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Martian Manhunter

“Burning Bright”

Volume 1, Issue 2, June 1988
Released February 16, 1988

Cover Price: $1.25
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2003) Rating
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Martian Manhunter, Vol. 1, #2. Image © DC Comics



Writer: J. M. DeMatteis
Penciller: Mark Badger
Inker: Mark Badger
Colorist: Mark Badger
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Cover Artist: Mark Badger

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Cover Description: While Batman, Blue Beetle II, and Booster Gold are prone and incapacitated, Martian Manhunter attacks H'ronmeer.

Brief Synopsis: The Justice League tries to protect Martian Manhunter from a Martian god.

Issue Summary: Reveal Potential Spoilers

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: The events depicted within the Martian Manhunter mini-series occur uninterrupted, with revelations about Martian Manhunter's history. These events are not reflected in the Justice League International series for many months.

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Page 18, panel 2
Inside the Rome embassy of the Justice League International, Blue Beetle II and Booster Gold discuss Martian Manhunter's apparent illness. Booster is more interested in his first trip to Italy than Manhunter's condition, though whether this is due to Booster's stated confidence in Manhunter's power or his own selfishness is up for debate.

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Page 18, panel 4
H'ronmeer, the Martian god of light and life, introduces himself to Booster and informs Booster that he has come to take Martian Manhunter. Coming shortly after his encounter with the New Gods, Booster is suddenly on a first name basis with quite a few gods. Needless to say, Booster defends Manhunter as well as he can against a god.

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Boosterrific Review: The stylized, expressionistic art of Mark Badger is appropriate for this series' investigation of the inner turmoil of the Martian Manhunter. However, the loose art in this issue only adds to the confusion of whether the antagonists are real or imagined and results in a muddled and ultimately unsatisfying reading experience.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 2.0/5 Stars.

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