Orion is the second son of Darkseid , and half brother of Kalibak and Grayven. Raised as the son of Highfather Izaya , he was taught to control his rage and anger, becoming the most powerful warrior either world has ever known. This in itself was not an easy task given that his heritage boiled with the rage of the brutal and merciless Darkseid. Learning how to control his dark nature consumed much of Orion's youth, but as he grew, his friends among the New Gods, particularly Lightray , helped him direct his anger.
He later fell in love with Bekka , daughter of the Apokoliptian dissident Himon , and married her. He is a hero dedicated to the ideals of New Genesis. His fighting skill and stamina have earned him the nickname "The Dog of War". Orion was able to obtain the Anti-Life Equation the source Darkseid was in search of. He then went to Apokolips and confronted Darkseid about his birth, and ended up fighting for control of Apokolips he refused to use the Anti-Life Equation due to issues of pride and earning his destiny unaided.
He defeated Darkseid and gained control of Apokolips. With the anti-life equation, Orion went to Earth to begin creating intergalactic peace. He turned Earth into a utopian like world that began disrupting the balance of the universe. It was revealed that Darkseid, along side Metron, allowed Orion to defeat him, so he could understand the potential of the anti-life equation. Orion was later forced to give up the power of the anti-life equation and decided it was for the best because his use of its powers violated the principles of free will and was equitable to tyranny.
Orion has served two terms with the Justice League. He first demanded to join the League alongside his friend, Lightray. Their mission was to help mobilize Earth's heroes against the coming of the omnipotent Mageddon. Once Mageddon was defeated, he and Barda resigned. When the New Gods began to die off, both Lightray and Bekka were among those killed early off.
Following this, Orion laid a trap for the God killer, with himself as bait. As he charged toward his enemy, they collided with such force that both Superman and Mister Miracle were blinded by the explosion. All that survived was Orion's helmet, and Superman claimed to finally understand why the people of the Fourth World claimed to be gods.
His physical power combined with this relentless fury has made him the fiercest warrior among all the New Gods. His ferocity in combat, which is legendary, is what has earned him the title "Dog of War". Though always portrayed as a warrior, Orion has been softened by writers since his debut under the sometimes sledgehammer pen of Kirby.
In the original New Gods series, Orion was portrayed in a way that was hard to like. His manner sat somewhere between arrogance and pretentious and it was down to support characters like Orions' long term best friend, Lightray to lighten proceedings somewhat. It was, perhaps this heavy handedness that lead to the original series cancellation, with DC not utilizing the characters again for another five years.
Gone were the helmet and the Astro-Harness and brought in were the spandex and the obligatory face mask. Although it featured the talents of creators like Denny O'Neil , Gerry Conway , Bob Mcleod and Don Newton , this new take on a classic idea did not take with the public's imagination and the series was cancelled the following year. Although appearing in a few issues of Justice League, this version of Orion was never seen again and the character himself would not again appear until Jack Kirby was given the chance to return to the characters he had created.
In , Kirby was given the chance to finish the story he had begun 12 years previous when DC reprinted his New Gods series and allowed him to add an extra chapter on the end, which concluded with the apparent death of Orion himself. This lead to the Hunger Dogs graphic novel, one of the first of its kind and an epic and conclusive finish to Kirbys' epic story. M Dematteis creative run and once under Grant Morrisons talents. In , Orion finally received his own title, written and drawn by Walt Simonson which ran for 25 issues.
The brave died with the cunning! The noble perished, locked in battle with unleashed evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust! And so began the epic tale of The New Gods. When Izaya, The Inheritors wife, Avia was murdered by the unruly henchmen of Darkseid , war erupted between the pure and good planet of New Genesis and its dark sibling, Apokolips. Consumed with revenge, Izaya pursued his war against Apokolips with the fervour of a madman, before realizing that the cost of war is too high.
Horrified at what he has done, Izaya exiles himself and whilst in exile, forgoes the ways of war and discovers the omnipotent and mysterious power known only as, The Source. When he returns to his people, Izaya wears the clothes of peace and, befitting his new awareness, assumes the name of Highfather. In order to broker peace, or at least delay the inevitable, each planet's ruler gave the other his son to raise forming a peace treaty known as 'The Pact'.
