Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Comics Review: "DIE!NAMITE Never Dies! Volume 3 #3"


STORY: Fred Van Lente
ART: Vincenzo Carratù and Jordi Perez
COLORS: Kike J. Diaz
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Tony Fleecs
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Tony Fleecs; Leirix Li; Lucio Parrillo; Arthur Suydam; Gracie the Cosplay Lass and Jim Donnelly (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2022)

Rated Teen+

“Mars Needs (Monster) Women”

DIE!namite is a series of zombie apocalypse comics from Dynamite Entertainment that utilizes some of the publisher's most popular characters and licensed properties.  The latest is DIE!namite Never Dies!  It is written by Fred Van Lente; drawn by Vincenzo Carratu; colored by Kike J. Diaz; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.  This time, Tarzan (John Clayton II, Viscount Greystoke) and Jane, his wife, join the cross-company zombie crossover.

As DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #3 (“Mars Needs (Monster) Women”) opens, Evil Sonja has an ethereal confrontation with Issus, the goddess of death of Barsoom (Mars).  She is life eternal, and circumstances have allowed her to project her power to Jasoom (Earth), and she wants to conquer both worlds.  Is this goddess right?  Will Sonja and her sword maiden friends end up her slaves?

Back on Earth, Vampirella, Evil Sonja, Pantha, and Jane seemingly have no way in which to travel to Mars in order to save Jane's husband, Tarzan.  Perhaps, Captain Future can change that, but everything with him has a price.

Meanwhile, back on Barsoom (Mars), Tarzan has joined Carthoris, Jedwar of Helium and son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris, and Thuvia, Princess of Jasoom.  The group travels to the city of Morbus, seeking the help of the “Master Mind of Mars,” Ras Thavas, which doesn't go so well...

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 #3.  It is only the sixth DIE!namite comic that I have read, although I've known of the series since it first began.

I didn't have much to say about the first two issues of DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3.  The series intrigues me, and I do like Tarzan.  Now, I find that writer Fred Van Lente has presented his best work of the series, so far.  There is a lot of humor here, which manages to give the shocking reveals a bit of extra edge, and the story moves briskly.

The art team of artist Vincenzo Carratu and Jordi Perez and colorist Kike J. Diaz are doing really good work depicting both sides of this sector of space.  Carratu and Perez also capture the weirdness and humor of Van Lente's script with some solid storytelling.  Diaz gives the story a quality that is ethereal, but still manages to capture the pulpy nature and origins of this series.

This third issue of DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3 delivers on the first two issues' potential.  I like this interplanetary fun, and I suspect some of you will, also, dear readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of DIE!namite will want DIE!namite Never Dies! Volume 3.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” May 2022, which features an interview with writer Jordan Clark.]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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