Jan O’Reilly

After this, we’ll be on break for a week or so! Some new promotional pics from the upcoming The Punisher surfaced in the last days, and we get a look to another member of the recurring cast: Sarah Lieberman, portrayed by Jaime Ray Newman. In the series, Sarah will be Microchip‘s wife, and the mother of his two children. Just from this, we can see that things got a lot better to Micro than they did in the comics, as he and his girlfriend (named Jan, not Sarah) never got married, albeit they did have a son. Let’s see together.

Jan O’Reilly was born in New York City from an unknown family. We don’t know much of her early life, apart from the fact that, as a young woman, she attended State University (albeit we don’t know what she studied there). It was during her studies that she met another student, David Lieberman, a shy but brilliant computer expert who was a genius born. Intrigued by the man’s intellect and smitten by his good heart, Jan fell in love with him, and the two started dating. It didn’t take long to Jan, however, to learn that David had been using his remarkable talents also for not exactly legal purposes. When they decided to live together, Jan insisted that he found a honest job, at least if he truly wanted to stay with her. David did it, and found a job as the assistant of a University professor. As soon as the professor found out he had a hacker in his employment, he used him to rob a bank. Unfortunately, the bank was owned by the Mafia, and they didn’t take the robbery lightly: they killed the professor and his entire family, and Lieberman found himself in their target as well.

This couldn’t come in a worst moment: Jan had just found out she was pregnant with David’s son, and the two were about to begin a brand new life together. When, in the dead of night, David woke her up to tell her what had happened with the professor and his family, for Jan this was the last drop, and she broke up with her boyfriend. She wouldn’t have raised her son with a man who would have constantly put him and herself in danger with his activities, so she stormed out of the house, strongly rejecting David’s suggestion that they both went to her mother’s place until everything calmed down a bit (to Jan’s eyes, this only meant to put in danger her parent as well…and she was probably right). Not much time passed before Jan found a good man willing to take care of her and of the baby she was carrying, some Mr. Frohike who eventually became her husband. She gave birth to David’s son, Louise, but she insisted he had the surname of his adoptive father rather than of his biological one. She wanted David Lieberman as far from her life as he could, pretending to ignore that he was keeping tabs on both her and her son. David’s legacy, however, soon reached Louise as well, and Jan knew she would have had to save her son from a path that could prove lethal to him.

Jan O’Reilly, now Jan Frohike, is basically a good woman, who has the understandable demand of having a honest and responsible companion to raise her son with. Albeit she loves her (ex) boyfriend David, she can’t allow him to put their son in danger, and she resolves to turn to hatred all the love she ever felt for him, to protect both herself and her child. Blood is thicker than water, however, and even with all her mother courage, Jan may be unable to protect her beloved son from his father’s legacy.

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Robert DuBois (Bloodsport)

Another trailer for Supergirl Season 3 has been released, and we get a look at a brand new villain Kara will be facing: Robert DuBois. The name should ring a bell for the comicbook readers, albeit he’s better known with the alias Bloodsport. As in the comics, Bloodsport is seen using some high-tech, possibly alien weapons to battle Supergirl, but he’s missing his trademark red bandana…although he’s basically a thug with super-weapons, so he’s not losing much of his “identity” with the costume change. Waiting to see how the villain will factor in Supergirl’s life, let’s take a look at his original counterpart, as usual.

Robert DuBois was born and raised in Metropolis, and albeit not much is known about his family, he grew up with his brother, Michael “Mickey” DuBois, and the two of them were very close. As a young man, DuBois was drafted, as many others, into the US Army to go to Vietnam. Robert didn’t have any particular moral objection to the war, but he was afraid of dying nevertheless: rather than joining his peers on the battlefield, he preferred to flee to Canada. What he couldn’t imagine was that Mickey, wanting to save his brother’s honor, reported for induction in his place, pretending to be Robert. Mickey went to war in his brother’s place, but in Vietnam he was terribly wounded, and lost both arms and legs. As soon as he knew what had happened, Robert went mad with guilt: he blamed himself for what had happened to his brother, and quickly went insane. He became obsessed with Vietnam, and subjected himself to an intensive training as if he was actually going to war. He was locked in several psychiatric hospitals in Canada, but no doctor could help him with his fixation. Then, one man came with a “solution”: Kimberley, so he introduced himself, played with his obsessions, convincing DuBois that a new war had to be fought, one even more important than Vietnam, a war for humanity. The enemy was but one: Superman, the alien that was humiliating humanity with every single breath he took. Kimberley equipped Robert with an arsenal of futuristic weapons, weapons he could access to thanks to a teleportation device, and sent him to Metropolis to fight the war he never attended to.

