I love taking plunges into the DC Universe to look closely at cosmic entities both well-known and obscure. The problem is continuity, crises in this or that universe and of course Pandora’s creation or merging of the New 52.
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So: Metron, our boy from Kirby’s greatest DC contribution, IMHO, the New Gods.
Well, Metron was a supreme explorer, scientist and inventor of the New Gods. (Thought it was Kirby, eh?) Metron’s mission was the unraveling of the mysteries of the universe. His credo: “Who runs the universe matters not! What makes it run is my prime objective!” The mysteries of his own origins were never revealed, to my knowledge, except that he is not a native of New Genesis OR Apokolips but comes from another place altogether.
Although he has been friends with Orion & Co., Metron was truly neither good nor evil (Galactus-ophobia!) His main reason for helping the New Gods in battling Darkseid was fear of being made subject to Darkseid’s tyrannical rule. This would surely hinder Metron in his search for knowledge.
The Creator first met Darkseid centuries ago, before Darkseid was ruler of Apokolips. Metron was fascinated by the “X-Element,” a strange material that possessed teleportational abilities, which was invented by Himon, a scientist of Apokolips. Darkseid offered the element to Metron if he would use it to create devices with which Darkseid could invade New Genesis.
His Big G curiosity superseded any moral considerations, and as a result he was partially responsible for the ensuing war between New Genesis and Apokolips. Metron joined the New Gods after the warring planets had negotiated a pact of peace, sharing with them a teleportation device known as the “Boom Tube” as an act of peace. (Cyborg is enjoying the hell out of it today in Justice League!)
Metron befriended Orion and Lightray when they were very young, the heirs apparent of New Genesis, and when Darkseid finally did break the peace pact Metron revealed the details of Darkseid’s plan to Orion.
The cosmic being then went back to his research, interfering only rarely in the affairs of the New Gods (maybe Watcher-ophobia?). During one journey through another dimension, Metron discovered the Anti-Life, an extra-dimensional creature of infinite power. The sight of the creature temporarily damaged Metron’s mind and he lapsed into a comatose state. The Anti-Life sent a portion of its energy into Earth’s dimension, and it took the combined might of the New Gods and Darkseid’s forces to banish it forever, but not before countless lives were lost.
Recovering from his coma, Metron continued to wander the universe, oblivious to the carnage his quest for knowledge has often unleashed. Such matters are beneath his concern, he says, because he exists only to discover ultimate truth.
Metron once sensed a tragic event unfolding in the universe, and investigating he discovered that Warworld had destroyed the planet Almerac. He sensed Brainiac’s presence, and the madman’s plan to invade Earth. Metron sent a warning to Lightray and Orion, but Brainiac removed Metron from the Mobius Chair and imprisoned him.
His warning allowed the Man of Steel, Superman, to assemble an army of superheroes to defend Earth. When Metron was freed and reunited with his Mobius Chair, he shows a rare sign of emotion … anger! Metron assisted in Brainiac’s defeat, and later imprisoned him on New Genesis, despite an outcry from several heroes.
The Source Wall revealed to Metron and Takion that Mageddon, a doomsday weapon of the Old Gods, was set to reawaken and attack Earth (we always get it). They agreed to have Orion and Big Barda join the former Justice League of Americain order to combat this threat to the universe.
With the New Gods coming to the New 52, I would not be surprised to see Metron back to not carrying about anyone sometime soon.