Thursday, September 20, 2012

2011 “Z'Onn Z'Orr: Nasedo” animation-style fan fiction by N:TAS

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N:TAS DCU: Z'Onn Z'Orr: Nasedo 3-24-11

At the Super Buddies message board, there's a user under the handle "NightwingTAS" who builds digital figure models off the Bruce Timm DC Animated Series template for further fan fiction adventures of his own devising. Number 3 in the "Z'Onn "Z'Orr" series, here's his take on Mica'kel...

After J'onn rescued the Martians from the Government, the eldest White Martian, Mica' Kel went to a Native American Reservation where he learned to commune with not just the people but the Earth itself and build a relationship with them. He learned that not humans were hostile and that he should use his abilities to help his new home, and his new people. Taking the name Nasedo, a name the tribe had given him due to his shapechanging abilities Mica' Kel decided if he wanted to be a hero he had to do so in his White Martian form, he had to show the people of Earth that not all of his kind are monsters.
The new name and background is taken from a character on the TV show Roswell, which is the sort of thing that drives me nuts. Otherwise, I like this direction, especially the strong intention of moving away from White Martians as racially evil. I like the "alignment neutral" color scheme, and the simple fact that a White put some dang clothes on.

That said, it's applied to the wrong character. Telok'Telar was the member of the Others who most resembled J'Onn J'Onzz physically, and had the most cognitive dissonance from the revelation that he was not in fact a Green Martian. It seems to me that he would be the most likely to adopt a super-heroic pose modeled after the Martian Manhunter. That leaves Mica'kel as the surviving villain, the militant White Martian who would brand Telok'Telar a traitor and clash with J'Onn J'Onzz for the soul of his son, Till'all. That's my take, anyway.

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