), more care should be taken with the art.
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