PELLUCIDAR #1

“At the Earth’s Core”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Gabriel Rearte

Dian and Tanar are in the caves between the surface and Pellucidar. After successfully driving out the Mahar invasion of Caspak the two are hunting the Mahar. They don’t want it returning to its home and launching another invasion. They find many Coripies and have no trouble taking them out. They come on a fork with two tunnels and split up. Tanar is attacked by giant ants but fortunately his giant ant-eater comes to the rescue. Dian finds the Mahar and is put under it’s hypnotic spell. The spell is broken when the ant-eater comes crashing through the ceiling. The Mahar is fleeing when a portal opens up and sucks it in. Dian and Tanar continue on to the surface and find Abby and Ethan there.

So this story picks up after the crossover series. We now find out what happened to Dian and Tanar. The action is quick and exciting. The issue has a minimum of dialogue and relies heavily on letting the images tell the story. We find out how the Mahar was teleported to the other worlds. It ends with them meeting Abby and Ethan which is also how Fear on Four Worlds story ended in the Moon Maid. Looking forward to see the further adventures in Pellucidar.

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THE MOON MAID #1

“Fear on Four Worlds Part II”
Writer: Christopher Mills
Artist: Gabriel Rearte

Abby and Ethan find themselves confronted by purple centaur like creatures demanding flesh. Fortunately they have the R-ray pistol from Amtor. Also the gravity is way lower than Earth and the two have super strength. They rescue the captive girl who is Nah-ee-lah, the daughter of the Jemadar of Laythe. She was on a trip with a hunter named Pal-dan using their artificial wings. Only they were ambushed by the Kalkars and she was separated and now lost. Nah-ee-lah tells of the history of Vah-nah the world they are on. She is interrupted by a snake creature that forces them to flee. Ethan and Nah-ee-lah fall into a pond. Then a octopus like fish attacks them and Ethan uses the R-ray pistol. Getting out they discover Abby was captured by the Va-gas the flesh eating centaurs. Tracking them to their camp they find Abby and Pal-dan captives. Only a Mahar is now in charge of the Va-gas. Ethan uses his strength to throw boulders and Nah-ee-lah the R-ray pistol to kill the Mahar. With Nah-ee-lah reunited with her companion they can resume the journey back to Laythe. Ethan and Abby find a portal and go through. They find themselves in Pellucidar and meet up with Dian. Just then a giant ant breaks through the ground.

So another Burrough’s world is added to the universe. I know that a Moon Maid series is coming out soon. This was one of Burrough’s more overlooked creation. I love that it stays true to his vision. A nice touch to explain them understanding the Moon language as having it similar to Caspak. The artwork was beautiful and I am looking forward to more stories set on this world.

CARSON OF VENUS #1

“Fear of Four Worlds Part I”
Writer: Christopher Mills
Artist: Cyrus Mesarcia

Abby decides to build two hang gliders and sail off the cliffs to their ship. So Abby and Ethan are the two that try this. Only they are attacked by a pteranodon and somehow disappear. They find themselves on Amtor or Venus. Fortunately they are rescued by Carson Napier and Ero Shan. The two are searching for their mates Nalte and Duare who were captured by Skor the leader of Morov. Skor is from the books and the one who has an army of undead zombies. Carson tells how him and Duare were flying in their plane when a storm forced them down. They found Ero Shan looking for his kidnapped mate. Later Skor’s zombies also kidnap Duare. Abby and Ethan agree to accompany Carson and Ero Shan.

So the group is ambushed by Skor’s zombies and Kazars. Kazars are like parrot dogs used for hunting. The group manages to drive off the attack and Nalte escapes. Skor still has Duare and escapes. So Carson continues his quest to rescue his mate as Abby and Ethan go back to where they first entered Amtor. They find a portal and go through and are now confronted by a beautiful woman under attack by centaur like creatures demanding flesh.

