Michael Netzer is at it again! Amidst the maddening Martian manslaughter attempts, Mike has managed to give birth to two beautiful works of Atom & J’Onzz camaraderie.
If you’ve been here before (or there, or elsewhere) you know at this point in time Mr. Netzer has launched a worldwide plea to stop the eradication of The Martian Manhunter, offering up his comics wizardry services which the character is in dire need of. You can get yourself up to speed, lend your voice, and keep up to date at his site, here.
The first of the Atom/JJ sketches that Michael whipped up for me, featuring Ryan Choi possibly leading the duo hot on the trail of someone/something, can be seen here.
After commenting that it was in fact the first Ryan Choi sketch I had received, Michael went ahead… and did a Ray Palmer sketch… within the same setting!
Ray is at the feet of The Martian Manhunter while Ryan rides the brow helm. Could it be foreshadowing?
Is Ray to step to the side while Ryan (whose book sales do not exactly justify it) comes to the forefront as resident Atom? If we listen carefully, will we be able to hear the tiny shouts of the world’s smallest superhero as he’s thrust into the Petri dish of comics’ oblivion?
Or will he just meet the same end that is threatening J’Onn J’Onzz and that Aquaman with the shoulder pads?
Ryan has been offered a permanent chair in the Justice League by none other than Wonder Woman, so there could possibly be something there.
I've made my Ray Palmer bed and by God I will lie in it!
Regardless of what happens, Ray looks awesome here, dishing the upward sass at the two preoccupied heroes. This is just another outstanding piece of artwork from a severely talented man. One whom should be re-routing a certain green, bald man-hunter’s life.
Maybe JJ, Arthur, and Ray can form their own squad in their own comic.
They’ll be known as:
(Multiverse, air, micro-worlds, land, sea, space)
(it’s a work in progress)
Perhaps the first page will read:
"We will not go quietly into the night... we will not vanish without a fight!
We're going to live on!
We're going to survive!”
Four minutes prior to typing this, I would have bet you my house that I’d be the last person on Earth (this one or any other) to quote Independence Day.
Too bad for you.