Saturday, December 14, 2013

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #33


No clever opening, just a review.

When a tribute from Hastor arrives in Helium, the residents turn out. Unknown to them, the gift-a statute of Dejah Thoris-is actually a bomb that injures and kills several. When Dejah recovers she suspects this attack was orchestrated by her estranged brother Kajak Thoris. Doing some investigative work along with Kantos Kan and scientist Syl Mak, Dejah discovers that the material that the statue was made from came from Helium's own ersite deposit in the Toonolian Marshes. Taking off under cover Dejah goes to the Marshes to find her vengeance crazed brother, who is waiting for her...

With this issue we return back to the whole "lost brother" subplot that had been explored earlier and well I can't say I'm too overjoyed about it. Part of it is the idea of just adding a brother and some back story about him being stolen and raised as a slave then suddenly seeking revenge against his sister. Part of it may be just in this issue Dejah's pursuit of justice suddenly has her taking things too far, especially in an interrogation scene that smacks less of the woman readers of Burroughs would know. On the plus side the investigation scenes are handled well and the build up is nice but like the Machine Men I get the feeling I'll be happy when this one moves on.

I'll give the usual fine marks for the artwork, again handled by Debora Carita, who is doing a good job of alternating with Carlos Rafael's work. It's nice vibrant and she is capturing the characters and action well.

Not much left to say here. Until next time folks.

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