Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mantis is one of the more compelling enemies created by Jack Kirby for his Fourth World. Mantis never seems to be merely a lackey of Darkseid, but seems to have goals and ambitions of his own. He seems to throw his lot in with the ruler of Apokolips for current strategic advantage.
His powers, second only to Darkseid himself, seem though to derive at least in part from from the Big D, so he is beholding to the dark father of Orion in that regard. I always wanted to see more of Mantis and his Bug legions as Kirby originally conceived them, but then that's true of all the denizens of the Fourth World.