September 17, 2007 | Trades
Martian Manhunter: The Others Among Us
A.J. Lieberman, Al Barrionuevo, Bit
$23.99/$19.99 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)
There are very few truths in the DC Universe — the fact of the matter is that things change.
That’s how Superman goes from being the “last son of Krypton” to having a cousin, three arch-villains and a little boy of Kryptonian heritage all show up on Earth.
Another of these once truths is shattered in the first volume of the new Martian Manhunter series written by A.J. Lieberman with art by Al Barrionuevo and Bit (yes, just Bit).
That truth is that J’onn J’onzz is the last of his kind, the only living green Martian left after a plague wiped them out ages ago.
After discovering an ancient Martian totem, J’onn begins a fevered search for clues as to the existence of another of his kind. After breaking several laws and bending a few morals, he is shocked to discover not one, but five of his kind being kept and experimented on by the U.S. government.
The mystery of their existence and what the government was trying to do with them makes for some pretty decent reading and is almost enough to make up for Lieberman’s strange and somewhat distracting predilection for naming almost all of the supporting characters in this book after Manchester United soccer players (Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Alex Ferguson).