Comic Book Review: Dejah Thoris #2
The story continues for Dejah Thoris who quickly found out that the world outside the palace walls aren’t forgiving. Losing one of the scientific team so early on was one heck of a way to make a statement about the world they were stepping into, but to add the battle scarred Red Martian warrior Sajad Surma to the adventure was a plus. To say this secret mission will be an uphill battle is quite the understatement so far, so the only question now is what other dangers they will have to overcome along the way.
This first battle they had with the Great White Ape was the reality check this team needed. On one hand this was an opportunity to see how formidable Dejah Thoris can be in combat, though at the same time it was a reminder that not everyone else on this team is skilled in combat. Kind of made it questionable to lead a team where there was no one at all who was able to truly handle themselves in a fight. I was only a bit disappointed because there were a few things here and there that didn’t transition very well through the action. One thing happened, and then another thing happened, but there was a lack of focus to really make sense of everything going on. Moving past that battle, the exploration to follow was the right calm after the storm. Of course this was sped through quite a bit, but there is not too much time to spend sightseeing. Pacing is crucial which this creative team had a firm grasp of for the most part.
Through Sajad’s actions and perspective of this mission, it was easy to come to find him favorable. When you have these young characters full of vigor, it helps to have someone who has one foot on reality. Someone who knows what will get them where they need to go, and what will get them all killed. Some might call him cliche for his age, but this is a role that probably needed to be filled in you know the kind of person Dejah Thoris is. The Princess of Mars learns some hard leadership lessons after her deadly encounter with the white ape, though it was the bold words from Sajad which spoke volumes.
Through this second issue, I’m glad that events from the #0 issue are beginning to creep in. Considering the two different points in time I was worried that there would have been little to no relevance to that story. It’s a good thing to be proven wrong there as they are making the statement that everything matters in the long run. Especially when it comes to learning from the past to prepare for the challenges of the present/future. Who Dejah and company run into on their expedition was shocking for the position this person is now in in contrast to where he was before. There are plenty of questions to ask about what happened between the #0 issue and now and which is something to look forward to next issue.
As I pointed out above, the biggest problem that this issue faced artistically was that encounter with the Great White Ape. It could have been an exciting action sequence, but the art team fell through when it came to following one action into the next. With that said, the issue did everything else right in terms of exploration and intrigue. Despite Barsoom being a large dessert-like environment, there was much that does catch you off guard about their plant-life. What does still manage to grow here is unique. And speaking of unique, it was interesting to run into another one of these dangers. This one not being of the warned enemies beyond the palace walls. They were creative creatures, especially for what they could do that made them dangerous. There was a good balance between the humanoid elements and whatever else it was. That aside, it made a big difference to have the opportunity to see into another city that proved that not everything was desolate on this planet.
Where it was hard to say where this book was taking us after the events of the first issue, Dejah Thoris #2 has begun to put things into perspective and start building a story off of Dejah’s misadventures. She was bound to deal with some obstacles, and while one did disappoint in the beginning of the issue, the familiar face to follow was a great step forward.