30 Day DC Challenge -Day 7: Most Underrated DC Hero


Martian Manhunter

Universe: Prime Earth

Creators: Joseph Samachson · Joe Certa

First App: Stormwatch Vol 3 #1 (November, 2011)

In my opinion most of the heroes in DC are probably underrated. Generally, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman are largely relied upon for “saving the day.” That said, the MOST underrated superhero is the Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onnz/John Jones). The last survivor of the martian race, John came to Earth. He would join the Justice League under the name of Martian Manhunter. I’m mostly familiar with John from the Justice League animated series where he largely remained in the Watchtower. This is where he’s the most underrated.

From the Watchtower, John is responsible for manning the Watchtower and serving as mission coordinator. He is able to determine which heroes go to which conflict, based on how effective their abilities are. This is a passive but very important job that he’s been given. Obviously, this isn’t the most gratifying and admittedly “heroic” thing for a hero to do or at least that’s how it will be received. John himself is quite powerful. He possess the standard group of powers. superhuman strength, durability, flight, regeneration, shape-shifting, invisibility, telepathy and telekinesis. The grouping of these powers are somewhat different, but they’re among the most common powers for superheroes.

He is the most powerful telepath on Earth, he can link minds of all superheroes at once from the “distance of the Moon to all corners of Earth.” He can even read all inhabitants of Earth simultaneously. His mind control abilities is so profound, he was apparently able to temporarily make the Joker sane. John can see across the electromagnetic spectrum, has X-ray vision, project energy beams and according to Batman he’s an “amalgam of Superman and Batman.” If this doesn’t convince you that he’s underrated I don’t know what will. While, he’s underrated he’s not ignored. He has had a number of series to his name. However, unlike, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, he’s mostly known by comic book fans.

Source: dc.fandom

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7 thoughts on “30 Day DC Challenge -Day 7: Most Underrated DC Hero

  1. I remember this one moment from the Justice League cartoon. Some criminals infiltrate the Watchtower, steal something, and are trying to escape. They get to the control room, where the teleport pads are, lock the doors behind them, and are happy that they don’t have the entire League coming in after them. Then J’onn makes his presence known and says, “Ask yourselves: is being locked in here with me what you truly desire?” Classic!

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  2. Great choice! Besides his name I didn’t know much about the Martian Manhunter, until I saw him on the Supergirl series. Well of course he probably isn’t represented as well as in the comics/animated series, I still got a pretty good insight in his character 😊

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