We Interrupt This Story For........Martian Manhunter?
Art By: Philip Tan, Jason Paz, Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 25, 2015
In the end, after getting his mind violated with images of rage and loneliness, Martian Manhunter finally Manhunters the hell up and takes this alien monster down pretty easy....... you know, with his mind powers because that's how J'onn takes fools down.
As our issue closes, J'onn strips down Martian ass naked to take another walk in the desert, but this time it's different because we see him phase into the Earth, where he talks again like this is a part of the current Martian Manhunter continuity and says that he'll create new lives and protect the people of Earth........ but all we see is him in a seated yoga pose as pictures of the other Justice Leaguers and even UnNamed are spaced around him......... Yeah, I miss Rao.
That's it for this issue of Justice League of America and even though this might be something that had to be rushed out in order to get a JLA title out there since the series has been delayed over and over again........ I kind of wish that it had simply gone on hiatus instead of giving us a story that has to do with nothing that we're dealing with. Yeah, you can kind of see parallels between what's going on in the current Martian Manhunter series, but placing it in a Pre-New 52 world is just confusing and unneeded. The story wasn't really interesting either because all we had was a serial killer alien who wanted to fuck with Martian Manhunter because he was bored and since this is a one and done story, where J'onn easily takes the villain out, I just feel kind of ripped off for getting this issue. I wasn't really a fan of the art and while I would like to elaborate more on that, I really can't. There was just something about the majority of the art in this book that I just didn't care to look at....... It's kind of a dick thing to say, but it just wasn't for me. In the end, the only thing that I really enjoyed was my own jumping to conclusions about how this fit in either the JLA or Martian Manhunter series, but all of that was quickly ended when I got to the final page and realized it didn't.
Bits and Pieces:
While completionists will be getting this book simply because having a missing issue in their series would drive them insane, the rest of us can hang back this month and save some cash because nothing in this book is worth it. We have a Pre-New 52 story that is a one and done and by the end of reading it, I just found myself angry that it wasn't rewritten slightly to either fit in the JLA series or the Martian Manhunter series. It just feels like a missed opportunity to give this issue a purpose instead of just throwing something out there and hoping that the readers don't mind.