Mar­tian Man­hunter

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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.

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