Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone's Scale of Evil Rank
10) Non-psychopathic killers who murder people who are “in the way”.
Why B’rett has been selected for 7th Place:
- B’rett was the first evil Martian
- B’rett was the first evil duplicate Martian Manhunter.
- B’rett was the first “colored” Martian.
- B’rett is the only yellow-skinned Martian.
- B’rett “permanently” removed one of Martian Manhunter’s powers.
- B’rett publically “outed” J’onn J’onzz, and Martians in general.
- B’rett “introduced” J’onn J’onzz to John Jones’ supporting cast.
- B’rett turned J’onn J’onzz into a super-hero.
The Counter Argument:
- Who? B’rett appeared in one story over fifty years ago, and there’s no clear indication he’s even in continuity anymore.
- Why? B’rett is the Martian Manhunter with less powers and a ray gun. There’s no personal animosity, and no background information, so where’s the story? What’s the point of another evil Manhunter doppelganger, aside from a super easy customizable action figure with a J’onn toy as the base?
What B'rett Represents:
Despite the obvious physical similarities, B’rett is in no real way the evil opposite of J’Onn J’Onzz, especially as the character later developed. Instead, B’rett stands as an archetypal foe in the Martian Manhunter’s rogues gallery: The Gunslinger. A bandit on the run finds himself in a backwater town that can offer no serious opposition to be seen. The outlaw runs roughshod over the locals, doing as he pleases until a white hat finally shows up. The scoundrel tries to lie his way out of a showdown, but once his bluff is called, he comes out shooting. Dirty tricks are the name of the game, as the desperado threatens innocents and plays every underhanded card at his disposal. In the end though, the sheriff gets his man, to the applause of the once terrorized townsfolk. Anyone who ever watched a western from the golden age of television knows B’rett’s story. His last name might as well have been B’artt. Amongst a vile menagerie of serial killers, mind rapists and genocidal maniacs, it’s almost refreshing to see a good old fashioned thug.
- B'rett is to the Martian Manhunter as Killer Croc/Crossbones/Parasite/Sandman/Cheetah are to Batman/Captain America/Superman/Spider-Man/Wonder Woman
Who isn't ranked because of B'rett:
- The Magician-Thief/Countryman: The first Martian criminal of the strip’s history, but an easily captured wimp and simple robber who had no lasting impact on the series.
- B'enn B'urnzz: The first truly exact duplicate Martian Manhunter of villainy, but one that wouldn’t arrive for another three years. Despite being from decades in the future, B’urnzz couldn’t do anything special, and was never mentioned again.
B'rett is a scoundrel who presents a fair challenge and a bad attitude suited for tangling with J'Onn J'Onzz. He's the classic mid-range foe who you'd expect to find in rogues' gallery groupings like the Superman Revenge Squad or Sinister Six.