WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #3

“Warlord of Earth”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Dean Kotz

The Martians continue there reign of destruction. Some are curious about society and get out of their machines to investigate. This is when they are most vulnerable. At Judy’s Diner near the Navajo Nation Edgar and friends have taken John Carter to get some food. He doesn’t remember anything about these strange Martians. Luckily there is a guy at the diner who hypnotizes people. He puts Carter under. Thus he remembers that the Homad Pew Mogel was experimenting with new life forms. They turned out to grow up violent and ran away. They came back a year later with machines and started to destroy Barsoom. John remembers how Dejah blew up Helium and then John finds himself back on Earth.

Maeve comes up with the theory that if John goes back to Mars like he did last time than his reality will set itself back. On the TV they hear the military has used electromagnetic generators to destroy the Martian saucers. With out their saucers they are very vulnerable to attack. John Carter decides to lure them back to Mars. He takes a captured saucer and attacks. The Moonheads are terrified of John Carter. Than John settles in to breathe the gas that will transport him to Barsoom. Edgar, Ramon and Maeve go through the portal in the captured saucer. As John gets ready to go into his coma the Moonheads find him.

OK there is a lot of stuff happening in this issue. First is some more gobbledygook on how to bring back Barsoom. You just have to go with it for it advances the plot. We get an origin of the Moonheads and it is based on a valid ERB creation from the books. I love to see the writer know his stuff. Some humorous moments that sees John Carter in a Hawaiian shirt and getting real woke about diversity and hashbrowns. A stripper’s swinging kick take out some Martian glass helmets. The Amish going on the offensive. A fair amount of humor. Ends with a cliffhanger. An enjoyable story so far.

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #2

“The Lost Hero”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Dean Kotz

The Martians have spread all over America. They have saucers, tanks, dune buggies, submarines, underground drills and giant walking robots. News is sporadic as news helicopters are shot down so most info comes from social media. Some humans are captured for study. Their leader examines some of them which include a bitchy Karen, some stoners and a CEO. We learn that the Martians exist to destroy and are excited at the prospect of destroying seven billion humans.

Edgar Norman with his kidnapped colleagues Maeve and Ramon continue to Arizona. Norman explains that he is the great-great-grandson to Edgar Rice Burroughs. He takes the group to the cave in Arizona where John Carter’s body is located. The mist in the cavern has properties that have preserved it. With the gold from the mine his family has studied John Carter. The lander on Mars was supposed to open up the dimension where Barsoom is located. Only instead it found the strange Martians. A portal Norman build is being used by them to come to Earth. Some come through and are about to kill the group. Luckily John Carter has awakened and takes out the Martians. He finds out Norman is his family and the year is 2019.

So this issue we get some needed exposition on how Norman knows about John Carter. How Barsoom can exist where there is a dead planet. We get some introduction to the Martians. No real origin yet but we find out the Martians exist to destroy. The Martians are handled more satirically than the more serious way I remember them from the old Topps comics in the nineties. The various captive humans are ones I would gladly disintegrate with a ray gun. So far it seems to work for this story. John Carter is portrayed correctly. The story so far intrigues me and I do want to find out more.

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #1

“Mysteries of Mars”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Dean Kotz

Helium is under attack by the Moonheads. Strange creatures in flying saucers are breaking through the defenses. They have already destroyed the atmosphere plant so Barsoom is doomed. John Carter continues to fight his way to his princess Dejah Thoris. He links up with Tars Tarkas whose green warriors are also doing a good job of piling up dead Moonheads. Dejah Thoris tells John that she is going to explode the engines that power Helium. She is going to take as much of the Moonheads out as she can. She also hopes that John Carter makes it back to his world.

Jump to the present and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena. They have just successfully landed a probe on Mars. The technicians are surprised to find two of the Moonheads as they approach the probe and destroy it. Soon after an endless number of Martian saucers are coming out of nowhere from Arizona. They attack without mercy. Three people from the JPL manage to escape in a convertible. One Dr. Edgar Norman pulls a pistol and forces the car to go to Arizona.

