Real Name: Val Zod
Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott and Robson Rocha
1st appearance: Earth 2 #19, January 2014
Team Affiliations: Unknown
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: 6’3 Weight: 230 lbs
Eyes: Blue Hair: Black
Relatives: Zod (Father, Deceased), Unnamed mother (Deceased), Kal-El (Adopted Brother), Zor-El (Adopted Father), Lar
Skills and Abilities: Thanks to his pod feeding him information for most of his life he is a keen scientific mind.
Powers: Under a yellow sun he has superhuman speed, strength, endurance, resistance to injury, microscopic vision, Heat vision, Enhanced senses etc. like Superman. His strength is comparable to other black supermen such as Icon, Blue Marvel, Harvey Dent and president superman.
Weakness: Green Kryptonite cause him pain and weakens him.
On the alternate world of Earth 2 the Zod family came from Vathlo island where dark-skinned Kryptonians had lived for years, the same place President Superman originated. Val was an only child but when his parents tried to “speak the truth to power” they were punished for it and put to death. Lara and Jor-El then took him in and treated him as though he was his their own child. He became fast friends with fellow orphan Kara-Zor-El. When Krypton was on the brink of destruction Lara and Jor-El launched four Kryptonian ships which managed to escape the planet [Earth 2 #25]. One contained Kal-El who would become Superman, another contained Kara-Zor El who would become Power Girl and one of them contained Val-Zod. Inside his pod his mind was fed the teaching of his parents, scientists about peace and the need to avoid war and conflict at all costs. Stuck in the Capsule most of his life he became afraid of anything beyond his “bubble” [Earth 2 #22].
His pod crash landed on Earth and he was found by Terry Sloan had secreted him under his base. He was attended to by Kym and secured behind a vault door. He was told he could leave at any time though he opted not to for his own protection. Upon meeting Batman, Jimmy Olsen, Aquawoman and Red Tornado he becomes ill. At that point Batman who is carrying Kryptonite realizes that the boy is Kryptonian.
Rise of the Superman!
He is carried away by Red Tornado and Batman saved by Hawkgirl while evil superman rages war on the United States [Earth 2 #19, 2014]. Once at their secret location they try to convince the boy to embrace his powers and try to help them save the planet [Earth 2 #20]. After agreeing that needed to help his new-found friends he was trained in to fly by Louis Lane, now Red Tornado and Hawkgirl. The training didn’t last long however as the evil original Superman now under the control of Apokalips descend on the trio with para-demons and tried to kill them [Earth 2 #22].
His unwillingness to fight during the battle lead to the death of Red Arrow, the capture of Red Tornado/Louis Lane and the heroes needing to flee. On Amazonia he revealed the House of El symbol o his chest [Earth 2 #24]. With the aid of Dr. Fate he rises up against the evil Superman but not before the opening of a Boom-Tube. In the process Evil Superman is destroyed after being revealed as a clone of the original [Earth 2 #26]. While investigating a fire pit in Geneva alongside Thomas Wayne/Batman and Red Tornado/Louis Lane they are attacked by the Fury of War [Earth 2: World’s End #1-3]. After their defeat he combines his speed with Kara Zor-El/Power Girl to end a contagion threat and in the process the two realize as adults there feelings are more than just friendly [Earth 2 #27]. Val used the remaining lab equipment to build suits for Helena Wayne/Huntrees and Thomas so they could enter the fire pit. Inside they are confronted by Desaad who captures huntress and flees. They also stumble onto the cloning facility of Desaad and Val destroys Thomas’s power giving drug when it compromises his mind [Earth 2: World’s End #4-6] .