Serifan was raised on New Genesis, alongside his close friends, with whom he later formed the Forever People. One of the Forever People, Beautiful Dreamer, was kidnapped by Darkseid as part of the war on the New Gods. Serifan and the rest of the Forever People went to Earth to rescue her. There, they were aided by Superman and a cosmic being summoned by their Mother Box, called Infinity Man. After Beautiful Dreamer was rescued, Serifan and the other Forever People decided to remain on Earth, in order to explore both the planet and their roots.
Serifan was created by Jack Kirby.
When first introduced in the Bronze Age, Serifan was introduced as a New God. However, in the very early Modern Age, he and the other Forever People were retconned into being humans who had been doomed to die as infants, and were only saved from this fate by the New Gods, who took the children to New Genesis and raised them there as the eventual protectors of the Earth. This retcon was soon itself retconned, however, and Serifan was re-established as a New God, and implied to be the next step in the New Gods' evolutionary process.
Major Story Arcs
The Forever People
Serifan adventures with the Forever People, and fights Darkseid alongside his friends, for the whole of their self-titled series. During an encounter with Devilance the Pursuer, he and the other Forever People exchanged places with Infinity Man, leaving them on the distant planet of Adon. He was stranded there along with his friends after the apparent destruction of both Infinity Man and Devilance. On Adon, he is greatly distressed by the death of his friend Vykin, following the latter's attempts to civilize the planets. Following his friend's death, he is possessed by the entity known as the Dark, which uses Serifan's body to antagonize the remaining Forever People and take over the town they have created, Forevertown. When the Dark is finally defeated, Serifan is returned to normal and everything that had happened to the Forever People while on Adon, including the death of Vykin, is reversed.
Death of the New Gods
During the Death of the New Gods, Serifan is killed by Infinity Man, as are the other members of the Forever People. He is revealed to have been dead for quite some time prior to the discovery of his body, as were his teammates.
A version of Serifan appears in the Amalgam Universe, as a member of the Un-People, a team created by the fusion of the Forever People and the Inhumans. This version of the character is called Triserinak, created by an amalgamation of Serifan, Triton and Karnak.
Powers and Abilities
Serifan is a "sensitive," meaning he has limited telepathic abilities that allow him to establish mental contact with, and glean information from, others. As a New God he has all the powers inherent to his race, and is capable of sensing fluctuations in the Source. He wields six-shooter guns that fire "cosmic cartridges" that have numerous, varied, and largely uncatalogued uses. These have been known to create forcefields, link the wielder to the Source, and negate gravity, among other uses that went mostly unexplored. He also has access to a Mother Box and a Super-Cycle, both of which he shares with the other Forever People.
In Other Media
Serifan makes a cameo appearance at the end of the Justice League episode "Twilight Part 2"
Serifan appears alongside the other Forever People in the Young Justice episode "Disordered". His costume, like those of his companions, was significantly altered from the original appearance. His obsession with cowboys and westerns persists unabated in this appearance. He is played by Dee Bradley Baker.