Martian Manhunter #8
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Riley Rossmo
Colors by Ivan Plascencia
Letters by Andworld Design
The Rundown: J’onn and Meade lay all their cards on the table in order to trust each other enough to stop Charnn once and for all.
J’onn and Meade meet back at her place and the detective decides to open up to the martian about not only the secrets she’s been keeping, but also how she and John Jones got so close in the first place. She recounts how she had to compromise who she was for the sake of her career and that compromise ate away at her until she started with Jones. Their friendship grew into a relationship beyond partners and friends. She tells the Martian impersonating her former partner everything in order to get him to understand that she trusts him.
As the partners get back to working the case of the missing Ashley Addams, the girl herself has had enough of being in the custody of the villainous Charnn. As she fights to escape, Charnn shows her the level of change she’s gone through and how her life will never be the same.
The Story: Steve Orlando has decided to slow down the plot just enough to focus on one of the more complicated relationships in this series; J’onn and Meade. The story does a great job of showcasing why the human detective is such an interesting character and a good counterpoint to J’onn. Her backstory was engaging and interesting in contrast to J’onn’s on Mars. I like that there was a moment when the detectives finally break down the case in order to create a strategy moving forward and how the story ends with a new complication to the investigation.
The Art: Riley Rossmo’s style is perfect for this series and this issue. Rossmo does so much with facial expressions and the drama of the human moments are enhanced with the visual style brought to them.