Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Some thoughts about Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1
J'onn has been feeling lonely during years after losing his entire race but now another Martian has appear but this one has much crazier ideas about what to do with Earth.
The DC/Looney Tunes crossovers begin and while this story and premise should be silly, it ironically made me care for J'onn more than the whole last series written by Rob Williams.
Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere use this crossover to actually write a solid and relatively serious story about J'onn J'onnz and how enjoyable his personality can be. Marvin is also well-portrayed since the writers use his classic desire to destroy the Earth in a way that contrasts nicely with J'onn's character, is a more serious portrayal than what you usually see in the old cartoons but not serious to the point than it feels completely different and out of place, in fact it gives Marvin more depth.
The star here is J'onn though. Orlando and Barbiere don't base his characterization on Williams' work, actually they completely ignore what happened during that book (Thank God, I didn't want to see an insane J'onn) and features the more usual personality of the Martian Manhunter. The kind, understandable and empathetic being that is able to reason with others and make them see a better way. It works nicely in his interactions with Marvin and even with other people from Earth.
Aaron Lopresti handles the art and is really solid with expressive characters and clear storytelling.
Quite entertaining overall, I wouldn't mind a new Martian Manhunter book from these guys.