Review: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writers: Steve Orlando, Frank J. Barbiere & Jim Fanning

Artists: Aaron Lopresti, Jerome Moore, Hi-Fi & John Loter

 

Summary

The Martian Manhunter must prevent Marvin the Martian from destroying the Earth.

 

Positives

The cover by Aaron Lopresti is cool. I like the DC Universe design of Marvin. The background is nice with the planets and asteroids behind Marvin.

The interior art features pencils by Lopresti, inks by Jerome Moore and colors by Hi-Fi. It’s really solid work. J’onn looks great and is very expressive. It’s very colorful which works for this crossover.

I like Steve Orlando and Frank J. Barbiere taking Marvin to the extreme. He has become a conqueror trying to destroy every Earth in the multiverse. Additionally, I love that J’onn spends most of the story trying to reason with Marvin. He’s desperate for connection, especially with a Martian, and he doesn’t want to fight Marvin. J’onn’s resolution is good too; it’s tragic but also necessary. I liked the ending a lot.

The issue features two stories. The first one, with the previously mentioned creative team, is set in the DC Universe and takes up most of the issue. At the end is a short story written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter. This story is more in line with a Looney Tunes cartoon. I like that both styles get to be featured in this. I do prefer Fanning’s story because it’s a little sillier and I enjoyed seeing the Martian Manhunter in a Looney Tunes cartoon. The art’s great; it fits the style of those cartoons very well.

 

Negatives

While I do like Orlando and Barbiere’s story, I do think it’s a little long. The novelty wears off at a certain point and it actually gets kind of boring once the action starts. It’s not bad but there isn’t a lot to be invested in outside of the amusement of the two characters meeting. The story has comments on prejudice with the military assuming J’onn is working with Marvin but that just felt weird. J’onn is a public superhero who even worked for the government at one point. How do they not know who he is?

 

Verdict

This is an okay issue. It is a fun concept and I’m glad I read it. The art in both stories is cool and I like that both universes were played in. I do think the first story gets a little dull at a certain point but the second story makes it worth reading. I recommend checking this out.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.
  • CyrilEbonyc

    I enjoyed this issue. The main story is nice, they really found the middle ground between DC Comics and Looney Toones making it fun, but not too childish. The short story at the end felt unneeded, but I get that they wanted to have a more Looney version of the encounter between the two martians.