By Zetsu-San 31 Comments
At the dawn of time, when the Sphere of the Gods first formed, there was only... Hecate.
She was the goddess of light, belief, wonder, imagination, and above all... magic.
However, she soon noticed that she was not entirely alone. There was another side of her, a reflection of sorts. Whereas she the wonders of belief and imagination, it represented the fear and horrors that came with it.
Terrified by this darker side of herself, she banished it.... locked it away, in a different place... An Otherplace....
The entity known as the Upside Down Man, is a being of magic so powerful, that his mere presence appears to distort the very fabric of reality around him:
The Upside Down Man is an embodiment of Chaos Magic, a being from before magic was bound and structured by the rules set by the Lords of Order. As such, he has no need for spells and instead, simply bends reality to his will. He has shown the ability to animate the environment, selectively remove particles of blood from a living being, and even transmute people to liquid, with the mere wave of his hand:
Even Swamp Thing, in his giant form, is unable to resist the Upside Down's power:
When in his own dimension, his power is said to be limitless:
He has infected the dimension with his power and twisted it into a realm of his own:
The Otherplace is so large, that it surrounds the entirety of the Dark Multiverse:
The way it surrounds the Dark Multiverse appears to mirror the way the Sphere of the Gods surrounds the prime multiverse. As the sole being within said realm and the one who twisted it into his image, I think it's safe to say that his power within the realm, is comparable to collective power of the Sphere of the Gods as a whole. However, this also reveals a bit of a glaring weakness in his apparent omnipotence, which I will touch upon later.
Within his dimension his power is so great that, even when empowered by all of the Parliaments working together, the Swamp Thing can only bind him temporarily:
He is able to channel his mystical energy into massive explosions of power:
He is able to take on the entire JLD at the same time:
This includes a Witch Marked Wonder Woman, who was wielding the full power of Hecate's might. Even a mere fourth of Hecate's power, was said to be wielding enough to "create a universe" and "rip reality apart":
It should be noted that the "create a universe" statement was made by Bobo, who hasn't shown to be the most reliable of magic users, so take it how you will. I do believe Zatanna's statement of reality being ripped apart backs it up, however.
He was able to sense Wonder Woman's Witch Mark and activate it:
Given that the Witch Mark was placed on Diana when she was a child and no one had sensed it until now, despite Diana regularly dealing with powerful cosmic and mystical entities, I'd say UDM's ability to sense it is quite impressive.
Durability & Resistance:
As a being of pure magic, physical attacks means little, as he can simply reform if damaged:
Even in the real world, he was able to tank what was perhaps the most powerful spell in Constantine's repotoire:
This spell was said to be so powerful it could kill gods, yet the Upside Down Man described it as throwing a bucket of water at an incoming tsunami:
In the Otherplace:
Even while heavily weakened and losing his hold on the Otherplace, he was able to survive a full powered blast from Nabu:
The amount of magic Nabu generated was so great, that Kent Nelson's body was unable to handle it. This proves that the attack here is more powerful than the magic Nabu was wielding, when he was ripping apart an entire dimension within the Sphere of the Gods:
It takes time for his power to properly infect a dimension, making him far weaker in the real world than in his own realm. Wonder Woman, with a mere 5th of Hecate's power, was able to banish him with a single spell:
In the Otherplace:
As stated previously, the Upside Down Man was able to infect an entire dimension and twist it into his own, drawing from it as a source of power. However, this presents a glaring and exploitable weakness. He may be the Lord of the Otherplace, but he is still foreign to it. It is not a part of him and he is not it's inherent ruler. His influence over it, is only absolute, because he is the sole being inside of it.
Introducing other mystical beings into his realm, gives them the opportunity to infect with their own power and contest his control over the realm:
Through raw belief and force of will, the JLD were able to reduce his power with their mere presence in his realm:
Zatanna was able enter his mind and challenge him in a battle of will power, where she defeated him by forcing him to believe that all magic comes with a price:
It should be noted that in this battle of minds, mystical power was stated to be irrelevant. Zatanna was only able to win, due to this being strictly a clash of will and nothing more:
That said, even with this excuse, I consider this to be the biggest piece of PIS in the entire comic. I like Zatanna and all, but part of her appeal, is that she's a legitimate person. She has emotions, vulnerabilities, fears, things like that. She's not some inhuman determinator with limitless will power. She really has no business winning a willpower battle, with a cosmic horror who's existed since the dawn of time... >_>
Though the Upside Down Man was initially presented as single member of an entire species, it has become clear that this belief is false. The Otherkind are merely his spawn. Extensions of his power that split from his body and return to it when he is through with them:
There are many different Otherkind who each vary massively in power level.
Unfortunately we didn't really get to see them do much, not even in the final battle. He split them off from his body, like they were going to participate in defeating the JLD, then they kind of just stood around and watched. At one point, they straight up vanished from the comic, as if the writers forgot they were even there.
The most powerful that we've seen so far, is a slime entity known as "The Soup". It's power is so great, that it's capable of casually killing hell-lords such as the First of the Fallen:
Another that we are introduced to, is a creature known as the conjoined. A mass of vampires fused together into an eldritch abomination, so horrifying that the mere sight of it caused Andrew Bennet to panic and flee, never to be heard from for the rest of the JLD comic run:
The Offspring are a swarm of small creatures, that together, can bring down even a decently durable brick like Frankenstein:
The second most impressive of the Otherkind, that we have seen thus far, is a creature known as "The Rip". A regenerating tentacle monster, that even the combined might of Zatara and Sargon have trouble dealing with:
The Mind Eater:
Assuming I didn't miss a tie in of some sort, this one we, unfortunately, never got to actually see on panel. Instead, we only saw the aftermath of what it did to Faust:
This one never got an official name and is perhaps the weakest of the Otherkind we've seen thus far. It presents itself as a number of mutate, necromorph-like undead creatures:
As you saw above, even Zatanna can bludgeon them while Man-Bat can fly through them as though they were made of tissue paper.
Stories told about them not only give them power, but also have the potential to slowly drive one mad:
The form known as "The Upside Down Man" is one that he takes, purely so that mortals can comprehend his appearance:
Indeed, the Upside Down Man is a very courteous villain who cares about the mental well-being of those he's trying to brutally murder... apparently...
The Upside Down Man can force himself into Hecate's internal dimension/dream-space and overpower Wonder Woman there:
It appears that DC has retconned the Great Evil Beast to be linked to the Upside Down Man in some way:
I am unsure of the exact nature of their relationship. Perhaps the Great Darkness spawned from the Upside Down Man. Or perhaps it's a piece of the Otherplace. Or maybe it's the other way around and the Upside Down Man and the Otherplace spawned from the Great Darkness. Or maybe the Upside Down Man and the Great Darkness are one and the same. It's all rather confusing.
In any case, we don't really know how powerful the Great Darkness is in this continuity and I don't believe the Upside Down Man compares to what I know of the Great Evil Beast's initial portrayal. Lore wise, the Upside Down Man is a lesser reflection of Hecate, so it wouldn't make much sense for him to scale to the evil half of the Presence, who from my understand is a TOAA-style being.