In the DC Comics
fictional shared Universe, Apokolips
is the planet ruled by Darkseid
, established in Jack Kirby's Fourth World
series. It is also integral to many DC Comics
stories. The planet is considered the opposite of New Genesis
Apokolips (a play on the term "apocalypse") is a large planet. It is an ecumenopolis with burning firepits. The war that destroyed the Old Gods and created New Genesis and Apokolips separated the Fourth World from the rest of the universe, leaving it only accessible by Boom Tube.
The population is a downtrodden lot, including many kidnapped from other worlds before being "broken". The majority of the population are called "Lowlies", a bald and fearful race that has no sense of self worth or value. The Lowlies are subject to constant abuse that ends only with death. Next are the Parademons
who serve as the keepers of order on the planet. Higher above the Parademons are the Female Furies
who are Darkseid's personal guard. (Male Furies also exist, but are less common) They are blessed with unnatural strength and longevity and are either trained for their position in the Furies from birth, or are promoted from the ranks of general Apokolips troops. The leaders of the Furies are Granny Goodness
, who sports the appearance of a matronly old woman while being the most powerful of the guards, and Kanto
, who enjoys a unique position as Darkseid's master assassin. The chief guard, Big Barda
had a third position under Granny which has not been filled since her defection from the group.
Apokolips is ruled by Darkseid as its theocratic god/despot but he delegates most of the actual day to day ruling to his counsellor Desaad. Darkseid has no real contenders for the throne of Apokolips except the demon Mantis, although his sons Orion, Grayven, and Kalibak are also potential contenders. Darkseid is cursed by Grayven and Kalibak's stupidity and Orion's service of good. It is prophesied that Orion will overthrow Darkseid. In Kingdom Come it is revealed that Darkseid's overthrow will not result in major changes on Apokolips, as Apokolips' evil comes from evil itself rather than Darkseid.
Surprisingly, Apokolips is second to New Genesis
in technological advancement. With their technology, they are the height of power in most of the universe and are able to devastate galaxies when they choose to use it. Apokoliptian technology is furthermore the source of unparalleled misery in the universe as the planet routinely arms evil groups with advanced technology in order to further its influence (and misery) across the universe. Apokolips technology was used by Ugly Mannheim
and his Intergang
The "Entropy Aegis" armor used by Steel to defeat Imperiex was Apokaliptian technology, as was Dmitri Pushkin's second suit of Rocket Red armor.
Using Boom Tube
technology Brother Eye
arrives on Apokolips and seemingly assimilates the entire planet. Before the assimilation is fully complete, The Pied Piper
intervenes and channels the Anti-Life Equation
through his flute. This destroys much of Brother Eye
, making its central core make a last-minute escape off the surface of the planet and reverting much of Apokolips to what it was.
Both Apokolips and New Genesis
were seemingly destroyed in a final battle prior to Grant Morrison
's miniseries Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle
. 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
. How much of the battle really happened and the current status of the New Gods remains to be seen.
In the 30th century, original Legion of Super-Heroes
continuity, Apokolips is inactive and Darkseid incapacitated. In the Reboot Legion
continuity, Darkseid was aged and dying with the planet mostly uninhabited but the center of a large cult.
During an intercompany crossover
visited Apokolips, but was unable to feed on the planet, since all of the life force that had dwelled there had either left to New Genesis
or were burned in the fire pits long ago.
In other media
- The last two seasons of Super Friends featured Apokolips. It was shown in various episodes of Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
- Jack Kirby's Fourth World was featured heavily in the final season of Superman: The Animated Series with Apokolips as the primary setting in a few episodes. In the final episode "Legacy", Superman faced Darkseid in battle and actually dethroned him as ruler and freed the people of Apokolips, only to watch the citizens help Darkseid recover from his wounds out of divine loyalty.
- In the successful series Justice League and its continuation, Justice League Unlimited, Apokolips plunged into civil war after Darkseid's death, between two of his generals, Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar. The League hopes that both sides would destroy each other, so that neither of them can threaten Earth or the universe. But when Darkseid was resurrected by Lex Luthor, he returned to Apokolips to reaffirm his rule, ending the civil war. He then orders his forces to attack Earth, so as to get revenge on Superman and later to head to New Genesis. The Apokolipian forces then came upon Earth via boom tubes. The Justice League, temporarily allied with the Secret Society of Super Villains, fought against them. When Darkseid and Luthor seemingly perished when they clasped their hands on the Anti-Life Equation, the Apokolipian forces retreated back to their home and possibly will get attack by New Genesis for violating the Highfather's pact with Darkseid or return to civil war.