I wasn't a huge fan of the Martian Manhunter series, but there was one bright spot in those thirty-six issues that almost makes up for it.
In Martian Manhunter #24, we take a trip back in time to the Justice League International days, and as usual, the michevious Blue and Gold are up to something:
The amazing thing is, I had no idea who Beetle, Booster, Maxwell Lord, Fire, Ice, OR Guy Gardner were when I read this issue, and I still thought it was funny. Even this Maxwell Lord guy was amusing to me and I wanted to know more about him. I had only sought it out to satiate my Martian Manhunter fandom, and had yet to read any Justice League International titles. Now, of course, this all makes a whole lot more sense.
Obviously, this must translate well to new readers, because I sent the above panel to my non-comics-reading-but-Smallville-watching-friend and she found their "impish grins" amusing.
This is also the reason why "Choco Addiction," along with fire, is listed as a weakness on J'onn's DC Wikia page. Recently, it seems, they went back to referring to "Chocos" as "Oreos," which I like.
And where are you going to ever find another Guy Gardner panel like this? Muahaha.
And nor does seeing exchanges like this ever get old in my mind:
Martian Manhunter #24 could very easily have been an issue of JLI. One minor quibble is that Ostrander made Booster the instigator and Beetle the somewhat-unwilling participant who realized they'd gone too far, and really the roles should've been reversed. But, hey, it's good fun nonetheless, and I like a good laugh from my comics every now and then. Actually, more than every now and then.
I'm hoping that that little teaser image of a JLI banner shown in DC's editor column last week means an eventual return to the good ol' JLI days. Wouldn't that be nice?
Oh, and one more. I couldn't help adding this one in:
That's the Maxwell Lord I miss!