Writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo are teaming up to bring new light to the origin story of Martian J'onn J'onzz, who has been a staple in the DC Universe since the shapeshifter first appeared in 1955. More recently, the character has gained prominence as a central character on The CW's Supergirl. But the new DC series will follow his time disguised as a detective solving a murder on Earth.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Orlando detailed his excitement to take on the character.
“I started talking to DC about it at San Diego Comic-Con 2017," said Orlando. "He’s always been my favorite character since I was younger, so to be able to fire our best shot across the bow of doing an evergreen story with him, it’s super exciting. Everyday I’m writing, I just can’t believe it; there’s no character I wanted to work on more.”
You can get a sense of Orlando's excitement from his Tweet praising Rossmo's stunning visuals for the series...
Orlando further explained that the new series will be about J’onn J’onzz using his new life on Earth as a chance to become a better man... er, Martian.
"His life on Earth is a gift to him; it’s his second chance to be the man he always wanted to be on Mars but wasn’t strong enough to be, and didn’t have the will to be," said Orlando. "The question is, is he really strong enough to be this person? Is it just an act? Can he really seize the opportunity? That’s really what the series is about, and by the end, we’ll find out if he’s strong enough to make the Martian Manhunter a hero, to make him inspiring to people instead of just a reminder of what happened to his people in the past.”
You can find out when Martian Manhunter comes to Earth this December.