Martian Manhunter #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 39
8.4Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

No matter what you know about J'onn J'onnz, you're not prepared for this! The acclaimed team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo (BATMAN/ THE SHADOW, BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN) reteam for a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J'onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, and when a reckoning comes for his entire society, he'll get a second chance he doesn't want or deserve! One shocking murder, and an unexpected fragment of the Mars he lost, will change his life-and the course of the Earth-forever!

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Dec 5, 2018

    This was one of my favorite books of the week, if not my pick of the week. I have a love for crime noir and for crime dramas to have a realistic criminal element. The bloody crime scenes mixed with the brutal violence displayed by The Martian Manhunter in his former reality paint a harsh picture of J'onn's reality. He is torn by his belief that he is not a good person while he works a job where he fights crime to make the world a better place. I'm sure a lot of readers can relate to this dilemma, and it makes for a compelling premise for this story. I highly recommend this book to fans of The Martian Manhunter and of DC comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 5, 2018

    A solid start to what is sure to be a favorite amongst fans! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Forrest Hollingsworth Dec 5, 2018

    Martian Manhunter's character redefining debut is a complete and total success - both narratively and artistically it exceeds all expectations and delivers something both alien and welcoming. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Dec 5, 2018

    Orlando and Rossmo pull off a brilliant introduction to a character-defining origin retelling centering around the importance of being true to who you are. J'onn J'onzz may not be from Earth, but this series will make us all a little more human. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Dec 5, 2018

    This debut issue totally feels like it's the start of something great. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Dec 5, 2018

    Simply put, if you're a fan of Martian Manhunter aka The Green Sad Boi, you won't be disappointed with this first issue. It gives us a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most private characters in the DC Universe. We're gonna get to discover J'onn as he discovers himself. I'm so happy my dawg is getting the shine he deserves, even if he's probably afraid of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 5, 2018

    Orlando and Rossmo are the creative team Martian Manhunter has long deserved, and the debut issue of this 12-part maxiseries is a great one. Simply put, this is a book bent on telling readers who Jonn Jonzz is right now and why, and its going to take us through one hell of a mystery to get there. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 5, 2018

    Orlando teases a sinister force that might have some connections to Martian Manhunter's past. It's rare that we get to see Martian Manhunter use his detective skills. This series looks to play on that to greater effect than his powers. This was a fantastic debut and one that left me encouraged about another new DC series fully reaching its potential into 2019. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Dec 6, 2018

    Martian Manhunter #1 is a vivid sci-fi story that feels like it knows exactly what it hopes to accomplish. As we go back-and-forth between Mars and Earth, we see a character burdened by his past and struggling with any concept of a future. With some of the most unique visuals on shelves today, its a strong start to a potentially great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 5, 2018

    This is a fascinating first issue and delivers a story that has me caring for a character I've never particularly liked. It has a clear vision for a character who, like his shapeshifting, has been all over as far as history and background. The team here is delivering something that feels special and like it'll be the next maxi-series “must read.” Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Dec 13, 2018

    This book is not what it seems and when I put it down my first thought was, "This book has no business being this great!" J'onn has long been a part of the DC universe but this is the first time I felt he truly belongs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 10, 2018

    Based on this first part, Steve Orlando has lofty ambitions for the series, using this book as opportunity to contrast what J'onn J'onzz was like as a Manhunter on Mars, to how John Jones is as a homicide cop in Colorado; as well as how life on Earth differs to that on Mars, and crucially, the ways in which they are the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 5, 2018

    Martian Manhunter (2018-) #1 is an exciting debut that, surely, marks a new age for one of the Justice League's most powerful, and often underrated, members. Structurally sound world-building, authentic dialogue, and gorgeous artwork make Martian Manhunter (2018-) #1 a must-read for science fiction fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Dec 5, 2018

    Martian Manhunter #1 is a promising start. It presents a geuinely weird and alien Mars and an interesting mystery on Earth. With a little more development, this feels like a story that could make J'onn J'onnz a breakout character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Matt Johnson Dec 6, 2018

