Last issue put
the Martian Manhunter on the spot, as the car he was driving went off the road
and he began to lose a grip on his human form. Exposed as an alien in front of
his partner Diane, we all knew there would be fall-out: trust issues, confusion
as to what he is, that sort of thing.
And in this issue it all
comes to pass. Diane finds herself partnered with some sort of creature she can
neither explain nor rationalize. What happened? When? What? So many questions
need answering for her to come to terms with her actions that follow.
All this is told against
flashbacks of J’onn’s life before Earth, when he was a peace officer on his
home world with a wife and child. Orlando does very well in his world building,
crafting a believable environment and culture for the so-called Martians. Rossmo’s
artwork compliments the fluid, malleable nature of J’onn, and his design work
of the Manhunter’s home world is truly alien.
However, I am unable to
buy into the hype (YES, it’s hype) of
the cover blurb by Brian Michael Bendis. The series so far is good, but not as
great as Bendis would like for you to believe.