Grail (DC Comics)
Grail is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Grail first appeared in Justice League #40 as part of the Darkseid War storyline. Grail is the daughter of Darkseid, prophesied to cause great destruction at the behest of the Anti-God, she murders Hercules. Grail is a race of powerful beings known as New Gods. Inhereited from her father Grail has a form of the Omega Beams, energy that she fires from her eyes or hands as either a concussive force or a disintegrating energy, capable of erasing living objects and organisms from existence; these beams stem from a cosmic energy source called the "Omega Effect". The Omega Beams can resurrect fallen beings killed by them, depending on the Dark Lord's will. In addition to this Grail has shown superhuman strength and durability, proficiency in ritual magic as well as various psionic powers such as corrupting Green Lantern Ring wielders use of willpower. Grail appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super Villains
Mister Miracle is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He first was created by Jack Kirby. Mister Miracle debuted in the first issue of the eponymous series cover dated April 1971 as part of the Fourth World tetralogy. Big Barda, the character's love interest, was introduced in Mister Miracle #4. According to creator Jack Kirby's then-assistant Mark Evanier, Kirby wanted to be a comics creator and creative supervisor at DC Comics, rather than a regular writer-artist: "... we were going to turn Mr. Miracle over to Steve Ditko after a couple of issues and have me write it and Ditko draw it. Carmine Infantino, publisher of DC at the time, vetoed that and said Kirby had to do it all himself." Evanier did unofficially co-plot most issues of the series. The original title featuring this character was the longest-lasting of the Fourth World titles, lasting 18 issues while the other titles, New Gods and The Forever People, were cancelled after only 11 issues.
The most traditionally super-heroesque comic of the various Fourth World titles, the last seven issues as well as incarnations of the series would downplay the Fourth World mythology in favor of more traditional superhero fare. The character teamed up with Batman three times in the Bold; the title was revived in September 1977 by Marshall Rogers. Steve Gerber and Michael Golden produced three issues ending with #25 with several story lines unresolved. Mister Miracle teamed with Superman in DC Comics Presents #12 and met the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America in Justice League of America #183–185; when the character was revived as part of the Justice League International lineup in 1987, a one-shot special by writer Mark Evanier and artist Steve Rude was published in 1987. This special was followed by an ongoing series that began in January 1989, written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Ian Gibson. Other writers who contributed to the title include Keith Giffen, Len Wein, Doug Moench.
This run lasted 28 issues before cancellation in 1991. The series was humor-driven, per Giffen's reimagining Scott Free, his wife Big Barda, their friend Oberon, who pretended to be Scott's uncle, as living in suburbia when they were not fighting evil with the Justice League. In 1996, a series written by Kevin Dooley showed Scott attempting to escape his destiny as a New God by setting up a charitable foundation in New York; this ran for seven issues, before all Fourth World titles were canceled for the launch of Jack Kirby's Fourth World. In addition, Scott's ally and wife Big Barda was made a member of the revived Justice League and appeared in the Jack Kirby's Fourth World series by John Byrne. With the launching of Grant Morrison's meta-series Seven Soldiers, Mister Miracle was revived as a four-issue miniseries; this miniseries focused instead on Scott's sidekick and apprentice Shilo Norman, who Morrison established as a new Mister Miracle. In 2017, it was announced the character would return in his own 12 issue limited series written by Tom King and illustrated by Mitch Gerads.
That year the first five issues of Mister Miracle were released among critical and commercial acclaim with the rest of the series being published monthly throughout 2018. The twelfth and final issue was released on November 14, 2018. Mister Miracle was one of four DC Comics series in Kirby's ambitious, but short-lived, Fourth World saga. Mister Miracle, Super Escape Artist was inspired by comic book writer/artist Jim Steranko. Mister Miracle's relationship with his wife Big Barda is based on Kirby's relationship with his own wife Roz. Thaddeus Brown was a circus escape artist; as the first escape artist to use the name Mister Miracle, Brown earned a modest living and practiced his art into his years. Brown met Scott Free as he was practicing an outdoor escape with his long-time friend and assistant Oberon. Scott aided Brown as he was being coerced by Intergang thugs by fighting them off. Unbeknownst to Scott, Intergang was an Earth crime organization run by Darkseid. Brown told Scott that he was being harassed by the local Intergang Capo known as Steel Hand.
