THE MONSTER MEN #1

“Soul of the Beast”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Roy Allen Martinez

Townsend Harper Jr. with his fiancee Virginia has come back to the island where Dr. Maxon was conducting his experiments. With Sing and some Lascars the group lands and goes to the abandoned compound. They are there to see if Experiment number 13 is still alive. When Sing substituted Harper for the creature he left it out and the body was gone. Did an animal drag it off or is the creature still alive. Harper, Virginia and Sing check out the laboratory which was inhabited by an orangutan. The guards outside at the front gate are killed by an unknown intruder. Inside the lab Virginia is looking around and opens the curtain. Outside is a figure of a monster. It grabs Virginian and takes her outside. Harper goes after them and fights with the creature. Harper is about to be strangled when Virginia picks up the fallen pistol and points it at the creature. The creature says please no in German then runs away.

So a new addition to the ERB universe. This one was one of the first novels that Burroughs wrote back in 1913. The Monster Men was a sort of homage to The Island of Dr. Moreau. A story of a mad scientist who was trying to create life but ended up with soulless freaks. Number 13 the hero was a man with amnesia who Sing the Chinese servant put in the vat and tried to pass off as a successful experiment. An enjoyable action adventure as all of Burrough’s stories were. This was a standalone book and it is cool to see them resurrecting it. The plot of looking for the real number 13 who was assumed to have died is brilliant. So far this introduction sets up the atmosphere and story. I am looking forward to the upcoming miniseries for this title.

PELLUCIDAR #3

“Wings of Death”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Vincenzo Carratu

Dian manages to avoid the Horibs after her escape from her cell. But she runs into a Mahar who delivers her to the Sagoths. She is to die in the arena. Tanar and Navano also get captured by the Sagoths and taken to the arena to die. So first a pack of jaloks are sent in. The Weiroo manages to get a spear to them but gets thrown into the arena to die with them. The group manages to kill the jaloks then the thag that is sent in. The Weiroo tries to take Dian but gets killed. Finally the Horibs arrive and attack the Mahars. Navano finally gets to have his revenge on the creatures that killed his fellow Va-gas. The Horibs are killed and the Mahars decide to set Dian and Tanar free for their help in defeating the Horibs.

“The Monster Men”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Roy Allen Martinez

A preview of the upcoming Monster Men comic. It has black and white excerpts with three pages of script.

So the final end to this story arc has our heroes get recaptured. Then they fight off all sorts of creatures and a big final with Horibs, Sagoths and Mahars. Dian and Tanar get their freedom for helping defeat the Horibs. I didn’t really see that coming. An enjoyable issue that told the story with a minimum of exposition and let the visuals do the work. Which is what I like to see in comics. Another excellent Burroughs Universe story from American Mythology. Wolfer has a strong grasp of the world and characters. I look forward to more that’s coming.

PELLUCIDAR #2

“Wings of Death”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Vincenzo Carratu

Dian the Beautiful is now a captive of the Mahars. She is thrown into the dungeon to await her fate which the Sagoths gloat will be death. She is visited by a Weiroo who was the ambassador from his people to the Mahars. He wants Dian to help him escape and go back home. As a token of his good faith he leaves her a knife. Tanar has been freed from the gorobar by the Va-gas from the moon named Na-Va-No. The two manage to infiltrate the Mahar city of Kazra. They get into a fight with the Sagoths when discovered and are forced into the underground river that threatens to pull them under. The Weiroo has gone to the Mahars to get them to give Dian to him as a slave. They refuse and when he goes back to her cell he finds the Sagoth guard dead and Dian escaped. Dian making her way out of the city runs into the party of invading Horibs.

The second issue of this mini-series does not fail to amuse me. The story is filled with exciting action and interesting characters. Beautiful artwork and the various strange creatures that Burroughs created. The writer clearly understands and is a fan of Burrough’s work. I am really enjoying these new stories set in the Burrough’s universe.

