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     Black Racer
Black Racer
AKA: Willie Walker

The god of Death, as even the New Gods must die, someday. He looks like a knight with skis.

  • Black Knight: Has the look.
  • Composite Character: In the New 52, when Barry Allen is possessed by the Black Racer, he shares the general visual motif of the Black Flash, but is otherwise still the Black Racer, in that he deals death to everyone, not just Speedsters.
  • Disability Superpower: Willie Walker basically astrally projects himself as the Black Racer.
  • Fastest Thing Alive: Nothing can outrun death. Except The Flash. But even that's just a brief reprieve as the racer will simply switch to an even faster aspect: The Black Flash.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Willie stares straight at the reader after his first night as the Black Racer, with the narration suggesting that the Racer's next target will be you. Yes, you.
  • The Grim Reaper: Of the New Gods.
  • I Am Legion: The Black Racer implies that he has many forms and hosts throughout the universe, one of them being Willie Walker. Other stories suggest that the Black Racer also has alternate forms that include Nekron, Death of the Endless (Neil Gaiman is irked by this), and the Black Flash.
  • I Have Many Names: The Flash: Rebirth confirmed that the Black Racer is the same entity as the Black Flash.
  • Implacable Man: He never, ever stops. He even represents the inevitability of death.
  • Legacy Character: In his original appearance, the original Black Racer returns to the Source and gives his powers to Willie Walker, a paralyzed soldier.
  • Mystical High Collar: Often wears an outfit with one.
  • Psychopomp: Has this role.
  • Sky Surfing: Uses skis.


AKA: Drax

The older brother of Darkseid, Drax attained the title of Infinity-Man from the previous owner after being nearly killed by his younger brother. He eventually came to serve Highfather and became the protector of the Forever People. He appeared whenever the Forever People touched their Mother Boxes together and recited the word "Taaru". The Forever People would then disappear until Infinity-Man returned power to them.

In Death of the New Gods it's revealed that The Source was directing Infinity-Man to kill all of the New Gods, since the Source decided it was time for the end of the Fourth World and the beginning of the improved "Fifth World".


The god of knowledge. A mysterious being that observes the events of the universe. Metron traverses time and space in his Mobius Chair. Although born on New Genesis, he is not bound to it. He is highly amoral, and has worked with both Highfather and Darkseid to further his own ends, but always keeps his word.

  • Above Good and Evil: Claims to be this.
  • The Atoner: Despite his insistence that he doesn't care about either side in the war, he does appear to be regretful about aiding Darkseid in the past (not that he won't do it again if it's in his best interests).
  • The Chessmaster: He apparently helped kick-start at least some of Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne, simply by giving Anthro the First Boy fire.
  • Cool Chair: Uses a hovering chair to move around.
  • For Science!: All he cares about is learning things. He's not quite obsessed enough to seek beyond the Source Wall (not because he doesn't really want to, just because he can't think of a way to avoid the consequences), but that's about his only limitation.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The entire Fifth World is apparently Metron's greatest experiment, per his own words.
  • Mysterious Past: Implies he's not from either New Genesis or Apokolips in an early issue. His origins are largely unknown.
  • Palantir Ploy: He can spy on everything.
  • The Spock: Kirby even said he imagined him with elements of Leonard Nimoy as the Spock.
  • Teleportation: Via his chair.
  • Time Travel: Another power of his chair.
  • The Watcher: He is basically this.


     Francis "Funky" Flashman

An unscrupulous huckster who lives in a crumbling mansion with his sycophantic servant Houseroy, Funky hears of Mister Miracle's daring exploits and makes a deal to serve as his promoter. Following an attack by the Female Furies in which Funky leaves Houseroy to die, Scott and Barda decide the slimy Funky can't be trusted and walk away. Funky reappears several times in the DC Universe, usually with some get-rich-quick scheme that backfires on him.

     Mister Miracle II

Shilo Norman was the informal ward of the original Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown, and later became something like a Kid Sidekick to Scott Free.



A little person who was the assistant to Thaddeus Brown, the escape artist who first took the name Mister Miracle. After Brown is killed by Intergang and Scott Free takes up his name and costume, Oberon became Scott's assistant. He is Scott's best friend, sidekick, confidant, and father figure. Oberon was also an honorary member of Justice League International, serving as director Max Lord's personal assistant.

     Sonny Sumo

A Japanese martial artist with incredible skill, discipline, and honor, Sonny Sumo is summoned by the Mother Box when the Forever People are captured by Desaad. He rescues them, and they learn that he possesses the power of the Anti-Life Equation, making him a target for Darkseid but giving him mind-control powers. In desperation, Darkseid uses the Omega Effect to fling him and the Forever People through time; while the young New Gods are rescued by Highfather, Sonny lives out the rest of his life where he really belongs, in feudal Japan.

Years later in Final Crisis, a new version of Sonny Sumo appears as a Japanese superhero who aids Shilo Norman and the Super Young Team in the fight against Darkseid.

  • Bald of Awesome: No hair? Check. Fights huge flame-throwing robots with his fists? Check.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: With his skill in battle and sense of honor, he could have been a samurai in feudal Japan, but in the 20th century all he can use his talents for is paltry show fighting. He eventually gets sent back in time, where he fits in much better.
  • Call to Agriculture: Darkseid's Omega Effect sends him back in time to feudal Japan, where he lives out the rest of his life as a noble warrior, ultimately retiring to life as a farmer.
  • Compelling Voice: The Anti-Life Equation allows him to do this, though he generally avoids using it.
  • Fight Clubbing: Not a huge market for honorable warriors in modern times, so he ekes out a living in sensationalized underground "stunt" fights between himself and giant robots.
  • Healing Factor: Another little talent the Anti-Life Equation gives him. He describes it as control over Chi.
  • Put on a Bus
  • Sixth Ranger: To the Forever People. He only joins them for a few issues before being Put on a Bus to the distant past.


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