In Review: Mars Attacks #7

The covers: Artist John McCrea and colorist Andrew Elder have created a 1960′s awesomely quirky cover comprised of 24 squares that show a man running, a saucer producing a laser that’s wrecking some buildings, a gun barrel, a dog, and a frightening Martian. Great! Cover RI is by Dan Brereton showing a powerful Martian among the ruins of a city, holding his weapon in one hand and a soldier’s head in the other. Wow! Fantastic! This image was also the trading card 18A, that was included with the McCrea cover I bought. Overall grades: A+

The story: From the inside cover: “After a disastrous recon mission in 1962, Martian scout Zar has returned to Earth a half-century later as a general with an invasion force in tow, the likes of which have never been seen by humanity…” We get to see this invasion in action on Page 1, but by Page 2 a new group has appeared and is taking out the Martians–the mob! They’re on the scene looking for Ray “the Rat” Delvechio. Ray is busy trying to survive in Tortilla Flats, where he encounters two people from last issue. This issue’s focus is on Ray and he is very different from other characters seen in this series. His goal is simple, yet it could change the planet. He’s a great addition to the cast. Is there any Martian action, you ask? You bet’cha! Pages 8, 9, 13 – 15, and the cliffhanger last page. John Layman should write this book forever! Overall grade: A+

The art: Carnage and comedy co-exist in this comic crisply crafted by John McCrea. Lest you think the Martians are just giggles, go to Page 8, 9, and 13. My favorite image in this issue is Page 8, panel five–I love the pose of the Martian! Equally well done are the mobsters, especially James who reminded me of a character from Pulp Fiction. The trading card images that continue to run through this issue made me impatient for their eventual release. The final page is gorgeous and the teaser for next issue ranks with the best of 2000 A.D. covers, in the original newsprint, for being so twisted and funny. Overall grade: A+

The colors: A wide variety of colors make this book brilliantly vivid. Andrew Elder has got the perfect handle on brights for fire and energy weapons, blue for ice, tans for flashbacks, and red for the deaths that occur. Wonderful! Overall grade: A+

The letters: John Layman also provides the dialogue, narration, and sound effects, with the latter being stunning! Aside from my continual love of the untranslatable Martian speak, I loved “FRZZZZT” in this issue. Overall grade: A+

The final line: This is a monthly high point for all comics published. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+

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