REVIEW: ‘Martian Manhunter,’ Issue #10 – “Through Carnage to Joy”

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Martian Manhunter #10

Martian Manhunter #10, “Through Carnage to Joy,” is published by DC ComicsDC Comics, written by Steven Orlando, with art by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, and lettering by Deron Bennett. Previously, J’onn performed a thoughtopsy on one of the many victims of Charnn’s genetic experiments. As the Manhunter delved into the mind of the deceased woman, he uncovered the truths of what his Martian counterpart was trying to achieve.

Through his experiments and abductions, Charnn wants to combine the DNA of both human and Martian. The villain is aiming to unlock his own genetic capabilities to finally be able to shapeshift after an age of being locked in singular form. Meanwhile, Diane receives intel from a source that the gang from the pig farm raid are gearing up once more as they plan to unleash carnage on the town of Middleton, CO.

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Martian Manhunter #10 seamlessly weaves us back into the story where the prior issue concluded. Diane and J’onn are preparing to dive deep into J’onn’s own mind. In order to fully unleash his Martian abilities, J’onn must first unlock and confront his inner demons. These inner demons, however, aren’t like a human’s. No, J’onn’s sub-conscious has become so inhospitable, that his deepest darkest thoughts have manifested into physical beings nestled within the darkest parts of his mind. Aided by his partner, he now must face them head-on. Shame, anger, and duty all await him.

While in the land of the physical, Middleton, CO, is being set upon by a gang on the order of the chaotic Charnn.

Orlando, and team, have such a deep-rooted understanding of this story that after 10 issues in, their consistency has been flawless. The team is constantly addressing, and reevaluating, the heroes’ quest in order to tackle Martian Manhunters greatest flaws head-on. It has been exciting, and refreshing. J’onn’s mind was a metaphysical nightmare. Each beast he faced was more fearsome than the last, with the final being the worst of the lot.

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Each beast utilized their opponents darkest memories against them in order to throw the heroes off balance. It’s in an issue such as this where Rossmo, Plascencia, and Bennett all really excel. When the restrictions of the physical world are removed, this creative team unite to bring to life some truly excellent panels and illustrations. The abstract panel placement continues to be a welcome addition along with Rossmo’s signature style of illustrations.

Each of the three beasts, and subsequent fight scenes are so vibrant, and exciting.  The colors jump from the page, and the lettering via the use of onomatopoeia is top class. To date, this has been one of the most exhilarating issues of the series.

It’s hard to believe that this story is now in its final stretch of issues, with only two left in the 12 issue arc. J’onn has undergone a truly relatable character arc, as designed by Orlando, with themes of shame, anger, and hiding one’s inner self to conform to the world around them. As previously mentioned, this creative team understands their character, and Orlando’s mastery of Martian Manhunter has added a depth to a character that has previously felt very two dimensional.

I continue to promote and sing the praise of this team and this storyline. It’s worth every ounce of your time!

Martian Manhunter #10 is available in stores now.

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TL;DR

It’s hard to believe that this story is now in its final stretch of issues, with only two left in the 12 issue arc. J’onn has undergone a truly relatable character arc, as designed by Orlando, with themes of shame, anger, and hiding one’s inner self to conform to the world around them. As previously mentioned, this creative team understands their character, and Orlando’s mastery of Martian Manhunter has added a depth to a character that has previously felt very two dimensional.