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Martian Manhunter Concept by Harseik Martian Manhunter Concept by Harseik
FINALLY. A finished Martian Manhunter design. X3

If it were up to me, J'onn would primarily rely on his shape-shifting abilities in combat rather than his other powers. They were on a great track in Justice League: Doom - having Martian shift into different forms deriving from his homeworld's animal kingdom. Whut? Alien animals? Hecks yes, I approve.

He's looking pretty genderless here, mostly because I'm still mulling over the character's sex. ... Huh. Genderless might be interesting. 8P

I'm... I'm very tired. I dunno what else to type. xD
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carnifex125 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

yes! shapeshifting is the greatest power (in my opinions, if it comes with mass change as well) and MMH should have used it more.

If i was him, turn into soome giant centipede/scorpion/angelic monstrosity from HR Giger's worst nightmares and kick butt whenever evil showed its face to threaten others.

Motion-Music Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
if it were up to me, I would ditch eye and sensory powers all together.

they really need to reinvent the character (powerset at least, and to hell with anyone that says "but those are his traditional powers")

there are two options, go all shapeshifting... or go all psychic.

personally I would chose all psychic, telekenisis and telepathy replicating all shapeshifting powers by using mental imagery... then I would divide his powerset up amongst the other martian races.. .shapeshifting going to whites, eye powers to red, leftovers to yellows.
Harseik Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think a mixture of legitimate shapeshifting and psychic powers would be the way I'd personally go (with shapeshifting being my favorite because hey, I love drawing monsters), but I'd want to find a way to connect all of his powers to the same catalyst, just like how Superman, even though he has tons of abilities, they are all present because of solar energy's various physical effects and how he stores it. J'onn's "Martian Vision" I see being not a concussive blast, but a genuine type of unique vision sense Martians share, though I'm not sure what its effects would be yet.

Splitting the races up into power factions is a cool idea too. :]
Motion-Music Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I would rationalize it as saying that martian minds are all on the same level, but human minds are on the proper receptive wavelength... thus giving him a disadvantage towards martian foes thus better stabilizing the mars culture.

I realyl dont like the martian vision at all though, and I just dont think it fits him that well... plus there is and advantage to splitting up all the powers amongst the otehr martian races... because then you could do the captain planet thing everyone once in a while and make J'onn J'onzz a super martian.

but you can also rationalize his martian vision as being something unique to him, and ability he developed with shapeshifting out of boredom  due to years of isolation... maybe he turns part of his eyes into diamonds or uses bioolouminiescense to create natural lasers with lenses and stuff.

there is a loooot of ways to go.... but he definitly needs to have some people sit down and realyl think about his powers.
gwdill Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Looks cool! I agree on him relying more on his shape-shifting abilities!
NixKat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool idea.
djinnborn Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
This is a pretty awesome take on J'onn and I'm glad to see someone else agrees that he should have been focused differently! A lot of the JLA is very similar in powerset and it would've been cool to see a bit more variance.
Harseik Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely! Shapeshifting is a magnificent power. Alien zoology mixed into that is just... show-stealing. Martian deserves more individuality.
djinnborn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
It really is neat! And they have cool shapeshifter characters so it's not like they lack precedent. Chameleon Boy is a great superhero shapeshifter.

I'd love to see more diversity in the JLA beyond "super strength, flight, x-ray vision, and laser beams from the eyes." The only one that really fits outside the mold is the Flash! This would be a fantastic road to take J'onn if they pursued it!
Raffyjack Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:O Hes British!?! ;)
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