As it’s easy to guess, the entire operation was orchestrated by Lex Luthor, but the mastermind failed in underestimating DuBois’ madness. Finally with guns in hand, Robert renamed himself Bloodsport, and became convinced that he was a war veteran. Shouting that he had been wounded along with his brother in Vietnam, Bloodsport started shooting on civilians guilty of “wasting” the freedom he and his brother had been fighting so hard for. Before Superman arrived, he had already killed twenty-five innocent bystanders. The Man of Steel, however, was caught off-guard the moment Bloodsport shot him with a gun equipped with Green Kryptonite ammo. Badly wounded, the hero was saved only by the photographer Jimmy Olsen, who held Bloodsport at gunpoint long enough for Superman to escape and look for medical attention. In the meanwhile, even Lex Luthor had become horrified by the useless carnage, and he had his men rescue Olsen and help him track down the one man who could put a stop to Bloodsport’s mayhem: his brother Mickey. As soon as his adversaries vanished, however, Bloodsport resumed his man-hunt, until Superman came back once again, after having received some medical treatment. Realising the psycho was using a teleporting device to summon his weapons, the Man of Steel used his heat vision to ionize the air around Bloodsport’s gloves, thus preventing him from teleporting any other weapon, but the madman then threatened to detonate his backpack, in a blast that would have destroyed half of the city. Luckily, Jimmy Olsen arrived right in that moment, along with Mickey on a wheelchair. The veteran begged his brother to stop and Bloodsport, upon seeing him, surrendered, once again guilt-ridden. Arrested, Robert DuBois was sent to Stryker’s Island Penitentiary, but this wasn’t the last time people trembled at the name of Bloodsport…

Robert DuBois is a seriously disturbed individual, a man whose sanity was completely eroded by guilt and who’s living in the delusion of being the war veteran his brother has become in his place. As Bloodsport, he’s a well-trained hand-to-hand combatant, and quite a remarkable marksman; he’s equipped with an arsenal of futuristic weapons, including a device able to teleport directly to his hands any weapon he can think of (including a Kryptonite-gun), and a Super-Cycle that can reach incredible speed. Just as dangerous as he is deranged, Bloodsport fights a personal war that takes place entirely in his head…unfortunately, the victims of it are counted among civilians on the streets.

Marie L’Angelle

Preacher Season 2 arrived to a conclusion, and it was quite a cliffhanger. Next season promises to introduce Jesse Custer‘s family, and it won’t be a pleasurable reunion. We got a glimpse of Jesse’s grandmother in the episode Backdoors, enough to see she wasn’t the most lovable grandma, locking her grandson in a coffin in a swamp until he didn’t give up to his father’s name and embraced his mother’s. In the finale, The End of the Road, we also learn she’s a voodoo witch able to bring back the dead (a skill that will come in handy, after this episode…). We still don’t have a clear look at her, but Julie Oliver-Touchstone‘s silouette will suffice: let’s take a look at Jesse’s family’s monstrous matriarch (the show isn’t following the comics strictly, but be warned of possible spoilers ahead).

Marie L’Angelle was born in what could easily be the most conservative family between Texas and Louisiana. The L’Angelles had always been seclusive and misanthropic people, so much that they built their own sanctuary in a swamp, Angelville, starting from the family’s old plantation. The rules and beliefs of said family were pretty easy to understand, but not as easy to accept, especially for the L’Angelle women: seen as little more than breed mares, the female members of the family were used to give birth to male children who could continue the family tradition and become preachers, while they had to be submitted to the family’s men in everything. The L’Angelles made quite a name for themselves in the years, and eventually people started saying that, if it was true the Devil had created Texas, Angelville was the place he stopped to rest on the seventh day. In this kind of environment, things weren’t obviously easy for Marie, but her personality was strong, and her determination even stronger: more evil and cruel than any other male in the family, she managed to bury them all (in a way or the other), and became the head of the family, the first woman in a couple of centuries. Despicable and authoritative, Marie was pretty much impossible to love, and she was unable to find somebody willing to marry her until she got fifty years old; she kind of reverted the family’s tradition as, when she gave birth to a daughter, she killed her husband, as he had finished his purpose. She named her daughter Christina, and she meant her to become the next head of the family…but as a teenager Christina rebelled to her and ran away from home, refusing to take her mother place in leading the most wicked family in the United States of America, preferring to escape with the love of her life, John Custer, a soldier and a good man. Worst of all, they didn’t even get married. Obviously, Marie couldn’t accept any of this, so she sent her two best henchmen, Jody and T.C., on their tracks. It was only a matter of time before the duo came back with their preys…and a little surprise: a baby.

