Tuesday, August 24, 2010
2010 Martian Manhunter Brightest Day Variant Cover by Ryan Sook & Co.
Back in June, I got all excited about what I thought was the first Martian Manhunter solo variant cover ever. In my rush of enthusiasm, I forgot to apply critical judgment, and realize artist Dave Finch was only doing the standard covers for Brightest Day. Now, DC has begun releasing variant covers featuring each of the resurrected Twelve tasked with performing labors by the White Power Entity (which never stops being hilariously wrong-headed.) Before truly being alive again, J'Onn J'Onzz must burn the Star City forest, which the Entity itself created. It's not a very exciting task, but is way better than having your second life revolve around the throwing and catching of a boomerang (which takes two undead people to accomplish!)
Anyhow, all of these White Lantern Corps covers connect to form a single cryptic image. That means web sites and message boards are buzzing to Deconstruct the Massive Biblically-Inspired White Lantern Cover Art. You know, the same way they did the two Ethan Van Sciver Countdown teasers, as well as Tony Daniels' Battle for the Cowl. Memories must be short, because not only did those mini-series suck, but the "clues" were only vaguely relevant to anything that happened in them... or worse, indicated even lousier spin-offs (see: Martian Manhunter stealth promoting the terrible Salvation Run.)
In this instance, the figures are drawn by Ryan Sook, and everyone but the Hawks are freestanding, so the placement in the collective image could be completely arbitrary. Maybe Jade is turning evil, or maybe Hawk got plugged into the wrong slot in a production department rush. Maybe Captain Boomerang being parallel to Martian Manhunter means both parties will end up in Star City, and Digger sure would make a good Green Arrow villain. However, both also line up with the Indigo Tribe compassion entity Proselyte, which is the best possible match for J'Onn, but anathema for ol' Boomerbutt (unless that's the point?) However, the entities/background was drawn by Fernando Pasarin and Joel Gomez with help from Jim Lee, so there's no guarantee the image was ever intended to interact with the foreground.
Look, it's a nice image, and when the book this cover appears on is announced, I'll note that here. I think DC should have trickled all of these out individually, or at least wait to get down to the real losers before unveiling the compete picture. That would have made more of a game of it, and given me the chance to offer more detailed information. What I will say though is that you're getting gamed if you put too much thought into what is probably another case of sizzle over steak. However, if J'Onn finds himself hooked up with Hawkgirl, that'll be a humdinger!