Just picked up Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 another good part to the story arc. I thought this installment of the story set the right pace, with a few surprises in the right spot. Let's see more of Martian technology.
Rafael's art is seems to fluctuate...good in moments (Xen Brega kneeling or when he enters the door) then acceptable (Dejah playing with Joktai) to awkward (when Dejah first questions "the speaker"). I would have thought a splash page of Dejah Thoris firing her sword would have been better than a large panel.
The portrayal of Dejah Thoris makes her a perfect match for the Warlord. She is beautiful, refined, and majestic as a princess but also a woman of action and a leader! I am glad she is not portrayed as a clone of Red Sonja.
Phondari provides a good contrast to Dejah Thoris. While beautiful too, she is arrogant and greedy, caring only for herself.
And what a great villian Xen Brega makes...he is nothing but a foul calot! I hope to see more of him! Maybe JC could meet him in Warriors of Mars?