I like him. Other necromancers could animate their dead wives and children (oh, what a happy family), have a field full of decaying cotton harvesters, and such in addition to the old standard undead army cliche. (Yes, rotting corpses can be used for more than hacking apart).
Anyone want tea served by faithful old Margarita? Lord Nenthar simply could not go on when she died three years ago, so he found this solution... Go to Comment
I think the necromancer could be a fully legitimate user of magic, but having a mindset, or religion if you will, that includes what we living call "the dead". Many religions tell us that death is only a doorway to another life. In most scenarios, death is eschewed by the living, but a "necromancer" would have a different view, just like most major religions tell us to die is not the same as annihilation. He/she is not evil, necessarily, but has a divergent philosophy.
I would point to Nobody's use of a Necromancer in "The Last War". Not the typical dark sorcerer, but someone who has a different world view. Nihilistic, perhaps, but not "evil". Obviously, if I faced death by the hand of a necromancer or his/her minions, I would fight this as an "evil", but, if I were resurrected to eternal life in death, I might conclude I was ignorant to that point. Go to Comment
While it's not exactly high literary art, a good reference book for an entire /society/ based on necromancy is Fire Sea, of Weis & Hickman's Death Gate Cycle. The undead are used for a source of slave labor, to stave off the final death of a dying world, at a rather gruesome cost: to reanimate the dead causes someone, somewhere, to die. Go to Comment