Mantis was a soldier from Apokolips.
During Apokolips' civil war, Mantis left the planet for Earth, thinking it would be an easier target. He attempted to conquer Metropolis, but Superman and Captain Atom arrived to stop him. After a fierce battle, Superman activated Mantis' Mother Box and Captain Atom blasted him into the resulting boom tube. Superman destroyed his Mother Box, leaving Mantis with no means to return.
In the comics, Mantis was originally a Bug from New Genesis who pledged loyalty to Darkseid in exchange for great power. Darkseid gave Mantis incredible power, making him the second most powerful being on Apokolips. Mantis has a long history of intrigue against Darkseid, who has consistently put down his rebellions.
|The New Gods|
|Bernadeth • Darkseid • Desaad • Granny Goodness • Kalibak • Kanto • Lashina • Mad Harriet • Mantis • Steppenwolf • Stompa • Virman Vundabar|
|Beautiful Dreamer • Big Barda • Big Bear • Black Racer • Forager • Highfather • Lightray • Mark Moonrider • Metron • Mister Miracle • Orion • Sera • Serifan • Vykin the Black|