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Martian Manhunter #1

DC

Written by Rob Williams, Art by Eber Ferreira and Eddy Barrows

Jul 03, 2015 DC Comics Bookmark and Share


For all his manifold powers—strength, intangibility, shape-shifting, flight, telepathy, and on and on—J’onn J’onzz, aka the Martian Manhunter, is one of DC’s more unfortunately overlooked heroes. Frequent Justice League stalwart (and the eternal voice of reason in the fantastic Justice League cartoon of the early 2000s), J’onn doesn’t get nearly as much playtime in the DC universe as he ought to, which is why it’s so great to have a new Martian Manhunter series on shelves.

In Martian Manhunter, written by Rob Williams with art by Eber Ferreira and Eddy Barrows, aliens are very much amongst us on Earth. J’onn sends out a telepathic warning to the planet’s heroes, foretelling a terrible and ominous future. Martians have not only invaded Earth, but have been acting as sleeper agents for years, enacting clandestine acts of terror against mankind. Now, they’re making their big move, and the Martian Manhunter plays a bigger role than any would have guessed.

Williams does a great job handling the despondency that forever lies just below the surface of DC’s almighty green alien. An outcast—literally, not from this world, but also horrific in appearance to at least half the people he saves—J’onn never quite fits in, despite all he does for this world. Will that change, if he’s able to repel the invasion? Will his position within the superhero community change, given his (early) reveal that he was actually sent to Earth to chaperone the impending invasion? Williams’ exciting series is sure to answer all this and more in its refreshing take on the underused Martian Manhunter. (www.dccomics.com)

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