John Carter The End #4
“The Old Man on the Ocean Floor”
After the battle in issue #3 John Carter was able to free the people enslaved by the new leading regime and build up his resistance into a formidable army. He has also found that this regime has weapons that specifically target the green Martians, this war crime strikes John Carter hard as it is his great, great grandson DenThorkar who is leading this new Imperial regime or is he? Dejah who has been in the capital with Den Thorkar for the past few issues makes a startling discovery, there are darker forces controlling this new leadership and Den Thorkar may not be Den Thorkar at all!
Brian Wood and Alex Cox continue a fantastic story in this issue of John Carter The End. They give a nice jump back in time not only to give us the back story of why John Carter sent Den Thorkar away and lied about his death to Dejah and about Den’s eventual return. Being not super familiar with the whole John Carter mythos I was a little confused on who this “Old Man on the Ocean Floor” was that John Carter goes to meet and receive vital information from, but Wood and Cox get the gist of it across to the reader as to not be totally lost on his significance to John Carter. The political story is still very intriguing and I am very much enjoying where the writers are taking this story.
Hayden Sherman art style feels like it fits a lot better in this issue than the previous one. There is really no action to speak of in this issue but Sherman does a fantastic job of dealing with all of the “shock” revelations that are revealed in this issue. The way he draws “the Man on the Ocean Floor” is beautifully done, he gives him such a worn out deathly look it is a very haunting image to see on the page. The script really plays to Shermans strengths his sketchy, rough style giving the characters a worn torn look and limiting the details of a massive battle and a huge city landscape gives Sherman a chance to focus on his characters and it makes his art that much better… Chris O’Halloran does a fantastic job on colors, he brings some wonderful bright blues, greens oranges and reds into this issue that really pop off the page. The one page where John Carter is receiving information from the man on the ocean floor is beautifully done by Sherman and O’Halloran, the bright colors matched with Sherman’s older John Carter is truly mesmerizing.
Issue #4 of John Carter The End continues to be a fantastic entry into Dynamites John Carter comic series. With great political intrigue and a mystery that keeps unfolding it will definitely have readers guessing until the end. The art team really picks up steam in this issue and does probably their best work of the series. Sherman does a great job of getting emotion out of his characters while O’Halloran shows off his coloring skills effectively using some more brighter tones that really shine off the pages.
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