Within the first issue, Abnett gives us a look into Dejah’s world and the new ruler of her families lands. Within this, we’re set up with Dejah’s relatives, daughter and a plan to kill off her family.
Now that plans have been set in motion, this issue delivers two invasions; the invasion of the factory and the invasion of Tara’s sister-in-law’s city. This results in a massive escalation of the plot and fills have the issue with fun action sequences.
One of the best moments spawning from this was when Llana arrives to save Dejah and lifts the beasts by herself and slaughters them with her immense strength. That part was funny, and reminded me of early RWBY episodes with Nora, as she showcased her strength, but had a different kind of upbeat personality. Seeing Llana with that demeanor made for a humorous and fun few panels.
Another aspect of this issue I enjoyed was the ending, when Thuvia’s city is attacked by assailants that look like golems, with an opalescent armor. The colors on these villains looks amazing, and the eggshell style by Dearbhla Kelly looked beautiful. Kelly also delivered on creating two different settings by giving us the dessert of Mars for Tara and Thuvia, and the factory colors. Within the factory, we have red and blacks, colors that are usually used to represent strength and power. This color scheme could also be interpreted as a representation of Kurz, since he has control of the factory and his goals are to retain power as long as he can. Whereas the dessert and sandier tones of Thuvias palace create a place of less luxury, and a simpler group. This stark difference makes for a nice clash between the two settings.
While Abnett’s story and Kelly’s art helped to bring the whole issue together, this wasn’t without faults. The story progression did resolve Dejah’s plan in the factory, to an extent, and we got results from Tara warning Thuvia, but the lack of plot to the Dejah themes made for a weaker half of the issue. Duing the Tara focused instances, we were given character developments and attachments, due to the introduction of new characters. Meanwhile in Dejah’s case, we only saw her running away and trying to survive, she didn’t get anywhere closer to the results she wanted, only closer to escaping the trap. Another element of this issue was a lack of the martians or Kurz from issue one. Instead we just got a focus on a few characters. This made for a more streamlined issue, and yet the Dejah storyline still felt lacking in terms of her finding out something new. All Dejah learned was that she’d been set-up and Kurz has no intention of letting her live, despite their previous interactions.
While it’s being very specific as to what I wasn’t as fond of, it’s because the majority of this issue was hard to fault. The bulk of it felt germane, the dialogue was fresh and humorous and seeing each character get more depth, even the new characters, was refreshing. I greatly enjoyed the majority of this issue, and Dejah Thoris remains one of the most consistently good series at Dynamite with no slow, filler issues yet.