Metron (comics)

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Metron

Drawn by John Byrne
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance New Gods vol. 1 #1 (February–March, 1971)
Created by Jack Kirby
In-story information
Team affiliations New Gods
Abilities
  • Immortality
  • Super intellect
  • Universal knowledge
  • Undefined god-like abilities
  • Travel through space and time via his Mobius Chair.

Metron is a character created by Jack Kirby for his Fourth World series in DC Comics. He was "based on Leonard Nimoy as Spock", and designed as a character who "would frequently change sides [between New Genesis and Apokolips]".[1] He first appeared in New Gods #1 (February–March 1971).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Although he possesses the powers of a god, Metron is typically depicted as a passive observer in the DC Universe rather than an active participant. He wanders in search of greater knowledge beyond his own, riding on his Mobius Chair, which can traverse time and space instantaneously. Metron is of neither New Genesis nor Apokolips, and usually avoids the struggle between the two worlds almost entirely. As he states in New Gods #7, "The Pact,": "I have no link with the Old Gods -- or New!! I am something different! Something that was unforeseen!! -- On New Genesis -- or here!!"

Metron has invented the 'Boom Tube' technology used by the New Gods to teleport vast distances.[2]

In 1989's Legend mini-series, Metron confides in Darkseid about the Anti-Life Equation. Apparently, Metron holds the key to the Anti-Life Equation, however he is a seeker of knowledge and so will tell no one of his knowledge. In a 1983 DC/Marvel crossover, X-Men / Teen Titans, Metron tells Darkseid that Dark Phoenix is a part of the Anti-Life Equation. Recently in the "Death of the New Gods" miniseries the Source explains the origin of the Anti-Life Equation to Metron.

Metron helped contact most of Earth's superheroes in order to gather them during the Zero Hour crisis. During Extant's return, he fought alongside the Justice Society of America in defeating Extant after he gained control of the omnipotent Worlogog.

In the 2005 Mister Miracle miniseries, Metron contacts Shilo Norman (the current Mister Miracle) during a stunt gone wrong, making him aware of the Fourth World. In his first appearance in the book, he looks like he has before, but later he disguises himself as an epileptic man in a wheelchair.

During the events of Death of the New Gods, where the mysterious deaths of the entire Fourth World accelerated, Metron tracked and discovered the mastermind: the Source itself, which has in truth been lurking in the backgrounds for millennia trying to reacquire its original powers and reunite with its other half: the Anti-Life Entity. In true form, Metron sought not to stop the Source, but rather to stand by the Source's side to watch and learn as the Fourth World of the New Gods came to an end.

Eventually, after the death of Mister Miracle at the hands of the Source, Metron grows disgusted, and demands his own death. The Source complies, and kills Metron before going to confront Darkseid.[3]

On the first page of Final Crisis #1, an all silver being appears to Anthro the First Boy and proclaims, "I am Metron." Later in the issue, Doctor Light and Mirror Master are sent by Libra to recover a device that resembles Metron's chair. Other characters come to believe that Metron gave the invention of fire to mankind through Anthro. [4]

Later, the Mister Miracle version of the character restores Nix Uotan the fallen Monitor to his god-like status, solving a Rubik's Cube in 17 moves- one move less than the minimum supposedly required for a human being to crack the cube-, triggering the conclusion of the Final Crisis of Humanity.[5]

The Moebius Chair is later harvested by Superman to gain the precious Element X needed to power up the Miracle Machine enough to restore the Multiverse and undo all damages brought by the dark god Darkseid: in the new universe, it is revealed that every other denizen of Apokolips and New Genesis, except for Darkseid, is fated to be reborn (including Metron).[6]

Metron appears in a near-death hallucination experienced by Bruce Wayne after his return to the present, encouraging Wayne to resist Darkseid's offer to embrace anti-life by encouraging him to recognise the first truth of Batman; that, despite his claims to the contrary, he has never been alone.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Metron has demonstrated numerous god-like abilities somewhat inconsistently throughout his history. Metron is a super-genius who has explored the universe and gained a vast amount of knowledge. Although Himon is his superior at devising scientific theories, Metron surpasses Himon as a creator of inventions based on scientific theories. Metron travels in his flying Mobius Chair, which enables him to travel through time, outer space, and other dimensions. Its tractor beams are powerful enough to carry a planet along behind the chair. He has also created incredible technological wonders that are too numerous to mention here. Metron is believed not to be a skilled hand to hand combatant.