Brown and Steel Hand had been in a hospital together and made a bet that Brown couldn't escape death. While practicing an escape of being tied to a tree with a projectile speeding toward him, Brown was shot by an Intergang sniper while Scott and Oberon stood by helplessly. After Brown's murder, Scott put on Brown's costume and exacted his revenge on Steel Hand by bringing him down. Scott Free hired his assistant Oberon. Scott and Oberon joined by Big Barda, toured the country as the Mister Miracle Super Escape Artist show. Thaddeus was one of Batman's teachers - educating a young Bruce Wayne in the art of escape. Scott Free is the son of Izaya Highfather, the ruler of New Genesis, his wife, Avia; as part of a diplomatic move to stop a destructive, techno-cosmic war against the planet Apokolips, Highfather agreed to an exchange of heirs with the galactic tyrant Darkseid. The exchange of heirs as hostages was supposed to guarantee that neither side would attack the other. Scott was traded for Darkseid's second-born son Orion.
Scott grew up in one of Granny Goodness' "Terror Orphanages" with no knowledge of his own heritage, but still refused to allow his spirit to break under the ever-present torturous training of the institution. As he matured, Scott rebelled against the totalitarian ideology of Apokolips. Hating himself for being unable to fit in despite his unfailing defiance of the
Justice League International
Justice League International is a DC Comics superhero team written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire, created in 1987. Following the events of company-wide crossovers Crisis on Infinite Earths and Legends, Justice League of America writer J. M. DeMatteis was paired with writer Keith Giffen and artist Kevin Maguire on a new Justice League series. However, at the time, most of the core Justice League characters were unavailable. Superman was limited to John Byrne's reboot, George Pérez was relaunching Wonder Woman and Mike Baron was launching the Wally West version of The Flash; as a result, the initial team consisted of: Batman: Denny O'Neil, taking pity on the new creative team, allowed Batman to be used in the series. Black Canary: Dinah Lance was written as a strong feminist and clashed with the misogynistic Guy Gardner. Blue Beetle: A recent acquisition from Charlton Comics. Captain Marvel: No longer a separate personality, this version focuses on his alter ego's naiveté.
Doctor Fate: The inclusion of Dr. Fate coincided with a mini series written by DeMatteis and Giffen. Dr. Light: First appearing in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kimiyo Hoshi joins the League. Guy Gardner: Editor Andy Helfer suggested using Guy Gardner over the more well known Hal Jordan. Martian Manhunter: The only connection to the previous iteration of the Justice League, he soon develops a love for Oreos. Mister Miracle: The world's greatest escape artist, his wife and friend, are associated with the League. The resulting comedic tone was Giffen's idea, introducing new characterizations to old characters: Guy Gardner was now a loutish hothead, Booster Gold was greedier and more inept than he had been in Dan Jurgens' series, Captain Marvel displayed a childlike personality; the series would go on to become nominated as "Best New Series" in 1988 by the Harvey Awards, but was beat out by Paul Chadwick's Concrete. It would feature Adam Hughes' first work for a major comic publisher, they fight the Champions of Angor, other-dimensional super-heroes intent on destroying all nuclear weapons.
Bialya's dictator Rumaan Harjavti takes advantage of the Champions to eliminate his rivals. In Russia the League fights the Rocket Red Brigade. Wandjina sacrifices himself to stop a nuclear meltdown, the League are sent home by international law. Millionaire entrepreneur Maxwell Lord takes an interest in the team, breaching their security and suggesting Booster Gold as a new member. Booster proves himself in combat against the Royal Flush Gang, Lord declares himself their press liaison. Manhunter saves the world when they battle against a conscious psychic plague and he consumes it. Gardner challenges Batman to a fight over leadership. Doctor Fate is captured by a rogue servant to the Lords of Order. Teaming up with the Creeper, they stop Gray Man from taking over the world. Earth is attacked by a mysterious satellite, the League travels into space. Miracle recognizes it as a modified New Genesis Device, neutralizes it, they return home as heroes. Maxwell Lord introduces a proposal to get United Nations funding, they are given sponsorship in exchange for government regulation.
