Tuesday, February 23, 2010
JLA Secret Files & Origins #3: White Martians Profile Page (December 2000)
I was initially put off by the debut of White Martians in the first Morrison JLA arc, but the story was very cool, and with time I realized J'Onn J'Onzz would actually benefit from losing the title "last living Martian." Besides it being terribly derivative of Superman, the Martian Manhunter works well when contrasted against others of his own species, and there's tons of '70s continuity established to that effect. Unfortunately, while John Ostrander jumped through maddening hoops to pit the Alien Atlas against green Martians, and books as low on the totem pole as Son of Vulcan were allowed to use White Martians as antagonists, their only appearances in J'Onn's solo series were in flashback. Thankfully, since his interaction with the Whites was rather light in New World Order, Mark Waid finally turned Manhunter loose on them in a story arc from his too-brief JLA run. I'm not sure how many of these guys survived Fernus' massacre, but I'll keep my hopes up for another match.
Profile text by Scott Beatty, with art by Dale Eaglesham and Andrew Hennessey, and probably the best looking White Martian I've seen at that.