Dr. Valencia Martinez
Dr martinez

Vital Statistics
Gender Female
Family Ella Martinez (daughter)

Max (daughter)
Phoenix Ride (Granddaughter)

Status Deceased
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Dark brown
Height Unknown
Affiliation The Flock
Weapons None
Species Human
Home Arizona
Appearances The Angel Experiment
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Dr. Valencia Martinez is a veterinary surgeon and activist, and the mother of Maximum Ride. She is also the founder of the environmentalist organization known as the CSM.

History Edit

Before The Angel Experiment Edit

Dr. Martinez worked on the avian-human recombinant project and donated the egg that would become Max, but was shut out of the project once the embryo was viable.

Around the same time, she began working with Nino Pierpont, making preparations to combat the H8E virus.

About a year after Max's birth, she gave birth to a daughter named Ella with an unidentified father. By the beginning of the series, she is living in Arizona, sharing a vet practice with another veterinarian. She owns a dog named Magnolia.

The Angel Experiment Edit

When Max, Fang and Nudge are flying over Arizona on their way to the School in California, Max spots a girl being bullied by some bigger boys. She rescues the girl but is shot in the shoulder. While hiding and injured, Max sees the girl - Ella Martinez - outside her home with her dog. Seeing Max and realizing her rescuer is wounded, Ella leads Max indoors. Ella's mother is Dr. Martinez, who happens to be a vet. Max allows Dr. Martinez to help her, and reveals her wings in the process. Dr. Martinez seems shocked, but remains calm and tends to Max's wounds.

As Max heals, she becomes friends with the Martinez duo and learns how to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. Dr. Martinez takes Max to her Veterinary Hospital to get an X-ray. While examining the injury, she realizes that Max has a microchip implanted in her arm. Max wants the chip removed immediately, but Dr. Martinez refuses because it is unsafe, and the chip was probably implanted when Max was a small child. When Erasers come in to the building looking for Max, Dr. Martinez hides Max. Although Max fears that the Erasers' voices will draw her in and hypnotize her, Dr. Martinez seems immune.

When Max leaves the Martinez family to return to the Flock, she is saddened and wonders if she'll ever see them again. She thinks that Dr. Martinez would be the perfect mom.

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports Edit

Max finds her way back to Dr. Martinez's house. Dr. Martinez meets Fang for the first time. At Max's request, Dr. Martinez agrees to use microsurgery to remove the chip from her arm. Max's arm is left paralyzed, to Dr. Martinez's distress.

The morning of Max and Fang's departure, Fang goes into Martinez's office to look for a paper clip, but instead finds a book on recombinant-DNA theory, a book on birds, and a picture of the Gasman. This makes the two of them worry for their safety and suspect the vet. Jeb Batchelder explains later, in the Itexicon dungeon, that Dr. Martinez is Max's biological mother, having worked on the project and donated the egg that was used to create Max. At the end of the book, reunited with the Flock, Dr. Martinez cries with joy as she greets Max. She says that she couldn't believe it when she saw Max before and wasn't sure.

The Final Warning Edit

Dr. Martinez serves as a guardian to the Flock. She goes with them and Jeb to D.C. for a meeting, where officials inform them that they want to create a school for the Flock. At the meeting, government officials tell Martinez that she is not a parent to the children, having not raised any of them.

She also recommends the Flock for the mission to Antarctica.

Saying goodbye

MAX Edit

Following the trip to Antarctica, Dr. Martinez and her colleagues create the Coalition to Stop the Madness, to spread awareness about the environment. Out of loyalty to her mother, Max agrees to have the Flock participate in airshows and draw attention to the CSM's efforts. The CSM also provides food and shelter for the Flock.

Later, a distraught Ella calls the Flock to tell them that her mother went missing at the airport between flights. She is starved and tortured with electric shocks, while her captors try to coerce her to sign a form and appear on camera denouncing the CSM. They claim to have Max in custody. However, Dr. Martinez laughs and says in that case they have her sympathy, before being shocked into unconsciousness by an M-Geek. The Flock finds her trapped in an underwater dome. They rescue her and she recovers in a safe location.


Total mentions that he and Akila visited with Dr. Martinez, presumably at her job as a veterinarian, and that he counseled patients.