Miracle , while Highfather raised Orion. During his travels Orion has proven himself a hero many times. His first encounter with Earth's heroes was through Superman. He was sent by Highfather to retrieve him for an audience. Having limited knowledge of the New Gods, Superman mistook him for a servant of Darkseid, and in typical fashion Orion attacked him. After a short battle he was able to subdue the young Kryptonian easily using his physical prowess and the Astro-Harness.
Upon their arrival on New Genesis Orion awakened Superman, who was able to surprise him and overcome him. Orion then spent the rest of the day chasing him. He pursued Kal into the stratosphere where he used a burst of Heat Vision to blast him into the floating defenses of Supertown. Eventually with the help of Metron they were able to subdue him, and Orion brought him in chains to Highfather, who then admonished him reminding him that they were seeking the Kryptonian's assistance.
The majority of their encounters would go this route. Orion and Ligthray later came to Earth to help in the battle against Darkseid, who was searching for the Anti-Life Equation. Orion frequently battles against his father, using his rage to defend the universe from Darkseid's tyranny. The story begins with Orion on his way to the Source Wall to seek the guidance of Highfather. Orion was told by his mother, Tigra , that he was not in fact that son of Darkseid, but one of his captains.
Tigra also tells Orion that had she not told Darkseid that she was carrying his son, then Darkseid would have undoubtedly killed Tigra for committing adultery. She then instructs her son to seek Darkseid and kill him for the torment she suffered at his hands. This causes Orion to doubt himself. It was prophecised that he was the son of Darkseid and was the one to best him in battle to the death, but if what Tigra said was true, was Orion really the God he thought he was supposed to be all this time?
Was he truly New Genesis' greatest defender against the person he considered his physical equal? Seeking answers, Orion then leaves for Apokolips in the hope of finding Darkseid, or at least someone that knew where he was, in order to confront him about his parentage. After returning to Earth, Orion learns that the town of Maine Line, Nebraska, currently involved in a standoff between insurgents and police forces, is shielding Orion's Mother Box via an Apokoliptan jammer - meaning that Darkseid is there.
Upon his arrival in Maine Line, Orion is attacked by the insurgent group, whom are quickly subdued by the Dog of War. A quick scan of the bodies by the Mother Box showed no signs of a subconscious, meaning only one thing. Darkseid was able to get his hands on the anti-life equation.
As Orion began closing in on Darkseid's location, the collection of people, possessed by the Darkseid-wielding-anti-life equation, was able to incapacitate Orion by paralyzing him as a collective entity of the anti-life equation. The fallen Orion is then met by his mother, Tigra, who has escaped to Earth via Boom tube to flee from the suicide jockeys sent after her by Justeen.
Tigra collapses in front of the paralyzed Orion, and looks set to be kiled by a suicide jockey until Orion is able to break free from the paralysis after the collective concentration of the villagers was disturbed by the commotion surrounding the Boom Tube. Tigra later dies in the arms of Orion, who then swears vengeance on Darkseid. Orion then battles past the infected insurgents and goes looking for the Apokoliptan overlord.
Deep in Darkseid's Nebraskan lair, Orion uncovers horrific Darkseid's anti-life machine resembling a clone of Billion Dollar Bates, a tycoon that unknowingly had possessed the anti-life equation in his mind and destroys it. Here, Darkseid calls out to Orion that he will face his son in battle on Apokolips, "without weapons. Without allies. Just you and I Swiftly, Orion then travels to Apokolips to face his alleged father in a battle to the death, as told by the Source.
Before Orion and Darkseid fought, Orion, as part of the agreement, cast aside his Mother Box - signifying the events that were to befall onto him. In the ensuing battle of warriors, with mighty blows, heavy kicks, and disregard for life, the two titans battle in an explosive encounter, with victory going in the way of the Dog of War.
Before the final blow was struck, Darkseid intended to break his promise and use his Omega beams on Orion. However, knowing that he could never trust his 'father' to keep his word, Orion activated a shield of the Astro Force which deflected the Omega beams back onto Darkseid and seemingly kill him. Orion then takes Darkseid's place as ruler of Apokolips, vowing to bring light to the devastated planet.
