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Martian Manhunter

Martian Manhunter (IV, Vol. 1): The Epiphany

While on a rescue mission to the moon, Martian Manhunters finds the astronauts dead and learns that the Epiphany is coming. He warns the rest of the League so they can prepare. A series of attacks have occurred all over the world, at exactly the same time. There is talk of an organized terrorist attempt, but there are too many different cells with different ideologies. No one is safe. Since J’onn was the one who discovered the plot, people are turning to him for answers, but he has none. His solution? Kill him.

… That’s all I got. I gave up not even halfway through, because at that point I still had no idea what was going on. The story was so convoluted, with focus on too many characters, that made it extremely difficult to follow. There was no coherent thread that I could see. There was some dialogue at the beginning about J’onn really being a good guy vs. being a monster, but if that was where they were going, that theme was thoroughly lost. Skip. Dang, it’s proving to be much harder than I thought to find a good MM book =(

– Kathleen

Williams, Rob, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Gabe Eltaeb. Martian Manhunter (IV, Vol. 1): The Epiphany. 2015.

Martian Manhunter: The Others Among Us

Martian Manhunter has found evidence of more Martians on Earth. As he thought he was the last of his kind, he is overjoyed that he’s the last no more – and anxious to find them fast, as it looks like they’re in trouble. He finds and rescues five Martians from their imprisonment. Soon, they find themselves tailed and targeted by the organization who captured and experimented on the Martians in the first place. They’ll do anything to get them back, to weaponize them against Manhunter. J’onn’s fellow heroes are concerned he’s going too far to help them – but when you find someone you’ve given up all hope to find, will all he’s doing even be enough?

I hate to say it, because I love Martian Manhunter’s character and this is the first comic of his I’ve read, but it was easily the worst comic I’ve ever read. I’m surprised I even came up with a coherent summary for this book. The story was so convoluted and incoherent I had a lot of trouble following it.There were a lot of time skips as well, adding to the confusion. To top it off, when the villain behind the whole plot is finally revealed, it’s 4 pages from the end of the book, and nothing is resolved by the end. The villain just disappeared from one page to the next! I actually checked my library copy to make sure a page hadn’t been ripped out! Just… what??? Who actually does that???

The art was atrocious to boot… cartoon noir is how I’d put it, and not at all in a good way. The resulting figures were overworked, too masculine (even the women looked like men), with shading that was much too harsh.

If I didn’t know anything about Martian Manhunter going in, I would easily swear off all MM comics after reading this book. However, I’m determined to find a book that does a much better job. Stay away from this book and stay tuned for a better one!

– Kathleen

Lieberman, A.J., Al Barrionuevo, and Bit. Martian Manhunter: The Others Among Us. 2007.

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