Cryptic Crossword Clue: Wild kids read about the ruler of Apokolips (8)
Darkseid is the ruler of the planet Apokolips. He wields the Omega Force, most commonly portrayed as destructive eye beams that would make Scott ‘Cyclops’ Summers green with envy.
Darkseid’s ongoing goal is his quest for the Anti-Life Equation, a mysterious piece of knowledge that gives its user control over the thoughts and emotions of all life in the universe.
Darkseid in the Comics
Justice League of America – Issues 183, 184 and 185
Darkseid faced off against the Justice League in their annual crossover with the Justice Society in 1980. When Darkseid is returned to life by the Injustice Society, inexplicably working with minions of Apokolips, the JLA and JSA members are forced into action.
They discover Darkseid’s plan to move Apokolips from the universe of Earth-1 where the Justice League reside into the universe of the Justice Society’s Earth-2. Despite the fact it would save them ongoing trouble, the Justice League help the Justice Society foil the plan.
This arc is perhaps most notable for being the first Justice League of America comics drawn by fan-favourite George Perez, who pencilled the second and third issues of the story.
Availability: You can find the George Perez-drawn chapters of this book in Justice League of America by George Perez, Volume 1 from Amazon.com
In the post-Crisis continuity of the DC Universe, Darkseid has had enough of the heroes of Earth getting credit for, y’know, the heroism and stuff. So he sends Glorious Godfrey to Earth to discredit them, only to succeed in ultimately reforming the Justice League after it had been left in tatters following the end of the Detroit era run.
Availability: The Legends mini-series is available in Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com
Justice League International – Issues 20, 21
When space trader Manga Khan heads to Apokolips to sell Mister Miracle to Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar, Big Barda teams up with the Armagetto resistance on Apokolips. She teleports the entire team to Apokolips, and a massive fight ensues between the Justice League and the forces of Apokolips.
Darkseid has only a small, disapproving role in the story.
Availability: Available as part of Justice League International Volume 3, in Hardcover, Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com
JLA – Issues 10-15
When Grant Morrison returned to the ‘big seven’ version of the Justice League in his run on JLA, he devoted one of his main arcs to a battle with Darkseid. This is the legendary ‘Rock of Ages’ story.
This tale shows an alternate future where Darkseid has learned the Anti-Life Equation and used it to conquer the world. The Justice League of that future need to send a message back to the past to tell the Justice League of the present how to prevent the future from coming to pass.
Availability: Available in Trade Paperback, Deluxe Edition or Kindle from Amazon.com
Final Crisis, while technically not a Justice League story, does feature most of the league in battle with Darkseid, in yet another story where he’s succeeded in conquering Earth.
So they need to put a stop to that.
Availability: Available in Absolute Edition, Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com
Justice League – Issues 1-6
When DC rebooted their universe again with the New 52, following the events of Flashpoint, there was only one villain that could be trusted to bring the Justice League together in this new timeline.
That villain? Crazy Quilt.
No, not Crazy Quilt. The other one, Darkseid. In this story, his attempted invasion of Earth succeeds only in bringing together a younger, sexier, less-underpanted version of the Justice League.
Availability: Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com
Justice League – Issues 40-50, plus various specials – The Darkseid War
It’s called The Darkseid War – you figure it out.
So there you go. More Darkseid fighting the Justice League than you could reasonably hope for. Go crazy.