Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Martian Manhunter #4 - March 1999

"Blood Kin" by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake.

In what is in the running for the briefest, most cursory appearance by the Phantom Stranger in a comic, see if you can find him here, amid the other faces of the DCU:
...brief as the appearance is (very!), this does bring up an interesting idea: can the Martian Manhunter peer into the Stranger's mind?

Sure, Manhunter is very, very powerful in that regard, but you'd think the Phantom Stranger's magical powers would trump whatever Manhunter can do.


Unknown said...

I agree that the Stranger would trump whatever J'onn could do, but let me offer an alternate possiblity. The Stranger recognized J'onn's "touch" and let him in as he trusts J'onn. Just a thought.

M W Gallaher said...

Is it really a Phantom Stranger appearance is he's unidentified, incidental, and miscolored? Ah, heck, while you could justifiably tell yourself that this was just a guy in a hat, we all know that Tom Mandrake was intentionally sneaking the Phantom Stranger (without thinking whether it made sense, and no, it doesn't) into the crowd of faces here, whether the colorist realized it or not.

M W Gallaher said...

Then again, J'onn only says he's *attempting* to scan ever mind. I assume that particular attempt failed.

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