Orion takes on the role of ruler of Apokolips without the guidance of his Mother Box previously cast aside by Orion, and now seemingly damaged by Orion tossing it aside. During Orion's quest to enlighten Apokolips, he meets one of Darkseid's personal servants, Mortalla , who, amongst other things, aids Orion in his encounter with against a strength-enhanced Kalibak not too long after his ordeal against Darkseid which Orion is able to later neutralize by outsmarting both Kalibak and Desaad.
As Orion continues on his path of freeing Apokolips he stumbles upon one of Desaad's most heinous creations, hundreds of clones of Bates kept captive in an attempt to decipher the anti-life equation. Not willing to see his hard work undone, Desaad puts a plan into action to use the clones to kill Orion. It is during this time that Orion begins to notice the power of the Astro Force slipping away from him, but still manages to destroy the clones in order to set them free.
Further tensions arise when it is found out that Desaad had supplied Mantis ' assault on New Genesis resulting in him releasing hellbores onto the planet which later defaced the surface of New Genesis with an Apokoliptan fire pit. Orion thus makes a vow to bring peace to Apokolips even if that means killing Desaad it is also this time that Orion had replaced his Mother Box with a Father Box , sending his Mother Box back to New Genesis.
This had in fact been a trap by Desaad as the Dreggs was a shape-shifting labyrinth guarded by Sirius , a demon dog. This labyrinth contained only one Boom Tube as a means of escape, but those seeking to escape would be hunted down by Sirius. As Orion defeats the dog, Sirius reveals that he has been kept captive in the Dreggs for centuries, yearning for death to liberate him.
Anticipating that Orion would emerge victorious against the beast, Desaad unleashes an effluvia called Sinergy to kill Orion. Thankful for Orion's intention to liberate him, Sirius rescues Orion by leading him to the Boom Tube before Sinergy is able to apprehend Orion, however, Sirius is later killed by the effluvia as Orion escapes - further enraging Orion. Desaad escapes to Earth with the intent of luring Orion there to unleash the full power of the anti-life equation on the Dog of War from Darkseid's Nebraskan lair, using the many clones of Bates.
However, Orion was able to overcome Desaad's treachery and promptly kills him by snapping his neck. However, Orion is later granted the full power of the Anti-Life Equation from the clones of Bates which had been severely tampered with by Desaad's machinery - a token of gratitude for Orion liberating their souls.
Using the Equation he went on to attempt to create Inter-Galactic peace. He began his efforts on Apokolips by liberating the orphanage of Granny Goodness and making the aggressors yield to his command going so far as to order them to jump to their deaths.
Realizing the power of the anti-life equation, Orion returns to Earth, a planet he had grown fond of, and the planet where fragments of the equation were present. Orion thus deduces that in the wrong hands, the anti-life equation could prove to be the undoing of mankind. Orion thus uses the anti-life equation onto Earth in order to turn it into a Utopian paradise without conflict or struggle.
It is also revealed at this time that Darkseid is still alive. Anticipating that Orion would use the Astro force against him in their battle, Orion sent out a teleportation beam instead of the Omega beam to seek refuge. It was his plan to have Orion become ruler of Apokolips, and slip into the role of a tyrant much like Darkseid, in the hopes of ruling the universe as father and son - thus making the capture of the anti-life equation redundant.
However, Orion later gaining the control of the anti-life equation was unanticipated, and so summons Metron to aid him dispose of Orion. The reason being that with all beings acting in unity, there would be no pursuit of knowledge for Metron. Metron agrees and they begin work on a non-living replica of the Black Racer one that would not be subjected to the power of the equation.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, the forces of New Genesis arrive in order to battle Orion. Justeen, under the identity Meteora, had taken advantage of the commotion on New Genesis caused by Mantis' planting of a fire pit. Several inhabitants had feared that Orion was responsible for the attack.
Justeen thus attaches a neurolyzer onto Lightray effectively making him her puppet in order to rally troops against Orion. At the same time however, Mortalla, who was left in charge of Apokolips by Orion during his absence, also rallies troops to Earth in order to aid Orion from the attack of New Genesis.
Mortalla's plan, however, fails as the power of the anti-life equation overcame the neurolyzer and compelled Lightray to tell him what was really going on. At this moment however, a giant of the Promethen Galaxy, Gedirath , summoned by Darkseid, arrives to destroy the Earth. Orion then uses the anti-life equation to the forces of Apokolips and New Genesis to go back home, whilst also compelling Lightray, Mortalla and Justeen to aid him in his battle against the giant.
