of Darkseid and Tigra, Orion, along with his mother, were banished upon his
birth to the depths of Apokolips, where Orion was soon trained to be a killer by
Granny Goodness. In the peace agreement between New Genesis and Apokolips, he
was traded to New Genesis, where he
"Orion's masking of his true face with the handsome one symbolizes
any individual's attempt to conceal his evil desires and drives"- Peter W.
Dodds Jr., 1984
at first did not fit in at all.
But soon, under the guidance of Highfather, Orion's brutal and unruly self was
calmed, and over time, a more mature and almost philosophical warrior emerged.
When he learned that Darkseid was his true father (a happening that Darkseid
hoped would return Orion to his side), it only strengthened Orion's hatred
toward Darkseid and his determination to destroy him.
Although no longer under Darkseid's control, Orion has nonetheless inherited
his father's savagery, and in thew heat of battle that dark side has come to
light (from the various agents of Apokolips that Orion has viciously destroyed
over the years to the events on Thanagar in Cosmic Odyssey, when Orionm
murdered hundreds and thousands of Thanagarians to provide a distraction for his
and Superman's mission there to stop the Anti-Life force threatening the
When Darkseid has threatened Earth, Orion has always been at the head of New
Genesis' forces to stop him. He travelled there to protect various humans who
were captured by Darkseid for his search for the anti-life equation, and on two
seperate occassions,. he has been a member of the Justice League of America (the
first, with Lightray, after the "death" of Scott Free, and the second, with Big
Barda, after being appointed by Takion to join them in order to prepare for the
coming of Mageddon.)
In the recent past, Orion has been deeply affected by the evil of his father
Darkseid. The first came when after he and Darkseid had entered the Source,
Orion killed him there. Over time, the death of Darkseid greatly affected all of
the New Gods, as his death in the Source had tainted it, causing New Gods to
kill their fellow New Gods on New Genesis. Not onyl that, but Orion's demeanor
became more and more brutal, until the truth arose: Darkseid has somehow become
part of his son, and he soon split from his son (quite literally) to become his
own self once again. Not longer after this, Orion was seemingly killed by Desaad
on Earth; however, Orion, on his way to becoming one with the Source, managed to
take Desaad with him. Soon after, Highfather was able to extract Orion from the
Source; but again, this Orion seemed more evil and savage than before. Upon
confronting the Female Furies, who were trying to invade New Genesis, their
leader Bernadeth seemed to almost recognize Orion as someone else. After both
Highfather and Darkseid realized something was wrong, Highfather, along with
Takion, was able to vanquish the evil spirit within Orion: it turned out that
Desaad has been fused with Orion since they entered the Source together.
Orion remains a valiant warrior, and now seems determined to end his
father's madness once and for all. He finally did so in the fire pits of Apokolips. Despite
the claims by his mother Tigra that Darkseid may not actually be Orion's father,
he set out to one day fulfill the prophesy the Source Wall gave him years before.
Following her death at the hands of a crew of Darkseid's Suicide Jockeys, Orion
swore revenge, which he got when, after a brutal battle before the populations of both
New Genesis and Apokolips, he deflected Darkseid's Omega Beams, which reduced
his father to a pile of ash.
The King is dead. Long live the King.
Weapon of choice: his brute strength and his astro-glider, which allows him
to fly through space and use the "astro-force" as a weapon.