For a brief recap, Bigfoot has mysteriously been transported to an Edgar Rice Burroughs version of Mars, where he is forced to become a legendary warrior. That should be all you need to know. It’s Bigfoot. On Mars. With swords. Seriously, it is even cooler than it sounds.
I could tell you that you need to go read Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman because the art is fantastic and fantastical (See what I did there?), or because the writing is impressive as heck and feels grounded even when it is melodramatic. Really, though, you need to read it, because it is fun.
I am as guilty as the next guy of putting fun and quality on opposite sides of the scale. BSotE takes that scale and breaks it in half. This comic gleefully borrows from the gloriously over-the-top sci-fi of the ’20s and brings something new to the party. Self-awareness. Nobody here is trying to perfect or reinvent sci-fi, instead Henaman and company wind up making one of the best dang sci-fi books out there, because they know precisely what they want to do and execute perfectly.
The plot is awesome. Bigfoot and the roguish scribe, Castor, find themselves captured by the (obviously) villainous lord of the land. Moral quandaries, despair, and bada–ery abound as strong men search for the strength to stand up for what is right.
If you have been reading this book, you know how much it has been improving. The art in every issue is more detailed than the last, the colors are more spectacular, and the writing is more confident. If you haven’t been reading this, all the back issues are available. They are more than worth your time.
Five Obligatory Conan the Barbarian References out of Five