It is also during this time that Orion begins to realize the limitations of the equation, as those under his command, with no free will, are not able to act unless Orion willed it. Orion later compels the giant to leave - giving him a growing appreciation of the magnitude of these new powers he has.
This leads to the realization that Darkseid is alive, and Orion vows to destroy him using the anti-life equation. Orion then travels back to Apokolips and later compels Lightray to locate Darkseid. Darkseid and Metron are later discovered by Lightray and are seen repairing their simulacrum of the Black Racer. However, before they are able to complete their job, they are summoned by Orion using the anti-life equation.
Orion then sentences his father to death by suicide for all the crimes he has committed. But before Darkseid is able to carry out Orion's will, the Black Racer seemingly appears it is not actually the Black Racer, but merely an individual disguised as the bringer of the death. The Black Racer then tells Orion that he is disrupting the cosmic balance between life and death and accuses him of acting like a tyrant on Apokolips via his used of the equation to bend everyone to his will.
Further taunting Orion, he leads Orion through a Doom Tube which is like a Boom Tube, except once you enter it, there is no way out. It is later revealed that this was Darkseid's plan, to lure Orion through a Doom Tube using the Black Racer, however, both Darkseid and Metron believed that the simulacrum had been damaged beyond repair.
On the Abysmal Plane a land where all is deserted, but a single giant, but dying tree , Orion regains consciousness and then comes to terms with what he did. The fact that he allowed himself to use the anti-life equation to bend people to his will, even if for the noblest of causes, was wrong — a sin that Orion would never be able to forgive himself for, and would continue to haunt him. Seeking answers as to his whereabouts, Orion heads for the trees before he is briefly attacked by revenants of the dead of unknown source or motivation, including one taking the form of his mother, Tigra.
As it turns out, Clockwerx had been exiled to the Abysmal Plane as punishment for murdering his brother. Whilst there, he began nurturing the tree that was central to all reality, and overseeing the rising of the Sun across the universe.
The Ecruos had then taken Clockwerx captive, and bonded themselves to the roots of the great tree, eating it away slowly with the hope of destroying all worlds in the hope of gaining all the knowledge from the tree. Orion then takes it upon himself to destroy the Ecruos and save reality. It is during this time that Orion faces the irony of his predicament: having been responsible for using the anti-life equation to bend people to his will, he is now facing an enemy seeking the destruction of all worlds.
In the ensuing battle with the revenants, in the face of certain defeat, Orion accepts his fate of eternal damnation in the Abysmal Plane, before he comes to the realization that the anti-life equation is the weapon he must use to defeat the Ecruos. Orion calls out the evil entity threatening to use the equation on the universe and submit it to a universe of unbreakable singularity.
The Ecruos then pulls back their avatars, and faces Orion — who urges to tree to engulf him. Within the entity, Orion then surrenders the anti-life equation to the Ecruos — whose power of absolute order destroys the chaotic nature that the evil entity was due to the sheer contrasting power of the equation.
The Ecruos is destroyed, the tree grows strong and Clockwerx is released from his bounds. As gratitude for not only saving him, but reality as well, Clockwerx heals Orion who is in a coma of his physical wounds and teleports Orion to Apokolips, as the passing of a great warrior such as Orion deserves to be mourned, which would not be possible on the Abysmal Plane. After learning this, the Green Flame discards the Father Box which was originally a tool by Darkseid and Mortalla to subtly influence Orion into becoming more like his biological father.
Using the last blast of his power ring, the Green Flame is able to transport Orion back to Earth in order to save him from the wrath of Darkseid if he was to discover that his Son had survived and escaped the fate of the Doom Tube a piece of information that eventually and quickly deduced by Darkseid himself. On Earth, Orion is still comatose, but finds himself later in the care of homeless ex-G. Orion awakes from his coma two days later when Swifty is assaulted by gangsters extorting rent money from Swifty, and quickly beats off the assailants and thanks Swift for his kindness.
After the battle, Orion once again finds himself tortured over his actions when in possession of the anti-life equation, still thinking of the punishment best suited for his crimes — even going so far as to swear off any association with Apokolips and New Genesis.
