John Carter: The End #3
“War, What is it Good For?”
It is time for John Carter to fight. In John Carter: The End #3, the once leader and champion of Mars must once again pick up his sword and lead. He is facing a much different enemy this time, his own blood line is causing death and destruction and must be stopped at all cost.
In Issue #2, John Carter meets up with the resistance and some old friends and now he leads them into battle. Dejah has been in the capital for some time now and is trying to figure out how her great, great grandson has turned into this ruthless leader. Causing the death of the native Martians and bringing them close to annihilation. It seems that her grandson is being influenced by “darker” forces within the higher ranking government departments.
Brian Wood and Alex Cox are scripting a very fleshed out well-woven story in this series. They have some great storytelling weaving in some of John Carters back story with these new events and having him once again stepping up to lead Mars. They are also doing some wonderful “political” intrigue by having the Carters great great grandson being influenced by this “dark council” and trying to figure out what the whole “end game” of their plan is. The story is just fantastic and really holds the book up.
I really love Hayden Sherman’s art and style. He has tremendous talent and his rough style is unique and makes his art distinguishable at first glance. Chris O’Halloran is also an exceptional colorist, but I am not sure these two styles are working well together. The art in this issue just seems a little too “muddled” and lacks detail in most of the pages and panels, in some pages the colors really do not match up with the lighting/scene layout and it is hard to tell what exactly is going on. Not all the work is bad, there are still some beautiful panels and Sherman still excels in more action oriented pages. This just seems a case of the the color artist and artist styles not really matching well. They are both great talents but may need some more refinement.
The story in this issue is exceptionally well done. It has great action and political intrigue that will have you guessing even after the final page, setting up the next issue perfectly. It is too bad the art does not follow such a great story. Sherman and O’Halloran are great talents but they do not mesh well in this series. There is not enough detail and the colors seem “off” in more than a few pages making the story somewhat hard to follow. It is not terrible and by no means should this deter either artist as this reviewer knows from other series both are very talented artists, their styles just are not sinking up. Even with the art hiccups John Carter: The End continues to be a superb story in the long line of John Carter mythos.
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