This plan allows them to act as an independent city-state with worldwide embassies. Captain Atom and Rocket Red #7 are added to the team by the United States and Russia respectively. Captain Marvel and Doctor Fate quit the team for personal reasons, they are reintroduced to the world as Justice League International. Despite a series of embarrassing accidents, they move in to embassies around the world; this includes New York City and Paris. With issue seven, the series was renamed Justice League International to reflect the team's new international status; the name change spawned the term JLI, used when referring to this period in Justice League history. The series was again renamed following the launch of Justice League Europe in 1989; the series would be known as Justice League America until its cancellation in 1996. "Breakdowns" was a 16-issue crossover between the Justice League America and Justice League Europe Green Lantern #18 titles, changing the tone of both series from a humorous one to a more serious one, introducing new creative teams to both books.
The major events that occurred were the following: Maxwell Lord is in a coma from a failed assassination attempt. He is possessed by JLE foe Dreamslayer of the Extremists. Following the end of the "Breakdowns" saga, Maxwell Lord has no more mental powers drained when possessed by Dreamslayer; the Queen Bee, ruler of the country Bialya, is killed in a coup d'état led by Sumaan Harjavti, the twin brother of the original dictator, Rumaan. Despero awakens and escapes Manga Khan's starship to wreak havoc on New York City, seeking vengeance against the Justice League. A force of the Justice League's best, along with the Conglomerate and Lobo, were unable to stop him, it was Kilowog and L-Ron who subdued Despero by transferring L-Ron's consciousness into the cybernetic control collar that remained around Despero's neck. While possessing Maxwell Lord's body, Dreamslayer kidnaps and murders Mitch Wacky on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey, where the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold attempted to open a resort called "Club JLI."
Using Lord's persona, Dreamslayer lures a large portion of the Justice League to the island and takes mental control of them, making them the "new Extremists." The Silver Sorceress, one of th
DeSaad is a fictional comic book supervillain, appearing in books published by DC Comics. He is one of the followers of Darkseid from the planet of Apokolips in Jack Kirby's Fourth World meta-series; as DeSaad serves as Darkseid's master torturer, his name refers to Marquis de Sade. At one point DeSaad had an assistant named Justeen, a reference to de Sade's novel Justine, although she bore little resemblance to the title character. DeSaad first was created by Jack Kirby. DeSaad's first recorded appearance in the history of the DC Universe was as a hanger-on at the side of Drax, heir to Apokolips, he had taken his "god-name," which he claimed to have taken in tribute to a being from the future "who has taught me much in my chosen field." DeSaad's origins were revealed during Darkseid's chess game with Eclipso. After Eclipso told Darkseid of how he had caused the Biblical flood, Darkseid shared how he had corrupted an innocent youth by tricking him into believing the youth's cat had killed his other pet, a bird.
Goading the boy to avenge the bird, Darkseid manipulates the youth into burying the cat alive. The bird returned, having flown off, in a rage, the youth killed the bird and left New Genesis to become Darkseid's lackey. DeSaad appeared to be helping Drax with his attempt to master the Omega force. In fact, he was plotting with Drax' brother Uxas; as a result, Drax was presumed killed, Uxas mastered the Omega Force, taking the god-name Darkseid. DeSaad went on to serve as Darkseid's torturer. DeSaad is a coward, he is treacherous, but is sufficiently afraid of Darkseid that he will not turn against his master unless someone else takes the lead. He spent some time posing as Darkseid to keep Intergang going. While Darkseid had been involved with Intergang as part of his search for the Anti-Life Equation, DeSaad wanted to cause suffering. DeSaad was killed during an attempt by Darkseid to penetrate the Source, he was subsequently found to have "bonded" with Orion, causing the latter to become cruel and manipulative.
