It’s hard to improve on a Kirby concept. Few have done it. The tales of the Black Panther in Jungle Action certainly were a different slant on T’Challa, and thus too the creation of Takion from the New Gods mythos by Paul Kupperberg and Adam Lopresti was at once unique and original, for the most part. Too bad the 1996 series lasted all of seven issues.
And remember, whether this jibes with current New 52 “reality” is anyone’s guess!
Josh Saunders, a blind psychologist, was chosen by Highfather to become a Source Elemental and given the ability to manipulate the Source because Highfather felt he was “a man without destiny” and therefore would not be missed. Highfather names him Takion of the Source and tells him that he must clean a taint from the Source. (Got it?)
In reality, Takion was created as an Avatar of Highfather, as a security measure in the event of Highfather's death. Takion was able to see everything, all his failures and victories, time was without boundary. He was even able to foresee Highfather's death.
While trying to deal with the ebb and flow of energy through his body into and out of the Source, Josh attracts the attention of Captain Atom, the Flash, and Green Lantern. After a brief fight, he easily defeats all three heroes and leaves the planet feeling that with his immense power levels, he was a threat to everyone on Earth.
The problem was that, unlike a New God, Takion has cosmic awareness but has to filter this awareness and all the information it brought using the primitive thought structures of a human brain. This dissonance was making him unstable. He spent his time in space learning how to separate the future and past from the present, and forcing his awareness to exist only in the present.
He allowed his body to discorporate (spreading himself thin, lol) so that he could re-assemble himself, which is when he first discovered the ability to possess others, read their minds and also their potential timeline and destiny. Takion also learned how to accept and use his cosmic awareness.
During the “Genesis” event, Highfather learned of Darkseid's plans to destroy the Source Wall and take control the Source itself. He gathered a group of younger gods, including Zeus, Jove, Odin and Ares together to fight him. However, Ares rebelled against Highfather and killed him. Ares was imprisoned in the new Source Wall by the other gods.
After Highfather’s death, the role is offered to Mister Miracle, who is Highfather’s only living heir. He turns the offer down, leaving Takion to become the new Highfather. During a crisis, he asks for guidance from Highfather, who had become one with the Source. Highfather is able to temporarily return from the Source by using the body of his Avatar Takion, as this was the real purpose for Takion's creation.
Highfather resurrects Supertown, providing the people of New Genesis with new hope.
Takion eventually travels to the Source Wall, accompanied by Himon in order to learn the identity of the serial killer that has slain many New Gods. Takion himself falls victim to and dies at the hands of the Infinity-Man.
Where is Takion these days? Well, we may soon find out!