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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 303

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

We continue our few days look at cool moments from Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier!

Today we look at the introduction of a Manhunter from Mars!

New Frontier #2 opens with the following…

Which leads into this great scene, whose ending I suppose would be “the” moment for today…


I love the part where he turns into Bugs Bunny. Although the last panel is pretty cool, too.

This is one moment that did translate well into the film, but I can’t help but wonder. Just what did John do with Prof Erdel’s body?

I love J’onn. What a great character.

This series is priceless.

he is…ahem was agood guy so dr.erdel is decayed in gotham dirt long ago :)

btw a really briliant page

I think King Faraday mentions them finding Erdel’s body later on, so I presume J’onn just left him there.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 31, 2009 at 7:06 am

Y’know, when you can see the close-up panel of his glowing red eyes, it reminded me of ol’ gravel stone-faced Darkseid.

How is it that Cooke can “get” Martian Manhunter so well, when almost no one else can. This series is so awesome. “I’l be one of the good guys.” What a great line!

This is a classic “effect that can only be achieved in comics” moment. Cooke just nails what is cool and fun about J’onn J’onzz.


October 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm

For a scene that can only be achieved in comics, it’s surprising that this was done pretty much exactly this way in the animated movie and in the intro scene to J’onn in The Batman cartoon. :)

Here’s hoping the Vandal Savage bit makes it into the Cool Moments list…

loved how J”ohn kept changing as he watched the tube . espically as bugs Bunny and then deciding to be a decetive to earn money and turns to dick tracy. another thing that makes new frontier a new classic

I really wish DC would give Cooke carte blanche to do a New Frontier-style series, including J’onn more than any other character (except for Hal, who is also awesome). I don’t get why DC can’t let go of some of their properties (older and more newly acquired) and put out some quality titles without having to label them Johnny DC or worry about how they fit into the whole DCU continuity picture.

cue marvel ripping off this moment with mystique and minnie mouse

Matthew Johnson

November 1, 2009 at 4:51 am

As good as this moment is, it’s not entirely original: an almost identical one appeared in the issue of SECRET ORIGINS that focused on Jonn. You can see the scene here (scroll down to the very end of the post): http://nofurtherexplaination.blogspot.com/2008/06/review-of-even-more-martians-manhunter.html

I loved the New Frontier film, but Darwyn’s actual comic looks even better! Thanks for putting this up.

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