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April 16, 2008

Darkseid, A Dictator Who Sought to Eliminate the Free Will of All Living Things, is Dead

Uxas at home.Uxas (doing business as ‘Darkseid’), the Dictator Who Sought to Eliminate the Free Will of All Living Things, Is Dead at an Unknown Age.

Uxas, the brutal dictator of Apokolips known as Darkseid, and who spent his life seeking total mastery of the universe, died today in Metropolis. He was an undetermined age, but reports suggest he was many hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. He is survived by a son, Orion.

Darkseid was the most well-known of the ‘New Gods’, the entities that emerged following the Ragnarok of the ‘Old Gods’, and the creation of the Fourth World. He is the son of Yuga Khan and Heggra, the former rulers of Apokolips.

‘Darkseid’ seized power after a coup against his mother organized with the assistance of his long-time servant, Desaad. Some sources have argued that this coup was inspired by revenge, as Darkseid’s mother was responsible for the death of his first wife, Suli, the mother of Kalibak, his oldest son. These sources attribute Darkseid’s subsequent lack of emotion to Suli’s untimely death.

After consolidating his authority on Apokolips, through the use of bloody purges, massacres, and the construction of a paranoid, quasi-fascist police state, Darkseid sought to expand his power by eliminating his nearest rivals, the denizens of New Genesis. The ensuing war was disastrous, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Apokoliptians and the impoverishment of millions more. Darkseid’s own family was not left untouched by this war, as he was forced to surrender custody of his second son, Orion, to New Genesis, in order to ratify the peace treaty with New Genesis.

In the decades that followed, Darkseid continued a low-intensity conflict with New Genesis, but his attention was focused on his search for the Anti-Life Equation, a quest that would last the rest of his life. He believed that this would allow him to destroy the free will of all living things, and engaged in numerous conflicts with Earth in order to obtain it. He also played a pivotal role in many important events in the DC Universe, ranging from the Crisis on Infinite Earths to the “Our Worlds at War” storyline. Over the years, he became one of the most feared individuals in the universe.

As the time of the New Gods drew to a close, Darkseid attempted to manipulate events to ensure his survival, in a series of baffling events explained in our previous coverage. All of these efforts proved futile. In spite of his immense power, Darkseid was still a slave to destiny. Many New Gods were fond of stating “[i]t is written that the father of Apokolips shall meet his banished son [Orion] in the red light of the fire-pits! — And there they shall decide this war!” The conflict did not take place in the fire pits of Armagetto, but in the end, Darkseid was murdered by his son, Orion. He later released a statement saying “MY FATHER’S HEART IS FIREPIT ENOUGH FOR THE PROPHECY! As of this press date, there have been no reports of a plan for an Apokoliptian transition government, or for funeral arrangements.

10 Comments »

  1. Darkseid was the best of us. He is what we aspired to be inside. The Universe just doesn’t lose a dark lord, but a gentleman. There is sadness in my heart that I will never be crushed by his dark heel again.

    Comment by G. Gordon Godfrey — April 16, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  2. This comic just came out hours ago. Give people a chance to get home from work and read it before you post an extremely spoiling statement in the headline that goes out to people’s feed portals.

    Comment by swintronix — April 16, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Since you’ve been following the series, let me ask: was there any buildup/foreshadowing/anything to this? Had Orion been seen at all?

    Comment by "Mike Carlin" — April 16, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  4. No, and the best part is that in Death of the New Gods? (seriously I’m gonna spoil something obvious, might as well read it)

    He was DEAD. For two issues and counting.

    Comment by Syrg — April 16, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  5. Actually, he wasn’t. At the end of #7, when Superman boom tubes away, Orion’s helmet MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHES! I’m guessing Orion merged with the Astro-Force or some pseudomystical bullshit like that.

    swintronix, that’s a good point and perhaps due to our heavy Downcounting fanbase we assumed people wouldn’t care. I didn’t post the article, but it’s a fair complaint.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — April 17, 2008 @ 5:54 am

  6. And, yes – they spent forty-nine weekly issues building up Darkseid as the ultimate villain and then in #50 his son showed up and killed him despite his only previous appearance in the series being in a Jimmy Olsen two-page Fourth World exposition dump.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — April 17, 2008 @ 5:55 am

  7. And of course there’s the slight issue where every single Final Crisis ad shows Darkseid’s face front and center, so I’m thinking MAYBE he’ll be back. Y’know. Just a hunch.

    Comment by Andy — April 17, 2008 @ 7:53 am

  8. At the end of #7, when Superman boom tubes away, Orion’s helmet MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHES! I’m guessing Orion merged with the Astro-Force or some pseudomystical bullshit like that.

    See, this is a sign that people are paying a shitload more attention than I am, because the instant I finish looking at some of these, I take a shot to forget what I can. (Seriously, though, that helps this make a little more sense, despite it being a clusterfuck for other reasons.)

    Comment by Syrg — April 17, 2008 @ 8:03 am

  9. Swintronix,

    You’re right, I should have been more considerate. It’s easy to forget that there are a lot of people who are still enjoying and reading Countdown, and who may not have picked the book up at the time the article was published. I should’ve changed the title and posted spoiler warnings. Thanks for pointing that out.

    -J

    Comment by Jamaal — April 17, 2008 @ 8:25 am

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