Powerboy is a teenage superhero in DC Comics. Powerboy aka Power Boy is a former Teen Titan, and a New God. Powerboy is the only male New God to ever be a member of the Teen Titans or Tiny Titans. And Powerboy is the only male teenage New God to ever be a superhero on New Earth. Likewise the only New God to ever be Supergirl's boyfriend, or save her life. Powerboy has a pug dog named Kirby. And PB has a special bond to a girl who is not just his best friend, but more like a big sister named Little Barda. Little Barda is the only female New God to ever be a member of the Teen Titans or Tiny Titans. And the only teenage female New God to ever be a superhero on New Earth.
Powerboy possesses a powerful Apokoliptian device called the Father Box. Also known as the All-Knowing Father Box in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldier's Series. Father Box is like a Mother Box, and is thought to be sentient, miniaturized supercomputers, although their true nature are unknown. They possess wondrous god like powers and abilities not understood even by their original users, the New Gods of Apokolips.
Father Box is more than just a high-tech wish granting genie or dues-ex-machina that can do anything he asks, such as provide for his every need, heal him from any wound, or even restore him to life. Father Box is considered a beloved friend and family member by Powerboy. Not having a real father growing up, Powerboy considers Father Box his surrogate father and given that Father Box is the only one that never lets him down. Always being there for him. Providing him with support, and help. Healing him when injured. Restoring him to life when killed. Father Box is very much like a guardian angel, and trusted friend that helps Powerboy be a super hero.
And Powerboy, Little Barda, Kirby, and Father Box are very much a family/team that strives to always do the right thing, and most of all try to help make the world a better place.
Father Box has powers that range from teleportation to energy manipulation, and matter manipulation. Father Box's are Apokoliptian versions of Mother Boxes. Mother Boxes have been shown to heal the injured, including Darkseid himself. Just as Father Box took over Powerboy's mind and healed him from apparent death in Supergirl vol 5 #13 at the Hollywood Sign. A Mother Box creates a Boom Tube, while a Father Box can create a Boom Tube or Hush Tube, as seen when Power Boy used his Father Box to teleport him and Little Barda away from Eliza Harmon's funeral in 52 Week 21. A Boom Tube/Hush Tube is an extra dimensional portal used by residents of Apokolips to travel between dimensions or from one place to another anywhere in the multiverse or even any time period. Mother Box's usually communicated with a repetitive "ping!" which could be understood by their users. Father Box made a ping sound in 52 Week 21. Yet his Father Box communicated in a male robot like human voice in Supergirl vol 5 #14, calling him Master, and calling him and Supergirl his son and daughter in Supergirl vol 5 #15. And like Mother Box's that was shown to provide their owner with unconditional love and may self-destruct when their owner dies. Powerboy's Father Box showed nothing but unconditional love and support to the abused alien boy from Apokolips.
Mother Boxes and Father Boxes can only be manufactured by a being born either on New Genesis or Apokolips, and not all of them can do it. This is accomplished through much training. Other DC Universe characters are given access to similar devices at specific times, when they are in need of aid. Noted Mother Boxes include those of Mister Miracle; the Mother Box of the Forever People, which can summon the Infinity-Man; the Mother Box used by Captain Marvel to access the magic lightning when the wizard Shazam was on New Genesis; and the Mother Box that gave Superman a power boost to battle Doomsday, used Waverider's gauntlet to send Doomsday into the future, and healed Superman's injuries at the end of the battle, although this last act drained it of power. Notable Father Box's includes one of the "Seven Treasures" the New Gods left to Earth's first superhero, which Klarion the Witch-Boy took to the future. And the Father Box belonging to Powerboy.
A Father Box can access the Energy of the Source (Creator of the Universe/God) for various effects; they can change the gravitational constant of an area, transfer energy from one place to another (Supergirl vol 5 #15), control the mental state of a host (Supergirl vol 5 #13 & #15), communicate telepathically with a host or other life form (Supergirl vol 5 #14 & #15), manipulate the life-force of a host to sustain them past fatal injuries (Supergirl #13 & #15, Titans #1), open or close hush-tubes (52 Week 21), take over and control non-sentient machines, evolve non-sentient machines, merge sentient beings into a single more powerful being, sustain a life form in a hostile environment such as space (Supergirl vol 5 #15), and do many other things. Mother Boxes and Father Boxes have an affinity for the Source and are believed to draw their power from it; in that sense, they can be seen as a computer that links man to God.