The Great Darkness is the true source and the embodiment of all that is evil and darkness in the multiverse. When the Creator said "Let there be light", the Darkness retreated and stayed inactive for unknown ages.
During the world-shattering event known as the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a cult known as the Brujeria wakened it, hoping to destroy God and re-shape the world. This was the culmination of a series of arcane machinations labelled as "American Gothic." John Constantine and the Swamp Thing worked for a long time to prevent the awakening, and chose to oppose the Evil. Siding with them was a gathering of supernatural heroes, as well as parts of the angelic and demonic armies of Heaven and Hell. Another faction of Hell, led by the Demons Three, sided with the Darkness.
The Primordial Darkness soon gained consciousness, but was unsure about the purpose of its existence. Several heroes tried to battle it, but they were easily defeated and drawn into its almost infinite being. The encounters taught the Darkness a lot. Etrigan told the Darkness that it was Evil, Dr. Fate explained that Evil was despicable, and the Spectre taught it revenge. All the encounters only served to further strengthen the Darkness and point its aggression towards Heaven. Finally, Swamp Thing entered the Darkness, and tried to explain his theory of evil—that good and evil define each other and that one cannot exist without its counterpart. The Darkness then reached its hand towards Heaven, and to the surprise of everyone, God reached out His hand as well. The two of them embraced. The world was never the same again. Good and Evil would still exist.
The Darkness was never seen again, but the event sparked a civil war in Hell, that ended with it being ruled by a Triumvirate, composed of Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Azazel. The realm of the Darkness has since become known as the Shadowlands, a power source for beings such as the Shade, Culp, Obsidian, and others.
Following the recreation of the Omniverse by Wonder Woman, Darkseid engaged in a plan to steal the power of the Great Darkness for himself, utilizing Roy Harper, the Psycho Pirate, and Barry Allen. After his plans were thwarted, he revealed to X-Tract that there would be a great war between himself, Nekron, Trigon, Eclipso, and Upside-Down Man to obtain this power.
Powers and Abilities
- The Great Darkness is not to be confused with the Legion of Super-Heroes storyline, "The Great Darkness Saga".
- 7 Appearances of Great Darkness
- 1 Images featuring Great Darkness
- Quotations by or about Great Darkness
- Character Gallery: Great Darkness
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