They were separated. While missing, his second-in-command Justeen plots to overthrow DeSaad's position and become closer to her beloved Darkseid. In the Superman/Batman story "Torment," DeSaad is tasked by Darkseid to retrieve Highfather's staff from the Source Wall, use it to restore Darkseid's waning powers. Working with the Batman villain Scarecrow he brainwashes Superman. However, when the time came to recharge Darkseid's powers, using the staff as a conduit to the Omega Realm, DeSaad betrays Darkseid and tried to take the power for himself; the Omega Effect, possessed a horror within it that DeSaad could not stand, Darkseid siphoned the energy off him. At the end of issue #25 of Countdown to Final Crisis DeSaad, who had captured and tortured Professor Martin Stein, is able to take over the mantle and the power of Firestorm for himself, he is defeated and separated from the Firestorm matrix by the Atomic Knights, but flees before he could be captured. After disrupting a battle between Darkseid and Mary Marvel, DeSaad gives Darkseid a compound, unsuccessfully used to access the Anti-Life Equation.
DeSaad is released from Darkseid's service. However, DeSaad has transported the Pied Piper to Apokolips. DeSaad claims the Piper can control the planet. Before the Piper can do so, Brother Eye finishes assimilating Apokolips. After recovering, DeSaad confesses to Piper's ordeal. However, they are attacked by an OMAC and Piper is captured. DeSaad continues to pursue Piper and convinces him to play. However, Piper's first act is to try to kill DeSaad. During Countdown in issue #837 of Detective Comics, it is revealed that he is supplying the Amazon Women's Shelters with special drugs from Apokolips. In Salvation Run, it is revealed that DeSaad oversees the training of the New Gods of Apokolips on a planet where Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad had dumped the exiled villains; when he discovers them on this planet, he arranges for the Parademons to eliminate the least powerful villains so that he can train the stronger ones for an unknown goal. The villains escape back to Earth. Following Death of the New Gods many of the fallen Apokoliptan gods had taken on human forms.
DeSaad, posing as "Doctor Bud Fogel" raising the public against Lex Luthor's Everyman experiments trapping and capturing Infinity, Inc. This version of DeSaad has been seen in the Terror Titans miniseries, conditioning the Infinitors to fight in The Dark Side Club's metahuman tournament. After the brainwashed superhumans break free of the Anti-Life Equation and begin to destroy the arena, DeSaad is electrocuted and captured by Static. In Final Crisis # 6, it is revealed, it is not known what has happened to DeSaad after Freddy Freeman as the new Shazam changes Mary to normal in the same issue. In Final Crisis: Secret Files, it was revealed that he was the one who brought Libra back to cohesion after the villain disembodied himself using a Transmortifier device. During Darkseid's first incursion on Earth during The New 52, DeSaad appears in Apokopolis discussing with Steppenwolf about cloning the DNA of a captured and tortured Superman for a new race of Parademons. Five years he impersonates Michael Holt attempting to capture Power Girl.
Although DeSaad doesn't have great powers, he is still immune to all diseases, toxins and is long-lived. He is stronger and more resistant than a human of his weight and build. DeSaad is a brilliant inventor of weapons and master of torture. DeSaad has created a lot o
The New Gods are a fictional race appearing in the eponymous comic book series published by DC Comics, as well as selected other DC titles. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, they first appeared in February 1971 in New Gods #1; the New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet filled with unspoiled forests and rivers and is ruled by the benevolent Highfather, while Apokolips is a nightmarish and ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrannical Darkseid; the two planets were once part of the same world, a planet called Urgrund, but it was split apart millennia ago after the death of the Old Gods during Ragnarök. The characters associated with the New Gods are collectively referred to as "Jack Kirby's Fourth World". Kirby began the "Fourth World" in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133; the New Gods first appeared in New Gods #1 and Forever People #1. Another "Fourth World" title Mister Miracle was launched in April 1971.
Various New Gods, notably Darkseid, went on to interact with other denizens of the DC Universe. Kirby's production assistant of the time, Mark Evanier, remarked that: Folks forget but the New Gods saga was intended to be a limited series... There was no intention. After Jack's books started getting good sales figures, DC demanded that we keep them going and use guest stars like Deadman, which we were much against doing. So Kirby had this novel he was forever stuck in the middle of – he could never get to the last chapter.... You can spot the issues where Jack kind of gave up trying to advance the story of Darkseid and Orion and was marking time. If those books had been intended from the start to run indefinitely, they would have been done differently. New Gods #1 marks the first appearance of Orion and Metron, among others; the opening sequence alludes to the presence of the "Old Gods" and the "New Gods". In a "Young Gods of Supertown" back-up story in Forever People #5, the explorer Lonar retrieves a helmet from the rubble of what represents the last battle of the Old Gods.
