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"You may call me Kanto, and I am great Darkseid's personal assassin."

-- Kanto

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This blog is the first in a long line of Respect Threads I intend to make about the New Gods of DC, starting with the infamous planet of Apokolips. Out of all of the New Gods of Apokolips, I feel Kanto is the most underappreciated so my first thread in this series will be about him.

Note 1: This is best viewed in blog format

Note 2: I will include prefixes to show if a feat is {Post-Crisis}, [New 52] or (Rebirth).

Durability

{Post-Crisis}Kanto survives getting stabbed in the back by Count Vertigo:

Suicide Squad #36
Suicide Squad #36

{Post-Crisis}Kanto survives getting thrown a vast distance away, by Superman:

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Adventures of Superman #518

{Post-Crisis}Kanto keeps fighting against Martian Manhunter after a punch to the face, although a kick floors him:

Martian Manhunter #19
Martian Manhunter #19

Strength

{Post-Crisis}Kanto easily overpowers Virman Vundabar:

Jack Kirby's Fourth World #19
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #19

{Post-Crisis}Kanto, just after escaping gruesome torture, and a good few centuries before his prime, destroys a door and sends several soldiers flying:

Jack Kirby's Fourth World #19
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #19

{Post-Crisis}Kanto, while still Iluthin, knocks back Kanto-13, Darkseid's elite assassin, with a kick:

Jack Kirby's Fourth World #13
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #13

{Post-Crisis}Kanto tears Lashina's whips off him. These whips are strong enough to restrain solid mid-tiers like Wonder Girl, Superboy and the Supergirl Matrix, and durable enough to tank heat vision:

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Underworld Unleashed: Apokolips Dark Uprising

Speed

{Post-Crisis}Iluthin, while still training under Granny Goodness, moves so fast that he clears the entire gauntlet of Granny's orphanage(besides Kanto-13 who cheapshots him before he can finish):

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Jack Kirby's Fourth World #9

This feat even impressed Darkseid, as it was unheard of before Kanto had done it:

Jack Kirby's Fourth World #9
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #9

{Post-Crisis}Kanto swings his blade so fast he creates an "impenetrable net of steel" and blocks Kanto-13's blaster fire:

Jack Kirby's Fourth World #11
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #11

{Post-Crisis}Kanto outspeeds Kanto-13, dodging all of his attacks and appearing as a blur:

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Jack Kirby's Fourth World #13

{Post-Crisis}Kanto easily evades all of Artemis' attacks:

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Wonder Woman #126

Equipment

Kanto, as an assassin, has a wide array of unique weaponry.

{Post-Crisis}Starting with the basics, he has exploding knives:

Orion #4
Orion #4

{Post-Crisis}Has a sonic weapon that can drive hundreds of people insane:

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Adventures of Superman #518

A blaster that's powerful enough to stun Barda(this is technically Pre-Crisis, but I'll include it for the hell of it):

Mister Miracle vol 1 #7
Mister Miracle vol 1 #7

{Post-Crisis}Has gear that can short-circuit and depower other machinery(this is possibly a Mega-Rod):

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Orion #4

{Post-Crisis}Kanto has a specific weapon called the "Fireball Protocol", which essentially generates orbs of flame that physically and telepathically torture the target(this was designed, not surprisingly, for Martian Manhunter):

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Martian Manhunter #30

His most frequently used weapons are his blades, however. Kanto's blades are transdimensional, which means they can even cut through intangible foes:

Martian Manhunter #30
Martian Manhunter #30

{Post-Crisis}Kanto defeats Martian Manhunter by using his blades(although J'onn at the time was caught off-guard since he didn't know about their properties):

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Martian Manhunter #34

[New 52]Kanto has a Mother Box built in to his knife:

Justice League #41
Justice League #41

[New 52]The knife, when thrown, can change it's course according to the will of the user, sort of like Thor's Mjolnir or Artemis' Mistress. Kanto uses this feature to defeat Mister Miracle:

