New Genesis and Apokolips came into existence after the war that destroyed the Old Gods, leaving both planets separated from the rest of the universe in a location known as the Fourth World. Since then, both planets have been in an eternal war of good against evil, which at one point the leaders of both planets were forced to create a peace treaty by exchanging their newborn sons, a peace that both knew wouldn't last long.
Some time ago, Apokolips' despot Darkseid visited New Genesis to encounter a young boy, a youth that was easily manipulated and corrupted by the evil God. This child followed Darkseid to Apokolips and became the Torture God known as Desaad.
In contrast to the industrial wasteland of Apokolips, New Genesis is covered in lush forests and grasslands filled with abundant flora and wildlife. The only urban location is Supertown, a floating city designed not to affect the planet's surface which is usually inhabited by a group know as the Primitives who decided to live a life free of Highfather's rule. This planet also hosts a race of super-evolved insectoids know simply as Bugs of New Genesis who have come to been accepted as equals by the Genesisians. Each Genesisian goes through a ceremony known as "The Rite of Ascension" that imbues them with power from the Source in order to officially become a New God.
New Genesis is the home of the young Forever People, created by Highfather by collecting five human children through history and raising them together in order to unite them as a team, formed by the Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Serifan and Vykin who can combine their powers to summon the powerful Infinity-Man.
At one point, a human man called Joshua Saunders was chosen by Highfather to be a living Avatar of the The Source, bestowing him a fraction of the entity's near-limitless power as well as a vast amount of universal knowledge, transforming him into a New God capable of replacing him as New Genesis' ruler in the event of his death. This man was since then known as Takion of the Source.
The entity worshipped by, and responsible of the creation of, the New Gods, The Source, decided to destroy his creations as a measure of being whole again. Using the Infinity-Man as a pawn, it systematically destroyed the New Gods from both planets one-by-one, and not even Superman's intervention could stop the massacre, with the only survivors being Darkseid and (apparently) Orion. At the end of the conflict, instead of being destroyed, New Genesis and Apokolips were merged into a single world, indicating that there was more that just slaughter in The Source's great scheme.
However, at the conclusion of the Multiversal cataclysm known as the Final Crisis which resulted in the ultimate perishing of the dark God, the Genesisians were reborn thanks to the machinations of the Monitor Nix Uotan, with New Genesis flourishing in Apokolips' place occupying the previously known as "graveyard" universe Earth-designation-51.
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
Their original world of Genesis was destroyed by the initial war between both God leaders, resulting in the poisoning of the planet which would take eons to heal, forcing the New Gods to build the floating city of New Genesis.
In order to finally destroy Apokolips, Highfather looks for the mysterious Life Equation which will give him the power he needs to put an end to the eternal battle between the God planets, waging a war against the mortal ring weilders across the universe.
Points of Interest
- Big Barda
- Black Racer
- Commander Gideon
- Forever People:
- Madame Nature
- Mister Miracle
- Mother Herrae
- Sister Sunlight
- Valkyra the Commander
Organizations on New Genesis
- Highfather resembles both the Greek God Zeus and the Norse God Odin (who was known in mythology as the All-Father).