PELLUCIDAR #1

“Wings of Death”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Bruno Bull

We last left Dian falling from a cliff and Tanar captured by Horibs from the Fear on Four Worlds series. Dian gets grabbed as she falls by a thipdar and taken to its nest. She climbs down and runs into a thag. The thag and thipdar battle with the thag winning. As Dian moves into the jungle she runs into a party of Sagoths. They capture her and take her to the Mahars. Tanar is also taken to the Mahar city. The Horibs tie him to a gorobar and let it loose to distract the Mahar guard so the Horibs can enter the city. The Mahar guard does go to Tanar but a Va-ga from the moon the last survivor saves him by killing the Mahar. He then demands to know where he is before he eats Tanar.

The first issue in the new Pellucidar series starts off with plenty of action. Both Dian and Tanar have adventures and are captured by enemy races. They have run ins with the various creatures and there is a battle brewing between the Horibs and Mahars for control of Pellucidar. Plus a wayward Va-gas those half-man half-horse creatures from the Moon. The story moves quick with one adventure after another just as in Burroughs books. I really am enjoying these new Burroughs shared universe series from American Mythology.

THE MOON MAID #3

“Catacombs of the Moon”
Writer: Christopher Mills
Artist: Gabriel Rearte

Nah-ee-lah wakes up after her ordeal with the little people underground to find herself captive of the Aa-Gas a tribe of four armed monkeys. The Aa-gas prove friendly and agree to help her rescue her companion Pal-don from the Kalkars. The Aa-gas prove to be fierce fighters and manage to slaughter the Kalkars. Nah-ee-lah rescues Pal-don and he recognizes some of the landmarks and knows where they are. So the two leave their new found friends and head off to Laythe.

So this series ended with Nah-ee-lah finding some friendly monkeys and they manage to rescue her friend. A good interesting story with beautiful artwork. My only complaint was it was resolved a little too easy. The Aa-gas were just so powerful and overwhelming that our main heroine didn’t really have much to do. The series was still an enjoyable tale. It had the feel of a Burrough’s story with its evil Kalkars and other strange creatures. The ERB Universe is still a big success for American Mythology in my opinion.

THE MOON MAID #2

“Catacombs of the Moon”
Writer: Christopher Mills
Artist: Gabriel Rearte

Nah-ee-lah has fallen into a pool of water in an isolated chamber while escaping her dungeon. To make matters worst the chamber is filled with viscous bats. She sees a light underwater and dives under. Swimming through an underground cavern she comes into a chamber filled with little people. Soon after her is a viscous monster called the Nitratha. The creature grabs one of the little people and Nah-ee-lah picks up the fallen spear and throws it into it’s eye. It releases the man and goes back underwater. The little people are grateful and take Nah-ee-lah to their leader a very old woman. From her we find out the history of these people. They inhabited the city above ground until the Kalkars and their revolution. The ancestors were pacifists and fled underground where they deteriorated to the state they are now in.

The old woman wants to keep Nah-ee-lah there to breed new children. But the man she saved instead shows her the passage to the surface. Nah-ee-lah finds herself in the jungle and decides to take a nap. In the bushes sinister eyes watch.

So the second issue has our heroine escaping the bats to find a lost race of people. She has to fight off a monster and the old crone who rules the place wants to use her to breed some new blood into the race. Naturally Nah-ee-lah wants nothing to do with that and fortunately the man she rescued returns the favor. This is an enjoyable series. It stays true to what Burrough’s created. The strange people, creatures and situations are what you would find in a Burrough’s book. The art tells the story with a minimum of dialogue and exposition. Another excellent issue.

THE MOON MAID #1

“Catacombs of the Moon”
Writer: Christopher Mills
Artist: Gabriel Rearte

Nah-ee-lah and Pal-don are heading back to Laythe after their adventures with Abby and Ethan from the Fear on Four Worlds series. Going through a swamp the two are attacked by a giant toad creature. They are saved by a hunting party of Kalkars. They take the two back to a ruined city. There the commander gets information from Nah-ee-lah by threatening to torture Pal-don. The two are thrown into the dungeon as the Kalkar commander plans to use Nah-ee-lah to find the secret entrance to Laythe. Nah-ee-lah finds an opening in her cell and crawls through it. She ends up falling threw the floor into a pool surrounded by bats.

