'Young Justice: Outsiders': With the final battle approaching, will The Presence finally make an appearance?

The Presence is DC's take on an Abrahamic God and he has appeared during critical moments in the comics to help our heroes change the tide of war


                            'Young Justice: Outsiders': With the final battle approaching, will The Presence finally make an appearance?

The citizens of the comicverse may look at Superman and all his abilities as being near God-like. His moral values and his desire to protect a planet which is not his homeworld place this Kryptonian in very high regard. The same can be said about the various OP superheroes of the DC Universe like Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash (but not you, Batman, with no powers, you're more of a liability in this world of might and magic).

DC's touch-and-go game with religion changed with the debut of The Presence in 'More Fun Comics #52' in February 1940 but The Presence appeared as more of a disembodied voice than as a physical diety.

Darkseid in front of a boom tube. Source: DC Comics
Darkseid in front of a boom tube. Source: DC Comics

The Presence is DC's take on an Abrahamic God and he has appeared during critical moments in the comics to help our heroes change the tide of war. The Presence is the force that drives The Spectre who acts as an agent of vengeance for The Presence. The Presence, who also happens to be the creator of the universe where our heroes reside, has appeared throughout comic book history in the following forms:

The Voice: The Voice is the primal force in charge of Spectre's powers. And this is the most "active" version of The Presence as DC's God. We get to see The Presence show his true power to Spectre by answering his prayers and resurrecting the murdered Justice Society.

The Hand: One of the antagonists, Krona, through one of his forbidden time-travel experiments, was able to witness the Hand of creation depositing the speck that would become the entire cosmos. His time-machine exploded at that instant, and the universe was shattered, causing the creation of the Multiverse as the universe replicated into an infinite number of parallel universes.

The Source: The Source is the universal spirit from Jack Kirby's Fourth World cosmology where it is mostly associated with the New Gods of Apokolips and New Genesis and is considered to be the consciousness of the DC Universe. The Source is also responsible for creating and empowering our superheroes of the DC Universe with their divine abilities.

The Presence: The unseen Abrahamic deity from Grant Morrison's fictional angel mythology, The Presence has the ability to empower various angels, including the Spectre, Eclipso, and Michael Demiurgos. It is said that The Presence is omnipotent and omniscient.

Metron sitting on the Mobius Chair, one of the most powerful technologies in the DC Universe. Source: DC Comics
Metron sitting on the Mobius Chair, one of the most powerful technologies in the DC Universe. Source: DC Comics

DC's tendency to avoid introducing a God-like figure in their animation and live-action is not without reason. DC's rendition of an Abrahamic God could very well send religious fanatics into a frenzy and may cause more harm than good to their superhero franchise. Most of the superheroes we know are either alien in origin or have received their powers through the activation of the metagene, and a few like Aquaman and Wonder Woman are closely tied to the Gods of Greek and Roman mythology.

However, 'Young Justice' would be the perfect place to introduce The Presence. With Roman and Greek pantheons already playing a minor role in the creation of a few of our superheroes, The Presence could change the course of history for both good and evil. It would also be wonderful to view the introduction of DC's multiverse through Krona's folly at the beginning of time.

DC's 'Young Justice: Outsiders' airs every Friday exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.