|File:New Genesis (DC Comics planet).jpg|
Art by George Pérez (penciller), Karl Kesel (inker) and Tom Ziuko (inker)
|Race(s)||New Gods, Bugs|
|First appearance||The New Gods #1 (February 1971)|
New Genesis is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The planet is in a parallel dimension adjacent to the main DC Universe. This planet, along with Apokolips, is speculated to be near the constellation Orion. It is the home-planet of the New Gods from Jack Kirby's Fourth World comic book series. Since the planet exists in a parallel dimension, extant in between dimensions, occupying a 'frequency' somewhere between the physical universe and Heaven; The war that destroyed the Old Gods and created New Genesis and Apokolips separated the Fourth World from the rest of the universe, it is only accessible by a method of travel called a boom tube.
New Genesis and its dark counterpart Apokolips were spawned by the destruction of Urgrund, the world of the "Old Gods" (initially implied to be the gods of classical mythology, though versions of these characters have since been revealed to still exist in the DC Universe). New Genesis and Apokolips are locked in an eternal war, symbolizing the struggle of good and evil on a grand mythic scale. However, the lines are not drawn clearly. Biographer Charles Hatfield writes, "The saga turns out to be not so simple, for Kirby — and this is revealing – blurs the seeming idealized perfection of New Genesis, adding complexity to his gods." Similarly, John Morrow writes, "Kirby knew that his New Genesis was no heaven. Rather, it was more like the free West during the Cold War, which was threatened by forces from within as well as without."
New Genesis is ruled by a being known as the Highfather, a spiritual leader who maintains his people's connection to the primal energy field known as The Source. The original Highfather, Izaya the Inheritor, has since perished and been replaced by Earthling superhero Takion, a living conduit of The Source. In contrast to the industrial wasteland of Apokolips, New Genesis is a veritable paradise covered in lush forests and grasslands. The only urban location is Supertown, a floating city designed not to affect the planet's surface.
Both Apokolips and New Genesis were seemingly destroyed in a final conflict, similar to that which destroyed Urgrund, home of the Old Gods prior to Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle mini-series. However, the final issue of that series implied that the story's earlier events were merely visions seen by the hero as part of an elaborate test by the New God Metron. It seems that none of these events actually occurred, as the miniseries Death of the New Gods takes place on New Genesis and Apokolips in the first issue, and many of the new gods and other Fourth World characters are seen in their standard style throughout much of Countdown, Countdown to Mystery, and Superman/Batman. In addition to New Genesis and Apokolips still being in existence and the characters being portrayed as they have always been, there is no mention of any of the Seven Soldiers events.
It has since been revealed that Seven Soldiers is indeed part of established history, as its characters reappear in the Final Crisis and its events are referenced. It transpires that when Darkseid died (when, and how, a subject of some controversy in itself) he fell back through time. He, and many of the other New Gods, then incarnated in pre-existing human bodies. Most, if not all of these perished during Final Crisis, releasing their godly essence.
Death of the New Gods
At the end of the Death of the New Gods mini-series, with all the gods now dead, the Source entity merges Apokolips and New Genesis into a single planet and indicates that it will possibly be repopulated.
At the end of this story, in issue #7, the New Gods of Supertown were reborn on Apokolips, itself reborn as New Genesis.
The New 52
In "The New 52", a reboot of the DC Comics universe, New Genesis is largely the same, though the surface of New Genesis is now littered with the ruins of New Genesis' previous cities on the surface of the planet, devastated by the New Genesis/Apokolips War. New Genesis itself is 10 times the size of Earth.
There are two types of inhabitants of New Genesis. The first are called the "gods" or "New Gods" (the upper class), a race of powerful immortals. The gods live in Supertown. The "Bug" (the lower class) evolved from "micro-life" spread on the planet's surface during the gods' war. They live on the planet's surface, in hives or the "Bug Mound". There is occasionally prejudice between these two races, as many of the gods consider the bug-people to be a lesser species.
There are different locations on New Genesis:
- Asylum of the Gods - An insane asylum on New Genesis where New Gods who have gone mad are incarcerated.
- Bug Mound - The home of the Bugs of New Genesis.
- Lonar's Range - An area of wilderness where the Primitives live.
- Singularity Stockade - A multiversal prison that is often used by the New Gods of New Genesis.
- Supertown - Also known as the Celestial City, Supertown is a floating city which is the capital of New Genesis and the home of its New Gods.
As it exists in a parallel dimension, travel between New Genesis and other worlds is only possible via technology known as the boom tube, dimensional gateways whose creation is signified by a sonic boom. It has been said that in their world, the gods of New Genesis are of gigantic stature and that travel through the boom tubes rescales them to mortal proportions.
In other media
- New Genesis was featured in the Justice League episode "Twilight".
- New Genesis was referenced in the Young Justice episode "Disordered".
- New Genesis is featured in DC Universe Online as an open-world area to complete missions with or against Bugs or Parademons, while also having to defeat iconic enemies such as Lightray, Orion for villains and Steppenwolf and Kalibak for heroes.
- Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0. Search this book on
- Hatfield, Charles (2011). Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby. University Press of Mississippi. p. 196. ISBN 978-1617031786. Search this book on
- Morrow, John (Spring 2019). "Gallery". The Jack Kirby Collector. 26 (76): 34. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- New Gods #1. DC Comics.
- Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #22. DC Comics. (Reference is not accurate. The size isn't stated in panel.)
- New Gods Vol. 4 #7. DC Comics.
- Green Lantern Vol. 5 #37. DC Comics.
- David, Peter; Kirk, Riggs (January 1999). "Supergirl" (28).
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