    I wasn't sure I had any interest in this book but the story and art won me over. I'm particularly interested in solving the murder (which looks almost ripped from today's headlines) and watching the partnership of J'onn and Diane develop as things progress. All things considered, if you liked the twelve issue format of Mister Miracle, this sets you up for something similar, which I think is a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Dec 6, 2018

    "Martian Manhunter" #1 is the start to the detective-noir-cop procedural comic we've all been waiting for from DC. Not a perfect debut but a small stumble at the start of a marathon doesn't mean much by mile 15 and if you aren't blown away by Rossmo's art, then you need to get your eyes checked. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    Rossmo's art is really interesting and unique in context to a character like Martian Manhunter. I love the character designs and the visual style of this issue. Everything looks amazing and different. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 5, 2018

    While this quirky little series may not be everyone's cup of tea, I personally loved Martian Manhunter #1. It has some flaws but there is far more wrong than right and more than enough good to encourage continued reading, even ignoring the explosive cliffhanger ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 5, 2018

    In Martian Manhunter, Steve Orlando is exploring the depths of J'onn J'onzz soul and in so doing has treaded new ground for a character not yet fleshed out by the DC Universe. Anyone seeking to know more about this often seen but rarely understood superhero will find Martian Manhunter a worthy starting point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 5, 2018

    There is something fascinating being built here, a much darker and psychologically driven take on the Martian Manhunter. But I'm expecting this take on J'onn to be massively controversial and I'm not sure I'm on board yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 5, 2018

    It's clear that J'onn J'onzz has a heroic arc to explore as this series unfolds, and this debut issue proves to be a stellar launchpad for this Justice League stalwart's solo adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 5, 2018

    The opening to this noir tale for the Martian Manhunter will get its hooks in you before the issue is done. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Dec 7, 2018

    Rossmo's artwork is highly stylized, in a manner that works well for a shape-shifting alien. Though far removed from any resemblance to that of Bill Sienkewicz, Rossmo makes the same kind of bold artistic decisions that are immune to distracting from the narrative itself. This only enhances the book's potential Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 6, 2018

    Martian Manhunter #1 is a very good start to this maxi-series dedicated to one of the Justice League's founding members. Steve Orlando showed a strong understanding of who Martian Manhunter is as he crafted a compelling story around his life on Earth and Mars. The developments in this first issue are more than enough to grab the reader's attention in order for them to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Ben Dec 12, 2018

    While I understand the artistic thread that travels through Riley Rossmo's work, I find the style a little too cartoony for my taste. It works quite well on Mars with a bunch of talking blobs, but it pulled me away from the story on Earth (Diane's hair, I'm looking at you). A more effective juxtaposition of the two would have had greater impact. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Dec 5, 2018

    I have mixed feelings about this first issue, in that I want to like it. There are times when every aspect of the story and the art starts to gel but they are outweighed by too may shifts in tone. In no way am I saying that this creative team isn't talented but maybe they aren't the good choice for this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Dec 5, 2018

    A bit of a mess. Nowhere near as weird and alien as its creators probably think it is, this book presents a flawed protagonist in a (so far) fairly standard noir-lite detective story and an alien world whose dullness and anemic familiarity break through the histrionically-delivered background and polysyllabic nomenclature used to disguise them. The book has potential, but there's some real work to do to make it shine. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 6, 2018

    Well, who would've guessed that a writer that's basically always put out mediocrity has put out yet another mediocre title? There's something missing with Orlando's writing. Something integral that galvanizes the reader to take interest in the story. So without that, you get twenty or so pages of the reader trying to latch onto something and failing. It's just a standard noir story, but without all the stuff that makes noir cool, like the environments, themes or looks.

  • 10
    RyanSmith28 Dec 5, 2018

    Amazing issue from Orlando with some uniquely fantastic art from Rossmo

  • 7.5
    Samuel Almeida Dec 5, 2018

    English is not my native language, so, sometimes, is kind of hard to understand a few words or phrases. But its never a problem with comic books. They usually have pretty easy language. That wasnt the case with this book LOL. I dindt understand like half of it! It was so hard for me! Reading using a dictionary every 2 words is horrible! But, of course, i wont downgrade the book because of my poor english. I should downgrade it because of the art. I HATE Riley Rossmos art! Im so sorry, Rossmo. (I know he will never read this but i feel bad lol).
    The story was cool. Ill wait to see what will happen but it was just ok for me. Lets see how this goes.