Orion had in the meantime gained much media coverage on Earth due to his encounter with Slig, which attracts the attention of Arnicus Wolfram, who proceeds to capture Orion and tear out his eyes with the help of various Apokoliptan technologies. Orion is subsequently held prisoner by Wolfram, where he is having his energy drained in order to prolong the life of his captor. Whilst enslaved, Orion still suffers from his ordeal with the anti-life equation, feeling that perhaps now his punishment has finally come.
Whilst dwelling in his own self-pity, Orion soon realizes that though he may be held captive, whatever is going on has to be no good for someone that has gone through great lengths to acquire the weapons to capture Orion. Angered at his blinded remorse, Orion attempts to break free, but is eventually restrained by his captors again. The cry from Orion during his attempted escape had found its way to Lightray who then frees Orion from his captors, where Lightray sees the now blinded Orion, and brings him the shattered remains of his wristbands.
Orion is able to repair them but is also able to reconstruct his astro-harness. It is explained by Orion that he was able to do this as he was finally forgiven by the Astro-Force, as well as The Source for his act of treachery. Orion realizes that the Astro Force had left him when he betrayed the Source.
He was the one in between the ferocity of Apokolips and the compassion of New Genesis, which is why he was granted the power of the Astro-Force in the first place. By using the equation, he denounced his allegiance to the Source, which had started when he discarded his Mother Box during his battle with Darkseid.
His absolution was completed when he surrendered the equation to the Ecruos in order to save reality. Orion, now reunited with his Mother Box and the Astro-Force then sets out to face his captor and put an end to whatever evil Wolfram is up to. Orion is able to go unnoticed as any threat on Earth under the guise of Hunter, an Earthling by posing as a blind man.
Attempting a new strategy, Orion intercepts one of the payments made for the weaponry in the hope of being captured and tortured for answers. This new strategy proves to be successful where he is leaded to an abandoned warehouse when one of his captors receives a call from Jingles — to which Mother Box is able to intercept. In the heat of anger, Jingles attempts to shoot Orion in the back, blaming him for messing up his operation.
Amongst the weaponry sold to Wolfram thanks to Justeen was a temporal bender - a device with the ability to allow the user to travel across time. Unable to catch Wolfram on his own, Orion seeks out to help of Metron in order to track down the energy signature left by Wolfram and the temporal bender to trace where exactly he is located. As it turns out, Wolfram escaped to the Central Pacific Ocean, October 31st, - the day that the United States carried out the first test of a thermonuclear bomb on the Marshall Islands.
Wolfram had anticipated that Orion would catch up to him and so devised a scheme to kill the Dog of War: firstly, he himself would detonate the island with Radion bombs - a substance harmful to New Gods, and whilst he was weak, be bombed by the thermonuclear weapons due to hit the island. However, Orion was able to deduce Wolfram's plan, and so using the Mobius Chair, went back in time to before his confrontation with Jingles and dismantled the Apokoliptan weapons, including the radion bombs that Wolfram had intended to use on Orion, as well as the protective suit being worn by Wolfram.
Disabled, Orion now goes up to Wolfram and reclaims what he has been missing, a pair of eyes - straight from Wolfram's eye-sockets, before declaring " The hunt is over. Back on Earth, Orion visits a present-day news-stand where he miraculously purchases a newspaper from November 1st , featuring a report of the bombing.
In Walter Simonson 's final issue of his issue run on Orion, the Dog of War finds himself in Metropolis, contemplating over recent events, and now wondering what purpose there is left for him. After defeating possibly the biggest threat in the universe, the Ecruos , and surviving, Orion now wonders what there is left for him, a warrior, to accomplish. It is during this time that Scott Free Mr.
Miracle locates Orion in the park. To Orion's surprise, he is able to see the halo of the anti-life equation over Scott Free, and in a rage against what he went through with the equation, attacks Scott, to no avail. Scott later reveals that it was him that was dressed up as the Black Racer that lured Orion through the Doom Tube - an attempt by Scott to stop Orion from eternal damnation for using the equation. Scott had sought after Orion to offer hope to Orion's damaged soul, as well as to know how Orion was able to get rid of it.
