Only in a world where gods live among us, also known as the DC Universe, can a martian fly under the radar. Martian Manhunter has been surrounded by the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Batman since his inception in 1955 and although he’s been a fan favorite for decades, Martian Manhunter has a loyal following of fans who want to see and hear more from their favorite character.
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When ComicsVerse decided to do a series on the best underrated characters in comics, our DC Comics audience was singularly focused on ensuring we feature Martian Manhunter in an episode. It isn’t difficult to see why he holds an exalted place in the hearts of his fans, Martian Manhunter has a moving character history, is chalk full of some of the best superpowers a superhero can have, and to top it all off, Martian Manhunter has been written to portray some of the most human qualities a comic book character can have. That’s pretty impressive when you consider the fact that he’s technically not a human being, he’s a martian! His wisdom, his naïveté about earth life, and his sheer power make for a more rounded hero than most (and a more dynamically powerful hero than Superman). He’s had a handful of solo adventures, but for the most part, is in the background of the Justice League. He’s an integral team member, and is on the team’s roster more than any other hero, but nonetheless, ends up playing second fiddle to heroes like Green Arrow or Cyborg.
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At ComicsVerse, we want fans of Martian Manhunter, known also on planet earth and mars as J’onn J’onz, that we agree. Martian Manhunter is a creatively depicted character worthy of all the accolades Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Flash receive. So without further ado, here is the first podcast in our series, “The Best Underrated Characters in Comics” featuring Martian Manhunter!
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