Kalibak is the first-born son of Darkseid and Suli. His mother Suli is killed by Desaad, acting under orders from Kalibak's grandmother Queen Heggra. Kalibak becomes a legendary warrior, and often serves as Darkseid's second-in-command. After Darkseid breaks the pact of peace with New Genesis, the rival planet of Kalibak's home Apokolips, he aids his father in the resulting battles.
Kalibak is often pitted against Orion, and after numerous clashes they learned that they were half-brothers. This fuels Kalibak's hatred of Orion to new levels, for Darkseid clearly values Orion over his first-born.
At one point, Kalibak is desperate enough to confront Orion without Darkseid's consent. Kalibak's scheme fell apart, and he kills his accomplice Desaad, also a servant of Darkseid, to cover his tracks. Darkseid was not pleased when he finds out, and he reduces his son to a pile of ash. After enough time had passed Darkseid resurrects Kalibak, hoping the boy had learned a lesson.
Kalibak later spends some time in an Apokolips prison, on Darkseid's orders. Darkseid is on Earth when Orion invades Apokolips. Justeen, a servant of Desaad, releases Kalibak to battle Orion yet again. Kalibak is swiftly subdued, but doesn't care much as Orion leaves to battle Darkseid and Kalibak hopes to gain power as a result.
During the universe-wide Genesis incident, Apokolips forces, including Kalibak, invade Earth. In issue #5 of the series Young Heroes in Love, the team leader battles and defeats Kalibak and his small squad of Parademons.
During the Final Crisis, Kalibak was reborn in a human body along with the rest of the New Gods of Apokolips. Once the Evil Factory resumed its work, Kalibak was given a new tiger-man body, and an army of tiger warriors to serve as his personal force. During the superheroes assault on Bludhaven, Kalibak lead his tiger-men in the defense of Command-D, battling Tawky Tawny of the Marvel Family. He managed to beat Tawny to unconsciousness, but was distracted when Shazam called the lightning down on Mary Marvel, who was possessed by Desaad. The distraction allowed Tawny to regain consciousness and slash Kalibak across the chest, mortally wounding the New God. Kalibak ordered his tiger-soldiers to help him, but they refused, saying only the strong lead.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Beta Club: A weapon that fires force bolts or nerve beams that causes living beings agonizing pain. It is nearly invulnerable, though Orion once damaged it.
- Kalibak is also known as Kalibak the Cruel and the Scourge of Apokolips.
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- New Gods (Volume 3)
- New Gods (Volume 4)
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- Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus
- 76 Appearances of Kalibak (New Earth)
- 17 Images featuring Kalibak (New Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about Kalibak (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Kalibak (New Earth)
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