Comic Review: Martian Manhunter #1

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Martian Manhunter #1 is not something you are going to want to miss. From Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo, this first issue is really much more than meets the eye. Underneath the really cool forensics/detective plotline we see J’onn J’onnz dealing with on Earth, which I absolutely love the almost 1970s fashion style; is a tale of J’onnz on his home planet, in a way we may not be familiar seeing him in.

I cannot stress enough how much I loved the cartoon style of this issue, which really had a bit of an Invader Zim feel to it if I’m honest. Mixed with a bit of the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Anyone remember the good ol’ Cartoon Network days? Anyway, the style is important here, because most of the issue takes place on an alien planet, so we need this funky, cutesy method of artistry to really set the mood. As well as be a contrast to the aggressive nature J’onnz is as a corrupt law officer.

What’s really poignant about this issue is the seriousness, up to date topics it can speak to. From classism, racism, and the complications of a long-term relationship, it makes sure to touch upon all of these and really raise the question for readers to ponder over. If the series continues this way, it’ll be a really good use of comics to help engage people in a bigger conversation that transcends just what you see on the pages.

The end of the issue ends in an explosive manner that is sure to get people hyped for the next issue, especially with the way “human” Jones is behaving – clearly plagued by his other life on Mars. We’ll have to wait to find out the fate of a certain character and we’re sure there will be repercussions that J’onnz will have to answer for.

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