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Apokolips
Apokolips
is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The planet is ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirby's Fourth World comic book series, and is integral to many stories in the DC Universe. Apokolips
Apokolips
is considered to be the opposite of the planet New Genesis.[1] Apokolips
Apokolips
is a large planet and an ecumenopolis with burning fire pits. The war that destroyed the Old Gods and created New Genesis
New Genesis
and Apokolips
Apokolips
separated the Fourth World from the rest of the universe, leaving it only accessible by a form of travel called a boom tube. The boom tube, it has been revealed, converts individuals that pass through to proportions fitting the destination, i.e., when a New God passes from Apokolips
Apokolips
(or New Genesis) to Earth, they are shrunken in size, while someone going the other way would grow larger. If someone somehow reaches the Fourth World by other means, he will discover its denizens are giants.[2]

Contents

1 Fictional history

1.1 Seven Soldiers 1.2 Countdown to Final Crisis 1.3 Death of the New Gods 1.4 The Great Darkness Saga 1.5 New 52: Earth-0 and Earth-2

2 Inhabitants 3 Geography 4 Technology 5 Other versions

5.1 Darkseid/Galactus: The Hunger

6 In other media

6.1 Television 6.2 Video games

7 References 8 External links

Fictional history[edit] Apokolips
Apokolips
and its bright counterpart, New Genesis, were spawned by the destruction of Urgrund, the world of the "Old Gods" (initially implied to be the gods of classical mythology, though versions of these characters have since been revealed to still exist in the DC Universe). Apokolips
Apokolips
and New Genesis
New Genesis
are locked in an eternal war, symbolizing the struggle of evil and good on a grand mythic scale. Apokolips
Apokolips
is ruled by a fell being known as Darkseid, a dark leader who rules over his downtrodden people by force and fear. Apokolips appears to be a high-tech industrial wasteland. Seven Soldiers[edit] Main article: Seven Soldiers Both Apokolips
Apokolips
and New Genesis
New Genesis
were seemingly destroyed in a final battle prior to Grant Morrison's miniseries Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle. However, the final issue of that series implied that the story's earlier events were merely visions seen by the hero as part of an elaborate test by the New God Metron. How much of the battle really happened and the current status of the New Gods
New Gods
remains to be seen. Countdown to Final Crisis[edit] Main article: Countdown to Final Crisis Using Boom Tube
Boom Tube
technology Brother Eye
Brother Eye
arrives on Apokolips
Apokolips
and seemingly assimilates the entire planet. Before the assimilation is fully complete, the Pied Piper intervenes and channels the Anti-Life Equation through his flute. This destroys much of Brother Eye, making its central core make a last-minute escape off the surface of the planet and reverting much of Apokolips
Apokolips
to what it was. Death of the New Gods[edit] Main article: Death of the New Gods At the end of the Death of the New Gods
New Gods
mini-series, with all the gods now dead, the combined entity born from the melding of the Source and the Anti-Life Equation merges Apokolips
Apokolips
and New Genesis
New Genesis
into a single new planet with characteristics in common with both the former worlds. The Great Darkness Saga[edit] Main article: The Great Darkness Saga In the 30th century, original Legion of Super-Heroes
Legion of Super-Heroes
continuity, Apokolips
Apokolips
is inactive and Darkseid
Darkseid
incapacitated. In the reboot Legion continuity, Darkseid
Darkseid
was aged and dying with the planet mostly uninhabited but the center of a large cult. New 52: Earth-0 and Earth-2[edit] In DC continuity following its 2011 Flashpoint event and the launch of its The New 52
The New 52
line of comics, the DC Multiverse remains composed of 52 worlds but only one set of New Gods. Darkseid
Darkseid
and his army from Apokolips
Apokolips
has attempted to invade Earth-0, or Prime Earth, but is repelled by the first incarnation of the Justice League. At the same time, his armies, invaded the alternate Earth of Earth-2 under the aegis of Steppenwolf, which was much more successful. The invasion of Earth-2 cost the lives of that universe's original Superman, Batman, Catwoman, Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
and millions of humans, including Earth-2's Lois Lane, married to Superman
Superman
on that world. The Apokoliptan forces have assistance from Fury (Earth-2 Wonder Woman's abducted and brainwashed daughter), with all her mother's Amazonian abilities. Five years on, and a number of new "wonders" begin to emerge: Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Atom, Hawkgirl, Doctor Fate, Red Tornado (an android with Lois Lane's consciousness) and the Flash (Jay Garrick) form an embryonic Justice Society to deal with threats such as Solomon Grundy. Before long, the armies of Apokolips
Apokolips
attempt a second invasion of Earth 2, and the Wonders of the World are supported by further heroes includes Batman (Thomas Wayne), a new Superman (Val-Zod), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl, Aquawoman (Marella), Accountable (Jimmy Olsen), the New God Mister Miracle, and Earth 0's Mister Terrific (Michael Holt). Agents of Darkseid
