Mageddon was one of many war machines used during the Ragnarok of the "Old Gods" that led to the destruction of their world and the subsequent creation of New Genesis and Apokolips. Mageddon was capable of unleashing primal anger in intelligent minds, turning people into hostile, warlike savages.
Unable to be destroyed, Mageddon was "chained" at the edge of the universe's space/time continuum inside what was described as an "immense sinkhole" of gravity. The gigantic planet of Wonderworld was created and the placed at the edge of the universe to prepare for the day that Mageddon would escape; it was populated by a number of gigantic heroes and super-beings. These heroes were led by Adam One and surrounded themselves with wonders from throughout the universe.
Unfortunately, Mageddon proved too powerful to contain; as it broke loose, its power to affect the minds of sentient beings came against Wonderworld, leading it to self-destruction save for one survivor know as the Glimmer who escaped by running "perpendicular to time." Mageddon then began its way through the universe heading towards Earth.
Mageddon's arrival was heralded by two red, eyeball-like "spores" which grew around people who had come totally under the sway of Mageddon. The first appeared sometime before Mageddon itself arrived, attaching itself to the telepath Hector Hammond while he was incarcerated in Belle Reve prison, causing the warden, guards and inmates to go on a murderous rampage which only stopped when the spore was destroyed. The second spore appeared just as Mageddon appeared in our solar system and possessed Lex Luthor, whose latest Injustice Gang had attacked the Justice League's Watchtower, unwittingly playing into Mageddon's plans. Mageddon's approach was also signalled by increasing global political tensions and weapons trading, which built rapidly into worldwide war which every hero became involved in stopping. Eventually, the wars were averted thanks to the efforts of the fallen angel Zauriel, who died to return to Heaven and convince the heavenly host to return with him to Earth and avert the wars.
Superman attempted to attack Mageddon head on, only to be captured and turned into part of its system. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman, Black Lightning and Animal Man used a Purple Ray to tap into the morphogenic field that is the source of Animal Man's powers. They hoped that doing this would cause a temporary jump forward in human evolution for everybody on the whole planet, giving every human being superpowers that could be used to attack Mageddon. The plan only succeeded with the help of the Glimmer who appeared at what he knew to be Mageddon's final battle - the only place in history where anyone made a stand against Mageddon - and used his abilities to power the machine. As every superhuman available and the entire populace of Earth attacked Mageddon, the machine unleashed its final fail-safe: letting the "anti-sun" at its core go supernova in a blast that would destroy half the galaxy.
Despite the crippling despair Mageddon was bombarding him with, Superman was able to fight back thanks to encouragement from Batman (communicating via the Martian Manhunter's telepathic link) and was freed by a blind Aztek who self-destructed in the process, fulfilling his life's mission and damaging Mageddon. Ultimately, Superman, able to absorb anti-sunlight just as well as sunlight, was able to absorb all the anti-sun's energy and shut the warhead down permanently.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Empathic Mind Control: Mageddon's signature weapon feature was the ability to affect and enhance all the nasty, dark, vile worst inclinations within a sentient mind causing any species to turn itself upon each other, usuallou resulting in the mutual annihilation of said race and their host planet. Whenever he approached a new world, it would analytically select some of the more influential minds, particularly of a darker nature to start with. Carefully and expediently moving the necessary pieces into place in order to pave the way for its coming to said world lined within it's sights.
- Gestalt Spoors: The war engine could produce eye like enzyme detachments of itself from it's very being to reach out and parasitically affect the minds of those it can use to to it's advantage. Often using two of which and sending them to latch onto said individuals whom the spores then use to relay the Mageddon's wickedness amplification even from afar, albeit to a more limited range than the prime being. They can also discharge laser blasts in the event that self defense is necessary but they seem to be tactically intelligent taking out the bigger threats to the war engines coming before anything else.
- Energy Projection: The weapon of the old gods could also discharge a very lethal energy blast wave from it's own breath in the event that it is met with enemy resistance.
- Self-Detonation: Whenever at its last resort the Mageddon weapon can initiate a suicide protocol within its negatively charged anti-sun. By breaching its power sources core this weapon can initiate a catastrophic explosion in the form of a supernova that could wipe out over half of the galaxy.
- Although Mageddon first appeared in JLA #37 (2000), it was mentioned (as Tezcatlipoca) as early as Aztek: The Ultimate Man #1 (1996). Hints about it were made throughout Grant Morrison's run on JLA as it comes as a crescendo to his run on that series.
- Mageddon's precise size is never specified, but it was shown to be large enough to dwarf both Earth and the moon.
- 7 Appearances of Mageddon (New Earth)
- 2 Images featuring Mageddon (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Mageddon (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Mageddon (New Earth)
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