Finally back in power, Marie imposed her conditions in exchange of her “hospitality”: she forced Christina and John to get properly married, and she even brushed up on the old traditions deciding that their little son, Jesse, would have become a preacher. Of course, the two lovers weren’t exactly happy of being in Angelville, and Marie was aware of it…but she promised she would have killed John if any of them ever tried to escape. And so she did, as soon as John and Catherina tried to run. With John gone, daughter and grandson were under Marie’s control, and she made sure Jesse grew up as she wanted him to: she taught him about God (a fearsome, vengeful version of Him, at least), and gave him presents when he accepted her teaching…punishing him in a terrible way when he didn’t: she had the boy locked in a weighted-down coffin with an air tube in it, put at the bottom of the swamp, without food nor water, and she left him there for days suffocating in his own urine and feces, letting him out only long enough to make sure he would stay alive. The one time she punished Jesse for cursing with a week in the coffin, Christina tried to step in for her son, but Marie ordered Jody to dispose of her, as she didn’t need her daughter anymore, now that she had her grandson: Jesse went into the coffin as she ordered, and he never saw his mother again. Unfortunately, with no parents anymore, Jesse wasn’t subject to his grandma’s threats anymore: when he was sixteen, after Jody killed his best friend Billy-Bob Bobbs, the young man escaped from Angelville. Furious, Marie sent Jody and T.C. once again on his trails, and when they returned they had wonderful news: Jesse had met a girl he had fallen in love with, some Tulip O’Hare, and he was about to marry her. This meant Marie had a leverage on him once again: menacing to kill Tulip, Marie convinced Jesse to come back home, and left him a month in the coffin. When he came out of it, his will was completely subjected to his grandmother’s: finally, he completed his studies and became the preacher Marie had always wanted him to be. Now, things were truly going the right way.

Marie L’Angelle is a horrible woman, a tyrant on a wheelchair who has absolute authority over her family and the many henchmen who work for her; clever and unscrupolous, she’d do anything to fulfill her wishes and desires, and she uses other people as pawns in her personal checkboard. Made immune to Genesis by God Himself, Marie is a living nightmare back from Jesse’s past, a cruel and brutal woman who controls the destiny and life of far too many people.

Jason Broderick Wynn (Redeemer)

Back to Levi, we see another villain from Spawn, this time the one who materially sets everything in motion: Jason Wynn, portrayed by Martin Sheen. As in the comics, Wynn is Al Simmons‘ boss, and the one who has him killed, but unlike the comics, in the movie he’s the one who pulls the trigger (or lights the fire, in this case), rather then simply giving the order. There are some other differences, such as Wynn making deals with Hell from the very beginning of the story, or him being the director of a mysterious A6 organization rather than the CIA. Most of all, in the movie he doesn’t undergo the transformation he suffers in the comics, becoming quite a match for the protagonist. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Jason Wynn’s early life, with his family and his relationships made secret, and the ways he arrived to power even more so. What we know is that, with an impressive number of connections and a remarkable career, Wynn became the founder and leader of the United States Security Group, a top secret agency that controlled, from behind the curtains, the CIA, the NSA and the National Security Council; considering that Wynn, with unspecified favors, helped Tony Twist to become the head of Mafia, pretty much every major power in the country, both legal and illegal, answered directly to him. Quite easily, with all the strings he was pulling, Jason Wynn had become the most powerful man on the planet, able to destroy a government just because it didn’t meet his personal agenda, or to force even the President to do whatever he wanted. He manuevred rebellions and civil wars, always financing both sides in any conflict, so that whoever the winner was he was indebted to him. Everything he couldn’t control, he allied himself with, and so he did with the Chinese Triad, and with Hell itself: a powerful demon, Malebolgia, came to him, promising a power he had never even dreamt of in the form of the Psychoplasm, a substance Hell itself was made of, and that was the source of an unimaginable energy. The price Malebolgia asked for such a “gift” was the sould of Wynn’s most talented soldier, Al Simmons. This wasn’t such a sacrifice for Wynn, since Simmons had started questioning the many missions that turned into blood baths CIA had been sending him to. As a result, Wynn told Chapel, another agent, that Simmons was a traitor, and that he needed to be disposed of; without questioning his orders like a good soldier, Chapel burnt his partner alive. As promised, the devil sent to Wynn a sample of Psychoplasm, and the man immediately hired his best scientists to study it.

