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In the history of the DC Universe, the Presence is the fictionalized counterpart to the God of the Abrahamic (but mostly Christian) religions. The religious cosmology of the multiverse is complex, with many pantheons of gods co-existing alongside each other. It includes elements from multiple religions, mythologies, and modern concepts such as the Endless. It is not always clear how the Abrahamic God fits in to this scheme - for example Wonder Woman was once involved in a battle wherein Greek Titans fought Judeo-Christian angels and Hindu Gods. The Presence has taken numerous forms throughout history, including The Voice and The Hand.

History

The Creation

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The Hand at the Beginning of the Multiverse.

In the beginning, there was only "Yahweh", the first and only being, alone in the emptiness of the cosmos. Then, as "the Voice", he created the word and the Multiverse, which included the Heaven and the Earth. Everything God created had his name written in it on a submolecular level, he was literally present in everything and everyone. His first living creation was the First of the Fallen, created to be his companion and the embodiment of his conscience. His next creations were the archangels Samael and Michael, the most powerful of the celestials.[4] He gave Michael power enough to create dull matter, and Samael the power to bring it to life. Once the infinite finally came into existence, Yahweh's (now known as "God") creative work did not cease; he created other immortals, Demons and Deities; who would have become the gods and goddesses of pantheons across the multiverse.[5]

The Rebellion

When the first of the fallen came to believe that God was crazy, God banished him from Heaven and cast him into Hell. The first became Satan, and was the first of many others who would fall.[6] When the rogue Guardian Krona traveled back in time, he witnessed another manifestation of God, "the Hand", shaping and creating the multiverse.[7] God also created Adam and Lilith, the first two human beings, and made them inhabit the Garden of Eden, but when Lilith rebelled, he banished her and created Eve instead.[8] In the meantime, God began to speak to the Host only in the form of "the Presence", only heard and never seen, and some of his angels began to doubt his decisions, in part because of what happened to Lilith. Eventually, Samael led a rebellion against God, convincing many of his brothers to write their own destiny. God did not participate in the battle, but neither did he approve of violence among his children; so Michael gathered several faithful angels and fought against Samael and his followers, who were eventually defeated and thrown into Hell.[9][10] Believing that Samael, who was now called Lucifer, would have been happier away from him, God entrusted him with the government of Hell, already foreseeing what would have happened later. As expected, Lucifer entered the Garden of Eden and tricked Adam and Eve into their exile from paradise onto Earth.

Modern Times

The Divine Voice.

But that was what God wanted, because now humans were mortal and had free will, being able to shape their own destinies, choosing virtue or sin, good or bad. With rebellion and sin, the concept of justice was also born, and some celestial beings, first Eclipso and then the Spectre, that became the personification of God's Wrath and Vengeance, respectively. Eons later, faithful angels like Zauriel and rebels like Asmodel, redeemed demons like Etrigan and corrupted like Neron, played a role in their eternal lives, but also mortals, who contributed with each action to the great project. God also created Jesus of Nazareth, that his teachings started the religion of Christianity. The disembodied Voice of God spoke to and empowered Jim Corrigan with the Spectre. God answered Spectre's prayers and resurrected the murdered Justice Society. The Voice of God is the primary force responsible for Spectre's powers.[11][12]

God as the Presence.

The Hand of God was seen by Swamp Thing, Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger when Heaven was threatened by the return of the Original Darkness.[13] God (as the Presence) also commands the allegiance of the host of angels, including Zauriel. Lucifer continued to try to escape from God's plan, which eventually abandoned his place in Hell and entrusted him to Dream of the Endless, and began to roam Earth in his new rebellion. Dream organized an auction between gods and demons to find a new lord of Hell, but God ordered two angels, Remiel and Duma, to take possession of Hell on his behalf, an authority that overcame that of all other auctioneers.[14]

Later, God gave his wayward son a letter of passage out of creation in exchange for a task that any of his other angels could have done, so he arranged for even faithful Michael to be expelled from Heaven, and eventually He disappeared, abandoning his tower in the Silver City, with His name beginning to disappear from all atoms of creation, a condition that could only end with its dissolution. When God appears in physical form, he presents himself as an gentleman wearing a bowler hat, dark suit, umbrella and with a gray mustache. The Presence is also the creator of the Council of Eternity.[15]

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Notes

  • DC's superhero comics have always drawn upon the Bible for plot elements - the first appearance of "The Voice" was in the 1940 origin of the Spectre - but it has traditionally been known through surrogate concepts and names rather than by referring to God directly. The superhero comics are published under the Comics Code Authority - a set of ethical guidelines drawn up in the 1950s in reaction to anti-comic book hysteria. The Code does not explicitly refer to God, but does say that "Ridicule or attack on any religious or racial group is never permissible." Later revisions of the code are phrased in terms of respecting religious beliefs and religious institutions. That may account for the superhero comics' hesitancy when dealing with God. The lack of a central doctrine means that multiple "aspects" of God have been introduced by different writers.
  • Many references to similar beings appear to be obvious references to God, but they are sometimes revealed to be other entities in the DC Universe. For example, the voice that gave powers to the heroes Hawk and Dove, was retconned into belonging to a Lord of Chaos and Lord of Order respectively.
  • Some Biblical events are assumed to be fact in the DC Universe, but they often involve significant artistic license. For example, it was Eclipso (the original agent of God's Wrath) who caused the Great Flood and it was his replacement, the Spectre, who unleashed the ten plagues on Egypt and later parted the Red Sea for Moses. The DC Universe is repeatedly shown to have been created via a variation of the Big Bang and human evolution from apes, yet paradoxically, it also has a Garden of Eden and a version of Lilith, Adam's first wife. Also, this is supported with Cain and Abel's presence.
  • Greg Rucka has stated "But the sort of unspoken rule in the DCU is that the Judeo-Christian God sits above all others. And then below that you can have your New Gods and your Greek Gods and whoever else you want." implying just how Supreme he is compared to others.


  • This character is an adaptation of God, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.


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