WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #5

“The Future of Worlds”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Dean Kotz

Edgar Norman is killed by a Moonhead assassin. Tars Tarkas drives his swords into the assassin but it is too late for Edgar. So he is given a Barsoomian funeral which means he is thrown to a giant creature called Grazhoula. We later find out the Grazhoula lays energy eggs which power Helium. The Moonheads find out that all their people and base are now gone. So the leader decides they must kill John Carter if they hope to succeed. Carter and friends come up with a plan. They lure all the Moonheads into a cavern and use the Mars rover to generate an EMP blast. This knocks out all their weapons and the Moonheads surrender. So the Moonheads are rehabilitated by the Tharks to live on the surface in peace. John Carter and friends also find peace and live happily ever after.

Well the final issue sees Carter and friends successfully defeat the Moonheads. For some reason I found the ending unsatisfactory. It was just too easy. I think writers are getting lazy these days. They just sort of end everything in an easy way which isn’t very exciting. This was a great idea and I enjoyed how it went. Just could have used a better ending. Have some more conflict. More drama. Oh well, on to the next series.

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #4

“Back to Barsoom”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Dean Kotz

On Earth the Martian commander disintegrates the body of John Carter. The Moonheads congratulate themselves as their fleet goes through the portal back to Mars. Only John Carter has made it back to Barsoom. The first half of the Moonhead fleet vanishes. Carter finds his faithful calot Woola and his friends Edgar, Maave and Ramon in the stolen Moonhead craft. Just then the other half of the Moonhead fleet arrives and a battle begins. Luckily the fleet of Helium and Tars Tarkas comes to the rescue. Carter is reunited with Dejah Thoris and everything is looking good. Only the Moonheads have a spy that was cloaked in an invisibility shield. He shoots Dr. Norman.

OK so Carter is back on Barsoom with his Earth friends. He gets reunited with his love and friends. Everything is going good. Now I don’t necessarily understand what is going on. Apparently because of something Barsoom has been reset back to before the Moonheads destroyed it. Also why half their fleet just winks out of existence is a mystery to me. You just have to go with it. Still in spite of its flaws I like this series. It has fun characters and good artwork.

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.