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Michael Nicolai On This Site's Martian Manhunter #1 Review
posted August 29, 2006
 

[Original Article Referenced]

I just read your review of Martian Manhunter #1, and I had a few comments to add.

Brave New World was a value-priced one-shot anthology with the express purpose of teasing their six new series. Putting the logo on the top is just the tail wagging the dog, or maybe the comic book equivalent of those "as seen on TV" logos. Your review was more or less what I thought of it, although I would add that his sudden bouts of poutiness might have something to do with the Justice League replacing him with the Red Tornado.

What prompted me to write is that there is one great Martian Manhunter story; a three issue mini-series by Gerard Jones and Eduardo Barretto called "American Secrets." It's a Cold War romp that touches on the character's unique point, a superhero from before the super-hero comeback of the silver age. The plot twists and turns around beatniks and rigged quiz shows, going from Greenwich Village to suburbia (where a Bill Gaines pastiche lives in exile after being driven out of the funnybook business), and climaxing in Cuba. I read this when I was 14 and it blew my doors off. By contrast it made the other Marvel and DC books I was reading look silly, and is probably what drove me towards alternative books.

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Tom Spurgeon Responds: I apologize for the error. I was corrected almost immediately and forgot to get it into the review, so this letter I hope will suffice!