Review: Lords Of Mars #4
The legendary ape-man starts having second thoughts about his newfound Martians “pals”, the devious Therns, who just so happen to be the bitter enemies of John Carter. But all that might not matter – Carter is paying the Therns a little visit, and he and the ape-man are on a collision course that will change the face of two planets forever. Jane, the ape-man’s wife, goes looking for proof of the Therns’ treachery, and she ends up finding more than she bargained for. The sky erupts with fire in Lords of Mars #4 – War in Heaven!
The story pairing up John Carter and Tarzan continues this week in the pages of Lords of Mars #4. The story is written by Arvid Nelson with art by Roberto Castro. Alex Guimaraes handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. We’re still waiting to see Tarzan and John Carter at least lay eyes one each other. Does the fourth installment of the six-issue miniseries finally deliver?
The Therns’ trap is about to be sprung. John Carter’s fleet is about to land and Tarzan still believes the villains are the innocent victims of John Carter’s love of conquest. Jane isn’t buying what the Therns are selling, but she can’t quite convince Tarzan that something sinister is going on. As Carter’s fleet touch down in the Valley Dor, the Therns attack. Tarzan is watching from a tower and begins to questions the Therns motives. Was this a preemptive strike on the dangerous John Carter or was he being lied to? The final stage is set as Tarzan finds out the truth regarding his Martian hosts. When John Carter finds himself trapped, will Tarzan prove to be a friend or a foe?
Nelson’s script starts to set up the endgame. John Carter has been tricked by the Therns and Tarzan is still a helpless pawn in the Martian struggle. We finally see the two legends come face to face, but we’re still going to have to wait to see what happens. Nelson’s story has shambled along, and with two issues left there’s a lot of ground left to cover. If this was an ongoing or a longer miniseries, it would feel like we’re building up to something big, but with this being issue 4 or 6 it still feels a bit directionless. Lords of Mars has turned into a story about two guys that just happen to be on Mars. Castro’s art is solid overall. He is great at world building and presenting some strong visuals, but the faces are a little inconsistent in places. Guimaraes’ colors is one of the highlights of the series so far. He makes a very beautiful and vivid landscape on Mars.
Bottom Line: Lords of Mars picks up a little this month, but we’re still waiting to see what was promised in the title. John Carter and Tarzan are finally brought together, so hopefully the final two issues take things up several notches. 2/5
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