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Mordru


Mordru in Doctor Fate's garb; from JSA #45. Image File history File links Mordru. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #369 (June 1968)
Created by Jim Shooter (writer), Curt Swan (artist)
Characteristics
Alter ego Wrynn
Affiliations Lord of Chaos
Notable aliases The Dark Lord, The Dark Nobleman
Abilities Wields vast sorcerous power that nears omnipotence, Possession, Immortality, immense superhuman strength and durability, Healing Factor

Contents

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Character Biography

Mordru (also known as Mordru the Merciless) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America and the Lord of Order Amethyst in the present. Mordru is the most prominent Lord of Chaos who is fated to survive even after the end of the universe, although he is usually shown as a powerful wizard. He made several attempts to take the power of Doctor Fate for himself, and was imprisoned in Fate's amulet for a time. When he escaped, he subdued Hector Hall, stealing Hall's collar and amulet and taking on the familiar garb of Doctor Fate. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... This is about the DC Comics superhero team. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Amethyst (Amy Winston) is a DC Comics superhero who first appeared in a teaser story in Legion of Super-Heroes v2 #298 (April 1983). ... The Lords of Chaos and Lords of Order are complementary groups of supernatural entities with godlike powers that appear in DC Comics. ...


For a time he was trapped in the Rock of Eternity by Hector Hall, the present Dr. Fate, after his attempt to cover the world in darkness with the assistance of Eclipso and Obsidian. His appearance in that story arc, "Princes of Darkness", is of continuity-interest because his defeat involved freeing the soul of Atlantean sorcerer Arion, who revealed that he was in fact not the grandfather of Power Girl, a foreshadowing of her back-story revisions to come in the Infinite Crisis story. Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Obsidian is a fictional character, a sometime superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Arion is a fictional character from DC Comics universe. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ...


He recently managed to escape in the aftermath of the Day of Vengeance series. He promptly sought revenge on Doctor Fate and the JSA. While fighting Fate, the two were thrown into different timelines, such as the Kingdom Come timeline. Fate mocked Mordru, claiming that he was a 'cosmic fluke', a cancer, and that no other versions of him existed anywhere. Mordru was then attacked by Jakeem Thunder, who placed him "somewhere where none of us will see him again." Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... A DC Comics Elseworld story written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross, Kingdom Come is a limited series depicting a world after Superman. ... Jakeem Johnny Thunder (initially called J. J. Thunder, a name he dislikes) is a fictional character published by DC Comics and a member of the current version of the superhero team the Justice Society of America. ...

Mordru battles the JSA and the hostless Nabu in JSA #80. Art by Don Kramer.
Mordru battles the JSA and the hostless Nabu in JSA #80. Art by Don Kramer.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (906x932, 549 KB) Summary Nabu confronts Mordru without the use of a host body in JSA #80. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (906x932, 549 KB) Summary Nabu confronts Mordru without the use of a host body in JSA #80. ...

Gemworld

He also played a role in the history of Gemworld, where he was known as Wrynn, and fought Amethyst, Princess of Gem World. He was trapped inside stone there for a long period of time, which lead to him developing Taphephobia (a phobia of being buried alive), a weakness that was often his downfall thereafter. The Gemworld is one of the magical realms of the fictional DC Universe. ... Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld was a series of comic books by DC Comics published in the 1980s. ... Taphephobia (from Greek taphos, meaning grave) is an extreme or irrational fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive, a case of specific phobia. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


30th Century

The bulk of Mordru's appearances are in the 30th century, where he rises in power to being one of the most powerful figures in the universe, and indeed at sometimes arguably the most powerful. Because of various reboots to the 30th century continuity, there are varying versions of this, but there are things consistent throughout.


Appearing mysteriously on Zerox, the Sorcerer's planet, he joined their ranks and rose in power quickly until, in a coup, siezed absolute power over the planet, stealing the power of the other leading sorcerers for himself. One who escaped his grasp there was an apprentice of his, Mysa Nal aka the White Witch (comics). (after a reboot, she was retconned as his daughter). Zerox, aka The Sorcerers Planet, is a fictional planet in the DC Universe 30th century, featuring in a number of adventures of the Legion of Super-Heroes. ... The White Witch is a fictional character in the DC Universe, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. ...


Armed with this mystical might, he embarked on a series of conquests of nearby worlds, with his magic, and built a space empire using the technological might of the worlds he conquered combined with his sorcery (for example, just before a space battle every weapon in the enemy fleets would jam). This combination proved unstoppable, and he conquered over half the galaxy in short order, establishing a tyrannical grip. In these days he also came to be called the "Dark Lord". The worlds which remained outside his grasp lived in fear. Then at some point, it seemed his power, which had scaled upwards astronomically, wavered. As Shooter put it, he no longer conquered worlds wholesale, but instead picked and chose carefully, "as if selecting baubles from a jewelers tray".