Issue #7, "The Pact", sought to explain the backstory of the New Gods. Eleven issues were published before cancellation by the publisher. Published during this time were the Forever People and Mister Miracle series written and drawn by Kirby. Comics historian Les Daniels observed in 1995 that "Kirby's mix of slang and myth, science fiction and the Bible, made for a heady brew, but the scope of his vision has endured." In 2007, comics writer Grant Morrison commented "Kirby's dramas were staged across Jungian vistas of raw symbol and storm... The Fourth World saga crackles with the voltage of Jack Kirby's boundless imagination let loose onto paper." In 1976, the New Gods were featured in the last issue of 1st Issue Special. The issue featured a new, more mainstream superhero costume for Orion, which he would wear for the next few years, but failed to lead to a relaunch; that same year, Jenette Kahn became DC's new publisher and decided to revive the "Fourth World" lineup in 1977. The New Gods series relaunched in July 1977, with 1st Issue Special still a recent publication, it picked up where the storyline of that issue left off.
Although the title remained "The New Gods" in the indicia and retained its original numbering, launching with #12, the covers used the title "The Return of the New Gods". Gerry Conway wrote Don Newton providing the pencils; the series introduced the character Jezebelle. It was cancelled with issue #19 prior to the "DC Implosion", where a variety of market-related factors caused DC to cancel all of the titles launched the previous year; the final chapters of the series were published as backup features in the Adventure Comics #459–460 featured a climactic battle between Darkseid's forces and the New Gods, culminating in Darkseid's defeat and apparent "death." Conway said that he felt the finale he provided for the New Gods saga was inadequate, though he enjoyed working with Newton on the series. The New Gods met the Flash in Super-Team Family #15. Darkseid's "death" would be overturned in the New Gods' next appearance in Justice League of America #183–185; the three part storyline would tell of Darkseid's return to Apokolips and his scheme to destroy Earth-Two and teleport Apokolips into its place, so that he could conquer a new universe devoid of the New Gods.
The plan would be foiled by the combined power of the New Gods, the Justice League, the Justice Society. A reprint series, this volume packaged two issues apiece per single issue of the original 1971 series; the mini-series' final issue was intended to include a reprint of New Gods vol. 1 #11 and a new 24-page story which would conclude the series and end with both Darkseid and Orion dead. DC editors prevented Kirby from using his original intended ending. Kirby instead turned in a one-off story called "On the Road to Armagetto", rejected, due to the fact that it did not contain a definitive ending to the series. A 48-page new story called "Even Gods Must Die" was published in the sixth issue of the reprint series instead, which in turn served as a prologue for the upcoming The Hunger Dogs graphic novel, which DC editors greenlighted in order to conclude the series. Published as DC Graphic Novel #4, The Hunger Dogs was intended by Kirby and DC to serve as the end to the entire Fourth World saga.
The project was mired in controversy over Kirby's insistence that the series should end with the deaths of the New Gods, which clashed with DC's demands that
Glorious Godfrey is a DC Comics supervillain, part of The Fourth World series of comic books in the early 1970s. Glorious Godfrey first was created by Jack Kirby. Godfrey has a sister named Amazing Grace, a member of Darkseid's Elite; the siblings have similar powers. Whereas Amazing Grace's specialty is manipulation, Godfrey's is persuasion. In his first appearance he confronts the Forever People, who had stumbled upon a recruitment program for Earth-based warriors for Darkseid, he leads an attack of Justifiers that kills the young warrior Serafin. Despite the efforts of the Forever People's semi-sentient Super-Cycle, Godfrey's attack would have succeeded in killing Serafin. Godfrey remained a unimportant character until 1986, when Legends was published. In it, Darkseid attempts to deprive the world of its heroes, not only so that they would be ineffective against Darkseid, but in the hopes that the people of Earth would more willingly surrender to his rule; the first phase of the plan consists of creating immense amounts of collateral damage by sending creatures to Earth to fight the superheroes.
