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Real Name: Ashley Martin

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Student 

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Beast (Hank McCoy), "Big Bot", Fred Duncan, Charles Xavier

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Teri Martin (mother), father (name unrevealed, deceased)

Aliases: "Little miss" (nickname used by Teri Martin)

Base of Operations: Dunfee, Illinois

First Appearance: X-Men: The Hidden Years#9 (August, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Ashley Martin is a mutant capable of psychokinetic bonding. She could project her own lifeforce into unliving matter, making them obey her commands. She could force the molecules of objects to propel at speeds well over 100 mph. Her willpower was able to override a robot's primary functions, even preventing a Sentinel from killing mutants. With no formal training in the use of her powers, Martin acted purely on instinct. Mental blocks placed in her mind by Charles Xavier prevent her from activating her powers, even subconsciously.

Height: 5'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 90 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown


(X-Men: The Hidden Years#18 (fb) - BTS) - Ashley Martin was born a month before her father, a navy man, was killed in action aboard a nuclear submarine (see comments). Ashley was raised by her mother Teri in Dunfee, Illinois. Teri tried to be both mother and father to the young girl.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#12 (fb) -BTS) - Ashley's mutant powers started to slowly manifest themselves when she was around 10 years old. She began to unconsciously manipulate her toys, which gave her mother the strangest feeling her playthings were alive somehow.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#11 (fb) - BTS) - Ashley's mutant signature was picked up by one of Larry Trask's damaged Sentinels, cobbled together out of spare bodyparts of units B-7, D-3, A-4, G-9 and G-12. The composite robot decided to investigate his potential target.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#9) - Ashley was playing with her toys in the yard outside her house when the Sentinel suddenly showed up.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#11 (fb) - BTS) - Before the Sentinel could attack Ashley, its heavily damaged internal systems caused it to crash temporarily. Ashley, unaware of the Sentinel's purpose and intentions, unwittingly used her powers to animate its form. Excited by having a new robotic friend to play with, she nicknamed the Sentinel "Big Bot" and told it to stay hidden in the Martin's barn outback

