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In an effort to contain humanity and restrict them to Earth, Immortus turned the attention of a warlike spacefaring race toward Earth. They would use the planet Mars as a staging base for their invasion.
War of the Worlds
These Martians invaded Earth in the early 20th century in what was known as the first War of the Worlds. The invaders later abandoned Earth after possessing no immunizations to Earth's diseases which wiped out the invaders. Following the invasion, the events were heavily fictionalized by H.G. Wells in his book The War of the Worlds.
The Martians came back in 1917.
Years later, in the 21st century, the Martians again turned their attention to Earth.
In this reality, the Martians returned in 2001. En route to Earth, the Martian forces intercepted a temporal anomaly described as "pure knowledge." Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, the anomaly was Era, an immensely powerful cosmic being. For its own reasons, it greatly aided them in their assault on Earth, giving their tripods an aura of invincibility.
By the next morning, Saturday, June 30, weapon stockpiles across Earth were obliterated, without a single nuclear device being fired. Earth forces used biological warfare against the Martians, but it backfired, killing many. The Martians tried to kill as few Humans as possible so that they can be used for food, labor, experimentation and sport.
Led by a powerful High Overlord, the Martian Masters enslaved most of the population, as labor in converting Terran edifices to new uses, guards for their fortresses, or even as simple cattle. Some were drafted as gladiators to fight for the Martian Masters' amusement, while others were trained as Exterminators to hunt down the last freemen threatening Martian rule. The Martians were particularly interested in co-opting scientists, many of whom became Keepers, collaborators responsible for overseeing their fellow humans.
In 2014, the gladiator Killraven escaped from captivity, and soon became the leader of a particularly troublesome band of Freemen.
Killraven defeated the Martians by poisoning their food supply with a zombie plague with the help of a time-traveling Howard the Duck.
The Martians abandoned Earth by 2075, depleting its natural resources and returning to a glorious homecoming. The High Overlord elevated the Martian who would become Ripjak to a Cabinet chair.
In the 23rd century, the Martians began planning a 'Final Pillage' of Earth but were visited by Bubonicus, who infected them with a genocidal virus. Ripjak transfused himself with Spider-Man's blood and began a long mutation process. By the time it was complete, he was the sole survivor of his race.
Ripjak studied the corpses of his fellow Martians for decades, eventually learning that the plague was not of Martian origin. He then constructed a ship to seek out its source.
The Martian Masters are a cephalopod-like species. The Martian Masters of Earth-2120 had three eyes, three long thick prehensile tentacles used for locomotion, a beak consisting of three mandibles, and multiple small tentacles around the beak mouth. The Martian Masters of Earth-691 had two eyes, multiple prehensile tentacles and lacked tentacles around the two mandible beak mouth.
Martian Masters are genderless lifeforms that reproduce asexually in which their infants grow like fruit on their bodies and are severed from the parent. When on Earth they fed on the flesh and blood of humans.
Powers and Abilities
- The Martians lacked the immunization to Earth's native bacterias which cost the loss of the invasion force during the First War of the Worlds. However, the Martians finally made themselves immune to Earth's diseases and returned in the second invasion of Earth.
- The Martian Masters are distinctive from the Martians that first and only appeared in Marvel Mystery Comics #3.
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Links and References
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #7
- ↑ Avengers Forever #10
- ↑ Killraven #1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 All-New Invaders #12
- ↑ Wisdom #6
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy #62
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy #50
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #2
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Marvel Graphic Novel #7
- ↑ Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #18
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Defenders #26
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Marvel Presents #4
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #4
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Guardians of the Galaxy #55
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy #57
- ↑ Killraven Vol 2 #6
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #36