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Subj: Re: Martian Manhunter Question
Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 at 02:46:58 pm EST
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Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 11:22:01 am EST

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I was just re-reading my DCU Oneshot (I guess that is what it was called) where it presents the begining stories for Capt. Marvel, the new Atom, Freedom Fighters, Martian Manhunter, etc. and I found an interesting change in MM's history.

According to "The Burning" storyline in JLA and answer.com his weakness to fire was due to the fact that "20,000 years before, an extremely dangerous race of beings called "the Burning", caused large fires to help themselves to reproduce asexually. In order to prevent the Burning from destroying much of the universe, the Guardians of the Universe split the species into the Green Martians and the White Martians, changed their reproductive behavior, and instilled in them a fear of fire."

However in this one-shot and in the oracle files it was found that the weakness was "a psychologically based vulnerability to the presence of fire, due to his buried traumatic memories of the burning of his wife's corpse."

So which is it? Guardians or Family? Any help would be appreciated.

> I was just re-reading my DCU Oneshot (I guess that is what it was called) where it presents the begining stories for Capt. Marvel, the new Atom, Freedom Fighters, Martian Manhunter, etc. and I found an interesting change in MM's history.
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> According to "The Burning" storyline in JLA and answer.com his weakness to fire was due to the fact that "20,000 years before, an extremely dangerous race of beings called "the Burning", caused large fires to help themselves to reproduce asexually. In order to prevent the Burning from destroying much of the universe, the Guardians of the Universe split the species into the Green Martians and the White Martians, changed their reproductive behavior, and instilled in them a fear of fire."
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> However in this one-shot and in the oracle files it was found that the weakness was "a psychologically based vulnerability to the presence of fire, due to his buried traumatic memories of the burning of his wife's corpse."
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> So which is it? Guardians or Family? Any help would be appreciated.

He had two different post-crisis origins(just like Captain Marvel).

In version one, his entire pre-crisis life is revealed to a lie, created by Professor Erdel, who is still alive and kicking. And the fireweakness is in truth repressed memories of his families funeral by fire.

Version 2, still has his family and species getting killed off. But here the fireweakness is back to being real. And Erdel's dies after accidently teleporting him to earth. With no memory alternation. Later on, we learn of Fernus the Buring Man and the Guardian's manipulation of the martian's genom. Of course the times don't really fit, since the Martians are suppossed to be around for at least 100.000 years and not just meager 20.000, but who cares?)

What had caused the changes in MM's origin from version one to two was Morrison's JLA introducing the White Martians, complete with fireweaknesses(Apparently no one had bothered or dared to tell him that the fireweakness was a thing of past times), so MM's origin had to be changed again. With the fireweakness being back in full swing.


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