REVIEW: Mars Attacks! #2

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Mars Attacks! #2

Mars Attacks! is an ongoing series set in the world of the Martian invasion from the Tim Burton film of the same name. Last issue, Spencer, a guy who hasn’t done much to his life, visits his veteran and hard-nosed father to borrow some cash. But instead of just some father-son-bickering, the two are running for their lives from the Martian space rays. Published by Dynamite and written by Kyle Starks, with art from Chris Schweizer and colors from Liz Trice Schweizer, Mars Attacks #2 picks up with the two runnings away.

Pushing his dad in a wheel burrow the two come across the newly formed Earth Militia — granted these men have been waiting for this moment to use all their guns for a long while. As the two debate staying with the armed men in their comfortable town, the classic big-brained and glass-covered Martians arrive, leaving the pair to decide to do what’s right, and not what’s easy.

The writing in Mars Attacks #2 is extremely accessible to all audiences but cartoon violence definitely makes this a teen book. As a huge fan of the cult classic that the series is named after, I was a little apprehensive about picking this up — which has kept me from picking up other comic series that have come out focussed on the Mars Attacks world before.

Would it capture the vibrancy of the Martians and world and keep the camp dialed to 11? In short, it was yes to both and I’m glad I opened the pages. The cover art from Erica Henderson was more than the perfect way to lure fans like myself. Sporting four variant covers and a subscription cover alternate, I can see any sci-fi or camp fan picking this up.

Mars Attacks! #2

In addition to the fangirls and boys like me, looking at the Martian apocalypse through the eyes of Spencer and his pops offers a great familial relationship of polar opposites that have readers relating to the two. The dialogue is witty and the roundabout reference to Spongebob Squarepants and the gun fetish of the militia made me giggle.

Overall, Mars Attacks #2’s art is phenomenal. In my opinion, the simplistic style, bright colors, and specifically the bits of everything and everyone being zapped captures a lighthearted gore that is difficult to achieve. Who knew a cow running on fire with its insides exposed would actually be kind of cute and the “Moooo” accompanying it made me smile. I’m also a horror fan and live for this kind of imagery so the art from Schweizer is 100 percent for me. The lettering of the onomatopoeias was a standout to me. It seems like a small point, but the creative use of the words in the background like”BZRP” gave an even more vibrant layer to the already eye-catching art of the story.

Unfortunately, I think the cover prepared me for more Martians up close and personal with Spencer and his father, of which there was little. Granted two of the alternates featured more humans on the covers and had the Martians as secondary, and let’s face it, the cover is what made me want to read this. Overall the I’m looking forward to issue number three and need to see where the pair run to next.

Mars Attacks #2’s story is simple and straightforward and I’m a sucker for any sort of inclusion of puppies in comics. Especially when they’re good boys like Butthead is, even if the Earth Militia aren’t as in love with him as me or Spencer’s Pops was.

 

Mars Attacks! #2
4.5

TL;DR

Mars Attacks #2’s story is simple and straightforward and I’m a sucker for any sort of inclusion of puppies in comics. Especially when they’re good boys like Butthead is, even if the Earth Militia aren’t as in love with him as me or Spencer’s Pops was.