So this is another wild crossover they decided to do. Two different Martians are united. I always loved both series so combining the two was something I was very interested in checking out. So far I love the series. From the opening with the battle at Helium we get a typical John Carter story. Then its somewhat of a typical Mars Attack as the evil Martians cause death and destruction on the unsuspecting Earthlings. Dr. Norman a taciturn man who seems to know of John Carter’s resting place in Arizona. He has some connection to John Carter. The other two that accompany him are a good complement. A beautiful female technician and some slacker guy who was at the JPL because his friend won a prize. Definitely a good start to an good idea.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #5

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Edu Menna

The Okaati have arrived at Gehenna prime a desolate planet to deliver the Human fleet to the Cylons. It looks grim for the Humans. Baltar starts to deliver the Tylium but quickly turns on the Okaati. The Comitat have arrived and it looks like they are delivering the Galactica. Yet it soon becomes clear that the Galactica and Comitat are allies and attack the Cylons. They defeat the army on the planet then the Basestars. Baltar is forced to flee with Lucifer. With the Okaati defeated Adama as the current leader of the Comitat can decide their fate. He proposes that the Okaati settle on the Kiernu’s world. Since the Cylons destroyed them it is abandoned and perfect to settle on. The Comitat will watch over the Okaati and the Humans will continue on in the search for Earth.

The final issue was a very satisfying end. The Cylons were defeated and Baltar escapes to scheme again. You can’t get rid of your perfect villains. The Okaati are defeated but get a chance at redemption with the chance to settle on the Kiernu’s world. I really enjoyed this series. It had the feel of the old TV series. All the characters felt just right. Clearly the writer had a love for the series and crafted an enjoyable story. I’d love to see more Galactica from him.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #4

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artists: Edu Menna & Daniel Hdr

The fleet has been taken by the Okaati. They plan to trade it to the Cylons for fuel. As Adama tries to find where they are taking the fleet the Comitat arrive. They demand that Adama stand trial for helping the Okaati. So he goes over and finds out the real story behind the Okaati. They were a race that destroyed their planet and started attacking others. So these victims banded together to stop them. The Comitat are open to anyone who was a victim of the Okaati with those the most current allowed to lead them. Just then Baltar sends a message and offers to exterminate the Okaati in exchange for the Galactica. The Comitat refuse for they are not murderers. So Adama joins the Comitat and accepts the chair. Now the Galactica and Comitat are united against the Cylons.

Well the story is taking some interesting turns. Now we find out the true nature of the Okaati. Also that the Comitat are very fair and not out to destroy them but just bring them to justice. Adama has control of the Comitat and leads them to a confrontation with the Cylons and Okaati. Looking forward to the grand finale.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #3

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Daniel Hdr

The Okaati plan to use their ships as booster rockets for the Human fleet works perfectly. So perfectly that the Council of Twelve authorizes all the ships of the fleet to be so joined. The Humans get further bad news when a broadcast from Baltar announces that the Cylons have joined with the Comitat to hunt down both fleets. Apollo has been captured by the Comitat and is being taken to their leader. As the fleet celebrates their success at joining the ships the Okaati then implement their plan. They take all the ships and leave the Galactica alone. The Okaati were in alliance with the Cylons. It was all a plan for the Okaati to get fuel from the Cylons in exchange for delivering the Human ships.

Well this was an interesting development. So the Okaati are not the good guys they claimed to be. In fact they were from the start in league with Baltar. Now the Galactica finds itself alone with its fleet being delivered to the Cylons. It looks dark for the fate of the Human race. Yet the Comitat may not be the villains that they initially thought. Should be interesting to see how this story develops.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #2

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Daniel Hdr

The Comitat are meeting with Baltar on a Cylon starbase. Baltar wants the Comitat to not attack the combined fleets of the Okaati and Humans. The Comitat refuse and threaten the Cylons if they interfere. Meanwhile a combined Human/Okaati force attack a Cylon fuel dump. They succeed and both fleets have plenty of fuel. The Okaati then propose that the Okaati ships join with the human ships so that the Okaati ships can be used as boosters to propel the slower human ships along. Adama is open to the idea and has Jolly continue to study it. Apollo has some doubts about the alliance. When a technician salvages a homing device from the Comitat drone he has it mounted on his Viper and takes off to find the Comitat. He does and their ship is huge.

