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Martian Manhunter #3 Review - The Skinwalker Revealed...

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

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

DC Comics (Publisher) • Get it now Comixology

It's been so long since I read Martian Manhunter #2 that I forgot where I was in the story. I vaguely remember J'onn being a somewhat crooked cop and devoted father and husband when off duty. I don't remember much else beyond the general weirdness of Riley Rossmo's art style or J'onn being forced to reveal his identity as an alien to his partner.


Fortunately, if you start the series here you'll be in a good spot as readers are given a nice rundown of how J'onn found himself on earth and how he came to adopt the Jones identity.


I'm not the most well versed in the history of the Manhunter and found his origin to be really interesting. I loved the pace of the issue and the back and forth between the two leads. Their dynamic is pretty cool as they begin the process of rebuilding a severely fractured relationship.


The body horror aspects of the issue were my favorite parts of the comic. Imagine learning that your friend and associate died several years ago and that Jeff Goldblum's "Fly" had been wearing his skin. It's a fascinating concept and the script really pushes the concept by making a disturbing turn of events relatable on a human level.

The art is really weird and exaggerated. The only comparison I can make would be to Kyle Baker's work on Marvel's Truth: Red White and Black mini-series. It took some getting used to but the art direction works, especially when J'onn completely drops his human form and lashes out.


There are some pages where J'onns is downright frightening and other panels where he's barely holding his human form together. The way the linework flows from page to page plays well with the nature of J'onn's abilities and thematically with the story.

Martian Manhunter is back on my radar after a really strong third issue. I will put the series back on my review schedule and pick up the pace on these rundowns. It looks like we may have something special developing here.

Rating: 9/10



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