Martian Manhunter #9
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Riley Rossmo
Colors by Ivan Plascencia
Letters by Deron Bennett
The Rundown: A Martian style autopsy might hold the key to finding a missing girl, but it might be too late for the town itself.
In order to get the answers they need to find the missing Ashley, J’onn and Diane will head to the morgue to perform a unique autopsy on one of Charnn’s victims. J’onn will have to connect with the corpse of one of the creature’s victims and access the fading memories in her cells. What he finds there will expose the truth behind Charnn’s time on Earth and what its mission has been all these years.
At the same time, Diane gets a call from one of the men busted at the ranch and he tells her that the cult following Charnn has targeted the town and that no one is safe.
The Story: I liked a lot of the elements Steve Orlando put into this issue. Unfortunately, the pacing was a little slow. Not just that, but the transition from one mindscape journey to teasing the next issue being about the same thing seems redundant. The story is good overall, but it needs to start kicking the plot into gear if its going to hold the attention of the reader.
The Art: Riley Rossmo delivers some dramatic and beautiful artwork throughout this issue. Many of the panels have a fluid quality to the art that makes the scenes move with the eye.