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Krona
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Krona, as depicted in JLA-Z #2 (December 2003). Art by Joe Prado.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern #40
(October 1965)
Created by John Broome (writer)
Gil Kane (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Krona
Species Oan
Place of origin Maltus
Partnerships Nekron
Notable aliases Entropy
Abilities Superhuman intelligence, strength, durability and healing
Immortality
Energy manipulation
Psionic powers

Krona is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Green Lantern #40 (Oct. 1965), and was created by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane.

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Fictional character biography

Born on Maltus, Krona is an Oan[1] scientist who became obsessed with observing the origins of the universe itself, despite an ancient legend that said discovering that secret would cause a great calamity. Krona constructs a machine that pierces the temporal barrier and views the beginnings of time itself. Krona catches a glimpse of the hand of creation depositing the speck that would become the entire cosmos. His machine explodes at that instant, and the universe is shattered causing the creation of the Multiverse as the universe replicates into an infinite number of parallel universes. At this same moment, the Anti-Matter Universe is created, unleashing evil into the cosmos; thus, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor are born. As punishment for this act, Krona is transformed into pure energy by his fellow Oans and is sent to forever wander the cosmos. Krona's actions are what caused the Oans to become the Guardians of the Universe.[2]

Krona returns to a physical state using the energies of Alan Scott's mystical power ring, but is again turned into his energy form by the Guardians.[3] Krona is finally restored to his original form thanks to Nekron and attempts to kill all of the Guardians.[4]

Krona later resurfaces as the manifestation of Entropy itself and battles the New Guardians.[5]

Cross-universal Threat

While trying to discover the secret of universal creation, Krona is destroying entire universes and arrives in the Marvel Universe, where he confronts the Grandmaster, who, in an attempt to save his universe, informs Krona of the existence of a being in the Marvel Universe who has witnessed the Big Bang. In exchange for Krona not destroying this universe, the Grandmaster and him will play a game; two teams, one from each universe, seek out items of great power. Should Krona's team (the Avengers) win, Grandmaster will give the knowledge Krona seeks in return for not destroying his universe. But when Grandmaster's team (the Justice League) wins, Krona in fury strikes down the latter, draining his knowledge to learn the identity of the being he spoke of, allowing him to summon Galactus. He then repeats the process with Galactus, but the Grandmaster tricks him and uses the power of the items to lock Krona at the multiversal junction point, having linked the two universes together. Even from there, he continues his onslaught to destroy both the Marvel and DC universes in order to create a new one, so that he could watch creation first-hand. In the end, thanks to the joint actions of both teams, Krona is imprisoned into a "cosmic egg", from which a universe will eventually be born.[6]

This egg is kept and studied in the JLA headquarters. Its fluctuations are a matter of intense scrutiny in the "Syndicate Rules" storyline [7]. After the League believes they have the situation under control, they implement tighter scans on the egg, to register alarms at even the most minor of fluctuations. At the end of the storyline, the New God Metron places several devices around the egg, so as to feed false readings to the League and to let the egg develop without inteference.

Trinity

The Cosmic Egg is taken by Despero in the Trinity series. [8] It is used by Despero, Morgaine le Fey and Enigma to create powerful monsters, and was later used in a ritual to reshape the world. [8][9] In the aftermath of these events, Krona is freed. He recruits some Controllers in an attempt to communicate with the consciousness of the universe, but is double-crossed by them, who attempt to absorb and study his energies. In retaliation, Krona destroys them and their lab planet, only to hear the planet's consciousness, "freed" from its "prison". Krona then sets out to do the same for many other planets.[10]

Krona is later approached by Morgaine and her allies, seeking his power to fend off the returned Trinity. Morgaine offers the planet Earth's consciousness in return, intending to replace it with the soul of Enigma's daughter.[11]

Krona accepts and a lengthy battle ensues between him, the JLA, JSA, Titans, Teen Titans, the God-like trinity consisting of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, and other various heroes, aliens and villains. During the height of the battle Krona is imprisoned due to the united efforts of several heroes and villains, but is set free by Morgaine, finally snapped, claiming that if she cannot have the world, then nobody shall. Following that, Krona unleashes his powers and destroys Earth.

Moments after Earth's destruction he encounters its essence, the Worldsoul, which continuously alters its form between a little girl, an adult woman and an old woman. Krona inquires about the law of universes, wishing to know how the Worldsoul and other entities like it function and exist, hoping to learn of some higher plan or design. However, he is horrified to learn that the Worldsoul has no actual function aside to simply exist, resonate and to feel as one with the Universe in a Great Dance, something that defies every logic or science Krona has studied, rendering him and his whole life in effect pointless. In a fit of rage, he attempts to destroy the Worldsoul, but is stopped by the Trinity, who have survived the destruction of Earth. Combining their powers with that of the Worldsoul, they merge/imprison Krona and reform Earth restoring everything and everyone prior to its destruction .[12] Krona's ultimate fate was to be captured, and imprisoned as the Worldsoul of an alternate Earth.

Legacy

Although the precise nature of his connection to it is unknown, Krona was apparently aware of the existence of the Orange Lantern of Avarice, leaving a map which was eventually discovered by Larfleeze, who subsequently claimed the Lantern for himself and became the sole member of the Orange Lantern Corps.

Powers and abilities

Krona possesses a supreme genius-level intellect, but his arrogance, lack of patience, and short temper have gotten the better of him. If it brought him any benefit, he would be the sort to attempt to quantify dance or measure a soul, solely for the sake of knowing. It is this madness that got Krona exiled and brought about his constant defeats.

Like the rest of his species, Krona possesses enhanced physical abilities; vast psionic powers, telepathy and telekinesis; and virtual immortality; does not need to breathe, eat or sleep, and can regenerate from any injury at an accelerated rate. His powers were later increased by Nekron, making him more powerful than any of the Guardians.

As Entropy, Krona was composed of anti-energy, could absorb others into his body, converting them into more anti-energy, and was able to create an army composed of anti-energy that were completely under his control. During the JLA/Avengers miniseries, where he wielded the power of all the universes he had previously destroyed, Krona proved able to easily defeat both the Grandmaster and Galactus.

References

  1. ^ Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Byrne, JohnKeith Williams (i). "Hell Is Where the Heart Is..." Action Comics (596): 4 (January, 1988), DC Comics
  2. ^ Green Lantern #40 (vol. 1, Oct. 1965); Crisis on Infinite Earths #7-10 (October 1985-January 1986); History of the DC Universe #1 (1988); Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale (March 1992); Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #4-0 (1994)
  3. ^ Green Lantern #40 (vol. 1, Oct. 1965)
  4. ^ Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1-3 (May-July 1981)
  5. ^ Green Lantern #32-35 (vol. 3, November 1992-January 1993)
  6. ^ JLA/Avengers #1-4 (September-December 2003)
  7. ^ "JLA #107-114" (2004-2005)
  8. ^ a b Trinity #7
  9. ^ Trinity #17
  10. ^ Trinity #20
  11. ^ Trinity #45
  12. ^ Trinity #50

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