Yuga Khan

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Yuga Khan
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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceNew Gods vol. 3 #17 (June '90)
Created byMark Evanier (writer)
Paris Cullins (artist and co-writer)
In-story information
Alter egoYuga Khan
Team affiliationsNew Gods of Apokolips
AbilitiesOld God Physiology:
  • Virtual Immortality
  • Superhuman strength, speed, stamina
  • Invulnerability
  • Self-Sustinance

Torment Sanction:

  • Source manipulation
  • Energy absorption & projection
  • Size Alternation
  • Matter Manipulation
  • Flight
  • Teleportation
  • Illusion casting
  • Telepathy
  • Telekinesis
  • Energy construct creation
  • Power absorption
  • Power distribution

Anti-Life Equation:

  • Sentience Domination
  • Reanimation
  • Resurrection
  • Reality Alteration

Yuga Khan is a fictional comic book supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Mark Evanier and writer/artist Paris Cullins, the character first appeared in New Gods (Vol 2), #17 (June 1990).[1]

Yuga 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. Khan's wife Heggra later died by the machinations of their son Uxas, known more prominently by the name Darkseid, who took control of Apokolips himself.

Fictional character biography[edit]

New Gods II #17-21[edit]

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[edit]

Yuga Khan was reintroduced in Infinity Man and The Forever People Vol 2 #5 (2014), where an enclave of followers on New Genesis held gospels of his fall from grace by the hand of his two sons, Izaya and Uxas. The Old God Zonuz always feared the day when his progeny would one day overthrow and end his pantheon, after millennia of inflicting horror and atrocities across reality in the Sphere of The Gods. He would soon fall in battle even after revitalizing the remains of his fellow deities whom Uxas killed in his bid for ultimate power, a fate Khan would share along with the rest of his brethren as his eldest child struck him down from behind, eventually ending up trapped within the source wall like all gods when they die.[2]

In a story spinning off from the "Darkseid War" storyline in Justice League, where Darkseid himself is killed by The Anti-Monitor, and Shazam (Billy Batson) finds himself empowered by a wholly different set of gods as the universe suffers the fallout of Darkseid's death. One of the new gods to give power to Billy in this immediate chaos goes by the name of Zonuz, replacing Zeus, but he explains that this is an alias much as Darkseid is an alias of Uxas, and that his name is "Yuga Khan, the sire of evil, father of Darkseid". Billy encounters him in a limbo-like dimension as Yuga Khan takes advantage of the magical chaos to claim the staff of the wizard who empowered Billy and with it the powers of the other gods, and thereafter returning to life and reclaiming the throne of Apokolips, stolen from him by his son. Zonus is defeated by Shazam and the wizard explains that "his might is now a slave to your whim." A description on the final page explains that Billy's powers include "the Source Manipulation of ZONUS, Yuga Khan."[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Yuga Khan was the most powerful New God to ever exist. 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.

Old God[edit]

Yuga Khan retains much of his power from previous introductions with a unique twist to their divine aspects. Like his son Darkseid, his almighty power, dubbed the Torment Sanction, gave him undisputed mastery over time, space and reality. Through it he could manipulate the all-pervading Source of All Things for nearly unlimited abilities, such as molecular reconstruction, transforming sentient beings into plant life, fabricating a sword out of nothing, flying under his own power, reading minds and projecting thoughts. He could even siphon the godlike abilities of his sons Uxas and Izaya with ease.[4][5]

A far cry from his former incarnation, or that of his son. Would be the possession of the Anti-Life Equation which he used to reanimate and command his fallen Old Gods into battle alongside him.[6]

Zonuz was also an inventive and inquisitive genius, having long ago discovered and traversed the infinite existence of the DC Multiverse before his sons ascended to godhood. Even finding and utilizing the Nth Metal in the construction of his god-killing enforcers, The Eschaton Golems, powered by the same Source energies he utilized to enact his final directive of murdering his heirs. These automatons could sense the presence of New Gods throughout all reality, had supreme physical and ergokinetic abilities that mimicked many of the Gods's powers, and could even restore life to those long-dead, trapped within the Source wall.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eury, Michael; Misiroglu, Gina Renée, eds. (2006). The Supervillain Book: The Evil Side of Comics and Hollywood. Visible Ink Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780780809772. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  2. ^ Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #27 (2017). DC Comics.
  3. ^ Darkseid War - Shazam #1 (2015). DC Comics.
  4. ^ Darkseid War - Shazam #1 (2015). DC Comics.
  5. ^ Infinity Man and the Forever People #5 (2014). DC Comics.
  6. ^ Infinity Man and the Forever People #5 (2014). DC Comics.
  7. ^ Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29 (2017). DC Comics.