Why DC’s Darkseid is Better Than Marvel’s Thanos


We’re all still recovering from the epic first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. The first part of the final phase of this first era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings together Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Blonde Widow, One-Eyed Thor, Punished “Venom” Captain America, and who knows who else. And of course the evil force pulling them together is famous new internet meme Thanos.

Given the sheer scale of his threat, hopefully Josh Brolin and the Infinity Gauntlet can reverse Marvel’s trend of bad villains before it’s too late. But as far as purple rocky space tyrants go, my main man is still Darkseid, perhaps my favorite comic book villain this side of Black Manta. Yes the recent Justice League movie made of mockery of Darkseid’s uncle Steppenwolf and his Parademon army. But Darkseid and the surrounding Fourth World mythos dreamed up for DC by comic book god Jack Kirby is still some of the most incredible cosmic work the medium has ever produced.

If you want to get caught up on Darkseid, The New Gods, Apokolips, and all of that business you can buy the massive, comprehensive Jack Kirby Fourth World omnibus this holiday. I know I will. But that’s a lot of comics to read. The people need to know why Darkseid is better than Thanos right the Hell now. So we’re here to help.


1. His Eyes

Darkseid is a giant craggly god who shoots homing lasers, Omega beams, out of his dang eyes.


2. His Name

Darkseid spells his name “Darkseid” and rules the planet Apokolips, spelled like “Apokolips.”

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