Martian Manhunter #4

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 21
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

There's only one witness to the murder of the Addams family, and the disappearance of Ashley Addams. Good news: master detective John Jones has tracked the witness down! Bad news: the witness is... an iguana. Can even John's Martian telepathic mind withstand contact with a primitive animal? And in his past on Mars, the fiery plague of H'ronmeer's Curse is creating a desperate situation... how far will J'onn J'onnz go to keep his family safe?

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Mar 27, 2019

    If you haven't gotten into the story yet, this issue is a sign that you should be reading this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Mar 31, 2019

    Martian Manhunter #4 is scary and painful. It uses frighteningly powerful truths to ask us to reconsider the glue to the Justice League that we thought we always knew. By the end of the issue, J'Onn is through mental, emotional, and, physical torments that the reader and the Martian are afraid to face. Ultimately however alone J'Onn and Ashley may appear to be, we the readers are here, anxious to see J'Onn become the great leader we know he can be. Sometimes in order to ascend the greatest heights we must experience the lowest depths, and that's where we are with J'Onn J'Onzz. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 10, 2019

    Martian Manhunter is like True Detective meets Cronenberg's The Fly. It could have been a satisfying crime story on its own. Adding in heaping helpings of body horror, alien carnage, and pure unbridled terror makes it a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Apr 5, 2019

    Although a relatively quiet issue,Martian Manhunter continues to prove itself as one of the most uniquely human comics on the shelf today. It may not be drawing the raving hype and talk of Eisner shoo-in that DC'sMister Miracledid, but it certainly belongs in the same conversation as a game-changing book that is a cut above anything else out there. Sadly, April will be a skip month for the book, but rest assured I can't wait for the next installment in May! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2019

    Riley Rossmo's art is fantastic. Everything looks amazing and all of the panel compositions are beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 27, 2019

    Orlando takes the first step towards bringing J'onn into conflict with the creature operating behind the scenes. The big reveal is very effective and builds the anticipation for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 27, 2019

    While the story is highly compelling, the real star here is Riley Rossmo's brilliantly disturbing art " whether he's depicting Martian sexual congress or the villain's grand reveal, his surreal painted style is what helps to make this series a classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Mar 27, 2019

    As we reach the end of the first third of the series, Orlando and Rossmo double down on the choices that make Martian Manhunterone of the boldest books on the shelves. It's intimidating but always rewarding. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 27, 2019

    Though it doesnt live up to its potential, the fourth issue of Orlando and Rossmos Manhunter is finding a bright pulse that stands out from most of the rest of the work currently populating the mainstream comic book rack. Its a very unique place that Orlando and Rossmo are visiting every month. Itll be interesting to see where it goes after issue four as Jonzz finally comes face to face with the central villain of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Mar 27, 2019

    Solid, Unique And Fun! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 28, 2019

    It's understandable that a book like this that seems to almost purposely obfuscate the whole story to force you to hone in on the characters themselves might not be for everyone but it remains one of the most exciting and forward-thinking books in DC's publishing line. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Legion - Jacob Woolsey Mar 27, 2019

    Even though were able to place some pieces together, this story is still full of mystery. Charnn's motives are still unknown. What kind of criminal was he back on Mars for the Manhunters to resort to such a punishment? Just being a third of the way through the 12-issue run there's sure to be a number of unexpected twists and turns, along with what's sure to be beautiful action sequences. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 27, 2019

    J'onn did well on the Justice League cartoon, but perhaps making much more central to the JLA franchise might be a better strategy. Allowing him to grow and develop, then launch him in his own series. But it could be argued DC Comics is doing exactly that right now. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 27, 2019

    Martian Manhunter at its worst is still better than most comics, especially most superhero comics out today. However, this is still the series at its lowest so far, and I hope that future issues tighten up just a bit to get things back on track. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Mar 27, 2019

    An unwelcome return to the overly colorful weirdness and moral ambiguity of Mars reintroduces many of the problems I had with the first two issues, but this issue's later shift of focus to Earth doesn't quite capitalize on the great job done last month to make J'Onn a well-rounded and sympathetic character. There are some impressive, individual moments and the Rossmo/Plascencia team shows off its chops in a couple of stunning set pieces, but the issue as a whole is too breathless and wordy to conjure consistently the noirish, disturbing atmosphere for which the writer is so clearly striving. Read Full Review

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