Martian Manhunter, the DC Comics superhero who David S. Goyer once said only virgins knew about, is getting his own 12-issue maxi-series at DC Comics in December. Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo are the creative team for the book, which will explore J’onn J’onzz’s origins in the framework of a detective story set on Earth which, if the art below is any indication, looks pretty bloody.
The Hollywood Reporter had the EXCLUSIVE reveal of the series, which makes sense because the comic book industry is just an intellectual property farm for Hollywood movies and TV shows. In their interview, Orlando said of the series:
In the past, J’onn has been too perfect. One of the reasons people have not connected to him is that he was a perfect upright cop on Mars, and yes, his family died but it was no fault of his own, and then he came to Earth and he was perfect. Our favorite characters, that’s not them, you know? Spider-Man let the burglar go. Bruce Wayne was too afraid to save his family. This book gives J’onn that moment, and that’s the keystone as to why this book will be, is, the Martian Manhunter story, because we finally know the why. Why he strives to be so good on Earth, why he has this journey, because he’s never really had one before. All of our favorite characters overcome their faults, and we hope he’s going to do it here, but he has to have them first.”
And Rossmo said:
When we were discussing the project and getting ready to go, the present timeline story felt kind of David Lynch-y to me, and I thought that would be the piece that I could really dig into. But the Martian stuff, the family stuff, has been really emerging as the part that really grabs me. There’s a moment in issue 1 that they all have as a family together, and it brings a tear to my eye, because you know where it’s going, and what’s going to happen. I want to do it justice, and show how special that time is together, knowing from page one of the series where it’s going. That’s really become a driving factor for me.
On Twitter, Orlando called the book a dream project.
— Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) September 13, 2018
Read the full interview at THR, and look for Martian Manhunter #1 in stores in December.