Review: ‘Martian Manhunter,’ Issue #7 – A Prisoner With Power

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Martian Manhunter #7

Martian Manhunter #7, “A Prisoner With Power,” is published DC Comics, written by Steven Johnson, with art by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, and lettering by AndWorld Design. Previously, J’onn had recounted to his partner Diane, about the events of his sordid past. He finally revealed how the Martian Manhunter landed on Earth, and what happened to his family. It was an absolutely cracker of a story.

Now, Martian Manhunter #7 J’onn and his partner Meade, conduct a raid on criminal hideout as they continue to look for Ashley Addams. That said, this is no regular ‘villain’s lair’, as it turns out it’s appears to be a simple pig farm, but as so often is the case, nothing is as it seems. The story is splits between two major plots, the one mentioned above, and the story show in the second half of the issue that shows Charnn pushing into atrocious acts committed against humanity. The villain here, if you recall from issue number five, has received a life punishment by being banished from his home world, and locked within his current physical state, and this is how he has remained for thousands of years.

Rossmo, and Plascencia nail all of the action with the illustrations and coloring. Melding in the police force, with the criminal organization guarding the location, to the location itself with Pigs running amongst the chaos. Two scenes jump out at me in particular, the first is the moment later on when J’onn finally takes his power back to use for the great good during the raid, and to protect his partner.

The second scene is right around the mid-way point, and I actually can’t mention it for fear of spoiling, but graphic nature, the creepy, unsettling realism approached, it visually landed brilliantly for what it was intended to do.

The team working on the lettering for AndWorld Design, continue to deliver very good quality visual dialogue. In particular I enjoy the tipsy, presently drinking a lot, conversation between Diane and John, and how they capture feeling of being intoxicated without rubbing it in your face.

I think it’s worth pointing out that I believe the creative team here nails the title of the story in Martian Manhunter #7. It’s an odd compliment to levy I grant you, however the implications create such an interesting discussion point, or leave you debating the semantics in your own head. The ‘Prisoner With Power’ could be any of the characters within the story, both villain and hero fit the category perfectly.

For me, I love this level of depth over the finest of details in Martian Manhunter #7. Orlando has spent time connecting us to these people, and aliens, so we can really appreciate their choices in life, the sacrifices they have made and how they’ve ended up in this current space. Charnn’s backstory actually pins him as the hero, as he tries to fight against the corruption that had spread throughout the Manhunter profession. Whereas J’onn, was absolutely the villain, sacrificing highly sensitive government data, for the protection of his family under the eyes of the mob families.

Martian Manhunter #7 was a lot more tense than I was expecting, and was a different pace and tone in comparison to the other single issues. This is one of my current favorite series on comic shelves as we speak, and it’s brilliant to see them continuing to push forward so confidently with each issue.

Martian Manhunter #7 is available now in comic book stores.

Martian Manhunter #7
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TL;DR

Martian Manhunter #7 was a lot more tense than I was expecting, and was a different pace and tone in comparison to the other single issues. This is one of my current favorite series on comic shelves as we speak, and it’s brilliant to see them continuing to push forward so confidently with each issue.

2 Comments on “Review: ‘Martian Manhunter,’ Issue #7 – A Prisoner With Power”

    1. Thanks! Been really enjoying the series so far. Brilliant take on Martian Manhunter!

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