So we get the first mini-series on the Moon. So far it looks good. The art and story are top notch. It has a feel of Burrough’s world that he created. The weird creatures. The evil Kalkars. The ruined cities. I am so excited that Burrough’s creations are getting the proper treatment they deserve. A very good time to be a Burroughs fan.

PRINCESS OF VENUS #1

“Untitled”
Writer: Pat Shand
Artist: Alfret Le

In the tree city of Vepaja the young janjong(princess) Duare watches the palace guard train. She practices the moves and gets a reprimand for such unjanjong like behavior. Later faltargan(pirates) attack the palace. Wengor comes to lead Duare to safety. Only he leads her to the faltargans for he is in their pay. The faltargans leave a message that they are working for the Thorists and the Jong(king) must surrender his kingdom or they will kill Duare.

The faltargans are taking Duare through the woods of Vepaja to their ship. Duare manages to escape and lead the faltargan to a giant spider which kills them. She then has to fight some strange creature but her practice in fighting manages to save her. She finds the pirate ship and has to fight the arrogant captain who she easily bests. Then she manages to take the ship back to the palace and expose the traitorous Wengor.

A one shot special that showcases a time in the life of Duare. I think this is an excellent idea for Duare has never gotten much attention in comics and she is one of those few women that Burroughs established as a bad ass chick in her own right. This story gives us a princess who is very capable of taking care of herself. The art was beautiful and Duare just looks gorgeous. I would like them to do more solo stories about Duare. She is a very interesting character with lots of possibilities.

CARSON OF VENUS WARLORD OF MARS #1

“Untitled”
Writer: David Avallone
Artist: Cyrus Mesarcia

Simultaneously on Mars and Venus a mysterious doorway appears. Both John Carter and Carson Napier show no hesitation as they both step through. They find themselves on the planet Mayzora. Koh-Ray was the scientist who created the doors. He needs heroes to rescue the princess Koh-Sah from the tower of Kah-Nazor the emperor of Meyzora. Well naturally the two are heroes and agree. So they assault the tower which has hundreds of offworld mercenaries and giant robot sentinels. They have no problem fighting their way to the top and capturing the emperor. They free the princess and reunite her with her love Koh-Ray.

I believe this is the first time these two Burroughs characters were ever paired together. I am surprised it hasn’t been done before. Leave it up to American Mythology to do it. This was an enjoyable action story. Both characters were true to the characters Burroughs created and it was a humorous tongue in cheek story that paid homage to them. So we get some fairly harmless insect like aliens with four eyes as the aliens. It looks like John Carter and Barsoom are joining the shared universe that American Mythology has created. I do look forward to more stories that this company will create.

CARSON OF VENUS #3

“The Flames Beyond”
Writer: Christopher Paul Carey
Artist: Cyrus Mesarcia

Duare and her allies are attacking Havatoo. Varlek Sar threatens to shoot Carson if he doesn’t have Duare stop the attack. Loto decides to rebel and kicks the pistol out of Varlek’s hand. Then Carson grabs her and jumps out the window. He was a stuntman after all. They slide down the roof and into a passing car. After knocking out the driver they continue on. Carson can hear the commands of Varlek in his head to his duplicates and knows they are going to the armory. Only the police manage to stop them and take them to the Sanjong the ruling council of Havatoo.

While on trial Varlek Sar comes with his army of duplicates to start a revolution. Carson then comes into mental contact with the captured Myposian and with his help manages to take control of the duplicates. Varlek Sar then escapes to his rocket ship where he plans to go to Earth and conquer it with his new found abilities to create a duplicate army out of thin air. Only the captured Myposian sacrifices himself and uses his mental powers to blow up the rocket. Later Carson is allowed to go free and his friends Ero Shan and Nalte decide to go with them to Korva.

So the series ends in a very fast and exciting way. There is definitely plenty of action. In some ways it ended a little too fast. For instance what happened to the allied armies attacking. We do know that Loto was transported after Varlek Sar died to someplace else that looks like Barsoom. I also loved the ending where Carson had reestablished his mental link with Earth and was telling his story to the descendants of Burroughs. A very satisfying series.