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Miss Martian

Alias: M’gann M’orzz , Megan Morse

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Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #34 [2006]
Related Links: Martian Manhunter

Miss Martian Quick Bio: M’gann M’orzz is an anomoly among her conquering White Martian race. The shape-shifting teen alien rejected her people and became Miss Martian, modeling herself after the heroic Martian Manhunter. Adopting the earth name “Megan Morse,” the sensitive heroine strives to use her powers for good.

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History


Misses Are From Mars

Sensitive M’gann M’orzz is an anomoly among her conquering White Martian race. According to custom, her parents should have killed her for being born kind and docile. Instead, they taught their daughter to pretend. The ruse worked, but M’gann’s parents were later viciously murdered by humans who sought to destroy the White Martians. This forced the gentle alien to take action – rejecting her people’s ways to find refuge on Earth. M’gann feared her White Martian appearance would make her a target, so she cleverly created a new persona for herself as a Green Martian.

Miss Martian made her debut, modeling herself after the heroic Martian Manhunter. The sensitive shape-shifter used her powers for good, and attempted to connect with humanity through the human guise of Megan Morse.

ABOVE: Miss Martian confesses why she quit the team in TEEN TITANS (third series) #39 [2006].
BELOW: Miss Martian dispenses justice in TEEN TITANS (third series) #39 [2006]. 

After the cataclysmic Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of heartache and turmoil. Miss Martian joined the team for a short time. But the inquisitive and sensitive alien found it hard to fit in with her fellow teammates and later quit.

The reorganized Titans later tracked down Miss Martian in the Tanami Desert in Australia as they searched for the missing Raven. Long believing Megan to be a Green Martian, the Titans were shocked to witness her transformation into a White Martian. Despite Megan’s revelation, the Titans welcomed Miss Martian in rejoining the team.

ABOVE: The Teen Titans locate Miss Martian in TEEN TITANS (third series) #39 [2006].
BELOW: Miss Martian is exposed as a White Martian in TEEN TITANS (third series) #39 [2006].

Identity Crisis

When the Teen Titans encountered the sinister Titans of Tomorrow, Miss Martian was faced with her evil future self, Miss Martian Manhunter. Miss Martian accidentally killed her future counterpart, unwittingly absorbing the malcontent’s evil psyche. Engaging in a battle of wills, Miss Martian Manhunter pushed Megan to embrace her White Martian heritage.

Megan fought back by spending more time with humanity. With doctored identity papers forged by Robin, the optimistic teen enrolled in high school as Megan Morse. Miss Martian eventually took a sabbatical from the Teen Titans in an effort to get her head straight. During that time she successfully purged her evil psyche, utterly rejecting her White Martian instincts.

Miss Martian then sought to dismantle Clock King’s Dark Side Club, which exploited teen meta-humans for sport. Disguised as the Star-Spangled Kid, Megan successfully infiltrated the fight club and freed more than a dozen super-powered teenagers from Clock King’s control. With that, Miss Martian rejoined the Teen Titans along with several of the rescued teen heroes.

ABOVE: Miss Martian Manhunter reminds Megan of her past in TEEN TITANS (third series) #58 [2008].
BELOW:  Megan enrolls in high school in TEEN TITANS (third series) #58 [2008].

Titans Together

During a mission in Static’s hometown of Dakota, Miss Martian’s psychic powers began to wane. She later used a helmet that amplified her fading telepathic abilities, to successfully help her friends defeat a mystical threat known as the Wylde. Unfortunately, the backlash caused Miss Martian to slip into a coma. This forced Megan to leave the team once again, but she was eventually restored to full health through the administrations of Cadmus Labs.

Upon awakening, Miss Martian continued to offer her services to those in need.  She joined forces with Martian Manhunter to investigate a string of murders which were seemingly committed by a Green Martian. And later, she teamed up with Supergirl to defeat a dangerous teen psychic named Alexander.

Miss Martian later assisted the Teen Titans again when the team was besieged by Superboy-Prime and his army of Superboy clones. Together, Titans past and present defeated the clones and trapped Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

It’s Titans Together in TEEN TITANS #69 [2009].


Powers & Abilities


Miss Martian possesses abilities similar to Martian Manhunter. She can fly, shapeshift, and fire blasts of psychokinetic force from her eyes. She is also a telepath who can read minds.

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A 2007 Miss Martian commission by Todd Nauck.

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Essential Reading


Teen Titans (third series) #34 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans. Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring and Miss Martian are revealed as Titans members during the one year gap in a brief flashback panel. First appearances of Zatara III, Offspring and Miss Martian.
Teen Titans (third series) #38 [2006]: The new story arc “Titans Around the World” begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime’s rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven! The “One Year Gap” Titans membership is revealed in a double page spread. First appearances of Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas Y Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris and Riddler’s Daughter. First appearance of Joto as Hotspot. One Year Gap Titans include: Beast Boy, Raven, Speedy, Kid Devil, Ravager, Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring, Miss Martian, Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas, Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris, Riddler’s Daughter, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Argent, Hotspot [a renamed Joto], Mirage, Flamebird and Red Star.
Teen Titans (third series) #39-41 [2006]: The Titans’ search for Raven leads them to Miss Martian in the Tanami Desert, Australia. After seemingly transforming into a White Martian, Bombshell accuses Miss Martian of betraying the team, only to be revealed as a traitor herself. Miss Martian later rejoins the Teen Titans with returning members Raven and Jericho.
Teen Titans (third series) #50-54 [2007]: “Titans of Tomorrow… Today!” The Teen Titans to take on not only Starro and its minions, but also the Titans of Tomorrow – and Lex Luthor’s Titans Army. Miss Martian kills her future self.
Teen Titans (third series) #58 [2008]: Welcome to the mind of M’gann M’orzz, Miss Martian! It’s bad enough when the world you live in is alien to you, but when you have something inside you clawing to get out and destroying everything you stand for, that’s at least a little bit worse, right? Also: more of Clock King’s malefic machinations!
Teen Titans (third series) #62 [2008]: Miss Martian takes a leave of absence from the team.
Terror Titans (mini-series) #6 [2009]: “Star-Spangled Kid” is revealed as Miss Martian, who  helps to liberate the teens imprisoned by Clock King’s Dark Side Club.
Teen Titans (third series) #69 and Teen Titans Annual 2009 [2009]: The remaining Titans – Wonder Girl, Kid Devil and Blue Beetle – hold a membership drive, but are secretly attacked by Jericho, who turns Titans Tower against them. Miss Martian rejoins the team. Static, Bombshell, Aquagirl II and Kid Eternity officially join the Teen Titans.
Brightest Day #6-8 [2010]: Miss Martian is rescued by Martian Manhunter.
Teen Titans (third series) #86-87 [2010]: Miss Martian uses a psychic helmet to attack the Wylde, but is possessed by the evil force. The backlash causes her to slip into a coma and leave the team, to be healed by Cadmus Labs.
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 [2011]: It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

