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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Martian Manhunter (vol. 2) #0 (October 1998)
Created by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake
In-story information
Alter ego Ma'alefa'ak J'onnz
Species Green Martian
Place of origin Mars
Notable aliases Malefic

Ma'alefa'ak is the name of a fictional DC Comics supervillain that first appeared in Martian Manhunter (vol. 2) #0 (October 1998). The character was created by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake.

Publication history[edit]

The character first appears in a flashback sequence in Martian Manhunter (vol. 2) #0 (October 1998) and in a storyline in the same title in issues #3 - 6 (February-May 1999).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ma'alefa'ak, a native to the planet Mars, is the twin brother and archenemy of J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter. Led to believe he was the only member of the Martian race born without telepathy and a weakness to fire, Ma'alefa'ak was actually stripped of this ability and his memory erased when he mind-raped J'onn's wife, M'yri'ah. Feeling ostracized because of his perceived genetic differences, Ma'alefa'ak engineered a deadly trap for the remainder of his race called "H’ronmeer’s Curse". When the Martians attempted to use their telepathic abilities to communicate with each other or the Great Mind, they would fall victim to a plague of fire and literally burn to death.[1]

With his race destroyed and the Martian Manhunter teleported to Earth against his will, Ma'alefa'ak lived alone on Mars for centuries. Eventually learning that J'onn still lived, Ma'alefa'ak followed him to Earth. Posing as J'onn, Ma'alefa'ak battled several members of the Justice League before confronting J'onn, who defeated Ma'alefa'ak by erasing the telepathic block, thereby returning Ma'alefa'ak's telepathic abilities and phobia of fire. Trapped on the vessel, a terrified Ma'alefa'ak could only watch as he was consumed by the fiery heat.[2]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Ma'alefa'ak possesses abilities similar to Martian Manhunter and all other green Martians. The character has superhuman levels of strength, stamina speed and durability. Other base abilities include "Martian vision" (projecting energy beams from his eyes). Complete control of his molecular structure also allows Ma'alefa'ak to shapeshift, regenerate, and utilize invisibility and intangibility. Ma'alefa'ak also possesses telekinesis, and originally possessed telepathy, although this ability was removed by the Council of Mars.

Although Martians can be weakened by fire, and suffer from pyrophobia ("H’ronmeer’s Curse"), Ma'alefa'ak did not share this weakness due to the removal of his telepathic abilities. When the Martian Manhunter removed the telepathic block instilled by the Council, Ma'alefa'ak regained his telepathic abilities but was also once again susceptible to fire.

In other media[edit]




  1. ^ Martian Manhunter (vol. 2) #0 (October 1998)
  2. ^ Martian Manhunter (vol. 2) #3 - 6 (February-May 1999)
  3. ^ James Harvey (2011-09-28). "Warner Home Video Announces Voice Cast For "Justice League: Doom" Animated Film". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 

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