“Mars or Bust”
By James Kuhoric

An article on the new shared universes of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

So this is the first of the new shared universe concept. We are going to be introduced to the worlds of Venus, The Moon and Pellucidar as well as Caspak. I love the idea and the first with Carson was just excellent. The characters were so Burroughs like. They are always having to rescue their kidnapped mates and Carson seems to always be crashing somewhere. I love seeing these worlds finally getting the proper comic book treatment they deserve.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT PELLUCIDAR #3

“Terror from the Earth’s Core”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Jazz Dela Cuesta

Abby and Lys have escaped from the Germans and come on the rest of the group. Unfortunately they then find themselves surrounded by Coripies and giant ants. As this goes on Dian’s bonds are cut free by the Weiroo so she can rescue See-Ta. The Weiroo flies Dian to the little island so she can jump in and pull out See-Ta. Of course they both turn on the Weiroo and chop his head off. They then escape and find the group battling the Coripies and giant ants. Ahm and his tribe join the fight and save Bowen and company. They go to where the invasion army is coming out of the ground. Just then Tanar comes from the opening on a giant ant eater. Bowen notices the U-33 and shoots at it. Von Schoenvorts fires the deck gun which causes an avalanche that seals the entrance. Dian and Tanar escape in time to enter and go back to Pellucidar.

The final crossover story was an enjoyable and exciting story. There was almost nonstop action. Plenty of beautiful kickass women. It also established another Burrough’s world that American Mythology will add to their line. I look forward to more adventures in Caspak, Pellucidar and beyond.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT PELLUCIDAR #2

“Terror from the Earth’s Core”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Gene Magora

The head Weiroo is taunting Dian. Dian says she is almost sorry for the Weiroo because the Mahars plan to enslave them. Meanwhile See-Ta meets Ahm and the two hear the sounds of battle. They go to a Band-lu village that is being overrun by the Coripies and giant ants of the Mahar army. She tries to help but is captured. Now a fight ensues between the head Weiroo and Mahar over See-Ta. The Mahar beats the Weiroo’s ass and now the Weiroo thinks that Dian may have a point.

Lys and Abby are out getting water when they run into men from the U-33. Luckily the giant ants come and distract them long enough to escape. The U-33’s deck gun takes care of the ants. At a bay the Mahar are going to enact their feast by taking control of See-Ta’s mind and making her walk into the water. Unfortunately for the Mahar a saurion eats the Mahar. Dian promises to aid the Weiroo in destroying the Mahars if he will release her from her bonds. The Weiroo demands that Dian help him get See-Ta for himself.

So a lot is going on in the land of Caspak. Mahars with the albino Coripies and giant ants are rampaging through the land. The Weiroo have discovered they are not equal allies but servants. Throw in the Germans and their advanced weapons and you have a great set up for a free for all. I do enjoy seeing all these Burrough’s creations together and look forward to the conclusion.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT PELLUCIDAR #1

“Terror from the Earth’s Core”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Gene Magora

Abby and her companions are following the U-33 to make sure Von Schoenvorts does not sneak up on them. Suddenly giant ants break through the ground around them. Fortunately See-Ta comes to save them. After single-handedly killing one she leads the group back to Bowen and Lys. Here Abby admits that she is their great-great-great granddaughter from the future. Meanwhile the giant ants are being lead by some albino man creatures who are in turn lead by the Mahars. Dian the Beautiful is captive of the Mahars and used to communicate with the Weiroo. They start by attacking a Kro-lu village.

So a crossover between two of Burrough’s worlds. American Mythology has plans to link four of the worlds and Caspak is to be the nexus with its unique position outside time and space. That’s a cool idea. So for this we get such favorites as the Mahars and Weiroo. Also the giant ants and albino creatures are from a Pellucidar novel. So nice to finally see some of Burrough’s other creations getting some love. Will also be interesting to see how Abby’s presence affects the timeline.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #1 ANNUAL

“See-Ta the Savage”
Writer & Artist: Mike Wolfer

See-ta the outcast Ga-lu woman notices that the plains are dying. The smaller animals are eating all the grass. She comes on a Weiroo talking with a Sto-lu. She finds out that the Sto-lu under the directions of the Weiroo are destroying the eggs of the T-rex. This is causing the smaller animals to come from the mountains and overeat the grass. This is killing off the food that the Sto-lu eat which are the little horses. See-Ta confronts the Weiroo and finds out they want the T-rex gone so more Sto-lu can come up and produce Ga-lu females which are the only way the Weiroo can reproduce. A flashback revels that See-Ta was an offering for the Weiroo and the only female to resist. For this she was banished from her tribe.

