|Publisher DC Comics|
Alter ego Mantis
Team affiliations Darkseid's Elite
Place of origin Apokolips
Affiliation Darkseid's Elite
|Created by Jack Kirby|
Creator Jack Kirby
Fictional universe DC Universe
|Abilities ImmortalitySuperhuman strength, speed, reflexes, stamina, agility and durabilityEnergy absorption, manipulation and projectionAbility to generate heat, cold and anti-matterFlight|
First appearance Forever People #2, (June 1971)
Similar Kanto, Doctor Bedlam, Kalibak, Desaad, Darkseid's Elite
Mantis is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics.
Mantis first appeared in Forever People #2 (vol. 1, June 1971) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby.
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.
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. Mantis is an energy vampire who can project tremendous blasts of energy and absorb virtually any form of energy or power source, including a power ring and the powers of a super being (as he did against the Martian Manhunter). He can even absorb magic, and can turn any energy against an opponent. He cannot, however, absorb Captain Atom's powers of radiation. Mantis can also teleport, open up his own boom tubes and he can charge matter with energy. Mantis' energy powers grant him with the ability to sense and detect energy, enabling him to even sense an opponent who is invisible. He can even strike beings who are intangible with his energy blasts.
Mantis possesses a "thermal touch" which enables him to generate heat and he can create "frigi-blocks" which trap opponents in ice. 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. Mantis can generate and build large amounts of cosmic energy through his power pod which he keeps underground and heavily guarded. 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. He also possesses super speed, agility and reflexes, flight, and like all denizens of the Fourth World, Mantis is immortal.