MARS ATTACKS #5

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Writer: Kyle Starks

Artist: Chris Schweizer

Spencer takes his dog and the captive Martian through the city. In the background the military is attacking a huge bug. They camp for the night and the Martian wants to eat the dog. Spencer says he is lucky that he doesn’t let the dog eat him. They arrive at Fort Woods and find it completely leveled. Just then the Martian jumps Spencer and tries to take his laser pistol. Only Spencer recovers and is about to shoot the Martian when these cylinders rise from the ground. Inside are the President and some soldiers. Spencer finds out his capture of the laser box and the Martian has helped the military plan for their attack on Mars. The President asks if Spencer would like to sign up and join the attack. He agrees and gives his dog to the President’s daughter to take care of. Later he is a soldier blasting off to Mars. Before an attack on a city he leaves the Alamo salt and pepper shakers on the ground in tribute to his father.

I liked the ending to this series. We get to see Spencer finally become a man that his father would be proud of. It had some nice artwork with large epic pages. The beginning has them casually walking through the ruined city as a battle is taking place in the background. There was some humor. At the end we see Earth fighting back. Don’t really know how they accomplished this but really don’t care. It was a good ending with a touching tribute to Spencer’s father the Major. This series is not as good as the Topps or IDW runs but it was a decent effort. I liked the characters and the story for the most part flowed smoothly.

MARS ATTACKS #4

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Writer: Kyle Starks

Artist: Chris Schweizer

Spencer, the Major and the dog continue to evade the Martians. The wheelbarrow wheel breaks and this forces them to seek shelter in a nearby building. They find it is inhabited by a guy with an assault rifle. The guy is a bit nuts and orders them out. He starts yelling which attracts the Martians who burn a hole in the wall. They kill the crazy guy as Spencer and the Major get away. The Major decides to stay behind to give time for Spencer to get away. He dies fighting the Martians. This gets Spencer angry and when the Martians exit the building, he sneaks up on one and cuts the cord on his helmet. He grabs up the Martian box gun and kills the others. Then destroys one of the giant robots. A Martian comes out of the building and surrenders. Now Spencer has his dog and a Martian prisoner in a very hostile world.

This was a very enjoyable issue. We have the Major sacrifice himself to save his son. We finally see Spencer start to take things serious and successfully fight back against the Martians. He is becoming the man his father always wanted him to be. A story that had a minimum of dialogue and told the story in pictures which I always appreciate. A story filled with drama and excitement. The series is really getting good.

MARS ATTACKS #3

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Writer: Kyle Starks

Artist: Chris Schweizer

Spencer and the Major have linked up with an Army unit. They are taking them to safety at Ft. Woods. The Major takes this time to tell everyone of what a disappointment his son is. Along the way a saucer comes by and unleashes giant flying bugs on the Army. A battle ensues with the Army coming out on the losing end. Spencer and the Major manage to avoid them. While doing this Spencer lets his father know what he feels about all the complaining. The two reconcile and have a heartwarming moment after escaping the Martians.

You know this issue was mostly one with Spencer and the Major talking about their feelings while trying to escape the Martians. I normally don’t like these type of issues but this one was actually pretty good. I thought the emotions between the two were realistic and this felt like real people that were family. We saw new insights into both characters and this was handled quite well. A good issue.

MARS ATTACKS #2

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Writer: Kyle Starks

Artist: Chris Schweizer

Spencer and the Major continue to try and avoid the Martians. Spencer pushes his dad along in a wheelbarrow. All the while hearing him complain about the choices Spencer made in life. They come on a small town filled with well armed militia. They call themselves the Earth Militia and seem very confident of their ability to take on the Martians. They after all have a bazooka. Spencer figures this might be a good place to stay. They are well armed and have burgers. The Major sees they have no chance and urges them to get out. The point becomes moot as the Martians arrive. The bazooka is useless and the death rays start to either freeze or disintegrate the residents. Spencer and the Major manage to get out and save a dog named Butthead.

Not really my favorite issue. They obviously have to make fun of rural Americans. Anyway the story did move quickly. They did manage to save the cute dog who can salute so in spite to the elitist attitude they pull off something positive.

MARS ATTACKS #1

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Writer: Kyle Starks

Artist: Chris Schweizer

Spencer Carbutt is visiting his dad at the nursing home. His father a former Marine major is a cantankerous old guy. Spencer is somewhat of a slacker and just quit his seventh job this year. Sadly Spencer faces disappointment as his dad is flat broke. They are interrupted by the doctor coming around and asking if they are interested in a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Naturally the two are shocked but soon find out that Martians have invaded and are destroying everything. Soon they will be there and many residents and staff are opting for suicide. Spencer and the Major decide to get out and head for the nearby military base. Only the Martians have come and already destroyed all the cars. So Spencer loads up his dad in a wheelbarrow and takes off. Meanwhile at the Presidential bunker we find out that the Martians seem unstoppable and are upsetting the President’s daughter.

Mars Attacks is one of those titles I loved from the nineties. The Topps series was awesome and the IDW one was equally awesome. Based on trading cards from the sixties they depict ruthless Martians destroying society. I was a little unsure about this incarnation. It seemed at first a bit too comedic instead of the serious straight way that the previous series were. The art looked cartoony and some of the humor is a bit hokey. Yet I found myself getting drawn into the story. I really like these two characters of Spencer and the major. They seem like real believable characters and I am already rooting for them to succeed. This series is off to a good start.