Review: Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany

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Writer: Rob Williams

Artist: Eddy Barrows

Collects Martian Manhunter #1-6

Being someone who has long been a fan of Martian Manhunter, I am glad that he has finally been granted his first ongoing series. As hard as it is to believe, he has had only a mini-series or two to boast over the course of his decades long history, so this is long overdue.

Right off the bat, Rob Williams establishes just how truly powerful J’onn J’onzz is and that this book will get to the core of his character. The opening chapters capture his loneliness and empathy; despite being a square peg in a round hole, J’onn really does care about the people of Earth. All of these qualities are some of the many reasons why I developed an affinity for him years ago.

The threat of this volume comes in the form of evil Martians, which isn’t a surprise. Some are actually quite terrifying in appearance, but thanks to psychic abilities, they mostly go undetected among us as they wage a horrific war on Earth.

With their invasion comes a major revelation concerning J’onn’s past and why he is truly on Earth. Without spoiling it, everything you think you know about this character is turned on its head. Although it makes for good reading, I must admit that I am highly indifferent to this change.

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It is also important to mention that this volume chronicles several seemingly unrelated characters, each of whom are all distinct, yet make up a greater whole (you will love Mr. Biscuits). It’s very possible that you will piece together their mystery before the reveal just as I did, but do know that some good twists do lie ahead.

All in all, The Epiphany is highly creative and tiptoes the line between science fiction and superhero genres; it’s not necessarily what you would expect, but in a good way. Eddy Barrows’ artwork and layouts are truly a delight and should make this book even more of an enticing purchase. I’m confident you will become invested enough in this saga to check out the second volume when it eventually hits shelves.


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