Martian Manhunter #1
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Martian Manhunter #1

Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 24
7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Shape-shifting Martians are invading Earth - so where is J'onn J'onzz to stop them? Trust no one as the Martian Manhunter tries to stop these ruthless alien terrorists from destroying everything!

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 18, 2015

    This book is inviting you in as a superhero title, but reveals its horrors quickly. The character lets you believe that he is a humanoid hero, but reveals that he can be anything he wants to be. By having their book be so clearly defined by fear and sadness, the creators are putting out a challenging read for fans to take a chance on. I beg that you do, as you'll find few superhero books with as many layers or rewards than this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 17, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 makes for an exciting and mysterious debut issue that should easily hook fans of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 18, 2015

    "Martian Manhunter" #1 hits all the right requirements to appeal to as wide an audience as possible: it delivers the sci-fi horror of a sleeper alien invasion plot cracking wide open, while the titular character shows up as equal parts heroic, grotesque, alien and amazing. The scope of the story feels epic, as Williams, Barrows, Ferreira, Eltaeb and Napolitano take over the South Pacific, the JLA Watchtower, Dubai, Washington, D.C. and N.A.S.A., all in the span of this first issue. This issue establishes the new world of J'onn J'onzz, while ratcheting up the action. This is a solid debut and a wonderful hook for readers who miss J'onn J'onzz or are simply looking for a genre-defying comic that brings action, adventure, sci-fi and horror. I checked this comic out of past unspoken obligation to the character, but Williams, Barrows and company can count on me to stick around. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 17, 2015

    Although the previous attempts to find a place for this character have generally ended poorly, it would seem that DC is throwing just about as much as it can at this character in order to make this work. This is epic style story telling while also leaving enough room for some interesting character development for the Manhunter that we haven't really seen much of before. It is probably still too early to see if the hero can finally capture the interest of the common comic book reader, but at least this looks like it is going to be a fun ride while they try to finally break the character through the B list. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 17, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 is a strong debut for the series and this creative team has got me excited for this series going forward. Williams has an interesting take for the character and he and Barrows have established a very intriguing tone for the series. This is a book that is worth trying out if you like heroes with a bit of sci-fi and horror built in, and I'll definitely be back for issue #2 without any hesitation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Robert Reed Jun 18, 2015

    Providing a jumping on point for new readers,Martian Manhunter#1 is a fine debut for the shapeshifting alien. Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows have crafted a science fiction tale with a nice hook. While the characters take the back seat to establishing the stakes, there's plenty of room for this series to grow.Martian Manhunter#1 is definitely worth a look for sci-fi fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Jun 18, 2015

    Rob Williams set up a nice story with an interesting character. Showing us that there's more to J'onn J'onzz is always refreshing. Having a threat that is all over the world is going to be challenging to deal with. There is a character that appears at the beginning that may play a part in all this. The story captured my attention and the art reinforces the issue. As a first issue, it was a great read and had enough for me to keep reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 17, 2015

    While it wasn't what I expected going in, Rob Williams is certainly building up an interesting story featuring our favorite Martian.  It's an odd, funny, mystery, filled with strange characters and I can't wait to see where we go from here.  Yeah, this might be accused of being a bit Manhunter light, but getting the supporting cast situated is just as important to me.  So go check out this strange Martian story for it's oddness and for the great art by Eddy Barrows. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 22, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 is technically a well crafted debut issue. And I do think that this issue will appeal to many readers. Williams does deliver a high quality product with this issue. If only DC's editorially mandated direction with J'onn's character didn't taint the product. It would be great to see this title break free from the New 52 interpretation of J'onn's character. Williams' writing is strong enough that I am willing to give this title a chance to see what Williams can do with J'onn's character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jun 18, 2015

    This book is off to a solid start. It is easy to forget how powerful J'onn is. He can stand toe to toe with Superman, even before Superman got de-powered. I would like to see more if him, but always feel that DC don't know what to do with him. At his best, J'onn acts very much like a conscience for the people around him Without that interaction, high and noble can get a tad boring.I would love to see J'onn get the recognition he deserves as a mainstay of the DC universe and this book is strong step in that direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partidge, III Jun 18, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 might play a bit broad in certain scenes, but lays an interesting foundation for a long overdue new solo title starring one of the JLA's heavy hitters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 24, 2015

    Again, I'm glad that the Martian Manhunter is back in his own series, A hero with the strength of Superman, and an alternate identity as a detective can provide the right writer with a wealth of potential. Rob Williams touches briefly on some of these aspects of J'onn's life, but there's room to dive deeper. Although the first issue of Martian Manhunter has its moments, it remains to be seen whether or not this series will last. I'm hoping it does! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jun 18, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 hints that deception is an importanttheme. I suspect that theres more to this story then meets the eye, some misdirection. Its with that expectation that I recommend giving this book a chance. The art is great and its impossible not to like Mr. Biscuits. Cautious optimism is the name of the game. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    MARTIAN MANHUNTER fans will undoubtedly be overjoyed to see their favourite green shape-shifter (possibly after Beast Boy) get his own series again at last. However, it is not the most accessible beast just yet, but with any luck it will morph into something more user friendly in the coming months. Still one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 19, 2015

    Kind of dark and unnerving (and not all in a good way) with interesting art to be head. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 18, 2015

    Martian Manhunter #1 is a series that I really wanted to love after being fasincated by the sneak peek. It has an excellent tone throughout, along with a great idea of a story and lovely looking artwork. However, the storytelling really does way too much damage to this series and hurts a lot. There is still a chance things could turn around and get better of course (I mean, the comic was still interesting to read after all), but this was a disappointing outing in a week that had mostly good new and returning series. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 19, 2015

    Martian Manhunter is a book that aims high but doesn't quite hit its target. It has interesting ideas but a sporadic story that jumps between so many locations it forgets to feature much of Martian Manhunter. There's little to tether events together and it comes out on the ugly side. Still, the art is enjoyable and inventive which is what a book like this needs. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith Jun 27, 2015

    The Martian Manhunter has long been a favorite of mine. This just didn't do well by him. I'll get the next issue, but unless the impress me a lot, I think I'm done at that point. Read Full Review

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