Dejah Thoris #1 Review – Spy vs Spy
Dejah Thoris #1 Review
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Vasco Georgiev
Colored by Dearbhla Kelly
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Main Cover by Lucio Parrillo
Edited and Packaged by Nate Cosby
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Based on stories and characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs
***1st Issue Spoilers***
I used to be a big fan of the “Martian Warlord” thanks to the formally friendly mouse who has since turned to the dark side and embraced evil ways, buying any competition or making low rent movies with poor scripts of public domain properties with an aforementioned warlord and a certain masked lawman of the wild west. (Man, was that one terrible). Just to stop certain publishers from continuing their somewhat popular and or successful runs, they have had to somewhat reinvent themselves in certain aspects. One seems to be concentrating more on a warrior princess of Mars, Dejah Thoris. I’ve enjoyed the mix of sword and sorcery meets science fiction. This is obviously an all-new chapter for this character. Let’s see where Dan Abnet and company take her. Hopefully it’s to all new heights.
I’ll tell you right now I’m not a fan of mini-series after mini-series, aka re-boot central. Yes, we all know that number one issues outsell issues that follow, but c’mon, publishers! Don’t call me BOOMER, but back in the day publishers didn’t feel the need to do anything more than just make announcements of a new creative team taking over a series. Can we try that again, please? Okay, rant over, now let’s dive into this great looking book of a seemingly much more mature Dejah Thoris.
Now I am behind in the reading of this universe. The last series I was reading was her coming of age tale that was laying the groundwork for everything that was coming in the future, such as this new self-titled series. Just to set the scene of this story that these creators are bringing us is Dejah has still been kept loyal (for the most part) to her history. Now she still leads her people in a roundabout way, you’ll see when you read this for yourself. However, she is now a grandmother, so this first issue co-stars her daughter and her favorite (and only) granddaughter. She’s exploring and doing research on their dying planet. Please don’t let this entire story be a soapbox about climate change. There are a lot of moving parts in this first issue and it reminds me a little of X-O in space run, but I digress.
Dan Abnett wrote this issue, and I have enjoyed his writing in the past, but, like I said, please don’t let this be a soapbox for climate change and nothing else. I did like how Dan basically threw every faction on Mars into the fray. He has Dejah where she always is doing whatever she can to make life better for all her people even though she’s not ruling the planet. The rest of what he’s done you need to read for yourself. Dan’s sub-plots have the possibility to make for a very interesting run at this title.
Vasco Georgiev illustrated this book wonderfully, with a helping hand from Dearbhla Kelly on colors. They make a great artistic team for this book. Vasco nailed the look of this book, keeping most of the classic look but smoothed it out enough with his smooth artistic style. Vasco is the go-to illustrator for this universe without a doubt.
As a long time fan Dejah and warlords of the martian kind. I have quite a few short boxes filled with great stories, sadly some not so great either. As a kid, I had a few John Carter books and was amazed that the same guy the created Tarzan created this world too. I thought that was very impressive. Even with my complaints earlier in this review taking everything in this issue as a whole it felt like the first ten minutes of a movie. It’s possible that what was set into motion in this 1st issue could explode by the end of the second or third issue. If you’re a Dejah fan you’ll all find something different to light a fire in you about this new series, Even if you never read Dejah before it’s still an enjoyable read and entertaining from the beginning of this book. You’ll get a good sense of who the major players are in this book. Very character-driven, I hope this increases even more over time. Please Like, Comment, Share, and as always Keep, it Geek!
Dejah Thoris #1 Review
If you’re a Dejah fan you’ll all find something different to light a fire in you about this new series.