|Creators||Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill|
|First Appearance||Appearance of Death|
- More players means more Worlds to kill.
- -- Imperiex-Prime src
Imperiex is the embodiment of entropy. Since the dawn of time, he has repeatedly destroyed the universe to create a new one from the ashes of the old. He was first seen when Mongul, the son of the deceased villain of the same name, arrived on Earth stating that Imperiex had destroyed Warworld and was heading for Earth. Mongul convinced Superman to help him fight Imperiex, and the two managed to defeat it. However, it transpired that the "Imperiex" they had encountered was no more than a probe, whereas Imperiex Prime, leader of the Imperieces, was himself a much larger and more powerful being. He had detected imperfections in the fabric of the universe, and his ultimate plan was to destroy it and create a new, perfect one. To do so, Imperiex Prime headed for Earth, the planet which held the universe together, in order to destroy it and therefore induce a new Big Bang.
Before arriving to Earth, Imperiex obliterated countless other planets. Kalanor, Karna, and Daxam are three known planets destroyed in his cataclysmic campaign. Whole galaxies were also targeted for demolition as Imperiex Prime sought to fulfill his destructive destiny, obliterating one universe so that a new one would be born. After destroying Karna, Imperiex arrived at Almerac, the home of Maxima, and not only destroyed Almerac but "hollowed" the entire galaxy. After this, the survivors of the dead worlds, Brainiac 13's Warworld, Apokolips, and Earth formed a coalition, with Darkseid as its commander, to fight against Imperiex Prime and his probes. Finally arriving at the Milky Way Galaxy, Imperiex began sending in numerous probes. On Earth, several of Imperiex's machine-colony "Hollowers" destroyed Topeka, Kansas (as well as seven other places) when they began to dig into Earth to ready it for Imperiex's final demolition.
President Lex Luthor rallied the super-heroes of Earth, the U.S. military, and other countries, such as Pokolistan, together. Furthermore, Luthor had decided that Superman alone did not have enough power to lead a strike force, arranging for Doomsday to be released from captivity and brainwashed to see all Imperiex probes as Superman. They fought the probes and managed to destroy several until Imperiex Prime himself was finally drawn to them. Doomsday was outmatched and vaporized, only his skeleton remaining, but Superman survived. Thanks to the sacrifice of Strange Visitor and General Sam Lane, Earth's forces managed to crack Imperiex's armor, intending that Darkseid would subsequently use Boom Tubes to transfer Imperiex's energy back to the galaxies he had destroyed. However, Brainiac-13 appeared on the battleground with Warworld, absorbing the Imperiex energies and vowing to use them to rule everything.
In a desperate gambit, Superman dove into the heart of the sun, thus gaining a massive power boost that enhanced his strength significantly. Rapidly realizing that Warworld couldn't be destroyed without releasing Imperiex and triggering another Big Bang, Superman and the Martian Manhunter formed a brief telepathic link to explain their new plan. With Darkseid's powers weakened, he used Tempest as a magical focus for his abilities, which in turn was empowered by the faith and strength of the Amazons, focusing the energy through Steel's new 'Entropy Aegis' armor (which was created from a burned-out Imperiex probe). With Lex Luthor activating a temporal displacement weapon, Superman subsequently pushed Warworld through a temporal Boom Tube, sending both Imperiex's and Brainiac's consciousness back fourteen billion years to the Big Bang, destroying both villains through a combined effort. In his final moments, Imperiex realized, in an ironic twist, that the imperfection he had detected in the universe was himself.
The Imperiex War was not won without cost. At least eight million people on Earth died during the war. The total number dead is stated to be countless. Several heroes also died, including Queen Hippolyta, Maxima, Aquaman, Doomsday, Guy Gardner, Steel, and General Sam Lane were all presumed dead, but later turned up alive for different reasons, with the exception of Maxima. Hippolyta was likewise resurrected many years later.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Unique Physiology: The embodiment of entropy, Imperiex takes the form of pure energy contained inside a humanoid suit of armor, colossal in size.
- Power Limitation: Imperiex was an energy being and requires a physical shell to give its material form. A consequence of this is that while the shell can be shattered, the energy that makes up Imperiex can only be dissipated and not actually destroyed.
- Imperiex-Prime is also known as Destroyer of Galaxies and Lord Imperiex.
- 12 Appearances of Imperiex-Prime (New Earth)
- 2 Images featuring Imperiex-Prime (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Imperiex-Prime (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Imperiex-Prime (New Earth)
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