A splash page from the second volume of Martian Manhunter: American Secrets (by Gerard Jones and Eduardo Barreto.) The tone of this book is one of its strongest points; in true noir form, its tension derives from the necessity that J'onn keep his true identity a secret. What results is a harried, tense, nail-biting plot line which is almost brutal in the severity of its relentless suspense.
|Spectacular art by Eduardo Barreto|
I won't say anything more about this spectacular book, lest I spoil any of its delightful surprises.
*All the more reason that I believe secret identities yield a level of tension and nuance to superhero comics--and writers seem to have forgotten this. But that's a discussion for another day.