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Dec 5, 2018

    Story itself is eh not that good. The art is wacky and not in the best of ways. Could have done with less of his past or at least not have so many alien type words. The human case seems boring which for a maxi series feel like it should be more interesting, otherwise fear it won’t be important in the story.

  • 4.0
    Talon1load Dec 6, 2018

    This was painfully bad. MM’s origin is changed to make him a much less likable character. The terrible art doesn’t help the issue either. Definitely avoid unless you just like throwing money away.

  • 8.5
    Marcelo Dec 7, 2018

    The art is weird, but we're off to a good start, I'd say. Never read a story about him before, curious to see where this is going.

  • 8.5

    I love taking Martian Manhunter back to his cop roots and Riley Rossmo's art is great here.

  • 8.5
    GTMedia Reviews Dec 11, 2018

    Times like this I hate being a noob to a bulk of DC history and mythology. I know Martian Manhunter as the weird alien member from the Justice League cartoon and not much beyond that. This issue was unexpected.

    It's interesting that this Maxi-series comes so close to the end of the Mister Miracle series. It covers a slice of life of this character and also seems to be giving us an origin along with a larger mystery. These deep dives into underrated characters and their histories are an appreciated detour that add flavor the landscape of the DC universe.  

    On Earth, John Jones is a detective working a homicide in which an entire family appears to have been murdered. On Mar's J'onn J'onzz is a crooked Manhunter off more

  • 7.0
    Full Spread Dec 6, 2018

    Both the detective and bizarre alien stories are promising. But a cliche ending and some difficult to decipher dialog hinder the experience.

  • 6.5
    dannymalt Dec 8, 2018


    Martian Manhunter is a great character. Alien sex scene was fun in a weird way.

    Did not dig the art. I usually don't like Steve Orlando's writing, this book was no exception. Stupid alien names were distracting. Really disappointed overall.

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    I was actually weirdly into the whole thing with the investigation and all that, really loving the art, and then we went to Mars and honestly my interest just nosedived so hard that it hurt, I’m hoping that this can somehow pull around, because I was genuinely interested!

  • 3.0
    KFuqua Dec 7, 2018

    Nothing impressive about this one. Poor story, poor art and trying to make changes to a long established character. Orlando is another writer that DC should stop putting on their books.

  • 1.0
    ohhaimark Dec 8, 2018


    -This series has some interesting themes, I guess.

    THE BAD:

    -I appreciate it for trying to be unique, but that art was just ugly for me.

    -I didn't like how this series just jumps right in with a ridiculous splash page, and doesn't really build itself up in any way.

    -I was confused. That's saying a lot because I am a Grant Morrison fan. Then again, maybe i just have to adjust, but that dialogue just really confused me. I had a very vague idea of what was going on.

    -I wasn't a fan of the flashback where J'onzz really felt like a dick, even though he was a cop.

    -Also, that sex scene (ahem, melding) felt like it wanted to be sexy but just felt disgusting. more

  • 5.0
    xs-tech Feb 3, 2019

    Wasn’t into it. The art is lame, wish it was more standard noir. Confusing narrative. Going to stop here.

  • 4.0
    SloboSOY Dec 7, 2018

    And F... ! I hoped we turn the page of the not heroic and a little bad New52 martian manhunter. But no.
    The only part I like it John in his family, and the sexe scene ^^

    Cover - I take the variant a little better than the regular but not giving a clue about what I read inside. 1/2
    Writing - I didn't care about the mystery. I don't want a J'onn as a bad cop before. And it's way to slow. I think less than 12 part would have shaking up the story. 1/3
    Arts - Not a fan of the art easer. Better on the part on mars than on the part on earth. But behind the style I don't like, I have to approuve his layout and the way he make is panel alive. 2/3
    Feeling - I will not go further. Sorry. 0/2

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