We were running a bit behind on DC Universe Classics Wave 20 reviews throughout last week and, as a result, Nekron sorta fell into the week after. Better late than never, I guess? Nekron is going to be a tough review for me as I don’t particularly care about the figure.
Nekron is a thirty-year old character, but you might not know it from looking at him. He’s the creation of Mike W. Barr, Len Wein and Joe Staton, first appearing in 1981’s Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #2. Nekron lives in a realm between life and… uh, your final destination. Like limbo, but not limbo. Like purgatory, but not purgatory. A third place, like those two, but seperate and different for storytelling purposes. Just go with it.
Nekron first became aware of our universe when the immortal Krona was “killed”. The death of an immortal opening a window through which Nekron could view, but not enter, our universe. Nekron reconstituted Krona as his agent in our universe and set him about killing the immortal Guardians so that the “window” might grow into a door for him to enter into our universe. Krona & Nekron pwned the other Guardians, pwned 3599 members of the Green Lantern Corps, but their plans were foiled when Hal Jordan got involved. Isn’t that always the way? When all was said and done, Nekron was sealed back in his dimension and went largely forgotten for twenty years. There were some minor run-ins with Kyle Rayner, Fate, & Captain Atom, but nothing terribly noteworthy.
Nekron would see almost another decade of non-use before Geoff Johns used him as the primary villain in Blackest Night. In that crossover, his origin was “clarified”; he’s now the avatar of Darkness. By darkness, Johns meant whatever was here before the Big Bang. Before the “let there be light”. When light erupted into the universe in the form of the “white entity”, the darkness created its own entity in response. It’s interesting, but part of me wishes Hal Jordan would just go back to catching things in giant baseball gloves. Blackest Night saw Nekron make his play for destroying the light universe by means of killing the light entity and resurrecting all of our favorite dead characters as evil zombies.
Johns does his best to make Nekron a credible threat in the series. He uses any members of the Justice League that have died as his stooges. The Spectre can’t touch him. He’s able to imprison the Anti-Monitor in a Black Central Battery (and later swats Annie away as you would a fly). But despite all that, he never really appeared all that formidable. He only gets his hands dirty for the last couple issues in the mini-series and after a few splash pages is pretty easily defeated by the awesomeness that is Hal Jordan. While I did find myself enjoying most of Blackest Night, I can honestly say that, at no point, did I go, “wow, I need a Nekron figure!”
And yet, here we are. I’ve bought two figures of Nekron. The first one, from DC Direct was purposely. I enjoyed the sculpt and the collector part of my brain was triggered by the rainbow lantern patriarchs, Nekron among them. I snapped up Walker, Larfleeze, Atrocitus, Sinestro, Indigo, and enjoyed having a little mini-display of the corresponding Corps stands and lantern accessories. I even snagged a Deadman to get the white set. My only complaint was that neither Nekron nor any of the DCD Black Lanterns included a seperate Black Lantern accessory. I don’t recall if one was ever shown in the comics apart from Nekron’s scythe, but it would’ve been cool as a toy. I lament this missing accessory because it’s going to be a theme on the next page.
The DC Classics Nekron was not bought as purposefully. He came with the figures I collected. He’s the last figure in a line where I have all the rest. I don’t say that to imply he’s a bad figure. If he had been a Collect & Connect earlier, I might even feel differently about him. But he wasn’t. He’s the last one. This is what the line went out on. So, for that reason, and because he’s not all that important in the DCU, I just can’t find much excitement welling up inside myself over this figure. Continue to Page 2…