Day 18 (30 Day Comic Book Challenge)

Favorite B-list character.

Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz)

This is one of the most absurd characters, yet I love this guy. So, he’s a Martian and green skinned (stereotypical, thus absurdity #1), who happens to have some powers like Superman’s because he’s a Martian ? (absurdity #2), his traditional vulnerability is to fire ?! (absurdity #3), and look at his costume (absurdity #4). So why do I like J’onn? Because of all that absurdity! He’s Superman plus he can turn invisible, and intangible, and shapeshift. Oh, and he’s telepathic! Who needs Superman? :) He’s also Batman in that he is an accomplished detective, though modern writers seem to forget that about him. He also holds a unique position in terms of his creation: he preceded Barry Allen Flash by a year, thus making him perhaps the first superhero of the Silver Age.

I was first exposed to him, as I recall, in DC Comics Presents #27. That story in DCCP really made me feel for the character, and he seemed much more the hero of the story than Superman. While I missed a lot of Justice League stories featuring J’onn during the late 70s and early 80s, I did like him enough to buy the 1988 mini-series that bears his name. I now wish I would have bought his ongoing that came ten years later (but that’s the fun of comics: finding old material to read as new). Finally, this is how much I like J’onn: his inclusion in Stormwatch (2011) is why I bought the title in the first place. I just wish Paul Cornell would spotlight him more.

3 thoughts on “Day 18 (30 Day Comic Book Challenge)

  1. Leonard Snart's Gun January 19, 2012 / 5:04 pm

    He was absolutely the stand out in The New Frontier. Not only was his characterization great, how he was drawn was cool too.

    I do wonder what you consider B- and C-list if you consider a JLA member a B-lister. That A-list must be pretty exclusive.


    • Eric P. I. January 22, 2012 / 10:58 am

      C’mon, Vibe was a member of the Justice League, and he’s certainly not a B-List character.


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