Rama Khan
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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceJLA #62 (March 2002)
Created byJoe Kelly
Doug Mahnke
In-story information
SpeciesAtlantean
Team affiliationsLeague of Ancients
AbilitiesMagic Manipulation
Can turn Jarhanpur soil into Fire, Earth, or Wine

Rama Khan is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He first appeared in JLA #62 and was created by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke.

Fictional character biography

Rama Khan's earliest appearance is 1,004 BC, with no information given about his exact birth date. In the land of Atlantis, he became the joint ruler of Atlantis, sharing the post with Gamemnae. Khan had earlier journeyed to Atlantis from the faraway land of Jarhanpur to assemble a group of heroes to protect the realm. However, Manitou Raven subsequently learned that Gamemnae had manipulated the other members of this "League of Ancients" to stop the Justice League ruining her own vision of the future, Gamemnae killing the rest of the League of Ancients after the Justice League's apparent death and absorbing Khan and others into herself.

Later on, in the 21st century, Rama Khan reappeared in Jarhanpur as its elemental defender (the Justice League confronted this version of Rama Kahn before facing the ancestor allied with Gamemnae). When he kidnapped a boy and separated him from his mother because the child was his spiritual successor, Khan found himself in conflict with the Justice League.[1] He broke Wonder Woman's lasso of truth,[1] resulting in reality unravelling as the nature of existence began to be defined by belief rather than truth as the Lasso was a symbolic representation of truth itself; the Earth was the center of the universe for two weeks before anybody noticed, it became flat for a few hours,[2] and the Moon was even made of cheese at one point. Although Jarhanpur's nature as living land protected it from this chaos,[3] the League, resolved to stop this before the world became defined by the beliefs of every individual person on the planet, confronted Rama Khan once again, during which Wonder Woman accepted why the Lasso had broken; when she'd confirmed that Rama Khan was telling the truth about the need for a successor to his position, her denial of this truth had caused the lasso to break and cause a subsequent breakdown of the rules of truth. With this self-discovery, Jarhanpur helped Diana to repair the Lasso, restoring reality and undoing the initial damage. As an aftereffect of this restoration, the land rejected Rama Khan; he was now focused more on preserving his position than respecting the wishes of the land, which wished to help Diana and her teammates rescue its people.[3]

Powers and abilities

Rama Khan's abilities are largely based on his birthplace, Jarhanpur. With the aid of magic, Rama Khan can turn a handful of its soil into fire, granite, or wine. Khan is also super strong, immortal, and is a great magician.

In other media

Rama Khan makes his live-action debut in the fifth season of Supergirl, portrayed by Mitch Pileggi.[4] He first appears in the episode "Tremors" where he is depicted as a high-ranking Leviathan member with superhuman powers of seismic and earthen-materials manipulation, including kinetic control of kryptonite,[5] who comes to Earth from Krypton's sister planet Jarhanpur during the Age of Dinosaurs.[6] According to the series, Rama Khan is responsible for a number of cataclysmic events, such as the biblical flood, the Destruction of Pompeii, the 526 Antioch earthquake, the Yellow River Flood, and the 1970 Bhola cyclone.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b JLA #62 (March 2002)
  2. ^ JLA #63 (April 2002)
  3. ^ a b JLA #64 (May 2002)
  4. ^ Boucher, Geoff (September 19, 2019). "'Supergirl': Mitch Pileggi And Cara Buono Join Season 5 Cast". Deadline. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Netzley, Sara (11 May 2020). "Supergirl recap: The fantabulous emancipation of one Lena Luthor". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 15 May 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  6. ^ Atkinson, John (25 March 2020). "Supergirl Season 5 Has Forgotten About Its Main Villians". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  7. ^ Drum, Nicole (November 17, 2019). "Supergirl Recap With Spoilers: Lena's Plan Revealed in "Tremors"". Comicbook.com.

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