Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Others: TELOK'TELAR
Telok'Telar was one of a group of Martians subjected to torturous experiments in a clandestine government experiment. Once the Martian Manhunter learned of the operation, he broke into its underground New York location and began freeing its prisoners. Regardless of this, Telok'Telar addressed J'Onn J'Onzz with great suspicion, interrogating him harshly and explicitly stating his lack of trust. As the group of escapees continued to be hounded, Telok'Telar's suspicious nature persisted.
Telok'Telar, J'Onn J'Onzz and Mica'kel swiftly defeated a Justice League group consisting of the Vixen, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Zatanna and Green Lantern Hal Jordan. However, Telok'Telar's antagonism toward J'Onn J'Onzz extended to matters as simple as supplying a blood sample for testing, which J'Onzz had to extract by force.
Telok'Telar stuck close to his cohort Dal'en, who had become the first of the Others to return to his natural White Marian form. Telok'Telar's own transformation went more poorly, as his conditioning held to such a degree that he was left virtually defenseless by his inability to comprehend that he was not in fact a Green Martian. Still considered a threat, Telok'Telar's mind was telepathically plunged into a comatose state by the Martian Manhunter, his last reported condition. Telok'Telar was placed by J'Onn J'Onzz "in a secure location," and has not been heard from since.
First Appearance: Martian Manhunter #2 (November, 2006)
Group Affiliation: The Others
Telok'Telar has displayed superhuman strength, speed, and durability, as well as the power of flight, telepathic assumption of multiple humans' motor control, and limited shapeshifting. Whether Telok'Telar possesses other Martian abilities is unknown.
Telok'Telar was vulnerable to fire and ordinance from a modified AR-8 sniper rifle. He was also particularly susceptible to the brainwashing techniques of Cay'an, which appeared to produce mental instability after his reversion back to a White Martian.
Distinguishing Features: While in his Green Martian form, Telok'Telar wore a uniform that was nearly identical to the Manhunter's then-recently acquired "One Year Later" suit. Telok'Telar's cape and accents were forest green, his bodysuit was brown, and his hands were not gloved. Telok'Telar also had twin symmetrically sagittal parietal regions protruding roughly a foot from his skull in a forked shape. During his brief stints in human guise, Telok'Telar preferred the appearance of a muscular, casually dressed African-American man with a bald head and sunglasses. Jornell once said, "You must remember, Telok'Telar is a warrior, in constant search for a fight." As such, he resented masquerading as a human in order to hide on Earth.
Quote: "...You weren't in here with us. How is that? Why should we believe anything you say?"
Created by A.J. Lieberman & Al Barrionuevo