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'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Martian Manhunter Impressions

J'onn is now available, but should you bother purchasing him?

The fifth and debatably most demanded DLC character has finally hit Injustice: Gods Among Us. Plenty of people have wanted Martian Manhunter since the game launched and it's understandable because J'onn has massive potential thanks to his plethora of powers. So, did NetherRealm Studios make the character worth the wait or does he seem uninspired? Read on to find out.

As expected, Martian Manhunter uses phasing and his mental abilities for most of his special moves. Quite a few of them can be used to kick off a juggle or counter a spammer. Just like with everyone else, meter burning some of them is especially satisfying -- it may leave them open to attack longer or follow-up with an epic punch. However, what makes the fighter truly stand out is his character power called "Alien Malleability." When activated, all of his standard strikes and combos get extra range and a small damage boost. I won't lie, this is easily my favorite aspect of the character. Smacking around your foes with extended arms/legs and massive fists and feet didn't get old. Honestly, it's super fun to use.

While I love his character power, I'm really letdown by his super move. The sky was the limit when it came to blowing us away with something really creative and jaw-dropping, but all we're treated to is Martian Manhunter shape-shifting to look like his enemy, throwing a few standard strikes and then crushing his opponent between two boulders. Sure, taking it to Mars is a nice touch, but nothing else that goes down is jaw-dropping or something we haven't seen before. The game has some insanely fun super moves that are still a blast to use and unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

If even one Martian Manhunter is used in the Watchtower stage the character is removed from the background. I first tested this out with two Martian Manhunters in hopes of seeing a cool alternate costume in the background (like with Doomsday in the Fortress of Solitude), but unfortunately I had no such luck. Also, based on the events in today's digital issue of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, the character's ending in the video game currently contradicts the series. That said, this could be totally rectified in next week's chapter. We'll just have to wait and see what happens with that. If there's any line of communication between the comic team and the developers (which I'd like to assume there is), then this won't be an issue come next Tuesday.

Is Martian Manhunter worth purchasing? If you're a fan of the character or looking to utilize someone with a completely different feel, then yeah, he's $4.99 well spent. His super move is beyond generic and that really is disappointing, but his variety of special moves and a ridiculously entertaining character power more than makes up for that.

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Edited by dondave

@k4tzm4n Martian Manhunter is probably not dead, he has an ending in the game.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@dondave: Yup, I know that and even discuss it above.

Also, based on the events in today's digital issue of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, the character's ending in the video game currently contradicts the series. That said, this could be totally rectified in next week's chapter. We'll just have to wait and see what happens with that. If there's any line of communication between the comic team and the developers (which I'd like to assume there is), then this won't be an issue come next Tuesday.

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Edited by ccraft

MMH is great, but atm I'm using other characters to get 100 wins to their hero cards. So I'm not making MMH my priority.

Posted by Michael_Moran

This game in general was disappointing. Dc vs mortal kombat was much better.

Posted by Barkley
Edited by Birthright

Martian Manhunter can regrow from a finger of course what happened in the Injustice comic didn'y finish him.

Posted by iceslick

@k4tzm4n: I am assuming he faked his death. Because it looked that way judging from the ending because no one knew about his whereabouts on his disguise. MM is definitely one of my favorite characters to play with and I agree his super move was pretty weak even in damage. I was pissed when Superman's special took more damage than mine! >:-( I kind also wish he could shapeshift outside of the special like Shang Tsung in MK9. But since he can't, it's reminding me of MK 3D era where Shang Tsung couldn't shapeshift. :-(

Posted by DCVibe

@iceslick said:

@k4tzm4n: I am assuming he faked his death. Because it looked that way judging from the ending because no one knew about his whereabouts on his disguise. MM is definitely one of my favorite characters to play with and I agree his super move was pretty weak even in damage. I was pissed when Superman's special took more damage than mine! >:-( I kind also wish he could shapeshift outside of the special like Shang Tsung in MK9. But since he can't, it's reminding me of MK 3D era where Shang Tsung couldn't shapeshift. :-(

With the video game ending, I 100% agree

Posted by ThePRez

@dondave: why did you post the video? Not cool.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

awesome

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Well that's cool! Manhunter has been one of my favorite characters!

Posted by medulaoblaganda

@michael_moran: are you kidding me? lol how can you say dc vs mortal kombat is better than injustice. dont go and say it in the presence of game fans cos, they will backhand you big time. lol. injustice is by far better than dc vs mortal kombat.

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@theprez: Well you don't have to click on it. It's your choice. So, no point of getting angry with him.

Posted by FlashKnight

I was blown away by him, he is easily the best character on this game. I disagree on the supermove though, I really liked it.

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Coolness! Love it :)

Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt

i love him too. i woud prefer some better use of his shapeshifting power but this is good too.

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Posted by jaybefre

I always thought that since J'onn is known as the most powerful telepath on the planet that his super was a telepathic attack on the opponent. How else do you explain him and the opponent being warped/teleported to Mars where J'onn shifts into a huge giant and crushes them with boulders? Oh and then warps back to Earth in time with opponent in tow for a KO?

Posted by Enzeru

I'm not a fan of MMH in the game. Well, I generally don't like him as a character, but in the game he is way too much copy & paste for my taste. Just terrible.
NRS couldn't come up with an original playstyle if their life depended on it.

Of course after MK9 ... I think that they did a great job with the power creation in MK9, but they've taken so much over to Injustice that it's not funny anymore.
Yeah, I know that both games have the same engine, but you still don't have to give Martian Manhunter all the crap other characters have and then even more, new powers to make him stand out at least a little bit.

Edited by Justthatkid

I heard they won't do anymore season pass's does anyone know if DLC characters will still be made?

Edited by Arkhamc1tizen

He looks awesome.

Posted by Mr_Winchester

I think its worth pointing out that NRS make endings for characters which aren't really consistent with one another. Like mortal kombat for example, no single characters ending is really cannon, only the main story one.

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Posted by sasquatch888

@michael_moran: are you kidding me? lol how can you say dc vs mortal kombat is better than injustice. dont go and say it in the presence of game fans cos, they will backhand you big time. lol. injustice is by far better than dc vs mortal kombat.

you are right dc vs mortal kombat cant even scratch the surface of what injustice is ....injustice is by far superior

Posted by sasquatch888

This game in general was disappointing. Dc vs mortal kombat was much better.

really??? ...are you playing the same game as the rest of the world????? .injustice is by far superior!!!!

Posted by medulaoblaganda

@sasquatch888: agreed. no one should compare mortal kombat vs dc to injustice at all. its like comparing a ant to an elephant loool

Posted by sasquatch888

@sasquatch888: agreed. no one should compare mortal kombat vs dc to injustice at all. its like comparing a ant to an elephant loool

one game came out in 2008 the other in 2013 ...that should tell you everything you need to know

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

I heard they won't do anymore season pass's does anyone know if DLC characters will still be made?

yes. its been confirmed that new characters are still coming.

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Posted by Justthatkid

@justthatkid said:

I heard they won't do anymore season pass's does anyone know if DLC characters will still be made?

yes. its been confirmed that new characters are still coming.

K, thanks for the tell

Posted by medulaoblaganda

@sasquatch888: agreed. lool but i will always like ultimate marvel vs cap-com 3. that game is sooooooooooooooo addictive. that is the only game i play. i love it more than injustice.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

i think they did a good job on him, but a bit disapponted on the John Stewart outfit though.

But if they can do a skin for him, there is hope for Red Hood and the Robin's