comicbookuniversity asked: How accurate would it be to call the Infinity Man and the Forever People a tangent of, rather than a central part of, the New Gods mythology?
It’s kind of both accurate and inaccurate?
Accurate in the sense that the Forever People mostly don’t intersect with the main axis of the Orion-Darkseid-Scott Free-Highfather plot and are not really part of that conflict per se.
But they are definitely in the mix: it’s in their series that we first learn about anti-life and mother boxes, they encounter Mantis, Desaad, and Glorious Godfrey and his Justifiers, and it’s only in their book that we see the Omega Effect (and one of them—Big Bear, maybe?—accidentally becomes Merlin).
Most importantly, however, the fact that they don’t intersect with the main thrust of the plot is kind of the point, thematically: they’re a whole other generation than Orion and Scott Free. That war isn’t their war. They’ve come to Earth to show people anti-life is bullshit and anyone who wants to come to Super Town is welcome at any time.