Story: Dan Abnett
Art: Vasco Georgiev
Colors: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: Simon Bowland
What They Say:
“Secrets Of The End Winter” A new jumping on point for the new hit series by DAN ABNETT (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Aquaman) and VASCO GEORGIEV (Xena)! Dejah senses a great loss in her family, but there is no time to mourn. For a storm is coming…an awful, horrible storm…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With Dan Abnett playing much later in the life-cycle of the Dejah Thoris character than we usually see, there’s a lot to like in the dynamic that it presents with the cast at hand. Even if we’re killing off a lot of them in order to streamline things. Abnett’s scripts keep things moving at a good pace while taking the right amount of time to catch your breath and work through some of the character interactions and understanding. Vasco Georgiev does a great job of working that visually so that we get the scale of events where we need it but also the personal impact of much of what’s going on, such as with Llana and Thuvia as the storyline progresses.
Thuvia’s storyline is the shorter of the two here but I like what we get from it as she’s thrown far from Ptarth after it was destroyed in the explosion with jeweled-mask killers there. A lot of wisdom and experience was lost there with the grandsires and others killed and Thuvia is in shock as she just stumbles away from the ruins of the city. It puts her in an interesting place as she eventually comes across some Warhoons and has to figure out how to get past that, knowing that they will not be her death. It’s not a huge sequence but it reinforces with her that she’s trying to find the right way to communicate with others – even like this with the Warhoon – but the struggle is real with it.
There’s more going on with Dejah, Llana, and Kantos as they barely manage to survive crashing their ship and finding some shelter from the storm that allowed them to escape their pursuers. The two women, however, suffered psychically from the attack on Ptarth and you have Llana struggling with it while Dejah just becomes more intense on her course of action. It’s this that makes me love Dejah because as Llana’s life is now facing real risk, she’s questioning what’s going on and the right path. Dejah, on the other hand, tells her that she’s faced worse than this and has survived it and knows what they need to do. There’s that kind of seriousness to her in the belief that she knows the right path instantly that I like because it speaks to her experience. Kantos is kind of wary and Llana is along for the ride, which has them facing a few problems before they can begin to exact their revenge. As Dejah puts it in reference to John Carter, her new opponents have poked the bear. She was content to have her extended family leave all of that alone but he viewed them as a threat and is taking them out through all sorts of means.
There’s plenty to like here as the story is kept a bit slimmer with just two of the subplots. It doesn’t hurt that a lot of characters were killed in the last issue, which makes things move more smoothly here. I like the focus that we get from both of the stories and am eager to see how Thuvia really pulls herself back together to be a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, Dejah educating Llana a bit was welcome and watching as Kantos tries to nudge things into a bit of reasonable placement is a delight. It’s a very solid book with good action, movement all around, and some very fun visuals. I can’t wait to see more of this storyline.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: March 11th, 2020