Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars #10 Review

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Our heroine adopts a new look, but as this limited series heads toward its finish should we even muster up the gumption to care? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

Under cover as a slave. Unrecognizable with her hair chopped short. Dejah Thoris goes deeper on a dangerous mission with her secret, brutal force of six Tharks. They make a magnificent seven, but will they all make it out alive? And should they all?

Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars 10_CThere’s a lot to like within this specific tale, as the creative team once more shows us how determined this particular princess happens to be. I’ve been fairly critical of this title, and I realize that it’s not a property that I’ve fully endorsed but it certainly does more than enough right here to get me excited for the next two outings. To sum up: find a nice quite spot because this is a comic that deserves your attention.

Let’s start with the script by Mark Rahner, it’s a procedural display that acts in the present while recounting the events that have brought our cast of characters to this point. It’s a journey into an almost required bout of explanation right before some necessary blood is spilled. As before, the author has a knack for delving into one of the most critically interesting aspects of the franchise, namely the innate racism and assumption between these two peoples. And there is one scene in particular that carried those thoughts to a well-deserved conclusion.

The art by Jethro Morales is simple, jagged and a tad bit chaotic but it still manages to carry the weight of the text without fail. I did see a couple instances where the illustrations came off a wee bit rushed, as forms gave way to simple function but not much else. Still the bulk kept pace with the scribe’s literary points, as I found myself lost more so in the written word than this visual barrage.

Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars #10 is not perfect but it certainly gives this title a chance to finish strong. Recommended.



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