So far the alliance between the two people seems to be working out. The humans now have more consumer products due to the Okaati fleet. The Cylons and Comitat aren’t forming an alliance. Interesting why Baltar doesn’t want the Comitat to attack. Yet there does seem to be something off. When the Okaati propose raiding another race and Adama refuses they come up with the proposal being a test. That does seem a bit phony. Apollo at the end meets up with the Comitat and maybe next issue we get some more answers.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Daniel Hdr

The Kiernu are being eradicated by the Cylons. Their crime was not trying hard enough to stop the Galactica. Adama is surprised when a huge fleet of Okaati are escorted to them by Apollo. A meeting with the leader and they find out the story of the Okaati. They have been fleeing the Comitat for millennia. The Comitat are slavers and just then a destroyer arrives. The Galactica sides with the Okaati and drives the ship off. Apollo proposes an alliance but Adama doesn’t think that its a good idea. He does change his mind when he finds out what happened to the Kiernu. At the end the Comitat are approached by a Cylon basestar and its commander Baltar. He proposes an alliance.

“We Were Those Who Believed…A Fortieth Anniversary Remininscence”
By John Jackson Miller

The writer tells about his experience with the premier back in 1978 and why he fell in love with the show.

Hard to believe forty years have passed. I remember being a kid and watching that premier. I loved the show too and was disappointed to see it cancelled. So this second season is starting off strong. The Galactica are united with this other race of refugees. So they have allies but also pick up a new and powerful enemy. An enemy that is allying themselves with the Cylons. The writer gets this series and all the characters feel just like they were on the TV show. This is definitely an enjoyable series.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #0

“Untitled”
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Daniel Hdr

The Galactica is traversing the territory of the alien Kiernu. The Kiernu had denied entry to their territory but the fleet doesn’t have the fuel to go around. Apollo, Starbuck and Boomer are leading the Kiernu ships away from the fleet. They succeed and the fleet leaves the alien’s territory. The Viper squadron going back gets a distress call. They find a ship being pursuit by Cylons. Naturally they destroy them and find the aliens are Okaati. This race also has a fleet and are fleeing some unknown race called the Comitat. The Okaati have all their ships armed and Apollo think that an alliance could be beneficial.

“Color Character Renderings”
Artist: Daniel Hdr

Color sketches of a Cylon, Starbuck and two of the Okaati characters.

So in 2018 for the fortieth anniversary of the original series (Wow time has gone by) Dynamite released this series. Supposed to be a second season. So far this zero issue was an introduction at a cheap price to the series. I enjoyed the set up so far. This new races have some interesting potential. It also seems very respectful of the original series and has a feel of the classical series. Looking forward to reading this.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS VS THE BIONIC WOMAN #4

“Untitled”
Writer: Cameron DeOrdio
Artist: Soo Lee

Jamie Sommers visits Oscar Goldman as he works out. The two spar while Jaime finds out what he knows about the Adrenalizine. Later the angels are discussing how they can break into the safe even after Jaime gave them her key. A knock at the door reveals Jaime with a plan to do just that. So she sneaks the angels into Naris in the trunk of her car. Then sets up a security checkpoint to replace Oscar’s keys with phony ones. Then they go and try to open the vault and guess at the password. Only Oscar noticed the theft and comes there and takes Andrenalizine to fight Jaime. Yet Jaime manages to convince Oscar to help her. He does and they get the formula.

Well this had to be the lamest comic I ever read. What a dumb story. Just a lot of moralizing and talking and not much else happening. This the second time Dynamite messed up a crossover series. I hope they aren’t going to make a habit of this. So I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.