Justice League #46
Justice League #46

Skill

Accolades

{Post-Crisis}Kanto is Darkseid's personal assassin, and thus is a member of his elite:

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Suicide Squad #36; Justice League International #21; Adventures of Superman #518

{Post-Crisis}Kanto is a master of weaponry:

DC's Who's Who: The Definitive Directionairy #16
DC's Who's Who: The Definitive Directionairy #16

[New 52]Mister Miracle admits that Kanto can kill him:

Justice League #41
Justice League #41

[New 52]Mister Miracle considers Kanto the biggest threat out of Darkseid's elite, and urges Cyborg not to engage him:

Justice League #6
Justice League #6

Feats

{Post-Crisis}Kanto has remarkable knife throwing skills:

Orion #4
Orion #4

{Post-Crisis}Kanto knows a sting that could take people out for hours, and uses it to put DeSaad to sleep:

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Darkseid(Villain's Special)

{Post-Crisis}Kanto contends with, but ultimately is defeated by, Martian Manhunter:

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Martian Manhunter #19

{Post-Crisis}Kanto stomps Count Vertigo with a knife throw. Kanto also notes he's been trained to deal with spacial distortion:

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Suicide Squad #35

{Post-Crisis}Kanto defeats Artemis(it's possible he used his sting here):

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Wonder Woman #126

{Post-Crisis}Iluthin forces Kanto-13 to flee, with just a few moves:

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Jack Kirby's Fourth World #11

I need to explain why this is so impressive. Before Iluthin took it, Kanto wasn't a name -- it was a title, given to Darkseid's most capable assassin. Kanto-13 was the thirteenth assassin so far who had earned this title, meaning he defeated Kanto-12, who in turn surpassed Kanto-11, who was better than Kanto-10, etc. etc. Kanto, upon defeating and finally killing Kanto-13, was given the title without the need of a number, implying Darkseid thought him unsurpassed amongst the assassins of Apokolips. What I'm saying is: Kanto is the greatest assassin who ever served Darkseid(that we're aware of, anyways). Speaking of assassination...

Assassination/Stealth

As Darkseid's personal killer, Kanto is primarily known for his cunning and stealth(and willingness to cheapshot opponents).

{Post-Crisis}Iluthin poisons Kanto-13, killing his former mentor and taking his name:

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Jack Kirby's Fourth World #13

{Post-Crisis}Kanto takes out Artemis:

Genesis #3
Genesis #3

{Post-Crisis}Kanto has telepathic resistance, capable of sneaking up on even Martian Manhunter:

Martian Manhunter #34
Martian Manhunter #34

Martian Manhunter #30
Martian Manhunter #30

Martian Manhunter #18
Martian Manhunter #18

{Post-Crisis}Kanto at one point trapped J'onn in a construct that essentially made him body-hop from one of his former identities to another, which made him easier to kill. MMH survived, of course, but still putting him in such a disadvantageous position is a good feat of intelligence for Kanto:

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Martian Manhunter #31

Thanks for reading
Thanks for reading

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Nice work!

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Nice work

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#8 Posted by Ouroborik (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

Nicely done!

Great to see you doing this, the New Gods deserve all the respect they can get.

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@ouroborik: Thanks! And yeah, it's about time they got some recognition.

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#10 Posted by Andromeda101 (456 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice work, friend!

Do you plan on doing another one similar to this for, let's say, Desaad? He also seems like an interesting character related to Darkseid and all the mythos surrounding the same.

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#11 Posted by WollfMyth209 (17009 posts) - - Show Bio

@andromeda101: Thank you!

Do you plan on doing another one similar to this for, let's say, Desaad? He also seems like an interesting character related to Darkseid and all the mythos surrounding the same.

Yup. I'm doing Steppenwolf, Granny Goodness, the Female Furies, DeSaad and all those others more recuring, quantifiable Apokoliptian New Gods characters.