Orion recounts his encounter on the Abysmal Plane to Scott, as Scott invites his step-brother to his home where dinner with Big Barda awaits. In private, Scott reveals to Orion that he had once used the equation as a young boy. Whilst exploring Apokolips, Scott would at times visit the slums of Armagetto in secret, however, during one encounter, guards of Darkseid had stormed the city and began killing several of the citizens.
Unknowingly, Scott ordered everyone to stop using the anti-life equation, resulting in the deaths hundreds, if not thousands of people all present on that day. Over the years, Scott learned to surpress it in his mind and never use it again. Each year, Scott travelled back to Armagetto to lay flowers as tribute to all those that lost their lives. Later, Scott and Orion are attacked by Apokoliptan Demonoids sent by Metron who seeks the answer as to who it was dressed up as the Black Racer after his plan to lure Orion into the Doom Tube had seemingly failed, and whoever was able to resist Orion wielding the anti-life equation.
Metron had discovered the remnants of the Black Racer's costume and had been seeking his answers all-the-while. During the attack, Scott is cut by a poisoned blade resulting in a fever - which just happened to be the anniversary of the last time he used the equation. Not wanting to disappoint his friend and step-brother, Orion takes it upon himself to dress up as Mr.
Miracle and visit Armagetto to lay down the flowers to those fallen. Without the discreteness of Scott, Orion arrives on Apokolips, but is met by a platoon of Parademons and is later caught and brought to Darkseid. However, the Dog of War is able to break free from his shackles and let loose his fury on the forces of Apokolips to do battle.
After laying the flowers down in Armagetto, Orion warns Darkseid that he their deadly game is to resume, " without the equation! Without statecraft! Without honor! Without compromise! Warrior to warrior! And confusion and death to the forces of Apokolips that it should be so! In Orion's absence, Metron discovers that it was Scott that dressed up as the Black Racer and so also wields the anti-life equation.
Metron then blackmails Scott to being his pawn in his pursuit of knowledge or else he will inform Darkseid that Scott posseses the unholy black grail that he seeks - the anti-life eqaution. Orion arrives discretely and overhears this - so he later uses the temporal bender which he had led others to believe that he had destroyed in order to maintain secrecy and go back in time and destroy the evidence of the Black Racer's costume so that Metron would never have stumbled upon it, and therefore never deduced that Scott was the one responsible.
Orion then goes back to the present, and leaves Scott and Barda after their meal. It is during this time that Orion renews his old responsibilities before any of this happened, and remains eternally grateful to Scott for this.
This encounter with Scott made him realize his role as a child of the pact, and what Highfather 's and Darkseid 's exchange of sons meant all those years ago. It is with this thought that Orion leaves for New Genesis and resume his role as their greatest defender.
Orion has proudly served 2 terms with the League. The first time, he demanded to serve alongside his friend Lightray. The two were admitted into the Leagues ranks and they served until after the battle between the League and Evil Eye. The two were to serve in preparation for the arrival of Meggadon. While preparing for this they took part in a number of memorable missions.
Orion helped to defeat Starro after his actions had put nearly the entirety of North America to sleep. On one occasion Steel was forced to steal Orion's motherbox and use it as a telepathic shield when an apparently insane Adam Strange kidnapped them in an attempt to defeat a Telepathic race.
Orion was so enraged his Motherbox was almost useless, devoting to much energy to keep him calm than to do anything else. It took a blow from Wonder Woman to bring him to his senses. When Mageddon arrived Orion and Barda gave their all to help the League deal with the threat. After a few initial failures Orion decided to stop holding back.
Giving his motherbox to Oracle to assist her coordination, he attacked the omnipotent being at full ferocity, managing to do more damage then any other member of the League. He was able to keep it busy until Superman absorbed the power of it's energy source. Then, the threat they had come to confront defeated Orion and Barda resigned. During the twilight of the New Gods, Orion was one of the first on New Genesis to discover what was happening.
He had gone to what was to be a meeting between himself, Takion and Magnar to find the later dead. When Takion arrived with Himon in tow they feared that it was Orion who had done the terrible deed, and were even more disturbed as Orion described what had happened and the killer's ability to remain undetected.
It was also Orion who realized that Takion had not been alerted to the death of a New God by the Source. Orion and his allies then set about investigating, and were staggered as the found to true number of New Gods either dead, or missing. Orion first blamed the Forever People, who had been spotted near many of the killings and were also missing in action having failed to respond to New Genesis distress beacon.
