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John Carter: A Princess of Mars

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Captain John Carter finds himself on a strange new world where he must fi ght for his very life - and for the heart of a princess! Edgar Rice Burroughs' legendary novels come to life in this action-packed, all-new re-envisioned adventure! Meet the Tharks, terrible warrior race of Mars! See Woola, the scariest guard dog you'll ever lay eyes upon! Gasp as John Carter battles ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Marvel (first published October 1st 2011)
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Stephen
Excellent re-telling of this Burroughs classic. Adore Andrade's artwork. Dynamic yet whimsical. Very unique. Highly recommended for the art alone.
David Brown
May 02, 2016 David Brown rated it did not like it
John Carter: A Princess of Mars collects all five issues of the graphic adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale of John Carter's first adventure to Mars. The literary merits of the original story are debatable, but it is certainly top notch escapism, and should have led to an adaptation that was just as enjoyable; however, this particular one widely misses the mark on all fronts.

Starting with the artwork, it is atrocious. The characters are drawn unrealistically grotesque style which d
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Badger
Feb 16, 2017 Badger rated it liked it
Interesting to read Sci-fi from 100 years ago, but pretty pulp-fictiony by today's standards.
Hugo
Feb 08, 2017 Hugo rated it really liked it
Langridge streamlines Burrough's plot, somehow making the simple pulp story disjointed and confusing, then compounds that by giving Carter (still in this adaptation a 19th century man) anachronistically contemporary dialogue. A very poor script, and a poor adaptation.

Four stars, however, go to Andrade's striking art: supple and lithe anatomy, striking alien landscapes and vistas, and faithfully strange aliens, complemented by Cho's exotic - if, at times, too dark - colouring.

(Read as single issu
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Mike
Oct 01, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
A comic adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's classic novel about John Carter, a former Confederate army officer who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars. While many of the events of the original novel are reproduced here, the tone is quite different.

In adapting the dialogue for the comic, the writer has chosen to modernize the language to such a degree that Carter is no longer recognizable as someone from the 19th century. Carter uses many verbal anachronisms throughout the story, star
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Jo Bennie
Sep 06, 2012 Jo Bennie rated it liked it
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This is a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Barsoom novel and I have to admit I haven't read the original, but the adapatation is well drawn and full of life.

John Carter is a prospector in the Arizona desert in the early days of America. He wakes up from being overcome by fumes while escaping men on horseback to find himself stranded on Mars, the prisoner of green many armed lizard like creatures who call themselves Tharks. He can understand them but they cannot understand
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Gossymotto
Jul 30, 2012 Gossymotto rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This must have been a fascinating story at the time it was first written. Quite an imagination for sure, but reading it now, although interesting, was kind f cliche now. I wouldn't say I knew the details of how the story would go but there was no guess work and figuring out that things were going to go John Carter's way and that there was no question that he would win every battle. Your were almost expected to just assume that as the reader. John Carter is a hero, a man's man, the perfect gentle ...more
Violetta
Apr 01, 2012 Violetta rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
At the expense of adding, say, 5 more pages, they could've gained a much fuller story arc. The illustration is not to my taste at all (it's reminiscent of the old MTV shows Alexander and Aeon Flux). The facial expressions are shallow and the prose for dialogue is choppy.

The graphic novelization follows Edgar Rice Burrough's first John Carter of Mars story, Princess of Mars, in which John is transported to Mars and becomes a prisoner of the Tharks. They come to respect him for his fighting abilit
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Karin
Oct 29, 2012 Karin rated it did not like it
I tried to listen to this book on tape during a road trip, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was partly the narrator? The story takes place on Mars so it has to establish and explain a completely different species, culture, environment, code of conduct, etc. A lot of stuff happened, but I honestly just didn't care about the fate of the Martians or John Carter or even the princess. I turned it off about 1/3 through the recording and chose to stare out the window at the Wyoming terrain ins ...more
Scott Erickson
Jul 21, 2013 Scott Erickson rated it really liked it
A strange, interesting story. It well encompasses the time, I think. The adventure, the fantasies of life beyond the Earth, and a pretty good example of the cliche gringo fantasy so well described here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iIkOi3srLo

