Quote1 Mars can live again. It will. Quote2
-- Ma'alefa'ak src

Ma'alefa'ak was a Martian scientist and mage in the twilight years of martian civilization. When the planet issued a psychic warning to the population, he was part of the majority who interpreted it as a threat from a monster and pushed his plan for the creation of the greatest weapon of war in Martian history: the Martian Manhunter. His tragic misunderstanding of the warning cost him his life and he died along with every Martian except his creation.

The Martian Manhunter, going insane due to grief and inability to process what had really happened on Mars, subconsciously created a narrative by giving birth to constructs based on Ma'alefa'ak, his group and aspects of his own mind. While they were complete fabrications of the Manhunter, they served a purpose by creating the "Epiphany", a narrative where they were supposed to be survivors planning on bringing back Mars and destroying Earth through a magical ritual. The psychic imprint of Ma'alefa'ak told him the truth of which just after the Martian Manhunter stopped them, having learned the truth about his real origins, J'onn came to terms with his past and reabsorbed all his creations within him, finally cured of his trauma and madness.


  • Conjuration of the Anti-Red: Ma'alefa'ak was adept in the usage of a forbidden super science long since outlawed by the Martian People.[7] Black magic labeled as the Anti-Red by his people, through it he can access a dark aspect of the morphogenetic field called The Red. Thus enabling him to manipulate Martian superalien physiology for the purpose of ritualistic weapon creation.[8]
    • Bio-Fusion: He's also able to use Martian Blood Magic to fuse and decouple physical biology to create powerful hybrid entities loyal to his every whim.[9]


  • Vulnerability to Fire: Martians are much more vulnerable to fire than the average Earth human. At times this has been portrayed as physical, psychological, or a combination of the two. The effect of this is to strip any Martian of their powers as they involuntarily lose control of their body.



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