One of the key worlds outside his grasp was earth. The Legion of Super-Heroes defended it, and when he set his sights on it, a conflict was inevitable. In a titanic struggle, the Legion defeated Mordru's space armada, but then he himself entered combat personally, appearing as a 100' giant (Mordru commonly used magic to increase his size). He defeated most of the legion, but was sealed in an airless vault at superspeed by Superboy and Mon-El, triggering his old phobia. They sealed him in an airless vault, where he remained comatose, beneath the legion headquarters... This is about the DC Comics superhero team. ... Superboy is the name of several DC Comics superheroes, all of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ... Lar Gand, known also variously as Mon-El, Valor, or MOnel, is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who is affiliated with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, and later Superman. ...


until one day, Shadow Lass, exploring the headquarters, stumbled upon his vault and opened it to see what was inside. Mon-el tried to seal the vault (and in the process of warning her told the backstory related in the preceding paragraphs). But air had entered the vault, Mordru roused, and proved unstoppable. The Legion fled via a Time Bubble. This early event foreshadowed problems Mordru would have with Time and those who manipulated it. Because they didn't have time to adjust the time bubble, it went to its last setting, Smallville in Superboy's time. They figured Mordru would think to look for them there, so they hid the Time Bubble, and adopted secret identities in Smallville, assisted by Superboy as Clark Kent. Shadow Lass is a fictional character in the 30th century of the DC Universe. ... Time Machine may refer to one of the following. ... Smallville is a fictional town in the United States which Superboy protects and where most of his crime-fighting adventures take place. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ...


Sure enough, Mordru used his magic to track them down, posessing various townspeople including Lana Lang to act as his spies and agents. When she found the legion, she reported them, and he arrived. They fought again, but the Legion finally triumphed in battle. As always, the end result left him trapped, comatose, but not dead. Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ...


This established the classic Mordru story cycle. Every once in awhile, something would again free Mordru, he would begin his machinations against the Legion, with whom he became increasingly obsessed, and they would again defeat him, leaving him trapped until a writer sought to revive him again...


Earthwar

Mordru was next freed by the Dark Circle, who sought to use him as a tool in their plans to conquer the earth. He quickly gained the upper hand, and used the Circle in a lengthy plot against Earth and the Legion, this time hiding his role throughout. The Earthwar began with the Khund invading the United Planets (Federation like organization which Earth was a part), and as the Legion tried to resolve this they discovered the Khundian leader was a puppet being controlled from afar, they eventually worked their way back through the Dominators, the Dark Circle and finally, when they confronted the Circle, found Mordru running the show. In the final battle, the entire Legion (at that point numbering about 30) attacked him en masse, but he shrugged off their attacks, creating a sphere which would kill them. At the last second, Element Lad, a transmuter, started to turn the air around him into soil, thus triggering his phobia again. The Dark Circle first appeared in Adventure Comics #267 as an insurgent group planning to conquer the United Planets in the 30th century. ... In the DC Universe, the Khunds are a fictional alien race notable for extreme violence. ... In the DC Universe, the Dominators are a fictional alien race. ... Element Lad is a fictional character in the thirtieth century of the DC Universe, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. ...


Lord Romdur

After his previous appearance, he fled to a backwater planet named Avalon and took the name Romdur (an anagram of Mordru). This was a weak apperance, not noteworthy. Star Boy used his mass-inducing power to collapse his castle, trapping him again. Avalon is a fictional planet in the 30th Century of the DC Universe. ... An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once. ... Star Boy (Thom Kallor) is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. ...


Great Darkness Saga

When Darkseid was reborn in the 30th century, he sought to gain power by draining the power of others. He freed Mordru and before Mordru could react, sapped his mystical energy. Mordru was left powerless. When Darkseid was defeated, one can assume the power returned to Mordru. Darkseid is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain created by Jack Kirby as part of The Fourth World series of comic books in the early 1970s. ...


V4 (aka "Five Years later") Legion version

In the V4 legion, it was revealed that originally Mordru was fated to rule the universe, his rise to power was unstoppable. Seeing this timeline, Glorith, a time manipulator, changed history several times to block his rise to ultimate power. By repeatedly tweaking history she was orchestrating a battle between the Legion and Mordru in which they would be evenly matched, destroy each other, and let her pick up the pieces as the only remaining power in the universe. Glorith of Baldur is a villain from the Legion of Superheroes comics. ...


Ultra Boy however figured out her plan, and turned the tables on her, visiting Mordru in disguise and provoking him into attacking Glorith before she was ready (but still more powerful than he expected). The result was a stalemate which cost both Mordru and Glorith the bulk of their power. In this retcon, this explains the sudden drop in Mordru's meteoric rise to power referenced above. He was still powerful, but had to content himself with ruling what he had conquered thus far. Ultra Boy is a fictional character, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the thirtieth century of the DC Universe. ...


