Review: John Carter: The End

In Comic Books, Dynamite by Beyond The Geek3 Comments

It never occurred to me that John Carter and Batman would have much in common, but I hadn’t read John Carter The End yet…

I’ll explain…

Brian Wood and Alex Cox’s narrative finds John Carter and his love, Dejah Thoris living in peaceful exile on the planet Titan. Carter and Thoris are far removed from their run on Mars. They are old, and broken. They are just trying to live the remainder of they’re days in peace. Unfortunately for them, they won’t know peace…

A band from Mars descends upon them, and requests they return to Mars because it is “dying”, and it’s death is because of the actions of Carter. Carter and Thoris are reluctantly persuaded to return…

There’s a huge spoiler here and I’m not going to spill it…

This spoiler and the return to Mars is where John Carter felt like Bruce Wayne to me, specifically in the Frank Miller’s Dark Knight. Maybe it’s just the age, but there’s more than that. Like Batman, the thought creeps in that maybe in some strange way he’s responsible for all the chaos. It’s a chicken/egg problem…which came first the hero or the villain. Another similarity is Carter’s distance to Dejah, like the Dark Knight who detaches himself from almost everyone close and even while teaming with alias he knows he really is alone in the fight.

Wood and Cox’s script is weighted and suggests we’re headed for an epic showdown, one that Carter might not survive. While the story moves quickly, artist Hayden Sherman’s panels allows the reader to speculate and imagine the thoughts and feelings behinds Wood and Cox’s words. Sherman’s lines are unique to say the least; gritty but technical.

I’ve always enjoyed Carter’s exploits across Mars, its great escapism, but John Carter: The End is a bold new chapter the legendary charter.

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