Reviewed: Issues 1-3 Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Eddy Barrows Publisher: DC Format: Ongoing
The New 52 is dead... Long live the DC YOU? In June, DC started a major restructuring, with 24 new titles in place of a bunch of cancellations. One of the most exciting additions to the DC YOUniverse (seriously, that’ll never catch on) is a solo book for everyone’s favourite alien shapeshifter, Martian Manhunter. Ditched from Justice League during the New 52 years and relegated to the background, J’onn J’onzz returns just in time to save the world from a sleepercell of Martian terrorists.
But with J’onn also going through a significant identity crisis following his personality being split into several bodies, can he pull himself together enough to rescue humanity?
It’s a brilliant concept, in a surprisingly challenging book. Williams’s intense words and Barrow’s beautiful horror-tinged art combine to create a comic that feels more like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing than a generic JLA book. Williams treats J’onn as though he’s aware of how extraneous he’s been to DC in recent years, this book almost feeling like a therapy session at times. But, you know, in a fun and exciting way.
Deeply creepy, with some rulebreaking artwork, Manhunter takes dedication but is worth the initial effort. Oh, and expect to see enigmatic support-character Mr Biscuits in everyone’s end-ofyear lists. Sam Ashurst
Moral: don’t trust little green men from Mars.