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Real Name: Arkon

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-10081) human mutate

Occupation: Imperion (ruler) of Polemachus

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Thundra, the forces of Polemachus (his vizier and armies)

Enemies: Krona

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Milord Arkon" (nickname used by his vizier), "my love" (nickname used by Thundra)

Base of Operations: Capitol city of Polemachus (of Earth-10081)

First Appearance: JLA/Avengers#1 (September 2003)

Powers/Abilities: Like all Polemachians, Arkon's abilities were well beyond baseline human level. He possessed superhuman strength (class 30, possibly higher), speed, stamina and reflexes. Arkon healed at an increased rate, fully recovering from most conventional injuries within hours. As the Imperion, Arkon had access to three energy weapons all styled like lightning bolts that he used in combat. The golden bolts allowed Arkon to travel between dimensional planes, the scarlet and the black bolts were both offensive weapons, generating powerful explosions on impact. Arkon also carried a shield and had been known to use giant reptilian-like dinosaurs as his personal steed. A trained military strategist, Arkon was known for his ruthless determination and cunning.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 400 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown


(JLA/Avengers#1 (fb) - BTS) - The world of Polemachus was known for its long and bloody history, rife with strife and power struggles. That changed in recent times, in part after the noble warrior known as Arkon assumed the role of Imperion. Along with his consort Thundra, he ruled over the world from his palace in the capitol city of Polemachus.

(JLA/Avengers#1 - BTS)  - The outerdimensional Oan scientist Krona, driven mad by his desire to learn the origins of the universe, reached reality-10081 and began his systematic quest for creatures who could help him learn more about the birth of creation. He destroyed everything he did not find useful as he made his way to Polemachus.

(JLA/Avengers#1) - Arkon awoke in his bedchambers, Thundra by his side, annoyed at the fact it was the Day of the Imperion (commemorating the date he ascended to the imperial throne). Hoping to sneak away unnoticed to spend the day in the hills hunting khef, he was spotted by Thundra who wondered where he was going. Already fully dressed for combat, Arkon revealed his plans to his lover, including going down to the cookroom for some wine, meat and cheese. He even invited her along, unless she had a "better idea." Trading knowing glances, the still naked Thundra nevertheless declined both offers and reminded Arkon of his duties as Imperion. Arkon considered her words, though he admitted he couldn't stand the idea of having to listen to "all those endless speeches" that were planned.

(JLA/Avengers#1 - BTS) - Just then, Krona (in his alternate form as a black energy cloud) appeared over Polemachus and caused massive panic. The appearance of the unknown entity was reported to the Grand Vizier, who decided to clue in Arkon as Krona neared the capitol city.

(JLA/Avengers#1) - Arkon was surprised to see his Vizier appear on the monitor in his bedchambers, telling him and Thundra of the situation and asking them to go out on their balcony to check on the panicked masses. Doing so, the duo also saw Krona's gigantic ebon energy form billowing over them all. Krona immediately began probing the minds of all Polemachians, looking for anything that might be useful to him. The process caused Arkon considerable discomfort, though he still valiantly dared the Oan to face him. Ignoring the Imperion, Krona concluded Polemachus and Earth-10081 were of no use to him. He casually destroyed the universe and continued on his quest.

(Avengers/JLA#4 - BTS) - Following Krona's defeat at the hands of the Avengers and the Justice League of America, the Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast) and the New God known as Metron claimed that almost all of the damage caused by Krona had been undone. Whether or not that means Earth-10081 and Polemachus have been restored remains to be seen.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek (writer) and George Pérez (pencils, inks).

Some consider the Arkon and Thundra appearing in the opening pages of JLA/Avengers to be their Earth-616 counterparts. However, that seems somewhat unlikely as Busiek quite clearly states in his narration that Krona entered a separate universe (later identified as Earth-10081) that he fully destroyed before moving on to eventually encounter the Grandmaster and starting the fun & games that in my book resulted in one of the best limited series of the early 00's.

Profile by Norvo.

Arkon of Earth-10081 should not be confused with

Arkon's Grand Vizier

Appointed to oversee all the comings and goings at Arkon's court, the Grand Vizier was allowed to disturb the Imperion even in his private chambers. The Grand Vizier, alarmed by the panic in the streets caused by Krona's arrival, brought the matter to Arkon's attention. Even his warning did not prevent the destruction of his world.

-- JLA/Avengers#1

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JLA/Avengers#1, p1, pan4 (main image)
JLA/Avengers#1, p1, pan8 (closeup)
JLA/Avengers#1, p2, pans5,6,7 (Arkon and Polemachus die)
JLA/Avengers#1, p1, pan9 (Grand Vizier)

JLA/Avengers#1 (September, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort, Mike Carlin (editors)  
Avengers/JLA#4 (December, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort, Mike Carlin (editors)

Last updated: 08/07/14

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