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Ron Marz Chats About JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS with Byron Brewer

The writer of JOHN CARTER talks about what's coming up in issue #10

Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino

It's still a couple months out, but Ron Marz is discussing what's going on in the August issue of JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS #10, which follows Thark chieftain Tars Tarkas. Writer Byron Brewer talked to Marz about the upcoming issue.

BYRON BREWER: This book is one of your dreams come true as an author. Are you still enjoying it as much as when you began in issue #1?

RON MARZ: Yeah, I'm still having a great time. These are toys I've always wanted to play with, so I'm sticking around as long as they'll have me.

BB: It's very bold to shine the spotlight on Tars as you do in issue #10. Tell us your impressions of this great supporting character.

RM: John Carter will always be the outsider on Mars, which is one of the reasons it's great to tell stories from his perspective. But telling a story through Tars, who is very much of Mars, is a change of pace that I've really been looking forward to. We're using a lot of big visuals, in almost a storybook format, for this issue. I wanted to do something different visually for a story starring Tars. Hopefully it feels a little more like a legend or a myth, as opposed to the pulp-infused storytelling that we usually do.

BB: Is it a greater challenge for you as a write or a greater liberation by featuring a supporting character?

RM: I don't think it's challenging or liberating, per se. Tars Tarkas is a great character in his own right, one who stands next to John and Dejah, rather than a few paces behind them. Honestly, he's just as worthy of being the lead character as anybody else.

BB: More Woola?

Cover by Jonathan Lau & Ivan Nunes
Cover by Jonathan Lau & Ivan Nunes

RM: Definitely! Woola has a large role in issue #10, and we'll absolutely be seeing him again in the future. At some point, I'd love to do a Woola solo issue.

BB: Ron, how do you and Ian Edginton share writing chores? Are you still the prime plotter?

RM: Ian and I kick stories back forth over Skype, talking them through, and then one of us will take a first pass at the plot, at the visual breakdowns. Then one of us does a first-draft take on the dialogue,. It's really a matter of which of us feels like he has a better handle on the story, and some time in his schedule to tackle it. Finally, I'll go back in and write the final dialogue once the art pages are turned in. It's very much a team effort.

BB: How has it been working on this book with such talented artists?

RM: When you write comics, your story is only as good as the person drawing it. If you write a brilliant, multi-layered story, and the script is handed to a lousy artist, the end result is a lousy story. So I feel extremely fortunate to be working with artists like Abhishek Malsuni and Ariel Medel on this series, as well as colorist Nanjan Jamberi. They're really the ones who are making the series what it is.

JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS #10 hits stores this August.