So she exposes the Weiroo and gets the Sto-lu to revolt. Later a Mahar comes and tells her that they are behind the plot to eliminate the T-rex. Seems they are the only danger to their planned conquest of Caspak. A Sto-lu chops the Mahar’s head off. Thus the balance of Caspak is restored.

An interesting story. This one gives us some backstory to See-Ta and why she was banished by her tribe. A beautiful drawn issue with a minimum of words. Wolfer shows himself a talented artist as well as writer. The Weiroo look very much frightful creatures. The alliance with the Mahars is also revealed. I see he does take some liberties with the Mahars as others who have adapted them in comics. They are able to communicate telepathically with humans when Burroughs made it clear that they communicated through an unknown language beyond human understanding. An excellent story that gives more insight into Caspak.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #3

“Prisoners of Caspak”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Giancarlo Caracuzzo

Abby and the others manage to escape the pterodactyls at the plain of fire and meet up with See-ta and Ethan. At a cave the group plans their assault on the German’s camp. They use blood from a dinosaur and throw it at the U-33. This causes the saurians in the river to attack. Abby and her group manage to steal back the mini-subs. Only Von Schoenvorts fires a torpedo at them. It misses but closes off the underwater passage. So Abby and the survivors find a place to settle down.

The third was a quick story. Tyler finds out that they are from the future but still doesn’t know about Abby’s heritage. A story that I think moved too quickly but good news in that Caspak will continue. So leaves open more exciting adventures. Curious how this will affect the future.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #2

“Prisoners of Caspak”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Giancarlo Caracuzzo

Abby and the expedition have met her great-great-great grandparents Bowen Tyler and Lys La Rue. Bowen comes up with a plan to escape. Just then dinosaurs show up attracted to the triceratops corpse. The groups scatters with instructions to head west to the Plain of Fire. One gets eaten but the others make it. A Galu woman that was captive of Von Schoenvorts manages to jump off the sub and escape as it is attacked by a dinosaur. She meets up with Bradley. Von Schoenvorts takes the mini-submarines. Abby and her crew debate the ramifications of going back in time and decide not to tell Bowen and Lys that they are from the future. It ends with them being attacked by pterodactyls.

“Inside the Land That Time Forgot”
By Mike Wolfer

An article by the writer on his time as a kid in the seventies. He had to use the power of imagination with his friends in those primitive times. Brings back a lot of memories. Also includes his receipt for a cheese sandwich and a portfolio of alternate covers.

So this issue finds Abby and crew trying to survive the perils of Caspak. They also decide not to tell that they are from the future. My question is did they travel back in time or is Caspak an island that exists outside of time. An enjoyable series so far.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #1

“Prisoners of Caspak”
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Giancarlo Caracuzzo

Abby Tyler the great-great-great granddaughter of Bowen and Lys Tyler is now the head of the family business in 2015. She recruits the great-great-great grandson of Bradley to go on an expedition to find Caprona. Abby believes the island sank and has a ship with modern mini-subs to explore the ocean floor. Everyone is surprised that the island actually exists. All radio and satellite communications cease. So the expedition takes two mini-subs and goes exploring. They find the underwater tunnel and emerge in Caspak. They are startled by a triceratops and are further startled when a caveman jumps out urging them not to fire. Even more startled when the deck gun from the U-33 takes out the triceratops. On deck is Von Schoenvorts who greets Mr. Tyler.

“Inside the Land That Time Forgot”
By Mike Wolfer

An article by the writer on how he became a fan of the series at a young age. What he plans to do. Also a biography of everyone involved with the issue. At the end a sketchbook of the characters.

So a series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Caspak series. Only it is set in the modern world. With the ancestors of the original cast coming back. It also looks like they traveled back in time and are meeting their great-great-great grandparents. Wow what a concept. I am a fan of the series and am quite intrigued by this story. American Mythology has resurrected some of Burroughs lesser known worlds and I think its about time a comic explored these worlds. Looking forward to exploring what they have put out so far.