The Psychoplasm in Wynn’s possession somehow fused and reacted with Simmons’ memory, and it spontaneously evolved into a city, Simmonsville, actually a piece of Hell on Earth. Intrigued, Wynn sent one of his most loyal men, Major Vale, to take command of Simmonsville and to monitor it, so that he could understand if he could weaponize it somehow. In the meanwhile, Simmons was resurrected as Spawn, a vengeful vigilante who tried to kill Wynn more than once, but the man managed to survive and escape each time. There was a force, however, not even Wynn could escape from…not that he wanted, actually. Heaven was worried for the presence (and the power) of Spawn, and decided to use a counter-measure: the angel Gabrielle was put in charge of the hunt, and she was given instructions to create an Anti-Spawn. Since Wynn was technically the man who had killed Spawn in his human form, he was chosen by Gabrielle as the perfect candidate: through an ancient ritual, Jason was fused in a nuclear reactor, body and soul, with Elemental Fire, and he was turned into a Redeemer, Heaven’s version of a Hellspawn. With powers matching Spawn’s ones, the Redeemer could feel only an immense pain, pain that he knew could be quelled only by Spawn’s destruction. The Redeemer tracked down his target, and caught him by surprise, managing to overpower him pretty easily. During the two enemies’ fight, the city of Simmonsville was destroyed, along with the portal to Hell it contained. The duel continued to the City of Rats, where Redeemer was about to deliver the finishing blow…but one of the bums Spawn protected there, Marty Sladek, hit him with a pipe on the back of his head. Just as the heavenly warrior was about to punish him, Spawn reacted, and destroyed him with a sudden burst of energy. Back to the Angels‘ space station, Redeemer was to be imbued with more Elemental Fire, but Gabrielle and the others soon realised Wynn possessed a soul far too evil to tap into the Redeemer’s full powers. So, he was sent back to Earth, with no memory of his time as the Redeemer. Now, he could come back to do what he did best…nothing legal or nice, obviously.

Jason Wynn is a brilliant yet unscrupolous man, a political genius who forges alliances and bonds with the sole, declared purpose of gaining the best from every deal, usually stepping on a number of corpses; a deceiving manipulator and a charismatic leader, he’s become the most powerful man on the planet with blackmail, murder, treason and war, always finding a way to take profit from a situation. Despite he’s gained some weight, he’s a superb martial artist and a skilled marksman, able to protect himself fairly well if the situation requires it; as the Redeemer, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability and agility, he can teleport wherever a Hellspawn is, and he can project divine energy in the form of powerful blasts (being evil as he is, however, Wynn lacks the purity necessary to tap into the Redeemer’s full powers). A refined tactician and a clever politician, an unscrupolous bureaucrat and a shadowy warlord, Jason Wynn is even more dangerous without divine powers than he is with them, the worthy representative of humanity’s worst: truth be told, there’s not much demons can teach him.

K. Russell Abernathy (Kryptonite Kid/Kryptonite Man)

Lucy W. sticks to villains, as next in line we have the Kryptonite Man, one of the less used (and less memorable) among Superman‘s enemies. As for now, this glowing green goon received a single live action appearance in the Superboy tv series, and in a single episode. In here, a boy named Mike Walker and portrayed by Jay Underwood is caught in an explosion in the military facility he works in. The experiment, aimed to make Superboy immune to Kryptonite, imbues Walker with the deadly mineral, an infection that also makes him go crazy. Superboy only defeats him with the aid of a human double, immune to Kryptonite Kid‘s energy blasts. In the comics, there are two versions of this first Kryptonite Kid/Man, but none of them is called “Mike Walker”. Let’s see together.

