Sometimes you miss out on some comic creations when you just rely on Wednesday trips to the comic book shops for your weekly reads. This was almost the case with Image Comics’ Dogs of Mars. However, this week the trade paperback, collecting issues #1-4, will be available for all to read.
I got a sneak peak at the book this week and for fans, and new readers, it’s something to check out.The writing team of Johnny Zito, Tony Trov, and Christian Weiser came together to present an intriguing story of an internal struggle within military ranks and personal relationships played out by two characters fighting for their lives in the face of the loss of humanity. It is a messy battle and you can see where the lines are drawn on page one. While this may sound like something you have read before, I was struck by the fact that the two characters in focus, and at the helm of this Martian mission, were both female. The writers did a nice job of portraying two strong women without creating characters that amount to nothing more than men with boobs. Here’s the blurb about the book from Image:
Isolated on the farthest frontier of civilization, Nocturnal monsters stalk Captain Zoe and the crew of Mars Base Bowie. Lines are drawn and loyalties are tested as dissent grows within the ranks. Faced with mutiny, death and dishonor; Zoe must sacrifice her humanity if she hopes to survive.
Paul Maybury was then put to the task of creating the world of Mars and the Nocturnal monsters of the Red Planet. On first glance, it appears that Maybury has taken the setting of the Red Planet a bit too literally, however, as you delve deeper into the book you can see the artistic choices made to enhance the emotions of the story as it unfolds. You see, Dogs of Mars is not a black and white comic, and it is not a color comic either, it is black, white and various shades of red.
For faithful fans of the Dogs of Mars series, the trade paperback offers ten pages of additional material including characters sketches and full-page Guest Pin Ups. The book will be available on May 2, 2012 for the price of $15.99.