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Androids created by the Guardians of the Universe. The Manhunters were the first attempt of the Guardians of the Universe to create an interstellar police force that would combat evil all over the cosmos. Their name and much of their code of behavior was modeled by the Guardians of the Universe on the Manhunters of Ma'aleca'andra (Mars) millions of years ago (This creates an apparent chronology problem, since the Manhunters were created many millions of years ago, while the Green Martian race came into existence from the Burning Martians only about 20,000 years ago). For thousands of years, they served the Guardians well. However, the Manhunters became obsessed with the act of "hunting" criminals. Their code, "No man escapes the Manhunters" (corrupted from the original), became more important to them than seeing justice done
Eventually, the robots conspired to rebel against their masters, but the Guardians defeated and destroyed most of them. Those that survived hid away on many planets, slowly rebuilding their forces and spreading their beliefs to others. Since then, the over-riding goal of the Manhunters has been to take revenge on the Guardians, as well as on their replacements, the Green Lantern Corps. The Manhunters infiltrated and liberated many planets disguised as living beings and created a "Cult of the Manhunters" that trained others to be their minions. On Mars, the people of that world started a group of Martian Manhunters based on the lessons of preserving justice taught unto them by the Manhunters and even erected a temple based on the appearance of their inspiration. On Earth, most of the Manhunters' agents were unaware that their masters were robots, or that their real purposes were not noble. Some of these agents became superheroes also known as Manhunters. They wore red-and-blue costumes patterned after the Manhunters themselves.
The Manhunters were discovered by the Justice League who seemingly defeated the Manhunter's leader, the Grandmaster. One of their human pawns, Mark Shaw, adopted a new identity as the costumed hero, the Privateer. However, he was later discovered to be a criminal posing as a hero.
Years later, it was revealed that the Manhunters not only still existed, but had infiltrated the lives of most superheroes with their agents. They even managed to infiltrate the Olympian Gods, one of their number posing as the goat god Pan, as shown during the Challenge of the Gods storyline. They revealed themselves when a Guardian and a member of the Zamarons tried to evolve some humans into becoming the next Guardians of the Universe, during what became known as the Millennium crisis. On this occasion, there was a massive counter strike operation by the heroes against the Manhunters, and it seemed that the Grandmaster had finally been destroyed, along with their hidden home planet. Former Privateer Mark Shaw readopted his identity as Manhunter in the wake of the battle, seeking to redeem both the name and himself
Kyle Rayner encountered the Manhunters not long after Hal Jordan's destruction of the Guardians and the Central Power Battery on Oa. The first of which encountered a still inexperienced Kyle Rayner and was almost able to defeat him using brute force until Kyle used his wits to outsmart and decapitate it. The next time, multiple Manhunters appeared. They were all sentient, individuals, and captured Kyle in an attempt to use his last remaining Green Lantern ring for their purposes. They failed and Kyle managed to escape.
When the Manhunters were replaced by the Green Lantern Corps, they retreated to Biot, their homeworld in Sector 3601, an uncharted area of space incapable of sustaining organic life. Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, came to Biot and became the Manhunters' new Grandmaster. He used his mastery over machinery and Kryptonian technology to upgrade the Manhunters with organic enhancements. They seem to have rebuilt the first Central Power Battery originally destroyed by Hal Jordan (under the influence of Parallax). Henshaw decided not to interfere in the reformation of the Green Lantern Corps after an encounter between a Manhunter and Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner
The Manhunters resurfaced as part of the Sinestro Corps. They carried miniature yellow Power Batteries inside them which were used by the Sinestro Corps members to charge their yellow power rings.
In a revision of Hal Jordan's beginnings, it was revealed that the Manhunters suffered a programming glitch that caused them to wipe out all life in space sector 666, believing it to be evil. It was eventually revealed that the programming glitch the Manhunters suffered was caused by Krona to prove to the other Guardians of the Universe that there are flaws in an emotionless police force.
First Appearance: Justice League of America (1960) #140
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Action Comics (1938)
#596 Adventures of Superman (1987)
- 'Hell is Where The Heart Is...'
Blue Beetle (1986)
#21 Booster Gold (1986)
- 'If This Works It'll Be A Miracle!'
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
TPB Detective Comics (1937)
- 'DC Universe: Origins'
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man (1986)
#67 Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern (1960)
#200 Green Lantern (1990)
- 'Five Billion Years'
#116 Green Lantern (2005)
- 'Machinations, Misconceptions and Revelations!'#117
- 'Found Art'#122
- 'Stand in the Fire'
#1 Green Lantern 80-Page Giant (1998)
- 'No Fear'#3
- 'Flight Delay'#6
- 'Black Sheep'#16
- 'Wanted: Hal Jordan: Chapter 3'#17
- 'Wanted: Hal Jordan: Chapter 4'
#3 Green Lantern Secret Files (1998)
- 'Lantern Against the Dark'
Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins (2002)
Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins 2005 (2005)
Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004)
Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files (2008)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
#8 JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
- 'Aus den geheimen Archiven 2'
Justice League International (1987)
Justice League of America (1960)
#140 Justice League of America (2006)
- 'No Man Escapes The Manhunter!'#141
- 'No World Escapes The Manhunters!'
Legion of Super-Heroes (1984)
#42 Millennium (1988)
- 'To Sleep A Thousand Years...'#43
- '...And Wake To Find A Dream'
#1 Secret Origins (1986)
- 'Week One: Over'#3
- 'Week Three: Back'#4
- 'Week Four: Forth'#6
- 'Week Six: Out'#7
Secret Six (2008)
#18 Suicide Squad (1987)
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 3'
#9 Superman (1939)
- 'The Final Price'#67
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 1'
Superman: Mon-El (2010)
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps (1981)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
#18 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'Sea Change'#19
- 'Once In A Millennium'
HC The Flash (1987)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
The Green Lantern Corps (1986)
#220 The Outsiders (1985)
- 'Sacred Identities!'#223
- 'The Last Testament Of The Green Lantern Corps!'
#28 The Spectre (1987)
- '...A Land Down Under...'
#10 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Infinite Possession'
#14 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Luthor I to Masters of Disaster'
#5 Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
#2 Wonder Woman (1987)
- 'Icemaiden to Nightwing'
World of Smallville (1988)
- 'Stolen Souls'#4
- 'Return To Smallville'
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""No man escapes the Manhunters!"
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"No evil escapes the Manhunters!"
"Death to the Green Lantern Corps!""
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