The first Kryptonite Man was a resident of Earth-One, and he actually debuted as the Kryptonite Kid. An unnamed alien travelling through space with his dog (some sort of bulldog), he was a punk and a scundrel, and he did pretty much whatever he wanted, taking whatever he desired. During one of his wanderings, the alien’s ship went through a cloud of Green Kryptonite, the radioactive substance released by the destruction of planet Krypton: the element penetrated the ship, and infected both the boy and his dog. Despite the heavy amount of radiation, however, they didn’t die, as their alien physiology allowed them to absorb the Kryptonite in their organism, albeit with unforseen results: they both became green, glowing with Kryptonite radiation, and the kid could also turn everything he touched into Kryptonite. Shortly after, he landed on Earth, where he resumed doing what he always did: being a space punk with violent tendencies. Said planet had a powerful protector, however: Superboy, an invulnerable hero…who turned out to be extremely sensitive to Kryptonite. The mere presence of the mineral was nearly lethal for Superboy and the Kryptonite Kid, taking advantage of the fact the hero couldn’t even touch him, started a rampage. Eventually, however, Superboy managed to catch both him and his dog thanks to a makeshift armor made of lead, that could stop Kryptonite’s radiations. This first defeat was the beginning of a faud between the two young aliens, and they clashed several other times: years passed, Superboy became Superman, and the Kryptonite Kid became the Kryptonite Man, but their enmity never ceased. Eventually, near the end of Earth-One, the Kryptonite Man was hired by Brainiac (who, in turn, was manipulated by a now malevolent Mr. Mxyzptlk) in a final battle against Superman: this time he had no restraints, and he started attacking civilians to attract the hero’s attention. During the mayhem, Superman’s dog, Krypto, attacked the Kryptonite Man biting him at the throat. Albeit dying for the radiations, Krypto never let go, so the two enemies died together, killing themselves in a deadly struggle. Their reality didn’t live much longer.

After the end of Earth-One, the Kryptonite Man’s story was recreated completely for New Earth. This time, he was a human scientist, K. Russell Abernathy, born and raised in Metropolis. Researching an alternative power source, Abernathy collected samples of Kryptonian elements from Superman’s house, the Fortress of Solitude, making experiments to harness its power as the ultimate green energy. He used monkeys as test subjects to understand whether the radiation was dangerous for living beings or not, but he had to change the disposition of his laboratory when the Daily Planet, the newspaper he had chosen for an interview aimed to promote his work, sent to him its top reporter, Lois Lane, who Abernathy knew was hostile to animal lab testing. The lab appeared very different from what it used to be with all the monkeys hidden from view, and for the sake of appearance Abernathy even neglected security. As soon as Lane was gone, Abernathy came back to his work…but the experimental isotope enhancer he had built overloaded, having been active for the entire duration of the interview, and it exploded…fully investing the scientist, who wasn’t protected by the usual lead barrier. The amount of radiation, however, didn’t kill Abernathy, rather he was transformed on a cellular level, with his organism being imbued with Kryptonite. Not only the radiation poisoning had affected the scientist’s body, giving him a fair amount of superpowers in addition to a glowing green skin, but it also had messed up his mind, sending him into a violent rampage. Christening himself the Kryptonite Man, Abernathy walked through Metropolis destroying everything in sight with laser beams from his eyes, as if he had just come out of a B-movie. Unfortunately, Superman was missing at the time, and nobody was there to stop him. One of the witnessesses of the rampage, however, was reporter Clark Kent, who immediately contacted his cousin, Supergirl. The heroine intervened and tried to stop the Kryptonite Man, only to realise she couldn’t even go near him without suffering major poisoning. After a prolonged battle, finally, Supergirl melted a truck with her heat vision, entrapping the Kryptonite Man inside of it and protecting herself from his radiations. The deranged criminal was locked in Stryker’s Island Penitentiary, but his deeds had attracted the attention of Lex Luthor: he wouldn’t have stayed in prison for long, with such an admirer.

The first Kryptonite Kid is, simply, a young punk, an alien thug who wants to do whatever he likes whenever he likes, and who doesn’t care if people get hurt while he does; K. Russell Abernathy, on the other hand, is a brilliant but ambitious scientist, who’d do anything for glory and who’s made sloppy by his arrogance. As the Kryptonite Man, they both project constantly Kryptonite radiations, which they can concentrate into powerful energy blasts either from their hands or their eyes, and they also have their strength, durability and stamina greatly enhanced; the alien Kryptonite Man is also a telepath, while the human one is able to see radiation spectrums. Being one or the other, the Kryptonite Man is not an evil man per se, rather, he’s a short-tempered one who tends to lose control quite easily, with his judgement clouded by a constant radiation that keeps eroding his sanity.

Wanda Catherine Blake

And today is Levi‘s turn, with another character from Spawn. This time we’ll meet the woman who’s the (unwilling) reason for Al Simmons to sell his soul to Malebolgia: his beloved wife Wanda Simmons, portrayed by Theresa Randle. In the movie, Wanda marries Al’s best friend Terry Fitzgerald after her husband’s death, and has a daughter from him, Cyan. She’s taken hostage by the end of the movie by Jason Wynn and Clown with her entire family, but she’s eventually rescued by the mysterious Spawn…without realising the disfigured hero is her resurrected hubbie. In the comics, the story between the two of them evolves past that point, and Wanda finds herself in the middle of many demonic business. Let’s see together.

Born in QueensNew York City, Wanda was the daughter of Jackson Everett Blake and his wife, but she became orphan when she was little, and she was raised by her grandmother Rosemary. As an adult, she married Al Simmons, an army officer who eventually became a CIA officer. Grandma insisted for Wanda to take Al’s surname, but she preferred to stick with her maiden name instead. Wanda’s and Al’s marriage lasted many years, but they never had children: they went to many doctors, but nobody could help them. They accepted this, and eventually bought a dog, Shanna, who became some sort of substitute for them. The two lived happily for years, until Al started changing: something had become weird with his job, and he got increasingly angry, even at home with her. Eventually, one night, Wanda tried to ask her husband what was happening with his job, but he suddenly became violent, and he beat her, something he had never done before in their life together. After a moment of blind fury, Al came back to his senses, and helped Wanda back to her feet. The woman didn’t even have the time to try and understand what had happened, since Simmons left the morning after for a mission abroad, a mission he was killed in. A widow, Wanda suddenly found herself on her own. CIA took care of her under a financial point of view, but Wanda was alone, grieving a husband who would have never come back to her. It was Al’s best friend, Terry Fitzgerald, who stayed with her, helping her coping with her loss, being the shoulder she cried on. Eventually, during the year following Al’s death, Wanda and Terry grew closer, until they fell in love. Terry Fitzgerald became Wanda Blake’s second husband (and, once again, she refused to change her name despite Grandma telling her to do so).

Things with Terry were definitely different than with Al, and Wanda even found out she didn’t have children in her previous marriage because of Al, who was the sterile one, as she got pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Cyan, and her life became a lot better with the baby in it. Things went on pretty well for five years, then strange things started happening. Once, while walking down a street, Wanda was assaulted by a street gang: right when she believed she wouldn’t have come out of it alive, a strange man with a black suit and a red cape intervened, saving her and annihilating single-handedly the gang. The masked man left her in the alley without letting even thank him, but not much time after that accident Wanda heard someone knocking to her door, and then she found herself staring at the mysterious stranger who had saved her. Wanda was quite scared, but then Cyan intervened, and the stranger left. Things got even weirder when her husband became a target for both CIA and the Mafia: everybody seemed to be on Terry’s trails, until the same masked man, who called himself Spawn, appeared once again. Wanda had been quite worried for the situation, enough to ask Mary to take care of Cyan for a while, but all her family’s problems seemed to fade after Spawn’s intervention. This was definitely more than fishy, and she wanted to understand what was happening. Not trusting the authorities anymore after the CIA had put in danger two husbands out of two, Wanda decided to take the matter into her own hands, and she started investigating on Spawn and on everyone revolving around him, Terry included. What Wanda couldn’t imagine, however, was the number of dangers she was stepping into, some natural ones, and some supernatural others she didn’t even suspect the existence of…

Wanda Blake is a kind and caring woman, a selfless person who spends a lot of her time, money and energies for other people. From organising the creation of a children’s wing at the hospital to taking care of her own family, she’s always ready to give a helping hand to anyone needing it…quite a beacon of light for someone lost in the shadows like her first, undead husband.

Krona (Entropy)

Today is Lucy W.‘s turn, and we come back to space to meet a villain that has been haunting DC Universe for decades: Krona, the renegade Guardian of the Universe. He appears in Green Lantern, being (sort of) the main villain. A Guardian here as well, Krona disagrees with his companions and believes that the yellow energy of fear can be used for good; trying to harness it, however, he’s possessed by the evil Parallax entity, and becomes a cosmic destroyer. In the comics, Krona is indeed an evil ex Guardian, but he does a lot of damage on his own without the aid of Parallax. Let’s see together.