This left him roughly at the point where he was pre-v4. Defeated after one of his schemes, the Sorcerers on Zerox removed his magical might and were able to "cure" his mind (details are vague, he seemed simpleminded afterwards), and he lived a happy life first on Zerox, then on Tharn after Zerox was destroyed in the Magic Wars (pretty much the entire planet relocated there). He even married his old apprentice and later enemy (and Legionnaire) Mysa Nal, the White Witch. In the economic collapse of the Galaxy which played a central role of the V4 legion, the planet Tharn was undefended and facing devestation at the hands of the Khund. As none of their other sorcerers had ever proved effective at fighting things such as starships, the Sorcerer's council decided to restore Mordru's power to him, despite knowing its corrupting influence on him. In short order he defeated the Khundish threat and set himself up as Emperor. His power was still nowhere near his glory days, though easily enough to defeat a Green Lantern, Rond Vidar who showed up on Tharn. The Legion turned up looking for him, he seemed capable of taking them all on but backed off when Cosmic Boy pointed out that he couldn't afford to take them on and the United Planets, which would happen if there was an incident. He relented, releasing them and Vidar. 1: Tharn is a fictional planet in the 30th century DC Universe. ... The White Witch is a fictional character in the DC Universe, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. ... In the DC Universe, the Khunds are a fictional alien race notable for extreme violence. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ... Rond Vidar was a character in the Legion of Superheroes comic series, published by DC Comics. ... Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn of the planet Braal) is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


Mordru eventually allied with Glorith in an attempt to further manipulate history again. These attempts weakened time and played a role in Zero Hour which wiped out the V4 legion continuity. A popular Discovery Channel program documenting minute by minute events such as the sinking of Estonia, capture of Saddam Hussein, sarin gas attack in Tokyo, Chernobyl accident, bombing in Bali 2002, etc. ...


Post Zero-Hour

He appeared several times after the Zero Hour reboot, but never a power on the scale he had been cast before. Now a more conventional sorcerous villain, he fought the legion several times and was usually defeated in short order.


Powers and Abilities

Mordru's sorcerous powers are amongst the most formidable in the DC universe. He is capable of flight, control over matter at a molecular level, generation of magical energy in the form of bolts or shields and the formation of solid objects. He can magically heal fatal wounds sustained by himself or those of others. When Alan Scott slashed Mordru's abdomen open with an energy sword, the sorceror was able to heal the injury in seconds. During his attack on the Justice Society in New York, he was able to take multiple blows from Power Girl without serious damage, and was able to withstand a joint attack by the JSA and the Freedom Fighters. He has also demonstrated superhuman strength sufficient to lift objects weighing several tons with relative ease. Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero. ... The Contras were often referred to as Freedom Fighters by US President Ronald Reagan. ...


Already vast on their own, Mordru's power becomes almost invincible by tapping the power of vast repositories of magical energy such as the Rock of Eternity, Fate's artifacts, the StarHeart and Arion's body.


Mordru is also apparently ageless. In JSA: Justice Be Done, the Hourman android attempted to de-age Mordru to a point where he was not as powerful, however in the process he discovered that Mordru's timeline had no beginning or end. Mordru was apparently never born, nor would ever die.


Other media

Gabriel Dell portrayed Mordru in 1979's live action miniseries Legends of the Superheroes, in which he sings an evil version of the song "That's Entertainment!". Legends of the Superheroes was an umbrella title for two one-hour Hanna-Barbara TV specials based on the Super Friends cartoon show that aired on NBC in January 1979. ... Thats Entertainment! is a popular song. ...


Mordru made an appearance in Justice League Unlimited's first season episode, "The Greatest Story Never Told". He was portrayed in his Silver Age incarnation, but as the episode focused on the side adventure of fame-seeking hero Booster Gold, Mordru's backstory was not explored. Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... A silver age is a name often given to a particular period within a history, typically as a lesser and later successor to a golden age, the metal silver generally being less valuable than gold. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Mordru at AllExperts (1870 words)
Mordru (also known as Mordru the Merciless) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America and the Lord of Order Amethyst in the present.
Mordru is the most prominent Lord of Chaos who is fated to survive even after the end of the universe, although he is usually shown as a powerful wizard.
Mordru was next freed by the Dark Circle, who sought to use him as a tool in their plans to conquer the earth.
Mordru - Oracle Files (662 words)
Mordru's attempts to conquer the Gemworld were thwarted and Princess Amethyst of Gemworld punished him by burying him alive.
Mordru's already dark psyche was deeply scarred by this cruel penalty, and when he finally escaped his entombment one thousand years later, he resurfaced with hatred and fear that knew no bounds.
Mordru did indeed save Tham from the Khunds, but he also proved every bit as autocratic and sadistic as he ever was.
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