To my mind, the big news was the look at the upcoming Young Justice cartoon. I think it shows how desperately unhappy DC Entertainment was with Martian Manhunter's look that this is their second animated project in the One Year Later costume, which itself lasted little more than one year. I never minded the suit all that much, and his head is standard beetle-browed rather than Coneheadhunter, so no complaints from me. Curiously, Miss Martian also seems to wear a variation on that get-up in a few scenes.
J'Onn seems present in a detached mentor role, which is still a greater presence than he's had in M'gann M'orzz's life since her creation four years ago. Still, the Usurper himself, Red Tornado, seems to be the veteran hero most associated with the team. That's one of the few holdovers from the series Young Justice got its name from, though Peter David will be writing some episodes. J'Onn remains with the Justice League, which appears to consist of the DC Trinity plus Grell Green Arrow and the hairy Aquaman that lasted for a few early issues of David's '90s run.
In what little can be seen here, I already like Miss Martian better on the cartoon than in comics. I assume she won't be a crazy person there, and I like the emphasis on her telekinesis (a Martian power never mentioned but played up heavily in JLTF) and invisibility. I was afraid she would end up a green-skinned Supergirl, but this gives me hope for something much better. A freakin' love the animation style and character designs on display, which is tight and athletic without sacrificing the fluidity associated with DC 'toons. Also, Miss Martians has a promotional piece where she fights albino space monkeys over her "Sweet Sixteen" takes, which is a dream I wish I had.
On a Green Lantern panel, Joe Prado discussed the tricky route by which J'Onn J'Onzz got his new costume...
Prado said it was "very difficult" to design the visuals of "Brightest Day." "Do you remember how many versions of Martian Manhunter we went through? 17! That sounds like not so much, but it's 175 emails!" The boots were the biggest point of contention, along with debate about whether Martian Manhunter should have pants. On cue, a fan shouted, "A jacket!" referring to the current Wonder Woman redesign controversy.
I understand John Jones has made some appearances in Madame Xanadu. Well, that's canceled, so I'll raid the cheapie bins a few months from now for the details.
Self-sabotaging as usual, why not dilute the Martian Manhunter brand (such as it is) by bringing up those evil other guys in a Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game?
Shortly before the con, DC offered a new cryptic teaser spread for Brightest Day, a practice that needed some time for the stink to die down from Countdown to Final Crisis. It's a fine arts swipe with super-heroes shoehorned in that offers no more relevant information than can be gleaned from solicitations. Martian Manhunter is shown trying to burn down the Star City forest, which tells us A) He doesn't like J.T. Krul's writing either; B) They're maybe trying to get rid of the fire weakness again, which never works; C) He hated The Rise of Arsenal like everyone else, and is hoping to stop Titans: Villains For Hire at the tree; D) It's good to wear pants near flickering embers; -A) Unrelated, but they totally figured the impression of Black Manta helmet on the ridge was too subtle, so they went all "red eyes in the shadows"; E) We're never going to get one of these things where J'Onn is just eating cookies with milk on a cloudless day. Arson, back-stabbing, but no Chocos with Lian and Ted.
DC Universe Online offered a stunning short film to preview their upcoming RPG game, but I haven't seen anything remotely Martian Manhunter related in their announcements to date. Aquaman appears to be in the same boat, but at least Wonder Woman gets serious face time (and holy cow, Giganta?)