Monday, August 24, 2009

Tales From the Bully Pulpit: Evil Nazis + Green Martians = Areans on Mars

Decades after his son and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944, former Rough Rider and President Theodore Roosevelt trooped to Mars to battle Jorge Hitler, evil Nazis, and the Areans, a pure race of green-skinned Martians. TR’s campaign, which involved H.G. Wells' time machine, the ghost of Thomas Edison, and an alliance with the impure blue-skinned Martians, is documented in Tales From the Bully Pulpit (2004), a 64-page graphic novel written by Benito Cereno, illustrated by Graeme MacDonald, and colored by Ron Riley.

Although I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, this one held my attention for quite a while, until Abraham Lincoln, Saddam Hussein, and a few other deceased world leaders entered the plot, turning an interesting storyline into a ludicrous one. Nevertheless, Tales From the Bully Pulpit has some interesting bits of science, like Aqua Spirans, a liquid packed with algae so that when you drink it, it coats your lungs and provides you with enough oxygen to breathe on Mars. Also, there is some cool artwork, including Bellatrix, a blue-skinned Martian who leads her Caerulean race against the Nazis and the green-skinned Areans.

Read Tales From the Bully Pulpit for free online!

Cheers to Doc Mars of the French blog Mars & SF for the tip.

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