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Dynamite Entertainment is no stranger to crossovers, mixing and matching some of its top licenses. This June, it unveils a crossover we should have seen coming with Warlord of Mars Attacks. That's right. John Carter of Mars mixes it up with the creepy Martian invaders. Why wasn't this the first thing the publisher did when it got both of these franchises?

Who can best defend against a Martian invasion? A fearless human hero adopted by the red planet, the one and only John Carter! After a lander disturbs the Martian surface, everyone's favorite big-headed sadistic aliens lead a brutal invasion force toward Earth. Meanwhile on Earth, a man from 1868 Virgina comes out of stasis.

Warlord of Mars Attacks is written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Dean Kotz, colored by Omi Remalante Jr, and lettered by Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou. It features covers by Dave Johnson, Marco D'Alfonso, and Ramon Villalobos, plus retro trading card inspired covers by Ben Caldwell.

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"John Carter meeting the Mars Attacks! Martians may sound insane, but I assure you it works, because Dean Kotz is drawing the hell out of it. It’s easily the most bizarre sci-fi concept I’ve been able to do yet, and the wildest mashup yet," said writer Jeff Parker. "And if you’re a Burroughs fan, you’ll appreciate some deep cuts that we put in."

Artist Dean Kotz shared, "Working on my favorite Burroughs character with Jeff and Nate is a dream come true. Jeff seamlessly drops the original sci-fi swashbuckler smack dab in the middle of a retro alien invasion that spans two planets and hundreds of years. The blockbuster-scale story features so many interesting locales and characters. I never know what Jeff's gonna throw at me next. And, thanks to those nasty Mars Attacks! invaders, I get to draw A LOT of fun property damage."

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Meanwhile, editor Nate Cosby has his own fantastical origin story for this series. "True story, Jeff, Dean, Omi & Hassan came to my house and tied me up and said if I don’t let them make a comic where John Carter beats the holy hell out of the green dudes from Mars Attacks, they were gonna keep me tied up and kick my shins and not let me have cereal. I love cereal, and I don’t like my shins kicked, so I said OK. They let me go, and the comic is fever-dreamingly awesome. So everything worked out in the end."

Look for Warlord of Mars Attacks #1 at your local comic shop in June 2019.

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