Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars #6 Review

The mini-series continues here, but do we really need another title set on Barsoom following the exploits of a Helium Princess?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

Shaken from her near-dismemberment, Dejah Thoris must outwit the Thark terrorists set on destroying the new, peaceful status quo! The princess must also stay ahead of a former royal suitor whose prying could expose everything… and ignite a war!

We’re in the final throws of this arc and to the creative team’s credit they’ve done some tremendously engaging things that have made the narrative more than worthwhile.  This latest issue is no different, and despite off putting visual inconsistencies the whole of the package is accessible.

The script by Mark Rahner is brilliant.  The author takes the plot that’s been built and smartly moves it forward while embracing some very basic but understandable reactions.  From the political intrigue to the personal cost, the scribe never loses focus even during times that are simply buried under layers of words.  In truth I found almost each syllable to be rather riveting, but there were instances where some of the dialogue felt too goofy for it’s own good.  In summation I was simply impressed with the breath of fresh air that made this into a deserving romp while denying it the opportunity to be merely an excuse for eye candy.

The pencil work is the only detriment, as the art by Lui Antonio never rises to the lofty heights portrayed by the text side of this literary jaunt.  He makes understandable versions of our primary characters and their chief antagonists but the style used simply abused the physical aspects of our heroine as the illustrator left several stances and panel designs in a questionable light.  In truth Dejah Thoris is already warring a revealing outfit and not much has to be done to make her look exploited, but unnecessary angels and exaggerated features cheapened this outing.

Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars #6 tells a wonderful yarn but trips over its visual side.  Still it squeaks by with a light recommendation.

3/5

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