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#10 - BTS) - Ashley's mental domination of the Sentinel caused her to be picked up by Cerebro. Intrigued by the powerful signal, Charles Xavier concluded this new mutant had great potential. The professor decided to travel to Dunfee, taking Beast along for the ride to visit his parents who happened to live nearby.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#10) - Ashley woke up early in the morning to visit with "Big Bot" before school. Seeing her daughter all dressed and ready for school surprised her mother, she even noticed that Ashley had been in the barn, since she left the door open. Ms. Martin wondered what her daughter was doing out there, somehow unaware of the giant killer robot inside. A few hours later, Xavier and Beast arrived at the Martin's home to find nobody home. Beast decided to check out the premises, even venturing into "Big Bot's" barn. At the same time, Ashley returned from school and met Charles Xavier who was sitting on the porch in his wheelchair. The professor immediately determined Ashley was the mutant Cerebro detected, but before he could investigate further they were interrupted by the Beast who was fighting "Big Bot". The Sentinel easily overpowered the two X-Men, knocking out Beast with nerve gas, and refusing to listen to Ashley. He grabbed the child and announced it was complying with the last orders issued by its creator Lawrence Trask: destroy all mutants.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#11) - Ashley managed to reassert control over the Sentinel long enough to order him to let her go. Fascinated, Xavier observed how she was apparently controlling the killer robot. When Beast woke up, unaware of the situation and still seeing the Sentinel, he immediately attacked the automaton again. This caused the girl to lose control again for a brief moment, causing the Sentinel to destroy most of the Martin's home. Ashley eventually got "Big Bot" under control again, just as Ms. Martin returned home, scared for her daughter's life. After Xavier explained the situation to the stunned Teri and Ashley forced the Sentinel to reveal its origins, things took a turn for the worst when the girl lost control over "Big Bot" again. When he refused to obey her commands and tried to kill everyone in sight, Ashley was fed up with her new friend and used her powers to force the Sentinel to rip itself apart. In the aftermath, her eyes still bright red with fury and power, Ashley told her concerned mother to stop whining before she really got mad.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#12) - Ashley, overcome with rage and not in control of her powers, refused to listen to reason. She even subconsciously forced the molecules of Xavier's wheelchair to suddenly move away from her at close to a hundred miles an hour. Charles was saved by Beast, the two mutant geniuses figured out Ashley's mutant powers were far more than simple telekinesis.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#13) - Xavier tried to calm Ashley down, but the girl was too upset, blaming everything that happened on the professor and Beast. While Hank tried to comfort the sobbing Teri Martin, Ashley decided to take action. She reanimated the torn apart Sentinel, manipulating it like a marionette and sending it against the visitors. Beast tried his best to dodge the Sentinel, but admitted he was otherwisely powerless against it. This forced Xavier to take action: he used his telepathy to perform a psychic operation of sorts, reaching into the girl's brain to sever all the connections her conscious mind had with the mutated part of her brain. The procedure was a delicate one, causing Xavier considerable strain as he likened it to trying to repair a Swiss watch with a sledgehammer. After he was finished, both Charles and Ashley fainted from exhaustion, leaving Beast and Teri to wonder if the professor had succeeded.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#14) - Ashley was still barely awake and unsure what happened when the authorities arrived to check out the devastation caused by the Sentinel fight. Xavier used his powers of persuasion to convince the police he and his colleague Hank McCoy were mutant experts, tracking a malfunctioning Sentinel that just happened to crashland in this yard, thereby keeping Ashley's involvement and status as a mutant a secret.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#14 -  BTS) - To make sure his telepathic surgery had no unexpected negative side effects, Xavier decided to stay with Ashley and her mother to observe the girl for a while. He sent Beast back to Westchester while he took up residence in the Martins' downstairs guest room.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#16) - Ashley watched the cops clear out the wreckage of the Sentinel before coming inside to ask her mother for some aspirin because she had a headache. Xavier telepathically told her concerned mother that this headache was in no way the result of any brain damage.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#18 (fb) - BTS) - To make sure Ashley wouldn't suffer any latent traumas from being attacked by a Sentinel, Xavier placed mental blocks inside the girl's mind. Not only would they prevent her from using her powers, the blocks also blanked out her memory of the last several days, including the Sentinel attack.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#21) - Ashley woke up one morning, almost too late for school. She found her mother in Xavier's room, watching over the professor's lifeless body (Charles' astral form was out confronting Magneto). Not wanting to upset her daughter, Teri told her that the professor was "meditating" before deciding to drive her to school herself. On the way to school, Ashley wondered when the professor would be leaving. Teri replied that she didn't know, but that she hoped it wouldn't be soon.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years#22) - Ashley briefly said goodbye to the professor who had decided to return to his school. As Ashley left to go play, Charles assured her mother that he had finished monitoring Ashley's recovery and that she was fine. He added that in a few years he would return to remove the blocks he'd put in to allow her mutant powers to manifest naturally.

Comments: Created by John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks).

It would be interesting to find out whatever happened to Ashley since Xavier placed his mental blocks inside her mind. There's no mention of him ever revisiting her for a check-up or eventual removal. Maybe, as psychic blocks are wont to do, she outgrew them. Maybe she lost her powers on M-Day and grew up never knowing she had them.

Ashley's pet Sentinel scanned her mother Teri and disccovered she had no abnormal genetic traits. Which means her X-gene must have come from her father, who conveniently worked aboard a nuclear powered submarine.

Profile by Norvo.

Ashley Martin should not be confused with

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X-Men: The Hidden Years#9, p19, pan3 (main image)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#10, p22, pan1 (chastizing Big Bot)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#11, p20, pans 2-3 (mad at mom)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#21, p9, pan4 (ready for school)

X-Men: The Hidden Years#9 (August, 2000) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#10 (September, 2000) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#11 (October, 2000) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#12 (November, 2000) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#13 (December, 2000) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#14 (January, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#16 (March, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#18 (May, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#21 (August, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years#22 (September, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)

Last updated: 06/29/15

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