This week, we dive back into the mailbag to see what kind of Poll of the Week suggestions we’ve received. One of our favorite Spoilerites, Silvergray wanted to pitt Martian Manhunter against Mystique, which is a really good pairing, but instead of having them fight to the death, we present a different take on the match up.


Who is the better shapeshifter?

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  1. February 18, 2014 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Did you use that picture of Mystique to get her more votes? ;)

  2. February 18, 2014 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Mystique, because I’m a dirty old man!

    • February 18, 2014 at 11:46 am — Reply

      Apparently, she can be a dirty old man, too…

      • February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am — Reply

        Haha, very true, but I’m ok with that.

    • February 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm — Reply

      I’m going to be honest, that is pretty much the same reason I voted for her too (just replace “old man” with “middle-aged woman”).

  3. Spiderlover
    February 18, 2014 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Mystique because she surprisingly is wearing more clothes than man hunter.

  4. February 18, 2014 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Better *shapeshifter*? the Martian Manhunter of course because he can also alter his density and other things.
    However, I consider Mystique to be a much better *character* than J’onn. The alien-looking shape-shifting thing fits the villain(esque) role better.

  5. Jared
    February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I say Manhunter, only because I have seen Mystique shift into nothing aside from another human appearance, at least J’onn has turned into dragons and other types of beasts of destruction along with his general appearance. Though I am not sure of Mystiques full potential, I still think J’onn is the better between the two.

  6. Shush
    February 18, 2014 at 11:51 am — Reply

    The Martian Manhunter not only can shift into shapes other than humanoid, but is also psychic. Now I know this isn’t a ‘who will win in a fight’ battle, but if we were judging this soley based on their ability to impersonate someone, being psychic would also allow J’onn the ability to read the minds of the people he’s trying to fool and would therefore better be able to present himself as whomever he is attempting to impersonate.

    Mystique, on the other hand, must rely on her knowledge of the person she is planning on impersonate and subsequent acting skills.

  7. Matt
    February 18, 2014 at 11:52 am — Reply

    I picked Mystique. J’onn might have more versatility in his shape shifting, but Mystique won’t have a panic attack if she is imitating a known smoker, and someone offers her a light.

  8. February 18, 2014 at 11:58 am — Reply

    This is one where you need to look into the historical context here (yes, I’m going to go all Matthew)… J’onn can shift into various objects or devices, and I think Mystic is more about shifting into various people. If I were going to choose the better spy, then Mystic – but that’s not the question. The question is whom is the better shifter – that would imply that they can do more than just change their face, they can change overall size and appearance. So my vote would then have to go to Frobisher… but since he’s not on this list, I guess it’s Martian Man Hunter.

  9. February 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    I’m pulling for Mystique.
    Mystique proves to be much savvier, and deadlier operator in her shapeshifting role than J’onn.
    J’onn gets points because of his need to blend into a wholly alien society and trying on different personas in order to relate.
    Mystique gets points for all the mental traumas and issues she has suffered as a result of her shapeshifting nature. Also, she’s a total badass superspy.

  10. February 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Definitely Mystique. While J’onn has the telepathy to help him through, he is more awkward in human culture and interaction. Mystique is not only a master shapeshifter, but a master of social manipulation. J’onn can look the part and fake the part, but Mystique gets deep into the role. She becomes the person.

  11. clubberlang6
    February 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    I vote Martian manhunter!!!!!! He is able to turn “translucent ” allowing objects and people to pass through him. Holla!

  12. Fire hazard
    February 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Not update with current x-men. Unless Mystique can block a mental attacks she’s toast.

    • February 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm — Reply

      Which has nothing to do with her shapeshifting ability. I’d agree in a battle J’onn would probably win because of his extra powers, but since the question was about JUST the shapeshifting ability, I’m not sure why that matters.

  13. February 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    Based on the shape shifting abilities alone, I still gotta give it to the Manhunter, He can not only alter the shape into different forms, but also the density and transparency of that shape, Mystique is a notorious character, devious and cunning . But you can’t stab someone in the back when the knife can pass right through them.

  14. February 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm — Reply

    Man hunter can easily turn into anything Mystique can, and more besides. Also, he can psychically convince people that he is whoever he says he is.

  15. kaptaran
    February 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    Mystique for me. She has a really nice firm set of powers that are consistent and allow for good storytelling. Its a nice outfit too ;)

  16. Mike
    February 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    What? No Impossible Man??

  17. February 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm — Reply

    Mystique and a box of matches.

  18. Ingrid LJ
    February 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    I voted Mystique. I think she’s pretty cool. And she has red hair.

  19. February 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    I have to say J’onzz J’onzz. He’s pretty much shape-shifting 24/7. Even the form we see know isn’t his true Martian form – it’s just the form he takes to be more humanoid. Combine that with his psychic and intangibility, and I think he’s a much better shifter than Raven Darkhome.

    • February 19, 2014 at 10:27 am — Reply

      That is a good point, I didn’t even think about how we don’t really see his “true” form most of the time.

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