Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Others: MICA'KEL

Mica'kel was among the group of six White Martians brainwashed into believing himself to be a Green Martian by Cay'an and used in a plot against the Martian Manhunter. Mica'kel was believed to be the father of Till'all. Jornell once called him, "Grumpy and proud. Always a dangerous combination."

Of the "Green Martians" subjected to torture in a secret government lab, Mica'kel was the most vindictive and militaristic. Although he relished the opportunity to slaughter the enemy, Mica'kel was also among the most protective of and concerned for his fellow Martians. It was Mica'kel's idea to channel the group's combined strength into the body of the most recent captive, Roh'Kar, in hopes he could liberate himself and seek help. While Roh'Kar did not long survive, he did manage to reach the lone Martian the project dare not even attempt to capture, J'Onn J'Onzz. The Martian Manhunter rescued the prisoners, but during their escape from the lab, Mica'kel insisted on searching for any other captives. When confronted by soldiers defending the experiment, Mica'kel took control of their motor functions and forced them to kill one another, earning him a reprimand from J'Onn J'Onzz.

Mica'kel continued to work under the direction of J'Onzz, even when it cost the life of a fellow "Green Martian," including helping him to defeat a Justice League team. Regardless of this, J'Onzz never truly gained Mica'kel's respect or trust. When Mica'kel finally reverted back to his natural White Martian form, he proved J'Onn J'Onzz's most ferocious and adamant enemy amongst the group. Mica'kel continued the brutal assault of J'Onn J'Onzz across miles and deep into the tunnels of a coal mine, bloodthirsty beyond any concern for his own well being. This proved Mica'kel's undoing, when he caused a gas explosion which seemed to consume him.

First Appearance: Martian Manhunter #2 (November, 2006)

Group Affiliation: The Others

Known Relatives: Till'all (son)

Mica'kel displayed superhuman strength, speed, and durability, as well as the power of flight, telepathic assumption of multiple humans' motor control, limited shape-shifting, and psionic pulses of devastating force emitted from his palms. Whether Mica'kel possessed other Martian abilities is unknown.

Mica'kel was vulnerable to fire, ordinance from a modified AR-8 sniper rifle, and the brainwashing techniques of Cay'an.

Distinguishing Features: Mica'kel was a large, surly Martian with visible scars throughout his face, and appeared to be missing his left eye. How a shapeshifter could find themselves with such a rough visage without it being a front is questionable. Mica'kel wore a gray uniform with brown leather accessories and a cross over the chest. During his brief stints in human guise, Mica'kel preferred the appearance of a brown haired Caucasian yuppie.

Quote:"Your time on this planet has made you pathetic. You should be ashamed to call yourself a manhunter! You watch over these humans as if they were of your own flesh. It's made you weak. It's made you foolish. And you'll die because of it."

Created by A.J. Lieberman & Al Barrionuevo


mathematicscore said...

In my unified theory (I suppose it's more of a hypothesis at this point) of Martian characteristics, I believe the majority of abilities would take practice and training, and just as how not all humans are capable of the feats of top athletes, not all Martians would have the same degree of abilities as the peak. Perhaps something as complicated as regrowing an eye takes a level of concentration that might preclude some from undertaking it.

Diabolu Frank said...

You figure it's a major sensory organ, so it's not like styling a new face, and can't necessarily be easily maintained. Then again, he had both eyes as a White Martian, so who the hell knows?

mathematicscore said...

Yeah, this mini sucked. Even my attempts at benefit of the doubt fail. I guess Stormwatch doesn't look so bad in comparison.

BTW, did you see the Martian guest spot in Green Lantern Corps? Tomasi keeps on keepin' on, and it's a pretty respectable appearance. That said, I know you hate the more aggressive telepathy, so it will probably irk you just the same.

Diabolu Frank said...

Is that the first non-Stormwatch appearance on Nu-J'Onn? I'll have to pick that up. Thanks for alerting me!

LissBirds said...

Of course, right after I drop GLC! I'll have to take a look. I wasn't expecting a non-Stormwatch appearance at all.