DC has announced a new Martian Manhunter comic launching in December 2018, one that aims to both retell the iconic hero’s origin story and bring him back to his roots as a detective.
As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Martian Manhunter is a 12-issue limited series from the Batman/The Shadow creative team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo.
The news comes as Orlando renews his exclusive contract with DC. Orlando is also currently writing the ongoing Wonder Woman comic and is working on a Jack Kirby-inspired miniseries called The Electric People.
“I’ve been calling this my dream project online for more than a year,” Orlando told THR. “I started talking to DC about it at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. He’s always been my favorite character since I was younger, so to be able to fire our best shot across the bow of doing an evergreen story with him, it’s super exciting. Everyday I’m writing, I just can’t believe it; there’s no character I wanted to work on more.”
According to THR, the series opens with J’onn J’onzz taking human form and investigating a murder that has an unexpected connection to his past on Mars. This murder mystery will in turn allow Orlando and Rossmo the opportunity to flesh out J’onn’s past and Martian culture in general.
“In the past, J’onn has been too perfect,” Orlando said. “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.”
Look for Martian Manhunter #1 to hit stores in December 2018.