After Takion and Himon debased that theory, he immediately rushed to blame his father Darkseid as responsible for their betrayal and the connected deaths. Though he wanted to take the fight to Apokolips, Takion reasoned with him why remaining on New Genesis until the threat was assessed was best. Matter's where soon exasperated by the arrival of Scott Free and Superman, with the news of Barda's death. As per many of their meetings, an extremely agitated Orion founds himself engrossed in yet another contest of strength with the Kryptonian though they were eventually interrupted by Metron.
Conversing with Metron, and learning that Darkseid may hold some of the information, Orion proposes again a confrontation with his father. He, along with Superman and Scott Free decide to confront him on Apokolips, but also that it must wait for the funeral of Barda. Before the funeral Orion confronts Scott about his knowledge of the Anti-Life Equation, and his desire to resurrect Barda. After being assured that he won't, Orion sets about convincing Scott of the possible necessity of using the Equation to stave off the extinction of the New Gods.
A conversation overheard by Superman, revealing the secret to the Kryptonian. Orion and his allies then proceed to pay their respects to Barda. After the rights of the funeral Orion confronts Kal-El about what he has overheard. He explains to the Man of Steel that by knowing the secret he is also now a member of their conspiracy and responsible for the protection fo Scott Free. Orion and his allies then head to Apokolips. Upon their arrival to Apokolips, Orion and the others are set upon by a swarm of Parademons.
The Dog of War lets loose upon his foes. The minions of Darkseid prove no obstacle for Orion, who manages to fight on while also advising Superman not to hold back against their foes. He is forced to save a careless Free, admonishing him for his reckless behavior, before the fight is over.
As they head for Darkseid's citadel, they are confronted by the sight of streets littered with the corpses of his followers. Orion and his allies are forced to re-evaluate their opinion of Darkseid's guilt. Arriving at the citadel they find the way barred by Darkseid's elite, none of whom feel the need to bar their passage feeling betrayed by their Lord's inaction.
On their way deeper into the stronghold they witness even more dead New Gods. Finally they are assaulted by Shadow Demon's summoned by Darkseid himself, while Superman provides a distraction Orion and Mr. Miracle continue their journey to Darkseid's inner sanctum. Upon their arrival, Darkseid immediately captures Orion and Miracle with his partial knowledge of the Equation. Miracle, with his control of the full Equation is able to free them.
He then banishes all of the Shadow Demons and traps the Lord of Apokolips himself. Orion attempted to continue the battle, but was stopped by Scott. He then proceeds to help in the interrogation of his father, having a hard time believing that Darkseid has accepted defeat.
When Darkseid proves able to resist the compulsions of the Equation, Orion attempts to convince Scott to kill him. When Scott refuses, they return to Superman and then New Genesis. Learning of Takion's death they prepare to elect a new leader for New Genesis. As they prepare he converses with Kal-El, explaining how he used to hide his true face from the people of New Genesis, but that they have come to accept him as he is and he hides no longer.
After everyone assembles Orion leads the others in electing a new leader. It is through Orion's logic that Himon is chosen to lead the New Gods through these troubled times. After that issue is settled, they finally manage to locate the position of the Forever People.
Heading to the coordinates indicated they find the teen aged group dead, having been so for a long while.
Their mission was to help mobilize Earth's heroes against the coming of the omnipotent Mageddon. Once Mageddon was defeated, he and Barda resigned. When the New Gods began to die off, both Lightray and Bekka were among those killed early off. Following this, Orion laid a trap for the God killer, with himself as bait. As he charged toward his enemy, they collided with such force that both Superman and Mister Miracle were blinded by the explosion.
All that survived was Orion's helmet, and Superman claimed to finally understand why the people of the Fourth World claimed to be gods. During the final throes of the Countdown, Darkseid is taken by surprise when a Boom Tube opens above the skies of Metropolis and Orion emerges from the tube, having managed to escape being murdered by the Infinity Man. Orion and Darkseid battle, and after a furious exchange, at the end of it all, Darkseid realizes it was not meant to be and his heart is ripped from his chest by his own son.
