On the moon, A new Watchtower is being constructed as seen in the first episode of season 11(not the first issue). There Superman and his then guardian (see season 6 and onward), Martian Man hunter are supervising the construction being made by the robots from S.T.A.R. Labs. Suddenly, an alert warns him of the Psimon incident and he rushes off to be Superman. Martian Man hunter(aka M.M) then leaves to head back to his alias’ home John Jones where we met his neighbours. When he finally reaches his apartment, we see the effigy. A small portrait of him, his wife, and his child. Then a whispering voice “J’onzz” (his real name is J’on J’onzz) calls out to him and he nightmarish memories flood his mind causing him to revert back to is Martian form. In Gotham, Batman and Nightwing stop members of the “mutants” gang (yes, the mutants from the Frank Miller story/animated feature). And just as Nightwing stops her share of mutants, a scream is hard a short distance away. When she reaches the source of the scream, she encounters a white Martian like alien who severely wounds her. Batman was just a little to late to stop the attack. Back at Wayne Manor aka the batcave, Nightwing is in some rehabilitation chamber, and Batman has cross referenced with his own database, a symbol that was left at the scene. Out of no where M.M shows up, to confirm “… Its Martian”. To be continued.
This issue came out roughly around the same time the “Batman: the Return of the Dark Knight” animated movie came out, I believe so it was a nice small promo that Miller did with the mutants. Be it intentional or not. I even enjoyed the mention of Clayface (he’s my fave batman villain). All in all this was a fine way to start an issue. Not the best, but it works.
New artist Axel Gimenez, does a Really good job here. It’s not perfect, but it was still good in comparison. Would I pay to see him on a monthly, no. His Batman is much better from panel to panel from the character’s debut in “Detective”. Where the issue shines, is later. The art takes more from the show in terms of how each character looks.
The effigy word using is a little confusing for me. The meaning is clearly seen, early, but right now, I don’t think it was the appropriate title.
- Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
- Art: 3 out of 5,
- layout: 3 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
- Story: 2 out of 5.
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