DC Comics 101: Who are the New Gods?

The two most powerful beings in the universe clash, with the fate of all known existence in peril in the first volume of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League epic “Darkseid War,” which arrives in comic shops today. However, the title of the book doesn’t tell the whole story. While the expansive storyline does feature a shocking battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, it’s really a look at super hero comics as modern myth, and at its heart are the New Gods.

Big Barda

Some follow a philosophy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Big Barda does not. Instead, she lives up to her name with her awe-inspiring height and power as well as the impact she leaves on her enemies.

Taken from her mother at an early age, Barda grew up on Apokolips in Granny Goodness's "Orphanage" where she was trained in the art of battle. Barda relished fighting and enjoyed besting anyone that challenged her. Her sheer power and unparalleled skills in combat quickly made her the most feared Apokoliptian warrior of all time—an incredible feat to accomplish on a world that bred the most terrifying, cruel and malicious fighters in the Multiverse. Barda's abilities and take-charge attitude even allowed her to become the leader of the Female Furies, a ferocious and powerful group of warriors who served as the personal guard to Apokolips's tyrannical ruler, Darkseid. Barda served Darkseid for many years—until she met Mister Miracle. The two fell in love and Barda began questioning Darkseid’s cruelty and totalitarian philosophy. Eventually, she fled to Earth, battling her way through the hordes of Apokolips and her former allies—defeating them all.

Barda continues to share a close and romantic relationship with Mister Miracle, despite their contrasting personalities. Whereas Mister Miracle is more peaceful and kind, Barda loves to fight and relishes battle. She's the brawn to his brain, and as the more powerful of the two, tends to be very protective of him.

As a New God, Barda possesses immense levels of enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina and more. Barda is also a master of multiple forms of combat and an expert swordswoman, capable of fighting even Wonder Woman to a stand-still. Her height alone makes her one of the tallest and most intimidating heroes in the universe. Along with her physical capabilities, Barda wears Apokoliptian armor that enhances her impressive abilities and wields the Mega-Rod, which may look small but packs a punch that could level mountains. As a high-tech weapon, the Mega-Rod fires powerful concussive bolts, increases gravitational forces and allows Barda to instantaneously teleport herself and others great distances.

Are You Ready for Justice League's Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok?

“Darkseid War,” the eagerly awaited new Justice League storyline that will find Earth caught in the crossfire as the universe’s two most powerful villains clash, kicks off this week in JUSTICE LEAGUE #41. Earlier this year, we spoke with writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok about this massive new story and what it means for the Justice League going forward.

DC All Access - Top 10 Most Powerful Items in the DC Multiverse

You don’t have to get struck by lightning or come from another planet to get super powers. Sometimes, all it takes is finding the right object, like any of the ten uber-powerful items on our latest list. In this exclusive DC All Access clip, we count down the ten most powerful items in the DC Multiverse. So, uh, anyone know where we can find a Starheart?

Want to learn more about the DC Multiverse? Check out our interactive map: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/08/18/the-map-of-the-multiverse

Be sure to watch this week's full episode of DC All Access, featuring an exclusive look at the Mad Max videogame: http://www.dccomics.com/videos/dc-all-access-ep-315-batkid-begins-and-mad-max-fury-road-video-game

A Dark Day Dawning: Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok Discuss "Darkseid War"

In 2011, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg united as the Justice League for the first time to defeat Darkseid and his legions of Parademons, kicking off what became known as The New 52 in the process. Now, the writer of that acclaimed tale, Geoff Johns, is bringing back the powerful leader of Apokolips, only this time Darkseid’s set his sights on a new adversary: the world-shattering Anti-Monitor. What happens when the two most destructive super-villains in the DC Universe take aim at each other?

The Roundup: Batman vs. Darkseid?!?!

The temperature may be dropping outside, but things are sure heating up at your local comic shop, especially if you’re a DC Comics fan. This pre-Christmas week brings with it a whole bunch of holiday treats, including some highly anticipated installments from a few of our heavy hitters.

Justice League: War - "Now What?"

The Justice League squares off against the might Darkseid in this Justice League: War clip.

Justice League: War, the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies, is available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.


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