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Art by Rick Hoberg.
|First appearance||New Gods vol. 2 #17 (June '90)|
|Alter ego||Yuga Khan|
|Team affiliations||New Gods of Apokolips|
Yuga Khan is a DC Comics supervillain. He first appeared in New Gods Volume 2, issue 17 (June 1990). Khan was the former patriarch of Apokolips and its first ruler, whose misguided attempt to unravel the unknowable mystery of the Source left him a helpless captive for countless thousands of years.
Fictional character biography
New Gods II #17-21
In The Promethean Galaxy Yuga Khan broke his bonds, and consumed the planet Velos. His return to living existence constituted a greater threat to life than even his son Darkseid. Khan next destroyed a Thanagarian probe station, which attracted the attention of Lar Gand, who managed to save the lives of a few Thanagarians. After draining another world and gaining more strength, Khan came to Apokolips.
For the first time in his life, Darkseid knew fear despite his bravado of claiming Khan was the past and he was the future. Khan restrained him and sarcastically asked if he was going to hug his father. Khan reclaimed his rulership over Apokolips, making life twice as hard on the populace. Desaad pledged his loyalty to him, telling him his service to Darkseid had been a lie. Khan reminded him that he’d poisoned his beloved wife Heggra and disintegrated him there. Khan cut off the Source, rendering Boom Tubes and Mother Boxes inoperative. He would continue his quest to find the nature of the Source, no matter the casualties. Commander Gideon launched an invasion of Apokolips, however Khan devastated his New Genesis soldiers and killed Gideon. Yuga Khan once again turned his attention to the Source Wall, where Highfather tried to stop him, warning him of the limits of godhood. Khan ignored him, subsequently transforming his body into primal energy so he could enter the Source. His second attempt was no more successful than his first, he was once again imprisoned in the Promethean Galaxy.
The New 52
Post-Flashpoint, Yuga Khan was once again referred to in flashback as Darkseid's brutal father who had been slain many centuries before. During the events of 'The Darkseid War', Shazam lost the connection to his six patron gods, and received six new ones from the Source (Where gods go when they die), including a brutal, ancient god of tyranny and torture: Zonuz. This being attempted to claim the powers of the other five gods to renew his reign of terror, and revealed that while his original name was Zonuz, he had taken the name Yuga Khan (In the same fashion as the New God Uxas took on the name Darkseid). Although he seemed to prevail, Billy Batson overcame him through the power of his will and the old god's power was subjected to Shazam.
Powers and abilities
Yuga Khan was the most powerful New God. He possessed enormous physical prowess, the ability to traverse hypertime and could even manipulate The Source itself to an extent. His most dangerous ability was that he could drain the life force of individuals or planets, adding to his own formidable power.
A proper measure of his might was the fact that Darkseid himself dared not face him.
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