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General Zod
 
General Zod
 
Personal Info:
 
Real Name: Dru-Zod
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: Krypton
First Appearance: Action Comics Vol.1 #845 (2007) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Ursa, Non, Gor, Ral-Dar
Group Affiliation: Kryptonian Military Guild, Phantom Zone Criminals, formerly Kryptonian Defense Council
Base Of Operations: New Krypton
Grudges: Superman
Creators: Geoff Johns, Richard Donner and Adam Kubert
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Powers:
 
As a member of the Kryptonian Military Guild, General Zod received extensive training in the use of weapons, applicable technology, hand to hand combat, strategy, and survival techniques. He is an expert in military tactics and an incredibly gifted leader.
Enhanced Abilities: General Zod has vast super human strength, super-speed and endurance.
Invulnerability: General Zod is practically invulnerable to any form of physical or energy attack.
Super-Breath: General Zod can freeze a target with his breath or create strong gusts of wind.
Flight: General Zod is able to fly.
Super-Hearing General Zod has the ability to hear any sound at any volume or pitch.
Super-Vision: General Zod has X-ray, Electro-magnetic, Microscopic, Infrared and Telescopic visions.
Heat Vision: General Zod has the ability to fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking.
 
Origins:
 
Generall Dru-Zod was a soldier in charge of the military forces on Krypton. Upon learning of the scientific experiments being conducted by Jor-El and his mentor Non, Zod (accompanied by his lieutenant, Ursa) led a raid on Jor-El's laboratory and placed both men under arrest for charges of heresy. The Kryptonian Science Council believed that Jor-El's theories regarding the planetís imminent destruction were causing unrest. Soon after the arrest, Zod learned that Jor-El was actually correct and that the Science Council had lied to him. Ursa and he defected from the council and joined with Non in his quest to warn Krypton's civilian populace of their ultimate fate. Zod and Non grew close, but soon after, the Kryptonian council members apprehended Non and performed a lobotomy on him, turning him into little more than a mindless savage. Zod was incensed. He abandoned all loyalty to the council and swore revenge against them for what they had done to Non. Zod tried to enlist the aid of Jor-El in a bid to wrest control from the Science Council, but Jor-El refused, citing that violence was hardly the solution. Zod felt that violence was the only answer at this juncture. Zod, Non and Ursa invaded the Science Council chambers and murdered five council members before they were stopped. Jor-El used the last bit of influence he had with the council to convince them not to execute the three terrorists for treason. The remaining council members placed Jor-El in charge of sentencing the three Kryptonians, and he opted for what he believed to be the most humane solution, exile. Zod felt that Jor-El was a coward for not joining him, and he vowed to avenge himself against the House of El, including Jor-El's heir, Kal-El. Using a special projector, Jor-El transported Zod, Ursa and Non into an multidimensional null reality known as the Phantom Zone. During the years they spent trapped in the Phantom Zone, Krypton exploded, leaving only one presumed survivor, Kal-El.
Zod and Ursa discovered a fragment of an old Kryptonian prison known as Fort Rozz floating inside the Phantom Zone. The prison was transported into the zone due to a projector accident, and for reasons unknown, was able to maintain a corporeal shape. Inside the prison, time passed normally and residents were able to revert back into solid matter so long as they stayed inside the building. Because of this, Zod and Ursa were able to mate and produce a son, Lor-Zod. They raised him inside of Fort Rozz where the child was able to age normally. Zod however, was extremely abusive to the boy and saw him as little more than a tool by which to engineer their final escape from the Phantom Zone.
Years passed, and Zod was able to build small space vessels that could maintain physical form and escape from the Phantom Zone. Lor-Zod was the key to their success, and functioned as a physical tether between the material world and their otherwise ghostly wraith-forms.
Zod knew that the surviving son of his jailer, Jor-El, was living on Earth and Zod wanted to finish the family line. Further, he decided that Earth was an ideal world ripe for conquering and the establishment of a "new" Krypton. When the time was right, Lor-Zod was launched from the Phantom Zone and sent towards Earth. Upon landing, his ship activated a beacon, which allowed the other displaced Kryptonians the power to free themselves.
 
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General Zod at DC Database
General Zod at Comic Vine