The public begins to resent the heroes in their midst, therefore Darkseid starts the second phase of his plan by sending the master manipulator Glorious Godfrey to Earth. Assuming the identity of G. Gordon Godfrey, he starts a hate campaign against the superheroes that proves to be effective, riling the public and leading to a presidential decision to outlaw any super-heroic activity; the final phase of the plan consists of the Apokoliptian warhounds, cybernetic creatures that are bonded to human hosts, for which Godfrey is able to find an ample number of'volunteers' among his hypnotized public. He leads his charges to Washington D. C. only to be confronted by a cadre of assembled heroes. The heroes are able to defeat the Warhounds and separate them from their human hosts, with Godfrey jeopardising his image when he strikes a little girl, standing between the heroes and Godfrey's group of adults. After his initial weak attempt to justify his attack fails, Godfrey makes one last ploy by putting on the helmet of Doctor Fate in the hopes of obtaining his awesome might.
Instead, the helmet mindwipes Godfrey. He is sent to Belle Reve sanitarium, which he would be broken out of by the Female Furies under the order of Darkseid. Godfrey has subsequently made brief appearances among assemblages of all the Apokoliptian Gods. In Final Crisis #1, Reverend Godfrey Good appears on a TV news report, decrying the situation in Blüdhaven and the lack of government aid and assistance in dealing with the crisis in the ruined city. In between Final Crisis #1 and #2, Good is captured and transformed into a host for the essence of Glorious Godfrey. Godfrey taunts Dan Turpin and Batman, as Batman is imprisoned and Turpin transformed into the final host body for Darkseid. In Final Crisis # 4, Godfrey is present. However, in Final Crisis #5, Darkseid responds to his minion's impending death by watching them die in front of him. A one-shot revealed that Godfrey had been chosen by Darkseid to be the secretive, personal assistant to the Earth-based villain Libra; the man is given generic technology to support him throughout the years because Darkseid believed the man had potential for greatness.
Godfrey's assistance turns out to be invaluable. In The New 52, Glorious Godfrey makes his first appearance by giving greetings to Batman and Ra's al Ghul from Apokolips, he has a new look, sporting an all-black uniform with red gloves and belt. Glorious Godfrey's reason for coming to Earth is to retrieve the Chaos Shard, a powerful crystal which once belonged to Darkseid which Ra's al Ghul revealed was hidden inside the sarcophagus he crafted for Damian. After detecting a trace signature of the shard coming from inside Damian's body, despite the assistance of the Justice League, Glorious Godfrey escapes with the corpse back to Apokolips, with Batman vowing to get Damian Wayne's corpse back. Glorious Godfrey retains several attributes of a native of Apokolips, such as a limited level of superhuman strength and invulnerability. In addition, Godfrey has extended lifespan which allows him to exist indefinitely and he has an advanced immune system. However, Glorious Godfrey is a sub-par athlete and hand-to-hand combatant, whose greatest gifts are his overwhelming speaking voice and his extraordinary powers of persuasion.
Whether these are natural gifts or have been augmented by the power of Darkseid has yet to be determined. Godfrey employs a private army called the Justifiers, composed of Earthmen who believe Godfrey's rhetoric and have had their perceptions contorted by Godfrey's words; the special helmets worn by the Justifiers allow Glorious Godfrey to control his soldiers when they are not in his presence. Jack Kirby biographer Mark Evanier states that Glorious Godfrey was based on evangelist Billy Graham. "A lesser villain who toiled in the service of Darkseid was inspired more directly by evangelist Billy Graham, rather difficult to avoid on TV. Kirby was appalled at some of Graham's apocalyptic sermons which — to Jack — were more calculated to instill fear than faith, to stampede
Granny Goodness is a fictional character, a deity and supervillain published by DC Comics. Modeled after Phyllis Diller, Granny Goodness first appeared in Mister Miracle vol. 1 #2 and was created by Jack Kirby. Granny Goodness did not begin as one of the higher-level residents of Apokolips, but was instead one of the "Lowlies" - the brutally oppressed peasant class, she was removed from her parents and trained to be one of Darkseid's "Hounds". One part of their training was to train their dog. Through combat and training, the two bonded; as the final step of her initiation into life as a Hound, she was told to kill her beloved pet. Instead, she killed her trainer for ordering this; when Darkseid asked why, she answered that "to have done otherwise would have robbed my lord of a most valuable asset", telling him that Mercy would obey her first, but him foremost. Testing this, Darkseid ordered Mercy to kill Goodness. Mercy attacked Goodness, forcing Goodness to kill her pet. Darkseid was impressed that she had graduated with honors.
