Mantis (DC Comics)
Mantis from New Gods #2, artist Jack Kirby
|First appearance||Forever People #2, (June 1971)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Place of origin||Apokolips|
|Team affiliations||Darkseid's Elite|
Fictional character biography
Mantis is the leader of a colony of humanoid insects that migrated from New Genesis, in return for his fealty Darkseid gave him great power. He typically spent time in a power pod recharging his energies but he could also absorb energies sent at him by an opponent such as Green Lantern. Mantis has at times served as Darkseid's lackey and, like many of the denizens of Apokolips, has occasionally risen up against his master.
Mantis is featured in issue #5 of the limited series Death of the New Gods. He partners with Darkseid's son Kalibak after the murders of many 'Fourth age' gods. While in 'Supertown', the duo battles Superman, Himon and the New Gods military leader 'The General'. During the battle, the Infinity-Man, acting as an agent for the Source Wall, attacks. He stuns the group and kills Mantis and Kalibak by removing their hearts.
Powers and abilities
Mantis is the second most powerful being on Apokolips, second to only Darkseid himself. Mantis is an energy vampire who can project tremendous blasts of energy and absorb any form of energy or any power source, including a power ring or even the powers of a super being (as he did against the Martian Manhunter). He can even absorb magic, and can turn any energy against an opponent. Mantis can also teleport and open up his own boom tubes and he can charge matter with energy. Mantis' energy powers enables him the ability to sense and detect energy, enabling him to even sense an opponent who is invisible. He can even strike beings who are intangible with his energy blasts.
Mantis possesses a "thermal touch" which enables him to generate heat and he can create "frigi-blocks" which traps opponents in ice. Mantis' most dangerous power is his ability to generate antimatter. He can destroy anything he touches by creating anti-matter in the object that he touched. Mantis can generate and build large amounts of cosmic energy through his power pod, which he keeps underground and heavily guarded. If he uses too much energy up in a battle or becomes heavily injured he will flee to his power pod to recharge.
Alongside his vast energy manipulating abilities Mantis also possesses vast super strength, durability and stamina. He also possesses super speed, agility and reflexes, flight, and like all denizens of the Fourth World, Mantis is immortal.
In other media
- Mantis appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Question Authority" voiced by J.K. Simmons, but was never credited. He battles Superman and Captain Atom while fleeing the civil war on Apokolips before being returned to Apokolips. He later appears in a cameo in "Alive" taking part in the civil war on Apokolips and then bowing before the returned Darkseid.
- Mantis appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode teaser "Cry Freedom Fighters!" voiced by Wade Williams. He attacks a cul-de-sac and ended up fighting Stargirl. She used her staff to create her own Bat-Signal to summon Batman only to end up getting Blue Beetle. It took the combined efforts of Stargirl and Blue Beetle to overload Mantis with their energy attacks. In "Darkseid Descending!", Mantis participates in Darkseid's plans to invade Earth.
- The TV Series Fringe on Season 4 Episode 17 "Everything in Its Right Place" Captain Lincoln Lee from the parallel universe refers to Mantis as the parallel universe's Batman.
The "Mantis" reference is to a totally different, Batman-like character portrayed by Carl Lumbly on television (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108843/). Lumbly was also part of the cast of JJ Abrams' Alias (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285333/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1). The DC Comics character "Mantis" is totally unrelated.
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