In tried and
true DC fashion, a classic character’s origin is revisited, adding additional
layers that take beyond what originally existed. It usually works well, and
that is the case here. He’s a J’onn J’onzz of the Digital Age, instead of the
This issue brings us to
J’onzz’s arrival on Earth, and the life he built for himself while hiding in
plain sight, his secret is out and in danger of being exposed. His telepathic
abilities could resolve the problem, but as a Manhunter, he has a moral
obligation to find a better way. He wants to, but it’s all a question if he can
earn the trust of those he’s deceived.
After three issues, I can
see how Rossmo’s artwork informs the reader. His style is part of the
storytelling, beyond just drawing images to accompany the written narrative.
All successful comic artists do this, certainly, but in this case, it’s his
style of rendering that adds an additional layer.
I fell as if now the real
story can get under way. Think of Superman:
The Movie. Once the origin was told, cast and crew could focus on
presenting an original adventure. Same thing here, and believe me, there are
far worse storytelling templates to follow.