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Father Box

Desaad's Father Box.

A Father Box is a "living" computer from Apokolips with a male programming. These devices are used primarily by agents of Apokolips and the Light for different purposes. Described as "pure evil",[1] a Father Box's "good" counterpart is the Genesisian device, Mother Box, which has a female programming.

History

In 2010, Desaad and Intergang used a Father Box to corrupt Infinity-Man. After a brief fight with Superboy, Sphere was able to purge Infinity-Man of the Father Box's influence. Desaad recovered the device and used it to escape through a boom tube.[2]

In 2016, after The Team was taken prisoner by the Reach, Virgil Hawkins, Tye Longshadow, Asami Koizumi, and Eduardo Dorado Jr. traveled to the Warworld to rescue them using a Father Box from Lex Luthor. After the mission was over, they used it to return home with Arsenal and then destroyed the device to spite Luthor.[3]

The Father Box played a prominent role in Apokolips's campaign against the Justice League on several worlds.[4] For the most part, the League was ignorant of the true nature of the device. They were able to recover a Father Box in the field and gave it over to Dr. Silas Stone of STAR Labs to uncover its secrets.[1]

When his son, Victor, was critically wounded in a lab explosion, Dr. Stone used the device to try and save his life, figuring its healing capabilities could also work on his son.[5] The Father Box grafted itself to Victor's flesh, sustaining his life, but its essence also took control of his body, intermittently.[5][6][7] The couple times this happened, Halo had to use her powers to cleanse him of the device's influences; eventually, she cured him permanently.[7]

Design

The design of Father Boxes is not dissimilar to that of the Mother Box. It is a chunky and rectangular handheld device. The color of the casing varies between units; for example, Desaad's own is black, with a red, orange and yellow interface,[2] whereas the ones utilized by Parademons are also black but with a blue and red interface.[8]

Capabilities

Victor brooding

Victor Stone after his enhancements from a Father Box.

Posessed Infinity-Man

Infinity-Man under a Father Box's thrall.

  • Boom tube generation
  • Homing teleportation: Father Boxes can teleport (via boom tube) to any person one desires to find by homing in on their energy signature[4] or DNA.[3]
  • System interfacing: While aboard the Warworld, the runaways used a Father Box to interface stasis chamber controls.[3]
  • Matter manipulation: Father Boxes possess the ability to fabricate or completely re-purpose matter to generate new materials for its handler's purpose.
    • Healing: Father Boxes can miraculously repair the damage done to Parademons and Apokoliptian technology by exposing them to a purple healing ray.[4] It also encased Victor Stone within a healing cocoon.[5]
    • Biomechatronic enhancement: While reviving Victor Stone, a Father Box was able to generate mechatronic body parts in place of the ones he had lost.[6] This process grafts organic and inorganic parts together, effectively creating a cyborg.[6]
  • Technology manipulation: A Father Box can corrupt Genesisian technology, such as Infinity-Man, and bring it under Apokoliptian control.[2]

Background information

The "Father Box" concept was introduced to the DC Comics canon in 2000 by Walt Simonson. Darkseid's former aide Mortalla presented Orion with an Apokoliptian Father Box to replace his seemingly dead Mother Box. In reality, the device was meant to bring him back under the control of Darkseid.

Sightings

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Paredes, Francisco (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 25, 2019). "Exceptional Human Beings". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 10. DC Universe.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Robinson, Andrew (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (November 11, 2011). "Disordered". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (February 23, 2013). "The Hunt". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 4, 2019). "Princes All". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Catt, Mae (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (January 25, 2019). "Another Freak". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 11. DC Universe.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Hueck, Vinton (director) (January 25, 2019). "Nightmare Monkeys". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 12. DC Universe.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 25, 2019). "True Heroes". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 13. DC Universe.
  8. Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 4, 2019). "Eminent Threat". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 3. DC Universe.
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