Mantis from New Gods #2, artist Jack Kirby.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceForever People #2 (June 1971)
Created byJack Kirby
In-story information
Alter egoOmar Bashir
SpeciesNew Gods
Place of originApokolips
Team affiliationsDarkseid's Elite
  • Immortality
  • Superhuman strength, durability, speed, and reflexes
  • Energy absorption, manipulation and projection
  • Ability to generate heat, cold and anti-matter
  • Flight
  • Teleportation

Mantis is a fictional supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, part of Jack Kirby's New Gods series.[1]

Publication history

Mantis first appeared in Forever People #2 (June 1971) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby.[2]

Fictional character biography

Mantis is the leader of a colony of humanoid insects that migrated from New Genesis. In return for his fealty, Darkseid gave him 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.[3]

Mantis assists Darkseid in creating the first Secret Society of Super-Villains.

Mantis is featured in issue #5 of the limited series Death of the New Gods. He partners with Darkseid's son Kalibak after the murders of many "Fourth Age" gods. While in "Supertown", the duo battles Superman, Himon and the New Gods military leader "The General". During the battle, the Infinity-Man, acting as an agent for the Source Wall, attacks. He stuns the group and kills Mantis and Kalibak by removing their hearts.

Powers and abilities

Mantis is the second most powerful being on Apokolips, second to only Darkseid himself.[4] Mantis is an energy vampire who can project tremendous blasts of energy and absorb virtually any form of energy or power source,[4] including a power ring and the powers of a super being (as he did against the Martian Manhunter[5]). He can even absorb magic, and can turn any energy against an opponent.[6] He cannot, however, absorb Captain Atom's powers of radiation.[7] Mantis can also teleport,[8] open up his own boom tubes[9] and he can charge matter with energy.[10] Mantis' energy powers grant him with the ability to sense and detect energy, enabling him to even sense an opponent who is invisible.[6] He can even strike beings who are intangible with his energy blasts.[6]

Mantis possesses a "thermal touch" which enables him to generate heat and he can create "frigi-blocks" which trap opponents in ice.[11] Mantis' most dangerous power is his ability to generate antimatter. He can destroy anything he touches by creating antimatter in the object that he touched.[4] Mantis can generate and build large amounts of cosmic energy through his power pod which he keeps underground and heavily guarded.[4] If he uses up too much energy in a battle or becomes heavily injured, then he will flee to his power pod to recharge.

Alongside his vast energy-manipulating abilities, Mantis also possesses vast super strength, durability and stamina.[11] He also possesses super speed, agility and reflexes, flight, and like all denizens of the Fourth World, Mantis is immortal.[4]

In other media



An alternative universe version of Mantis appears in Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Video games

Mantis appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by Lex Lang. He is the boss of the second bonus level "From Man to Mantis", where after Cyborg and The Flash escape from the chains trapping them in the energy mine in Apokolips, Mantis tries to fight the two to stop them from escaping and rescuing Superman, but gets defeated by the two heroes, and they escape.


  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  3. ^ The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2004. p. 195. ISBN 0-7566-0592-X.
  4. ^ a b c d e Who's Who, The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #14
  5. ^ Super Powers (vol. 2) #6
  6. ^ a b c Super Powers (vol. 2) #3
  7. ^ Secret Society of Super-Villains #4
  8. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #97
  9. ^ The Titans #40
  10. ^ Superman Confidential #10
  11. ^ a b The DC Comics Encyclopedia
  12. ^ "Question Authority". IMDb. 25 June 2005.