Darkseid
such as Glorious Godfrey
Glorious Godfrey
and Kalibak
Kalibak
(in Batman & Robin), and the Apokoliptian Orion (in Wonder Woman) have encountered the heroes of Earth-0 on several occasions, but no full-scale invasions have taken place. Later, in the series Earth 2: Worlds' End, Mister Miracle
Mister Miracle
discovers that Highfather
Highfather
made a deal with Darkseid
Darkseid
that the armies of Apokolips
Apokolips
could invade Earth-2 and that dimension freely without the intervention of the New Gods
New Gods
of New Genesis, explaining the wild disparity between the fates of Earth-0 and Earth-2. Ultimately, Apokolips
Apokolips
itself enters Earth-2's solar system and consumes Earth-2, transforming the planet into fuel to sustain itself. Inhabitants[edit] See also: List of New Gods The population is a downtrodden lot, including many kidnapped from other worlds before being "broken". The majority of the population are called Lowlies or Hunger Dogs, a bald and fearful race that has no sense of self-worth or value, and yet, in their own way, are just as much gods as those who rule the planet.[3] The Lowlies are subject to constant abuse that ends only with death. Next are the Parademons
Parademons
who serve as the keepers of order on the planet.[4] Higher above the Parademons
Parademons
are the Female Furies
Female Furies
who are Darkseid's personal guard. They are blessed with unnatural strength and longevity and are either trained for their position in the Furies from birth, or are promoted from the ranks of general Apokolips
Apokolips
troops. The leaders of the Furies are Granny Goodness, who sports the appearance of a matronly old woman while being the most powerful of the guards, and Kanto, who enjoys a unique position as Darkseid's master assassin. The chief guard, Big Barda had a third position under Granny which has not been filled since her defection from the group. Deep below Armagetto, the lifeless forms of the Old Gods live on. They are known as the Dreggs. Apokolips
Apokolips
is ruled by Darkseid
Darkseid
as its theocratic god/despot, but he delegates most of the actual day to day ruling to his counsellor Desaad. Darkseid
Darkseid
has no real contenders for the throne of Apokolips except the demon Mantis, although his sons Orion, Grayven
Grayven
and Kalibak are also potential contenders. Darkseid
Darkseid
is cursed with Grayven
Grayven
and Kalibak's stupidity and Orion's service in the name of good. Orion once usurped the throne of Apokolips
Apokolips
from his father temporarily, until coming to his senses and returning to New Genesis. It is prophesied that Orion will overthrow Darkseid. In Kingdom Come it is revealed that Darkseid's overthrow will not result in major changes on Apokolips, as Apokolips' evil comes from evil itself rather than Darkseid. Geography[edit] The Necropolis is an underground labyrinth located on Apokolips, home to the Dreggs, the last surviving Old Gods. The Dreggs survived the sundering of Urgrund, but were rendered mindless. Below the Necropolis are the Black Ways, a labyrinth which was the prison of Sirius, one of the last few surviving Old Gods, now trapped in the form of a large wolf. Sirius sacrificed himself in order to save the life of Orion, as seen in Orion #10 (March 2001). Powerful artifacts created by the Old Gods have been found in the Necropolis. A sword found in the ruins of Asgaard briefly gave John Hedley superhuman powers which he used to challenge Orion in New Gods
New Gods
#16 (May 1990). In another expedition, Kalibak
Kalibak
discovered the Thunderbelt, a device which increased his strength and durability (and which was a direct homage to Thor's belt of strength). New Genesis
New Genesis
also has ruined cities from the time of the Old Gods. Lonar found his mystical war horse Thunderer in one of these ruins. Technology[edit] Arguably, Apokolips
Apokolips
is second only to New Genesis
New Genesis
in terms of technological advancement. With their technology, they are the height of power in most of the universe and are able to devastate galaxies when they choose to use it. Apokoliptian technology is furthermore the source of unparalleled misery in the universe as the planet routinely arms evil groups with advanced technology in order to further its influence (and misery) across the universe. Apokolips
Apokolips
technology was used by Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim and his Intergang
Intergang
in Superman
Superman
comics. It was a deal between Darkseid
Darkseid
and Metron which was the cause of the invention of the "Boom Tube" using "Element X" which could only be found on Apokolips. The "Entropy Aegis" armor used by Steel to defeat Imperiex
Imperiex
was Apokoliptian technology, as was Dmitri Pushkin's second suit of Rocket Red
Rocket Red
armor. Other versions[edit] Darkseid/Galactus: The Hunger[edit] During an intercompany crossover, Galactus
Galactus
visited Apokolips, but was unable to feed on the planet, since all of the life force that had dwelled there had either left to New Genesis
New Genesis
or had been burned in the fire pits long ago, in essence leaving the planet with no lifeforce and too corrupt for him to feed on. In other media[edit] Television[edit]

