Null (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Defenders #103 (Jan 1982)
Created by J. M. DeMatteis and Don Perlin
In-story information
Species Demon
Notable aliases Adam Henderson, the Over-Mind

Null, called also Null the Living Darkness, is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.

Null is a demon and enemy of the Defenders and Squadron Supreme.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Null was spawned by the desires for revenge on the cosmos that lay in the collective unconscious of the S'raphh, a now extinct race of winged humanoids that once lived on Earth's moon. Null is a nihilist and destroyer.

Null first became known to humans when it terrorized the town of Christianboro. There, it battled and was defeated by the Defenders.[1]

Null next possessed Adam Henderson, and battled the original Ghost Rider.[2]

Behind the scenes, Null enabled the Over-Mind to take over the United States of Earth-S and defeat the Squadron Supreme. Alongside the Over-Mind, Null battled the Defenders and the Squadron,[3] and then drained the Over-Mind's psychic powers. However, when the good of the S'raphh race was reawakened, Null ceased to exist and was seemingly destroyed.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Null is a mystic life-form created over the ages from the collective unconscious of the 500,000 members of the extinct S'Raphh race, and as such has an almost unlimited ability to manipulate the forces of magic. Null normally has no corporeal form, and usually takes the form of a multi-eyed, multi-tentacled cloud of an unknown purple gaseous substance. Its intelligence is immeasurable, and it has incredible stamina and durability. Null has the ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a wide variety of effects, including physical malleability, intangibility, levitation, inter-dimensional teleportation, restoration of spirits to the physical plane, reanimation and control of corpses, possession of the bodies of physical beings, telepathy, illusion-casting, and the ability to project powerful psychokinetic concussion blasts.

Null is vulnerable to the mystic energies controlled by certain beings, such as the Gargoyle and Ghost Rider.[volume & issue needed]


  1. ^ Defenders #103
  2. ^ Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #71
  3. ^ Defenders #112-113
  4. ^ Defenders #114

External links[edit]

  • Null at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe