I consider myself a big fan of the DC Universe. However, I’m not a walking/talking encyclopedia of every character that ever was and will be (unless it’s Grant Morrison involved). Whether it’s inadvertently skipping stories they’re featured in, or that the character is a product of a time period before my days; some characters just slip through the cracks. Case and point: Krona.
However, after putting in some research I discovered that Krona is not only an integral part to the Green Lantern mythology, but is also vital to the formation of the entire DC Universe we know and love.
So if you’re riding in the same ship as I--helmet strapped on, readying yourself for a rocket trip to obliviousness--let us help you. Here is a cliffs notes guide to Krona, on the house.
== TEASER ==
The Original Trip to the Beginning of TimeBorn on the planet Maltus, Krona was an Oan scientist who was obsessed with observing and plotting the origins of the universe. Krona became so fascinated with the concept of the universe’s origin that he chose to ignore an ancient legend that said discovering the secret to the beginning of the universe would cause a great disaster. Krona proceeded forward and constructed a machine that allowed him to break through the temporal barrier and witness the beginning of time itself. However, as the legend foretold, Krona’s machine exploded the very instant he arrived at the beginning of time, fracturing the universe and creating the Multiverse --a infinite number of parallel universes. This event also lead to the creation of the Anti-Matter universe. Shortly thereafter, the Monitors and Anti-Monitor were born .
Furthermore, Krona’s foolishness got him exiled from Oa as punishment. Krona was transformed into a being of pure energy and left to wander the cosmos forever. Because of Krona’s action, the Oans formed The Guardians of the Universe to protect from these kinds of mistakes ever happening again.
Second Time’s A CharmYears later, Krona would once again attempt to probe the center of the universe, using Green Lantern Alan Scott’s mystic energy of the Starheart to return him back to his original smurf-like form. However, the mission did not go as planned, as both Alan Scott and Hal Jordan put an end to Krona’s nefarious plan. The Guardians once again turned Krona into a ball of energy and sentenced him to exile in the void.
Hangin’ with NekronIt can get pretty boring wandering the universe as a ball of light without any power. So eventually--maybe in an attempt to jazz up his travel--Krona journeyed to the dimension ruled by Nekron, a place where the dead pass on their way to final destination. It was here that Nekron once again granted Krona is original body, sending the exiled Oan on a quest to destroy the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps so a large rift could open for Nekron to pass through to enter the Universe and reign terror. Nekron bet on the wrong horse . Krona was again banished and sealed away with Nekron to rot in purgatory.
Trip to Marvel-616Krona’s next adventure lead him to the actual Marvel Universe during the JLA/Avengers company crossover event. It was here that Krona met the Grandmaster, a being who was actually able to defend his universe from one of Krona’s universe destruction probes. It was here that Krona and the Grandmaster struck a wager: each would be represented by a universal team (Krona’s team was the Avengers, Grandmaster’s team was the JLA) and the teams would compete to find items of great importance scattered throughout the two universes.
If Krona was able to win the prize was that Grandmaster would tell Krona the name of a being who has seen the death and rebirth of universes ( Galactus) in order to spare his own universe, the Marvel-616. However, Krona is once again screwed over as the Grandmaster’s team (the JLA) won the contest. Krona throws a fit and is eventually stopped by the combined power of the Avengers and the Justice League. Krona is imprisoned in a “Cosmic Egg,” from which a universe will eventually be born.