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Martian Manhunter #2 of (12) Review

Steve Orlando (Author) • Riley Rossmo (Pencils-Cover)

Ivan Plascencia (Colorist) • Josh Middleton (Variant Cover)

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Martian Manhunter #2 picks up immediately from the horrific conclusion of the last issue. J'onn is is on fire and his identity has been revealed to his partner.

The comic gives more insight into J'onn and his time on Mars as a "Manhunter" as well as his family life. As a fairly new DC reader, the exploration of J'onn's history prior to joining the Justice League is fascinating. It's often thrown around that DC characters are bland or uninteresting. At first glance that may be the case but in my experience, the characters are just as interesting as those at Marvel if you give them a chance.

My main complaint about the issue and the series, in general, is that this comic ends in practically the same spot that it begins. There is hardly any progression with the issue. There is enough flashback material to prevent the comic from filling like filler but the forward momentum is severely lacking. It's not a bad comic if we get too many issues like this I would suggest waiting for the trade.

There is some truly disturbing imagery in this issue. The opening scene and the Josh Middleton variant cover of J'onn literally disintegrating is the stuff of nightmares.

I'm of two minds about the art style. Riley Rossmo is a talented and imaginative artist. Most of the issue looks amazing. Especially all of the scenes on Mars. The colors and landscapes are simply breathtaking. On the other hand, art in many places seems overly deformed and ugly.

I believe the artistic choices are intended to highlight the fluid nature of Martian Manhunter's character. It's a unique perspective but two issues in and I'm still having a bipolar reaction to it.

It's a bit too early to judge the entire series as it's still getting out of the starting gate. The experience of this issue is heavily marred by the decompression. It does not derail the series completely but the lack of momentum at such an early point in the series is concerning.

Rating: B-

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