I think it also has some subtle jibes at irrational political decisions, as well as not-so-subtle political commentary on Communism, which was just getting popular then. So there's some interesting things to find underneath the stereotypical and often times predi
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Jun 27, 2013 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it liked it
I will have to say that this is one of the few books that I liked the movie adaption more than the actual book. The book was still enjoyable but Disney’s interpretation I think was even better than the book. The writing style took a little time to get used to but once I was enthralled in the story it started feeling natural. Fun read with enough differences from the movie which I saw first to keep it interesting.
Matthew
This adaptation of the ERB title is OK but nothing more. The dialogue could be better done; leaving the 19th Century for something closer to SK8-r talk does not seem worthwhile. The art is truly sketchy and the coloring is muddy. (Plus the binding is AWFUL.) At least this is an all-ages adaptations, which does seem to lean closer to ERB's writing than do the Dynamite adaptations. Overall A Princess of Mars deserves a better graphic adaptation than this.
Diana
Aug 01, 2012 Diana rated it it was ok
As many have said, not my preferred style of illustration, very dark & muddy, proportions grossly exaggerated, so much so that it detracts from the story, which seemed to a be seriously abridged version, as the tale seemed to jump forward on several occasions. Most annoying was the background of John Carter's journal, a brown to beige ombré with black text that was near impossible to read in the dim light of my bedside table.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Sep 11, 2015 Gonzalo Oyanedel rated it liked it
Aprovechando su versión cinematográfica del 2012, la adaptación de la célebre novela que presenta Marvel busca enganchar a nuevos lectores mediante un relato (todavía) más simplificado y modernizado, donde los aciertos corren por el aspecto gráfico y ciertos retratos del elenco. Quizás recomendable para el público más joven o para el aficionado completista, pero lejos de hacer justicia al relato original.
Tracy
Apr 13, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok
The art is energetic, and dynamic (though many may find Filipe Andrade's style to be closer to caricature). The writing is fairly lacking. The dialog and pacing is so break-neck that I don't have a sense of any character's motivation. Nevertheless, the book had a few lovely moments in it, and I am intrigued enough to pick up the next volume. Or perhaps to read the original!
Charles
Feb 11, 2012 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not my favorite. The art seemed a bit dark and muddy for my tastes, and the faces and bodies were so distorted. Too, the dialogue that was put into Carter's mouth sounded like a modern teenage boy in too many ways. I'm sure younger readers might appreciate it but it was too much for this 53 year old reader who has been a longggg time fan of the John Carter tales.
Beth
Jul 14, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! While I read this book, I was constantly amazed by the fact that it was written at the beginning of the 20th Century, when very little was known of life on other planets and well before the idea of space travel was considered possible.

The language is a little archaic but beautiful and addictive.
Mike Thomas
Feb 25, 2012 Mike Thomas rated it it was amazing
A very good graphic novel, the artwork is good, not brilliant, but good. I like the way they made John Carter speak more modern than in the books, overall a great read, looking forward to the next graphic novel, called The World Of Mars, the official prequel to the upcoming film, John Carter.
Diz
Dec 24, 2014 Diz rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art is very stylized and is attractive. A good effort was made to abridge the story, and the result is a story with a quicker pace and with less self-narration, which makes it an easier read than the original. Worth picking up if you are a fan of classic science fantasy.
Casey
Apr 15, 2016 Casey added it
Pretty good book overall. I enjoyed the pace, wasn't slow by any means. Which is nice to see for an older book. Langridge provides a vivid landscape that's easy to picture and yet is surprising all the same.
Patricia
May 23, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this John Carter gn, too, but I didn't like the illustration style as much as the World of Mars gn, which is more realistic/heroic style. Still, if you are a John Carter fan, like sci fi action & intrigue, and/or Edgar Rice Burroughs, you must read this!
Kim
Sep 19, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
Quirky, but beautifully drawn. Yet the action seldom gets the punch it needs, nor the characters the spark they need. Langridges script is a decent yarn, but without the chatm of his better stuff. Still, entertaining.
Bekah Clermont
Apr 04, 2012 Bekah Clermont rated it really liked it
Simple and fun!
Matthew
Apr 21, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
Gorgeous art but a little thin on the adaptation of the story. Another issue worth of pages would have really helped open up the world a bit.
c wylie misselhorn
Mar 06, 2015 c wylie misselhorn rated it really liked it
This was a fun, classic save the princess tale... on Mars. The artwork was nice; heavy on the stylization.
Andres
Feb 06, 2015 Andres rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mala versión.
Ting
Mar 27, 2012 Ting rated it it was ok
The illustrations are kind of cool but the dialogue is lamentable.
Ned Leffingwell
May 25, 2012 Ned Leffingwell rated it it was ok
The story seemed too abridged and the artwork too busy.
Mike
Apr 29, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
A cool story about a man who is transported to Mars. I found it hard to believe it was written in the 1800's.
Susan
Dec 11, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
So this re-telling is pretty disjointed, but the original story is pure crack. Only not at all in a good or entertaining way.
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Roger Langridge has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning Muppet Show Comic Book (Boom! Studios) and Thor: The Mighty Avenger (Marvel Comics); other works of note include Marvel's Fin Fang Four, Fantagraphics' Zoot! and Art d'Ecco (in collaboration with his brother Andrew), and the NCS, Ignatz, Eisne ...more
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