During part of his investigation into the disappearance of several metahuman children, Dan Turpin came across a dying Orion, babbling about a "war in heaven". Seeing Turpin, the Dog of War cried that they didn't die, and he was within all of them. His last words were for Turpin to fight, and then Orion died. This character or group of characters are related to Jack Kirby's Fourth World , either the original concept and group of titles by Jack Kirby, or any of their subsequent adaptations by other creators.
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Orion New Earth. Orion has served two terms with the Justice League. He first demanded to join the League alongside his friend Lightray. On one occasion, Orion and other Leaguers were abducted by the temporarily insane Adam Strange as part of a plot to defeat a telepathic race. Orion was enraged that his Mother Box was devoting to much energy and focus in keeping him calm to do anything else. Orion and Barda's central mission was to help mobilize Earth's heroes against the coming of the omnipotent, Old God tech-cosmic weapon known as Mageddon.
Orion gave his Mother Box to Oracle for safe-keeping while he confronted Mageddon at full ferocity; channeling his inherited fury from Darkseid. Oracle used it to set up a telepathic, online network that could coordinate Earth's defending heroes as they fought to stop wars that Mageddon's mind controlling presence was inciting. During the celestial fight, Orion ultimately kills Darkseid by ripping his heart out.
This created a firepit, like those on Apokolips, from Darkseid's chest cavity and fulfilling the prophecy of their final battle. As Darkseid dies, a battered, wounded Orion walks away from the battlefield having "won" the battle against his father once and for all. Darkseid's life essence endured the death of his body and fell back in time and space; fracturing both as he fell toward his own personal Hell inside a black hole at the center of creation.
Darkseid's Elite had been killed as well and their essences possessed human bodies as well. Using the super-villain Libra , Darkseid successfully unleashed the Anti-Life Equation onto humanity and in the process, dragged Earth outside time and space, threatening the entire multiverse in the process.
From this point, Darkseid sought his revenge against Orion by firing a time travel-based gun backwards in time to kill Orion once and for all. The bullet killed Orion, who by this point had realized that his father and his fellow evil New Gods still lived and were now possessing human beings as host bodies. With his last strength, Orion warns the man who finds his dying body, Detective Dan "Terrible" Turpin , that " They are not dead - He is in you all".
His final command, appropriate for the Dog of War, is for humanity to "Fight Darkseid's murder of his son would ultimately backfire on him. Green Lantern John Stewart would recover the bullet that was used to kill Orion and give it to Batman, who would ultimately be forced to mortally wound Darkseid with the very same bullet Darkseid used to kill his own son, an irony that Superman pointed out when he described the murder of Orion as "suicide" on Darkseid's part, due to the fate of the bullet.
Metron is seen standing over his astro-harness in effigy. After consulting with the Source, he first joins Wonder Woman in her search for a child which was abducted by the gods of Olympia. He is later killed by Darkseid. However, the reality of this story is questionable whether or not the events in the book truly took place or are canon. Initially he is under the guise of Okkult until the ruse is discovered and he continues to appear as Orion. Orion belongs to an extraterrestrial race of supernatural immortals known as the New Gods.
As a New God, he possesses the standard superhuman attributes of strength, speed, stamina and durability on par with his father Darkseid as well as with Superman ; being virtually indestructible, able to run at supersonic speeds up to orbital speed , and lift weights exceeding tons. Like all other New Gods, Orion is vulnerable to a substance called Radion.
The "Astro-Harness" is an alien artifact of unknown origin, capable of self-repair; flight at light speed ;  interstellar teleportation;  energy projection and absorption; force field generation; and possesses a tractor beam. Orion's wristbands are virtually indestructible. Orion is able to harness an interdimensional energy called the "Astro Force". While Orion himself is a conduit for the Astro Force, he can use either the Astro Harness or his Astro Wristbands as a valve through which he can project this energy.
He uses the Astro Force primarily as a weapon, but once he was shown to be able to use the Astro Force to create an energy shield powerful enough to deflect Darkseid's otherwise unstoppable "Omega Effect". In addition to his mainstream incarnation, Orion has been depicted in other alternative universes:. Darkseid is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Kirby, the character first made a cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen in December , before officially being introduced in the debut issue of The Forever People in February He is depicted as the tyrannical Lord of Apokolips whose ultimate goal is to enslave the multiverse by eliminating all hope and free will in sentient beings.
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