John Carter: The World of Mars
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John Carter: The World of Mars

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This is a graphic novel prequel to the new Disney film, John Carter of Mars.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Marvel
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I'm a long time fan of the books, but I wasn't expecting this to match up with them exactly. It's a prequel for the upcoming movie adaptation, giving us background on what John Carter's allies (and enemies) were up to before he arrived on the planet.

The art is great, and I feel like they got at the spirit of the characters fairly well. The details from Burroughs that were changed were interesting.

My only real disappointment was a line that put partial responsibility on Dejah Thoris for the resul...more
I liked the drawing style, but the story didn't *quite* fit in with what I'd gained about the culture on Mars from reading the first three John Carter books (A Princess of Mars, Gods of Mars, Warlord of Mars). The Warhoons came off more as gangsters (violent but with soft spots for their mates) and the Tharks as guys who like to fight but are basically friendly. I thought the ending was a bit confusing, too. Probably best to just wait for the movie (which, from the trailers, looks like it's goin...more
As opposed to Marvel Comics' rather slip-shod adaptions of the books, this was somewhat more pleasant to read...and it's likely due to Peter David's excellent writing capabilities. Because this is set in the world of the upcoming movie...there are definite world differences from Disney's Mars and Burroughs' Mars. This is worth the read if you plan to see the movie or are a fan of the classic books...but I heavily advise staying away from Marvel's own adaptions of Burroughs' books--if you want to...more
I read the original Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter/Mars series in the 1980s & was excited to see a movie being released & some gn adaptations this year. You have to remember how long ago this series was written & times have changed a lot but these stories are timeless. I haven't seen the movie yet but I like this gn very much. There is on other gn released so far. I hope they adapt the whole series- it's a lot of action & fun!
Mike Thomas
This is a great graphic novel, the story is nothing to do with the books, as it is the prequel to the upcoming film, but it is a very good story, with good characterisation. The artwork is much better than in the princess of mars, but that is because its drawn in the style of the film. Looking forward to the film, this graphic novel is excellent, worth a read.....
In contrast to the other graphic novel I just read, "John Carter: A Princess of Mars," this one had very clear, clean art, and a good solid story. Even though it was a "new" story, not a retelling of anything by ERB, I thought it fit the tone of ERB's work pretty well and captured the sense of the John Carter stories.
If you're a fan of the books and particularly the film, then this is worth a read. You'll get to follow some events leading up to the film and spend a bit more time with some of the characters. The humour and art are both great however it's very short and ultimately a bit superficial and superfluous. Nonetheless I enjoyed it.
Sachin Dev
More of a hack job to gobble up the pre release publicity popularity wave of the more successful Disney movie franchise.
You are better off sticking to the delightfully original set of novellas about Barsoom by Edgar rise Burroughs.
Victor Orozco
An okay story. Nice artwork could have been better. Interesting premise in finding out how Sab Than became Jeddak. C+
Peter David writes exposition! Also, pictures!
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