Other versions[edit]

In the JLA storyline Rock of Ages, an insane, evil Metron from an alternate future, where he is in service to Darkseid, who has taken over Earth and possibly the entire universe. He is defeated when Batman asserts that the sole gap in his knowledge is his ignorance of what it means to be human, prompting him to use his powers to renounce his godhood, allowing Batman to knock him out with a single punch.

In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers megaseries, Metron is a homeless paraplegic man in a wheelchair, having been cast out of the Fourth World as a result of Darkseid winning the war between Apokolips and New Genesis. He is seen playing chess with The Black Racer, and his wheelchair is sometimes pushed by Orion. While this story takes place in regular continuity, the section where Metron and the other New Gods appear in this state is revealed to have been one in a series of possible worlds experienced by Shilo Norman, and not the actual present.[7]

The miniseries Captain Carrot and the Final Ark features a satirical version of the New Gods, in which they are anthropomorphic canines called the New Dogs. Metron is known as Muttron, and the Mobius Chair is known as the Bark-o-lounger.

Metron causes Kal-El's rocket to divert from Earth to Apokolips in the Elseworld comic Superman: The Dark Side.

In Kurt Busiek's JLA/Avengers miniseries, Metron observes the events in that story, and gives Iron Man a Mother Box to balance the power given to the Justice League by Grandmaster. His main role during the miniseries is to observe and investigate Krona's actions, refusing to deviate from his non-involvement at the end when Krona demanded his aid. At the end, Metron kept guard over the newly formed Cosmic egg.

Metron appears briefly in the 1982 Marvel/DC crossover special The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, wherein the two teams battle Darkseid, Deathstroke and a resurrected Dark Phoenix.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Towards the end of part two of the two-part Superman: The Animated Series episode "Apokolips...Now!" Metron makes a non-speaking cameo where he is shown in the background when Orion brings in all the troops from New Genesis to fend off Darkseid from Earth.[8]
  • Metron appeared in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited voiced by Daniel Dae Kim. In it, he tries to warn Lex Luthor not to go through with his plan of resurrecting Brainiac, claiming what he will do will affect the universe, but Luthor ignores him and goes ahead to revive Brainiac. Unfortunately, he ends up resurrecting a Brainiac-enhanced Darkseid.[9] Metron later provides Lex Luthor with the means to defeat him, by taking Luthor to the Source Wall to obtain the Anti-Life Equation.[10]

Toys[edit]

  • Metron has received his own action figure through Mattel's online DC Universe Signature Series line, via MattyCollector.Com. This was a special edition figure only available to those who subscribed to the Club Infinite Earths program. Metron came complete with his Mobius Chair, in a distinctly larger package than standard DC Signature Series offerings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ro, Ronin. Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and the American Comic Book Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2004)
  2. ^ The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2004. p. 202. ISBN 0-7566-0592-X. 
  3. ^ The Death of the New Gods #7 (May 2008)
  4. ^ Final Crisis #1 (July 2008)
  5. ^ Final Crisis #6
  6. ^ Final Crisis #7
  7. ^ Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #4
  8. ^ Rich Fogel & Bruce Timm (writers); Dan Riba (director) (1998-02-14). "Apokolips...Now! (Part 2)". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 2. Episode 26. The WB.
  9. ^ Matt Wayne (writer); Dan Riba (director) (2006-05-06). "Alive!". Justice League Unlimited. Season 3. Episode 12. Cartoon Network.
  10. ^ Dwayne McDuffie (writer); Joaquim Dos Santos (director) (2006-05-13). "Destroyer". Justice League Unlimited. Season 3. Episode 13. Cartoon Network.

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