By Philip Schweier
Dec 7, 2018 - 15:28
Yet somehow, over the years DC has felt obliged to maintain the concept of a Manhunter (with mulitpole iteration bearing the name), when J’onn J’onzz was waiting patiently to be EXACTLY that. He could have been akin to the Predator (but less bloodthirsty), hunting down criminals. So now DC is trying to give him his own ongoing series, to see if Steve Orlando can make it fly.
I love the idea of an alien hiding himself so effectively among the police. It makes the story part police procedural, part science fiction, part super-hero. And that opens the door to countless possibilities. Let’s hope DC is willing to allow Orlando the freedom to capitalize on that.
Rossmo’s artwork is highly stylized, in a manner that works well for a shape-shifting alien. Though far removed from any resemblance to that of Bill Sienkewicz, Rossmo makes the same kind of bold artistic decisions that are immune to distracting from the narrative itself. This only enhances the book’s potential