We have a creator's commentary today from artist Pasquale Qualano talking about Dejah Thoris #2 he did with Amy Chu that just hit shelves. It comes with covers by Mike McKone and Stephane Roux.
Dejah Thoris is on a secret mission to save her planet, but first she and the battle-scarred Red Martian warrior Sajad Surma must keep the scientific team ALIVE as they trek through dangerous deserts of Barsoom. The Princess of Mars learns some hard leadership lessons after a deadly encounter with a White Ape.
And now, the commentary from artist Pasquale Qualano!
Hello there! Welcome to Barsoom!
I love working on this series. I love Dejah Thoris, the fantastic world of Barsoom and its creatures. I was asked to create a new outfit for Dejah for this series, a battle suit!
In this new series, Dejah is about 20 years old. She is inquisitive and adventurous.
I am a big fan of John Carter of Mars and the Barsoom stories. Barsoom is a fantastic world draw for an artist. The technology is a perfect combination of sci-fi and classic fantasy.
I'm really happy as an artist to help bring this comic book to readers.
So, this second issue starts with a big panel of our heroes fighting against a White Apes! Amy allows me lots and lots of freedom to better express my art. I love working with Valentina, my great friend and collegue. I love her colors on my art.
Splash page! Amy needed me to draw a big crater. Dejah, Sajad and Kajas are small in comparison with the big hole.
Valentina has done a great job here showing the ambiance.
Dejah and Kajas study the big crater as Sajad watches over them.
A soldier is always alert and ready for action, but in the big panel Sajad was caught off guard!
Splash page! So, like I said, Amy allows me a lot of freedom to better express my art, and what better way than a splash page?
On this splash page, I drew the plant men around our heroes. I took the liberty of doing an upgrade on this Barsoom creature.
The plant men attack the Red Martians. I love to draw action sequences! Dejah and Kajas are in trouble. Is Sajad ready for a fight?
The Red Martians fight against the plant men, but the creatures are too numerous. Is Sajad prepared for such a vital match?
Sajad doesn't make it, unfortunately.
The plant men are distracted by a sound while they suck blood from Sajad.
The Green Martians are here!
The Tharks kill the plant men and they carry the Red Martians with them.
Amy writes to me: "The ship flies towards an ancient crumbling city." Finally I get to draw the Tharks' country!
The ship touches down in front of the Tharks,
Dejah and Kajas are prisoners. On this page, I had the opportunity to draw the ancient city of the Tharks I would like to add that I love to draw the Tharks.
On a big throne, welcoming the prisoners, we see … the Jeddak!
I hope you like what you see in this issue of Dejah Thoris.
In issue # 3 you will have a lot of surprises, questions, answers, adventure and fighting. Don't miss it!