John Carter: The End #1 – Review
Writers: Brian Wood and Alex Cox
Artist: Hayden Sherman
Cover artist: Garry Brown, Juan Doe (Cover B), Mel Rubi (Cover C), Gabriel Hardman (Cover D), Phillip Tan (Subscription cover), Roberto Castro (Exclusive variant)
Based on the stories and characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Time for another visit to Barsoom.
Anyone who is familiar with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, everything from “A Princess of Mars” to more modern adaptations, would appreciate Dynamites “John Carter : The End #1”. We return to Barsoom with much beloved characters, John Carter and Dejah, in a bid to find out why war has broken out. For those who are unfamiliar with the adventures of John Carter, this might not be the best starting point. That being said, it is still a fantastically well written and illustrated comic book.
Many years have passed and a group of green Martians go in search of an ageing John Carter and his wife Dejah Thoris, who have been living in seclusion on a moon mourning the death of their son, to return and save everyone from a tyrant who has killed many of their people. The pair are reluctant until they discover who the tyrant is but will this shocking development send things awry.
Beautifully written by Brian Wood (DMZ) and Alex Cox (Adventure Time), the story conveys deep emotional ties between the characters. When there are two writers working on the same project, you can often tell their different writing styles apart. However, Brian Wood and Alex Cox work well together and the finished product is seamless.
The art was created by Hayden Sherman (The Few) and is reminiscent of a lot of mid to late 90’s comics intricate line element style art that suits this dystopian themed story. The images are strikingly beautiful and convey the emotions of the characters and the situation.
All in all, “John Carter: The End #1” is a perfect continuation for the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the characters of Barsoom. This should please, delight and thrill old and new fans alike.
Writing – 4.5/5
Artwork – 4.5/5
Overall – 4.5/5