DC Meets Looney Tunes: Martian Manhunter/Marvin The Martian #1 (2017) – Review

  • Written by: Steve Orlando & Frank J. Barbiere
  • Pencils by: Aaron Lopresti
  • Inker: Jerome Moore
  • Colors by: Hi-Fi
  • Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
  • Cover by: Aaron Lopresti
  • Variant Cover by: Stephen DeStefano w/ special thanks to Gregory Benton
  • Assistant Editor: Michael McAlister
  • Group Editor: Marie Javins
  • Martian Ambassador: Joey Cavalieri


It often seems like the tones of DC Comics and Looney Tunes are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum. DC Comics is well known for it’s vast array of serious, hard gripping stories within the worlds of orphaned heroes and heroes who struggle to realize who they truly are and where their place is in the world, with many loved ones having been in danger or having died at some point. Meanwhile, Looney Tunes is known for it’s light hearted slapstick comedy where characters can fall into canyons, get disintegrated, get shot and more whilst remaining alive no matter what. So how do you merge these two in a way that works? Well….they found a way.

Cover A – by Aaron Lopresti


J’onn J’onzz, better known on Earth as Martian Manhunter, a prime member of the Justice League, is the last known Green Martian in existence. Despite his friends in the Justice League, he is constantly in a state of loneliness. J’onn would give anything to find someone like him, and so he has built an Erdel Gate, the same device that saved him from the destruction of his home planet, but this time, he’s reaching out across the multiverse.

Marvin the Martian is the only being to step through the Erdel Gate, and once he discovers where he is, he promises to free J’onn from the supposed inevitable future where earthlings will turn against Martians and destroy them once and for all. However, J’onn is a hero, he cannot believe that humans are that lost in their hatred and confusion, so he does what he can to stop Marvin from destroying Earth.

At first you might think this story would be sillier but even with Marvin the Martian in it, the story is very powerful because it discusses the power of human fear and misjudgment. Despite Martian Manhunter being a hero of Earth, their fear of Marvin causes the earthlings to quickly turn their judgement and lose their years of trust in J’onn. This story is genuinely powerful and heartfelt, but that doesn’t take too much away from the Looney side of things as there is still plenty of Looney Tunes comedy and Marvin’s dialogue is very nostalgic to how he talks in the cartoon series itself.


The comic sticks with a more serious DC Comics art style, and transforms Marvin into a somewhat more realistic character design whilst still being recognizable to his original design. He retains his short stature and we get a glimpse at some of the silly devices he would use in Looney Tunes such as a tablet capsule that turns into a space ship when you throw it into water.

His helmet and belt have been designed to look more like armour which is an excellent design choice. His head remains featureless except for his eyes which actually makes him feel more menacing.


I love DC and I love Looney Tunes but I never would have imagined the two together like this. We’ve had characters take on DC Heroes costumes such as Super Bugs but to have the characters actually enter a serious world whilst still being Looney is something completely different. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that this not only merged the two characters but the story is genuinely gripping and heartfelt, that gives readers a deeper look into the characters.

In the back of the issue there is a small comic story that involves the same two characters but it is done in the same art style of looney Tunes. This little story is fun to read after the more serious plot as it reminds us of the looney side to the characters. Also it’s fun to see what DC characters would look like in the Looney Tunes universe.


Alternate Cover by Stephen DeStefano w/ special thanks to Gregory Benton

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