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A 2009 Miss Martian commission by George Pérez,
from the collection or Eric Sellers.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Miss Martian Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Speedy tries to keep the Titans together with a team consisting of Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl, Miss Martian, Offspring and Zatara. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • Miss Martian and Ravager become uneasy roommates for two days. Miss Martian’s attempt at humor backfires when she hits Ravager in the face with a pie. [TT #39]
  • Miss Martian quits the team, after feeling isolated by her teammates. She relocates to the Tanami Desert in Australia. [TT #39]

Note: It appears that Miss Martian was a member for most of the “missing year,” although she may not have been present for every mission. Either that, or she quit and returned later in the year. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.

 

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A 2012 Miss Martian commission by Robert Wilson.

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 Geoff Johns on Miss Martian


Geoff Johns: Graduation Day 
[By Ben Morse – Posted February 1, 2007 – at www.wizarduniverse.com]

Was it a conscious choice to get rid of Beast Boy following the “One Year Later” jump?

JOHNS: Yes. I wanted only one character who was going to be an older, experienced Titan, and that was Cyborg. I also wanted to do something with the Doom Patrol. I also thought we had so many characters coming in that I really wanted to whittle the team down to start. Starting with only three—Robin, Kid Devil and Ravager—allowed us to really focus on those characters. If we just lost Superboy and Kid Flash and have friggin’ Kid Devil on the team, a character nobody has heard of or if they have think he is a joke, he needs to have enough spotlight for people to really get to know him. I remember initially when we said Kid Devil was on the team, people thought, “Who the hell is that?” but we managed to really turn a lot of people around on that character, which some people thought would be impossible, and I liked that challenge.

Since this might be the last chance I’ll get to ask, will you tell the world the secret origin of Miss Martian’s real name?

JOHNS: [Laughs] We were creating Miss Martian and I wanted a name like J’onn J’onzz that ended with an “S” sound and had two names that started with the same letter. I remember meeting your girlfriend, Megan, when we went out for sushi [during Wizard World Los Angeles last year] and thinking: “Megan Morse…I like the sound of that name.” There’s really no other Megan in comics and I liked the way “the Martian Megan Morse” sounded, so I stole it. My apologies. [Laughs]

You kidding? You’ve made her a celebrity! Any final thing you’d like to say to the people who read Teen Titans over the last four years?

JOHNS: Thanks so much for reading, for your support and for making [Teen Titans] one of DC’s top books. It’s been a great four years.

A Titan Looks Back: Geoff Johns on Leaving Teen Titans 
[by Vaneta Rogers – courtesy of http://www.newsarama.com – 02-01-2007]

NRAMA: You had so many fun new characters running around once you hit One Year Later. We’d never seen a lot of these teens before.

GJ: That was the really interesting thing about One Year Later. Yeah, we lost two of our best characters. But the good thing was that we got to create a bunch of new characters, and add a lot of mystery about them. All these weird and wild characters that some people have heard of and some, you’ve never heard of.

[…]

NRAMA: And he designed so many of the new characters with you, right?

GJ: Yeah, that was part of the fun. Despite the changing of the team make-up, the fact that we could go in together and come up with ideas for new characters like Zatara and Miss Martian. She represents the naive alien girl that Starfire once was, but with a little more modern twist and a darker edge to her, with the White Martian thing.

NRAMA: Were you thinking of Starfire when you created Miss Martian?

GJ: Originally we wanted Supergirl on the team, but she was in Legion and they didn’t want to confuse people. And she was also going through some kind of “rebellion” phase or something, so we thought — oh, we’ll just make up our own alien character. And if we would have made Supergirl up, maybe we would have made her more like this. And we just came up with the idea — a hero with a mysterious background as a White Martian, but making her a very delicate character who got her feelings hurt really bad.

NRAMA: Well, that’s because she heard all those nasty thoughts!

GJ: Yeah! If you were a kid and were a telepath and you could hear everybody talk about you all the time, and they weren’t necessarily good things — and you had Ravager right next to you, and you know, she complains about everybody — you would totally have no self-esteem. You would just be beat down.

So Tony and I would talk for hours about these characters we might not even see — like, Miss Martian — we didn’t even know how much we would use her. And then when we started to work on her, and I wrote her in #39, we really liked the character. So we were like, let’s put her on the team! She’s a lot of fun. And she’s a lot of fun in Titans East too, because she’s a little girl who’s really kind of timid, but if you pick on her friends, the White Martian in her comes out and she’s going to kick your ass. And that’s been a highlight of late, working on the book.

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A 2010 Miss Martian commission by Cory Walker.



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