Review: Lords Of Mars #6
At last, John Carter and the Ape-man are fighting side-by-side amidst the aeons-old ruins of Mars. But their enemies, the evil, treacherous and downright sleazy therns have a few surprises left for our heroes, including a plan to sterilize half the planet. A death-defying flight through midair, a bittersweet reckoning, and a horrific revelation about the true reach of the therns awaits all those who dare in “The Eye of the Goddess”, the glorious final installment of Lords of Mars!
The crossover event bringing John Carter and Tarzan together finishes this month in the pages of Lords of Mars #6. The conclusion to the ape-man’s trip to Mars is written by Arvid Nelson with art by Roberto Castro. Alex Guimaraes handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. Lords of Mars has been a little inconsistent but still enjoyable. Does the finale go out with a bang or a whimper?
Tarzan and John Carter have survived the therns’ trap without killing each other, thanks in no small part to Jane’s sharpshooting skills. The two heroes join forces to try and stop the therns’ plan once and for all. Tarzan has been injured, but there isn’t time to lay around and rest. An attack must be mounted if John Carter hopes to save his people. It’s one final showdown as John Carter races to stop the therns from unleashing their weapon. Can two of earth’s toughest heroes stop the evil machinations in time? Will Tarzan and Jane get back to earth?
Nelson writes a fast-paced issue. The story has been going in starts and stops for the previous six issues, but it’s a breakneck pace until the final page for this one. The epic battle with John Carter and Tarzan fighting side by side is cut incredibly short and there isn’t so much an ending as there is a sense that we’ve run out of pages. Things have been set up for an inevitable sequel, but it just feels like the story ends more than anything. Castro’s art is crisp with some impressive line work. There are still a few inconsistent character depictions from page to page, but they are fewer and farther between. The few scenes of action are laid out very well. John Carter takes the spotlight from Tarzan, who has had it largely for the series, and Castro has a good grasp on the character. Guimares’ colors are bright and vibrant, once again lending an air of believability to this alien land.
Bottom Line: Lords of Mars comes to an end that isn’t quite an end this month. There are still numerous questions left unanswered and we’re still craving some action with Tarzan and John Carter fighting side by side. Lords of Mars is an enjoyable series, it just feels a little unevenly paced. John Carter and Tarzan may continue their adventures on Mars, but I’m heading back to Earth for now. 3/5