Today, we learn why Darkseid fears, above all, Santa Claus!
This is our annual Advent Calendar Comics should be good! Every day until Christmas Eve you can click on the current day’s Advent calendar post and it will show the Advent calendar with the door open for that day and you can see what will be the “Treat” for that day! You can click here to view previous Advent Calendar entries. This year the theme is a Very Dope 90s Christmas! Every day will be a 90s Christmas comic book story, maybe the ones with a specific 90s trend (it depends if I can come up with 24).
This year’s Advent calendar, of Grunge Santa Claus handing out 90s gifts, like a Tamagotchi, while posing with four superheroes in the most 90s costumes, is Benefits of Nick.
And now day 19 will be open (once opened the door will feature a featured story panel) …
Today we watch the 1997 “Present Tense” from DCU Holiday Party # 2 by Ty Templeton.
One of the interesting things about Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, as a whole, is that all of the major conflict between the heroes of New Genesis and the villains of Apokolips centers around the young man’s escape from Apokolips. known as Scott Free. Scott was the son of Highfather of New Genesis and we learned in New Gods # 7 (by Kirby and Mike Royer) that the war between the two Fourth World planets had a truce based on âThe Pactâ (funny, the same l The basic idea of ââthis comic book story was used in Season 4 of Fargo as a setup between warring criminal families in Kansas City over the years), namely that Darkseid, head of Apokolips, would trade in his son, Orion, to Highfather and Highfather give his son, Scott, to Darkseid. As long as their sons were in the care of the other leader, the truce remained intact.
Here’s the big twist, however. Darkseid NEEDED a truce, because the war was so devastating on both sides that Apokolips was essentially just a heap of rubble and Darkseid didn’t want victory if that meant overseeing a heap of rubbish. He wanted time to rebuild the planet so that his victory made sense. During this time, he hatched a plan to essentially torment young Scott to such an extent that Scott would have to be a jerk to NOT try to escape from Apokolips. So Darkseid knew the truce would be broken and it wouldn’t be broken by him (technically). Still, it gave him the time it took Scott Free to mature to deal with his consolidation.
Therefore, however, this means that there are a good number of years that go unrecorded in Darkseid’s life (and since we don’t know exactly how the New Gods age, it could have been many years) , and therefore, it seems clear that Darkseid has made some fascinating acquaintances over the years. Darkseid has long been fascinated with Earth because of its connection to the anti-life equation, and in the Eclipso comic book series, we saw Eclipso (who was the first God’s Wrath on Earth before The Specter) playing chess. with a mysterious being and in Eclipse # 10 (by Robert Loren Fleming, Colleen Doran and Ray Kryssing), we see that it was Darkseid he was playing …
Later, Darkseid was revealed to have been even more directly tied to the creation of Eclipso (in a retcon way), but at the time it was just a statement about how Darkseid is the type of guy. who has chess games with mystical beings like Eclipso. You know, like you.
Therefore, it makes sense when we saw who Darkseid was connected to in Ty Templeton’s short story âPresent Tense,â which opened up showing the dangerous world of Apokolips with his guard. Their efforts had no result, however, because their defensive perimeter had been pierced! An infantryman reported this news to Darkseid and it was only thanks to the despot’s great “mercy” that the soldier was simply burned alive rather than outright atomized (it’s great to see the soldier be so grateful that Darkeid let him somehow kind of survive). Another soldier told Darkseid that not only was the perimeter pierced, but their target was now in the room with them!
Who was this mysterious target?
Why, none other than Santa Claus himself! Quite hilariously, Santa determined he had to visit everyone on his “Naughty or Nice” list, even if that involved fighting through missiles, lasers, and force fields. Good old Saint Nick then quickly checked his list and saw that, yes, the evil Darkseid was actually “bad” this year. He then gave her his charcoal and got the hell out of it.
What a delightful Templeton story, but it’s interesting how complicated Santa’s business is, as he covers not only all of Earth, but Apokolips as well? It doesn’t seem to be keeping up, so I think it probably has something to do with Darkseid’s apparent frequent sojourns on Earth. I imagine he and Santa have gotten to it at some point during those years and it’s Santa’s way of repaying the bad guy for everything that happened in between. It makes more sense to me than Santa showing up on one of the most evil planets in the universe and ONLY bringing a single lump of coal for Darkseid.
Or maybe Santa Claus is just a really easy rater and only people like Darkseid really qualify as “bad guys”? I don’t know the answer, but this hilarious short story (which certainly contains a lot of stories in just two pages, doesn’t it?) Certainly raises a lot of interesting thoughts about the very nature of old Kris Kringle.
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