Title: Dejah Thoris Vol. 4 #0
Words: Amy Chu
Art: Pasquale Qualano
Colors: Valentina Pinto
Letters: Thomas Napolitano
Publication Date: January 10, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “The untold story of the Red Martian princess! After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don’t go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian prisoner… A prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved book A Princess of Mars.
Burroughs’ original story depicting John Carter’s adventures on Barsoom was published over a hundred years ago and understandably has elements that don’t jibe with 21st Century sensibilities, but there are plenty of nuggets of greatness to salvage. While still scantily clad, Dejah Thoris, against the will of her father and grandfather, defies convention and seeks the truth to some of her civilizations oldest mysteries. To do so she must league with enemies and savages.
There is a balancing act to perform in keeping to the innate charm of the bombastic excesses from the source material while crafting a story that will enthrall a contemporary audience and Amy Chu succeeds in abundance.
Splashy and bold is what this epic land is supposed to look like. The world building and vastness of the Red Planet are rendered with all the magnificence that it deserves. There is the retro feel that adds to the mystique.
This modern take on a century old character is as fresh and vibrant as it needs to be while telling a tale with a legitimate classic feel. Both fans of the original and various incarnations since as well as the new audience will find a bold and entertaining Princess worth following.