"You have trained Mercy so well in my name that you'll do as well training others whose blind obedience I will one day require". Darkseid had Goodness run the training facility for his elite soldiers, where she used brainwashing and torture, in a brutal parody of child care, to turn the innocent into fanatical warriors willing to kill or die for Darkseid's glory. Since the war between Apokolips and New Genesis first moved to Earth, Granny Goodness has run Earthly orphanages, looking for potential warriors for Darkseid. Granny is the chief of the Female Furies, she raised Scott Free, the son of Highfather of New Genesis, traded for Darkseid's son as part of a peace treaty. Scott Free became the first child to escape one of her Orphanages. In the final issue of the Amazons Attack miniseries it was revealed that Granny Goodness has been posing as Athena, having manipulated the Amazons into the war, she tells Hippolyta. It appears that Goodness is posing as Athena in the Countdown series, using Amazon centers to recruit new female fighters.
She is holding the Gods of Olympus prisoner. After the gods are freed by Mary Marvel, Holly Robinson and Harley Quinn from an Apokolitian chamber, Granny is attacked and killed by Infinity-Man. However, she is reincarnated on Earth, along with the other Evil Gods, as a member of Boss Dark Side's gang. Although this form is destroyed by Black Alice in an issue of Birds of Prey, in the Final Crisis of mankind, she takes the body of the Alpha Lantern known as Kraken and uses it to attack John Stewart and frame Hal Jordan for the assault. While she is discovered by Batman, she overpowers him and brings him back to the Evil Factory beneath Blüdhaven where he is sealed inside a torture device. Reverend Good announces that Granny Goodness is poised to conquer Oa from within in the name of Darkseid, which would reestablish her as his favorite among the Elite. Granny's attempted assault on the power structure of Oa results in injury to a Guardian, the clearing of Hal Jordan's name, the hiding of the Power Battery and a Green Lantern assault force sent to Earth.
After she is stopped by Hal Jordan, she is taken away to be inspected. Her fate after Final Crisis is left unknown. Granny Goodness has superhuman strength and endurance, she is robust and, considering her age, can still lift several tons with facility and she is resistant to most forms of physical attacks. She is quite good at hand-to-hand combat. In her youth, she was one of the best and most loyal warriors in the service of Darkseid; as a member of Darkseid's elite, Granny Goodness has access to advanced weaponry. In addition, she is a great leader and military strategist that commands soldiers being trained at her orphanages, including flight troops, who ride on flying aero-discs. Among her most relevant pupils are Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Virman Vundabar and the Female Furies, she is seen in the pages of Justice League, in the Rock of Ages storyline, in an alternate future where Darkseid has conquered the Earth. She has merged with the Mother Box systems; as her main offensive weapon, she teleports and blasts firepits energy at her adversaries.
She is destroyed by the future Wonder Woman who sacrifices her own life in the battle. On Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers, after Darkseid's victory over New Genesis destroyed both planets, Granny reinvented herself, she is now a brothel madame, with the Furies as her prostitutes, is an obese black woman. In this guise she hoped to seduce the new Mister Miracle to Darkseid. An identical version of Granny appears in Birds of Prey #118, working at the "Dark Side Club". In Amalgam Comics, Goodness was fused with Marvel Comics' Agatha Harkness to become Granny Harkness, follower of Thanoseid. Granny Goodness appears in a few episodes of the Superman: The Animated Series, voiced by Ed Asner, she first appears in a non-speaking cameo flashback in "Apokolips... Now!, Part 1", as part of Mother Box's records of the history between New Genesis and Apokolips. In her first full appearance in the two-part episode "Little Girl Lost", Granny appears as the head of Intergang, brainwashing street children and takes them in as members.
In "Little Girl Lost, Part 2", Granny reveals that she had Intergang steal the necessary parts for a magnet to lure a comet to Earth and destroy it for D