What the D'ast? Kronos
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
We have seen some mighty awesome beings and concepts in the pages of Iron Man over the decades: the Mandarin and his 10 deadly rings; Ultimo, the robot colossus that was once his greatest foe; the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man of rock ‘n roll legend … and the Eternals of Titan and, chief among them, Kronos.
Jim Starlin played around a lot with his own creations, the Titans, but he was always serious when it came to the near-omnipotent powerhouse Kronos -- who was first showcased in Iron Man #55 -- and for good reason!
This cosmic being was, many millennia ago, one of the immortal Eternals of Earth, and led a rebellion against his tyrannical brother, Uranos. After a successful coup, Kronos fathered the Eternals Zuras and A’lars (Mentor) before being accidentally atomized during a botched experiment. The character’s spirit survives, continuing to exist in astral form with amplified powers and abilities. (See the WTD for Mentor for more info on what followed for the Eternals.)
In more modern times, as the threat of his grandson Thanos reared its ugly head, Kronos (with the assistance of son A’lars, now leader as Mentorof the Eternals of Titan) saved the soul of Earthman Arthur Douglas when killed by a barrage from Thanos’ ship. Kronos subsequently uses Douglas’ soul to create Drax the Destroyer, a strong and indestructible cosmic champion intended to kill Thanos.
In the pages of Captain Marvel, Thanos comes into possession of one of the Cosmic Cubes and used it to imprison Kronos, who is eventually freed when Thanos is defeated by Mar-Vell and the Avengers.
In the third volume of Silver Surfer, Kronos realizes that Death has restored Thanos to life. The character resurrects an at-the-time deceased Drax to life, again charging him to hunt Thanos; this is done with an increase in physical power for the Destroyer at the cost of mental acuity. (Thanos has known Death many times, but during the Annihilation War Drax finally fulfilled his destiny by killing Thanos. Since that time, however, Thanos has again returned.)
Kronos was one of the cosmic pantheon of space gods (along with Galactus, the Stranger, Lord Chaos and Master Order, Epoch, the entities Love and Hate, two Celestials, and Eternity) that attempt to stop Thanos’ plans in the limited series Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos, using the power of the Infinity Gems, is actually able to imprison his grandfather and the others – until losing the gems to the space pirate Nebula in a moment of carelessness. Later, in the title Warlock and the Infinity Watch (a series I have never seen but heard endless things about), Kronos listens to the entreaties of Moondragon and restores her father, Drax, to his original, thinking state.
Not much has been seen of Kronos of late, but the space gods always show up when activity is ongoing in the Marvel Cosmos. We may be seeing granddaddy Kronos sooner rather than later!