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Mantis is the leader of a colony of humanoid insects that migrated from New Genesis.

In return for his fealty, Darkseid gifted him with great power. He typically spent time in a power pod recharging his energies but he could also absorb energies sent at him by an opponent such as Green Lantern. Mantis has at times served as Darkseid's lackey and, like many of the denizens of Apokolips, has occasionally risen up against his master.

Mantis attempted to force the Secret Society of Super-Villains to serve Darkseid [1], but Mantis and Darkseid were thwarted by the group [2].

During a battle with Superman and Orion in Death of the New Gods, he and Kalibak are killed by the Infinity-Man, who was acting as an agent for the Source Wall [3].




  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • A Mantis action figure was released in 1985 as part of DC's "Super-Powers" collection.


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