The last two seasons of Super Friends
Super Friends
featured Apokolips. It was shown in various episodes of Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Jack Kirby's Fourth World was featured heavily in the final season of Superman: The Animated Series with Apokolips
Apokolips
as the primary setting in a few episodes. In the final episode "Legacy", Superman
Superman
faced Darkseid in battle and actually dethroned him as ruler and freed the people of Apokolips, only to watch the citizens help Darkseid
Darkseid
recover from his wounds out of divine loyalty. In the successful series Justice League
Justice League
Darkseid
Darkseid
asked for the League's help when the computer Brainiac attacks Apokolips. This is later revealed as a trick to capture Superman
Superman
so Brainiac can make itself an organic being. However Darkseid
Darkseid
gains control of Brainiac and tries to use him to solve the Anti-Life Equation. However Darkseid is killed when Brainiac's asteroid base explodes. In the series continuation, Justice League
Justice League
Unlimited, Apokolips
Apokolips
plunged into civil war after Darkseid's death, between two of his generals, Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar. Vundabar captures Darkseid's son Kalibak, but Kalibak
Kalibak
is later imprisoned on Earth. The League hopes that both sides would destroy each other, so that neither of them can threaten Earth or the universe. But when Darkseid
Darkseid
was resurrected by Lex Luthor, he returned to Apokolips
Apokolips
to reaffirm his rule, quickly ending the civil war. He then orders his forces to attack Earth, so as to get revenge on Superman
Superman
and later to head to New Genesis. The Apokolipian forces then came upon Earth via boom tubes. The Justice League, temporarily allied with the Secret Society of Super Villains, fought against them. When Darkseid
Darkseid
and Luthor seemingly perished when they clasped their hands on the Anti-Life Equation, the Apokolipian forces retreated back to their home and will possibly be either attacked by the forces of New Genesis
New Genesis
for violating the Highfather's pact with Darkseid, or without Darkseid
Darkseid
to unite them, will return to civil war for control of Apokolips. In the series Smallville, Apokolips
Apokolips
is referenced when Clark Kent's cousin Kara explains to Oliver Queen that a symbol-like language depicted on a cave's walls is Apokoliptian in nature. The actual planet appears in the series finale, in which Darkseid
Darkseid
attempts to crash it into Earth until Clark, who has become Superman, defeats Darkseid
Darkseid
and pushes Apokolips
Apokolips
back into outer space. In the straight-to-DVD film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Apokolips
Apokolips
was a featured location where Darkseid
Darkseid
had placed Kara Zor-El under his command. Apokolips
Apokolips
was referenced in the Young Justice episode "Disordered". It eventually appeared in "Endgame", and was the gathering place for Vandal Savage, Darkseid, G. Gordon Godfrey and Desaad.

Video games[edit] In the videogame, Justice League
Justice League
Heroes, Darkseid
Darkseid
uses the mother box to turn Earth into a "New Apokolips". Superman
Superman
is kept on Earth to see what has happened to Earth. Once the final boss of the game, (Darkseid), is defeated, Zatanna asks the mother box to turn Earth back to its original state. References[edit]

^ Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Austin, Terry (i). "Legends from the Darkside" Superman
Superman
v2, 3: 11-12 (March, 1987), DC Comics ^ The size difference varies; Supergirl found herself confronted with Apokoliptians the size of skyscrapers, while Superman
Superman
found that entire planets from his universe fitted in his hand while on Apokolips. ^ Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Austin, Terry (i). "Legends from the Darkside" Superman
Superman
v2, 3: 10-11 (March, 1987), DC Comics ^ Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Austin, Terry (i). "Legends from the Darkside" Superman
Superman
v2, 3: 13 (March, 1987), DC Comics

External links[edit]

Cosmic Teams: New Gods DCU Guide: Old Gods Index to the Earth-1 Fourth World stories

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Inhabitants of New Genesis

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Inhabitants of Apokolips

Chessure Darkseid Deep Six DeSaad Devilance Doctor Bedlam Female Furies

Artemiz Bernadeth Gilotina Lashina Mad Harriet Malice Vundabar Speed Queen Stompa Wunda

Granny Goodness Glorious Godfrey Grayven Heggra Justifiers Kalibak Kanto Mantis Mortalla Parademons

Pharzoof

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Other characters

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Locations

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Storylines

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In other media

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