Krona was born on planet Maltus, and he was part of the ancient and immortal race of the Maltusians. As all his siblings, Krona wanted to bring order in a chaotic universe, and as a scientist he believed that only knowledge could allow him to accomplish such a thing; unlike the other Maltusians, who decided to give up to all emotions and to pursue cold logic and rationalism, Krona kept investigating emotions as well, being able to do so since he was the one in task of keeping the Emotional Embodiments imprisoned. It was while studying the Embodiments that Krona came up with a prototype gauntlet that would have served as base for the Green Power Battery on Oa. In the meantime, the Maltusians kept ignoring Krona’s studies on emotions, and created an emotionless (and thus, according to them, flawless) robotic space police, the Manhunters. Finding out about Krona’s experiments, considered illegal, the Manhunters attacked him, but the scientist easily repelled them. In order to prove his theory, however, he reprogrammed them to attack the peaceful planet Ryut, committing a genocide. Only five people from Ryut survived: Krona had proved his point, demonstrating that the lack of any emotion only made the Manhunters easily-manipulated puppets in anyone’s hands. This atrocious experiments made the Maltusians reconsider their ways, in a process that would have led to the formation of the Green Lantern Corps. In the meanwhile, Krona’s thirst for knowledge had gone as far as wanting to pierce the secret at the beginning of the universe itself. An ancient prophecy, however, had kept the Maltusians from ever attempting such research, as it foretold that knowing that secret would have unleashed a great evil. Obviously, Krona didn’t care much about prophecies, and built  a machine that would have let him witness the beginning of time.

The experiment was a success, as Krona was able to “peek” at the very hand of creation planting the seed of the universe. Upon seeing that very hand, however, Krona’s machine blew up, and the universe itself suffered major consequences, being shattered in an infinite number of parallel dimensions (a Multiverse), as well as being split in two, a positive matter universe (embodied by the Monitor, protector of life), and an anti-matter one (embodied by the Anti-Monitor, destroyer of all). The ensuing chaos was unprecedented, and Krona was deemed guilty of breaking the most ancient and sacred Maltusian law. The other Maltusians severely punished him, stripping him of his physical body and reducing him to pure energy, a disembodied soul condemned to wander the galaxies and the realities he had (accidentally) created. Krona’s actions gave birth to the universe’s watchers, as the Maltusians, feeling guilty for not stopping him when they could, founded the Guardians of the Universe, the Zamarons and the Controllers, depending on their idea on how to best mantain peace and order. The disembodied Krona wandered for millennia, until he found on Earth a power source that could restore his physical form: the Starheart, a magical ring owned by Green Lantern Alan Scott. Using the ring’s power as a parasite would have, Krona restored his body, and immediately resumed his last research: this time, he wanted to see something more than a hand dropping a speck, and he didn’t care much of the catastrophic consequences. It was Alan Scott, together with his successor Hal Jordan, who stopped him long enough for the Guardians of the Universe to intervene, preventing a second tragedy. This time, they weren’t as light as before: not only they banished Krona to his energy form again, but they also sent him to the Realm of the Dead. Krona was an immortal, and his presence there created a paradox: a drift opened between then Realm of the Dead and the Land of the Living, large enough for Nekron Lord of the Unliving to see through it. Nekron desired the other world, but he could not reach it: thus, he created a physical body for Krona and sent him back as Entropy, an agent with a sole purpose: to kill the Guardians of the Universe, creating more paradoxes that could free Nekron. After all, splitting and merging universes was quite Krona’s specialty.

Krona is a genius scientist, a brilliant mind who’s had literally an eternity to hone itself and to surpass any possible limit…finding only a destructive thirst that doesn’t care of anything getting lost in the pursue of knowledge. As a Maltusian, he’s immortal and virtually indestructible, he possesses vast psionic powers, he can heal from pretty much anything, he can control others’ minds, fly and project energy; in his energy form, he could also possess living beings and syphoon any kind of energy, while as Entropy he’s powered by anti-matter, that increases his powers and allows him to absorb other living beings, turning them into anti-matter slaves his to control; he also wields the power of the entire Emotional Spectrum, and every time he destroys a life (or an entire universe), he absorbs its power in his own. One of the most brilliant minds in existence, Krona is arrogant and short-tempered, and always lets emotions get the best of him: most of all, his thirst for knowledge won’t stop in front of anything, and he’s ready even to destroy the multiverse he’s studying just to learn more about it.