Pirates of Mars has all the elements of the traditional pirate tale set in a futuristic setting complete with a heartless sanguine General, smelly henchmen, a wrathful wench or two and a sociopathic homicidal robot. Written by the creative and witty JJ Kahrs and beautifully illustrated by the lovely and talented Veronica Fish, I’ve been stuck to this graphic novel like a barnacle sticks stubbornly to the bottom of a ship.
Having bought the Pirates of Mars preview, complete with concept art and writing samples, I was salivating to check out the full first volume: LOVE & REVENGE. The first volume tells the tale of Captain Victoria Lovelace, of her ship The Revenge, her motley crew and her complicated past. This nail-biting story is set in the future and showcases an abundance of all things Modern-Pirate – including large dosages of razor-sharp wit and enough Victorian-styled frill, metal hulls and flying bullets to keep one on their toes.
Having followed Veronica’s works for many-a-year, I am always at awe (and in a state of perpetual jealousy) of her many skills as an artist and her work in this is no exception. She works together with Kahrs’ acid-wit and creativity as a writer to bring an aesthetically pleasing and intelligence-tingling work to the fore.
Pirates of Mars: Love & Revenge is here! With solid visual story-telling, punchy dialogue and super fun characters, this face-paced adventure is the snappy new graphic novel from writer JJ Kahrs and artist Veronica Fish.
Captain Victoria Lovelace heads up a crew of misfits and swashbucklers in this pulp adventure tale. Daring escapes, making light work of swarms of attacking ninjas, and taking on a fleet of Imperial airships are just part of the job for Lovelace.
But when Victoria’s world comes crashing down around her, even the best of ties are strained – and suddenly daring escapes aren’t as breezy as they used to be…
For a little taste beyond my photographic efforts, check out the Pirates of Mars website and blog, where pages are released bi-weekly, every Monday and Thursday. But, if you’re horribly impatient like me, purchase the whole damned thing in all of its papery-glory using the links below.
All in all, it is awesome!