that was created by Jack Kirby
by DC Comics
. The Mother Box
first appeared in Forever People #1
The Mother Box is device that could best be described as a sentient
computer. The devices are always referred to with the female pronoun,
never neutral or male pronouns, and are treated as being intelligent.
They were created by the New God Himon of New Genesis, who successfully,
linked the Mother Boxes to the Source, the benevolent cosmic power
that controls the universe.
The Mother Box can only be used by those of good moral character. This
is possibly the explanation that the inhabitants of Apokolips,
used-car salesmen, lawyers, and Martha Stewart are unable to use these
devices. The Mother Box can be injured and die, just like other
living beings. The person who holds and uses the Mother Box can heal
it by thinking loving and nuturing thoughts toward it.
The Mother Box can perform a plethora of functions. It can create
magnetic fields, force fields, and webs for capturing opponents. It
can allow the holder to pass through solid objects. It can rearrange
matter, which it does for the New God Orion, transforming his
fearsome appearance to a more handsome one. Orion's Mother Box also helped him control his violent nature. It can teleport the holder,
or in the case of the Forever People, be used to summon Infinity Man.
It is used by Mister Miracle to aid in his death-defying escapes.
It is rumored that Himon
originally created a sentient device
called the Father Box
. However, he had to abandon this project
because he used a Microsoft
product as the operating system, so the
angry and frustrated thoughts of the New Gods
who used the Father
caused the device to keep dropping dead.