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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars Volume 1 by Dynamite Entertainment

I read Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars series back in the halcyon days of my misspent youth.   A graphic novel makes the story much more graphic.   I'm not sure my youthful heart would have been able to handle the bodacious illustrations found in this graphic novel.  

The work is vaguely reminiscent of Frazetta.  The characters all seem to have preposterous physiques.  I'm pretty sure I haven't seen a woman quite as robust as Dejah Thoris even in the pages of Playboy.   The illustrations seem to be the focus of the story as opposed to the story itself.   Depending on what you are seeking that is not necessarily a negative.   I don't know the word count but this story would be decidedly short without the illustrations.  

I loved comic books as a kid.   The graphic novel leaves me wanting more.   I realize packing more dialogue in conversation bubbles would be impractical but I like more story with my stories.

I don't read many graphic novels but this seems to fit the description.  

A+ on the preposterous physiques.
C- on the simplistic story line.

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  1. Hmm, good to know. I saw the ARC of this on NetGalley and was curious - let's admit it, that cover in indeed bodacious - but didn't snag a copy. Like you, I'd prefer more story, but I still may give it a glance.

  2. Bob, it's like trying to eat one Hershey kiss, enough prose to whet your appetite but not nearly enough to satisfy you. I guess it's best classified as Burrough's Lite.