It had been relayed to me by a close friend that John Carter is to be considered one of the first “super heroes” and to this I agree. Having been written over a century ago I can see how his amazing feats set the stage for the many heroic figures rising out the of mid 20th century to grace the pages of comic books and both the silver and television screens.
I admit I had determined to read this book solidly after seeing the movie, John Carter, and wanting to get a feel for how true to the story Disney made the movie. Now I enjoyed the movie, I did, and the first fifth of the book was matched pretty well, but the similarities stopped there. What was so sorely missed was the rich history presented of the Martian races and the further development of their barbaric and sensitive customs.
John Carter himself remained a compelling character. While dashing is his own day I am sure, he is now more and archetype we are all too familiar with. But this does not diminish the enjoyment of the story.
For the time, I find the ideas and technology presented very compelling and futuristic. One could almost lend credence to the possibility of life on Mars at some point even with the results of our current exploration.
Regarding the story, though, the pace was perfect and the characters well written. I am surly compelled to continue reading the rest of the series and to check out more of Burroughs’ work.