Regular series artist Carlos Rafael takes a break for Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #15, which sees the princess attempt to kill herself after the events of last issue. Here’s the official description from Dynamite:
Following her possession at the hands of the Boora Witch, Dejah leaves Helium and her family and sets out on a quest of redemption. She has faced many of Barsoom’s challenges, but now she will face them as never before: ALONE.
It’s a bit misleading to say that Dejah is alone. After all, she has her boobs, which have practically become characters in their own right. I mean, they generally take up more room than the princess’s face. Robert Place Napton does a better writing job this issue. The means by which he keeps Dejah from killing herself are far from original, but it’s well carried out. While Dejah is still essentially naked (surprise), the situations he writes her into aren’t quite as visually compromising as in previous issues. (Although the fact that she’s in almost every panel of the book will make up for that.) She also picked up a pair of wings somewhere, which I assume appeared earlier in the series before I started reading.
Guest artist Marcio Fiorito handles this issue, and does a good job of it. The work is technically proficient, down to Dejah’s knockers pulling to one side has she flies in a spiral. The most noticeable fault: Dejah’s boobs are larger than her head in several panels where her head is closer to the “camera”. But that, for obvious reasons, may have been completely intentional. He does an even better job with backgrounds and creatures.The jungle plants of Mars are suitably exotic, and the giant Sith insects (which predate the dark lords of the same name from Star Wars) look great, although I’d have appreciated a more interesting design.
As usual, if you’re after a good story, there are better books to spend your money on, but if you want to look at big jugs, you’ve come to the right place.