Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Who's Who: Izaya

Izaya the Inheritor
by Russell & Siskoid

Alter Ego: Highfather
Super-Power(s): Super-human strength and invulnerability, focuses energies from the omnipotent Source through his staff
Planet of Origin: New Genesis
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Legion Log
Highfather, also known as Izaya the Inheritor, was once the greatest of the New Gods. When Darkseid and his uncle Steppenwolf came to New Genesis on a hunting trip, they killed Izaya's wife, Avia. This sparked a war between New Genesis and Apokolips. After Izaya killed Steppenwolf, the Source selected him to start a new life as a peace-maker. Now known as Highfather, Izaya brokered peace between the two planets by a ritual exchange of sons: his, Scott Free, was traded for Darkseid's, Orion.

Izaya became one with the Source when he stopped Darkseid from tapping into the Source's power; in doing so, Izaya was killed by Ares, the God of War.

When the 30th Century was threatened by Darkseid and his Servants of Darkness, the inhabitants of the Sorcerers' World prayed for help while casting a magical spell for assistance. Unbeknownst to them, they accessed the Source, and Izaya was re-incarnated as an infant.

Protected from the Servants as his body underwent super-accelerated growth, Izaya reached adulthood within days. Izaya then faced off against Darkseid again. His first act was to change Darkseid's mutated version of Orion into the actual New God, who then faced his "father" in battle.

Izaya then put the Legion under his protection, healing some and granting others extra powers. Izaya then faded away back into the Source, secure in the knowledge that the Legion would be successful in their re-match against Darkseid.

Izaya was never again seen in the 30th Century, in any continuity.

After Infinite Crisis, Izaya's original 30th Century history has presumably been more or less restored.

Important Izaya LSH stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #292
(reprinted in The Great Darkness Saga)
Izaya is reincarnated in the 30th Century

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #293
(reprinted in The Great Darkness Saga)
Izaya grows from infancy to manhood in one issue

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #294
(reprinted in The Great Darkness Saga)
Izaya reveals himself to Darkseid, 
then helps the Legion to defeat him

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