The first issue of this series opens where the movie ends. Years have passed since John Carter left Mars, and this first issue recounts his return. Rather than going into the story of how he was able to transport himself back to earth, writer Sam Humphries focuses on the story. Initially we see Carter adjusting to the gravity on Mars, a seen that will be very familiar to anyone who has seen the recently released Disney movie. However, the story moves quickly and the pacing picks up. Rather than dwelling on the story we saw in the film, Humphries pushes his own story forward within the first few pages of the issue, presenting the conflict (a missing Dejah) and the reunion of Carter and Tars.
Penciller Ramon Perez and colorist Jordie Bellaire make a fantastic team, too, delivering some really stunning artwork in this first issue. Following a slow start the pacing remains consistent throughout. The adversary we see at the end of the story is well presented and appears to be a formidable threat to Carter, and it's an interaction I'm interested in seeing flesh out.
If you've seen 'John Carter' the movie you might have noticed that Dejah is a character with the ability to defend herself, and that's one aspect of her character I really enjoyed. I hope that Dejah maintains that same spunk and independence we saw in the movie and that she won't be used merely as a plot device/damsel in distress.
Aside from that, the pacing wasn't the best towards the beginning, although it certainly did pick up after the start.
The first issue of this mini-series is perfect for those who may have seen the recently released Disney film and are seeking more John Carter. It's a fun book that tells an entertaining story and is complimented by some really beautiful art. I definitely recommend it to both readers who are unfamiliar with the character as well as those who saw the recent film. This is definitely a fun adventure and I look forward to seeing more.