Jeb returns, and Max guesses that her mother told him where to find them, as Dr. Martinez for some reason still trusts Jeb. Jeb mentions that Dr. Martinez is planning for another CSM mission.

After the Flock is poisoned, Dr. Martinez arrives to help and is waiting to greet Max and Fang when they arrive. She is good about not reacting to the sick Flock members' appearances. Soon afterwards, Angel leaves and Fang goes after her. Max starts to go into shock; Nudge runs to get Dr. Martinez, who comforts her and asks what she plans to do.

Dr. Martinez is also responsible for training Akila to walk down the aisle at her wedding.


After Fang's departure, Max becomes depressed, causing Nudge to call Dr. Martinez for help. Dr. Martinez begins teaching Nudge to bake cookies.

Despite Max's warnings about Jeb, Dr. Martinez agrees to go with him and Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen to the school for Gen77 kids, although she refuses to consider Hans' plan for Max and Dylan to breed. When the plane crashes, Jeb and Dr. Martinez are saved, while Gunther-Hagen goes missing. However, after Max and Dylan return from searching for him, Dr. Martinez acts strange, looks empty-eyed, and doesn't seem to care about anything Max says, acting more concerned with watching TV.

Jeb and Dr. Martinez later drive off from the house without any sign as to where they're going. The Flock expresses their feelings that something is suspicious and they may not be able to trust Dr. Martinez. Max is hurt by this, though Angel tells her that her mother does love her. Ella has also been brainwashed; the Flock tries to deprogram her but she runs away too. Dr. Martinez's whereabouts are unknown at the end of the book.

Dr. Martinez in the Max Ride: First Flight series

Nevermore Edit

Both Jeb and Dr. Martinez are among the whitecoats experimenting on Angel.

Later, after Fang is badly injured, Dr. Martinez arrives in a helicopter to take the Flock to Paradise. She patches Fang up and explains to Max that, like Iggy and Ella, she was brainwashed. She fell under Jeb's spell as a result of trusting him, but when he left, she regained her sense. She acts ashamed and repentant towards Angel, and Angel telepathically confirms that she's changed. She agrees with Max's plan to bring Jeb to Paradise as well, saying that “He’s a sick man, but not an evil one.”

The island is part of a project that she and Nino Pierpont have been working on for more than fifteen years, in preparation for the release of the H8E virus. At some previous point, Dr. Martinez rescued Ella from the 99 Percenters and sent her to the island. While the Flock settles in, she explains the H8E virus to Max and Fang. Though this is how she expects the world to end, the real problem ends up being the meteor strike. The Martinez family takes shelter in the underground caves just before the meteor hits, and Angel senses their thoughts afterwards, indicating that they are safe.

Maximum Ride Forever Edit

Though Max holds out hope that her mother and sister survived, Rizal later confirms that they both drowned when water levels rose inside the caves beneath Paradise.

It is revealed that Dr. Martinez was aware of the meteor, and was part of a plan for Russia to destroy it with nukes. She was shocked when the plan never occurred. The Remedy later reveals that she actually did "most of the work" in preparing the way for his master plan, by starting "The Psychic Initiative" to study Angel, and then falling for his suggestion that they keep the meteor a secret to prevent panic.


Dr. Martinez is nurturing and calm, particularly cool under pressure or in threatening situations. She is protective towards the Flock, being reluctant to perform a dangerous surgery on Max, and "patting everyone down for broken bones" after a bomb goes off in The Final Warning. She is passionate about saving the environment.

In Nevermore she is seen working on the side of the evil whitecoats, but it is revealed that she was brainwashed by Jeb. Angel assures Max that she is "a good guy".


Max and dr martinez

Dr. Martinez and Max

  • Jeb and Dr. Martinez came together to give genetic material and create Max; however, they are not married. Dr. Martinez trusts Jeb and they work together during the Protectors arc of the series.
  • The identity of her daughter Ella's father is unknown. Similarly, the mother of Ari is unknown.
  • Eventually, Max starts calling Dr. Martinez "Mom."
  • She took a course in college with Dr. Brigid Dwyer.
  • Max is, aside from Iggy, the only member of the Flock to find her parents.
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