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Despero is an alien conqueror who hailed from the planet Kalanor with powerful physical and mental abilities. Unsatisfied with his usual planet plundering, he sought a challenge from the planet Earth, hearing rumors of their mighty superheroes.
Arriving in Earth's orbit, Despero attacked the Justice League Watchtower with a Kryptonite ring, believing Superman to be on board. However, to his surprise, the Kryotonian was actually with Wonder Woman on a mission. Despero instead battled reserve members of the League, wiping them out before finally fighting Martian Manhunter. The Martian, not abiding by usual League protocol, use his telepathic attack at full power, sending Despero into a coma and turning him over to the authorities.
When the Crime Syndicate arrived on Earth and attempted to kill the Justice League, Despero was woken from his coma and worked with the Secret Society to ensure that all the heroes that were detained inside the Firestorm Matrix would be too disoriented with his telepathy to try and break out.  The heroes were eventually freed, despite Despero's effort, and the alien was forced into hiding.
At some point, Despero battled the Justice League of America before being sent into a coma yet again and was transported to Belle Reve. Despero was kept in a sealed container in his coma before he awoke and escaped without anybody ever realizing. The alien returned to his home world of Kalanor where he killed the elders that had ruled it, declaring himself the new ruler and mind-controlling the rest of his planet's inhabitants.
From there he would instigate tensions that reignited the long standing conflict between Rann and Thanagar by implementing suicide bombing perpetrated by mind controlled wingmen, using it as a cover to orchestrate the demise of Alanna's father. Further pushing the two worlds towards interplanetary war, in truth however Despero had been keeping Sardath alive and under mental persuasion like his daughter in order to replicate his Zeta-Technology on a much grander scale. The cosmic tyrant intending to beam an army towards earth in an attempt to coqure it and its meta-human protectors.
One of the crucial elements Despero needed for his plans was Thanagar's Nth Metal, a fresh deposit of which had been found on the largest of the planets three moons. As a testing phase he set the Zeta Beam portal to snatch up its entire core, causing the lunar body to explode and rain genocide down on the unsuspecting Thanagarian homeworld. Now armed with the metamorphic materia he launched one final assault on Adam Strange and Hawkman, literally ripping out the precious metal from the ailing heroes body.
As the battles escalated and his hold over the Nth Mental in Katar's being solidified. In a last ditch effort Hawkman dealt a crippling blow to the monsterous despot, splattering his skull with his own Nth Metal just as Adam sabotaged the Zeta Beamer. Seemingly eradicating the three battlers when they were really transported around and beyond existence. Despero reviving himself shortly after from a few scraps of leftover Nth Metal.
- Kalanorian Physiology
- Despero was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, first appearing in Justice League of America #1. However, in the rebooted Prime Earth continuity his first appearance as part of the DC Universe is in Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis's New 52 Justice League series.
- 16 Appearances of Despero (Prime Earth)
- 6 Images featuring Despero (Prime Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Despero (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Despero (Prime Earth)
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Secret Society of Super-Villains member