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Doctor Impossible

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Doctor Impossible
Doctor Impossible
art by Ed Benes
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceJustice League of America
(vol. 2) #1 (Oct.2006)
Created byBrad Meltzer (writer)
Ed Benes (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoJonas Lock
SpeciesNew God
Place of originApokolips
  • Escape artist
  • superior intellect
  • Superhuman strength, speed, stamina & reflexes
  • technology expert
  • master hand-to-hand combat
  • Father Box.

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Doctor Impossible is a fictional supervillain created by DC Comics. He first appeared in Justice League of America, vol. 2 #1.[1] Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes created this character, who was inspired by the concepts of Jack Kirby.


Following his first appearance as Doctor Impossible, a rumor spread among the criminal underground that Impossible was a thug who had previously worked for the Penguin. It is postulated that his real name is Jonas Lock (a takeoff of Scott Free) and that at some point he acquired his advanced technology from Desaad and Apokolips.[2] Doctor Impossible himself makes claims to be the brother of Mister Miracle and to have come from Apokolips.[3] Impossible's costume looks like a dark purple and black variation of Mister Miracle's highly visible, ultra colorful yellow and red costume. Impossible uses equipment and skills similar to Super Escape Artist Mister Miracle as well.

After his arrival on Earth, Impossible gained mind control of Professor Ivo, Electrocutioner, Plastique, Karate Kid (in the guise of Trident), and Solomon Grundy through a mechanically enhanced Starro parasite. The brainwashed villains were used to gather raw materials for the construction of a robotic body to hold the mind of Grundy. Doctor Impossible stole the body of Red Tornado, decapitated two of the Metal Men (Gold and Platinum) and seized the arm of the Parasite. He plan was foiled as he was defeated by members of the Justice League.[1]

Impossible returned, accompanied by evil duplicates of several New Gods, with a plan to seize an alien machine that was buried on Earth for eons. His evil duplicate associates are Neon Black, Hunter, Chair, and Tender Mercy, based on New Genesis New Gods heroes Lightray, Orion, Metron, and Big Barda, respectively. He and his team were powerful enough to defeat Josiah Power and his team, the Power Company, in combat. They are later seen breaking into the Justice League Watchtower to steal alien artifacts.[4] After successfully stealing the artifacts, the villains are ambushed by the newly arrived Green Arrow, who is on the run after killing Prometheus. Impossible and his partners are eventually forced to flee after a damaged Red Tornado uses his headless body to attack them. Impossible combines the stolen artifacts and creates an advanced machine. He places the kidnapped Justice League Europe member Blue Jay inside of it. This opens up a gateway to the Multiverse, which Impossible claims to be doing at the behest of an unnamed client.[5]

Afterward, Doctor Impossible determines that the Crime Syndicate of America (CSA), evil versions of the Justice League, is planning to resurrect Alexander Luthor, Jr. in the Chamber of Resurrection. Impossible and the CSA arrive on New Earth to attack the Justice League of America (JLA) in their headquarters, the Hall of Justice. While the other CSA members keep the JLA busy, the supervillain Owlman sneaks off to allow Impossible access to the resurrection device. At the last moment, Doctor Impossible double-crosses the CSA and has Hunter remove Alexander Luthor's corpse and substitute himself in order to resurrect Darkseid. The resurrection machine destroys Hunter, as a character appears within the smoke of the containment device. Doctor Impossible then exults to his team that Darkseid has returned. However, the being before them is, in fact, the Omega Man, an inter-dimensional being that feeds on the Multiverse itself. Omega Man blasts Neon Black and Tender Mercy, killing them instantly. [6] Doctor Impossible flees, realizing that neither Darkseid nor any New God could help him. [7]

Sometime later, Doctor Impossible is hired by Doctor Sivana to build the Methuselah Device that can either make a man immortal or resurrect the dead. Sivana wants to use it for Deathstroke to heal his son Jericho) and his Titans team. Eventually, the device is destroyed by other members of the Titans and Impossible refuses to rebuild it, claiming it is an abomination.[8]

Equipment and abilities[edit]

While Mr. Miracle is aided by his benevolent Mother Box and uses Boom Tubes to travel from place to place, Dr. Impossible uses a Father Box and "Hush Tubes."[1] Though Father Boxes have been featured in other stories as Apokoliptian technology that was based on the Mother Box, "Hush Tubes," however, have not been explained or utilized in any other stories. In addition, his technological expertise, Impossible has a great level intellect and also is an experienced escape artist and expert martial artist with superhuman physical attributes.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wallace, Dan (2008), "Doctor Impossible", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 104, ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1, OCLC 213309017
  2. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #1 (August 2006)
  3. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #4 (February 2007)
  4. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #42 (February 2010)
  5. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #43 (March 2010)
  6. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #50 (October 2010)
  7. Justice League of America (vol. 2) #51 (November 2010)
  8. Titans (vol.3) #37–38 (September–October 2011)

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