General Zod had conquered an alien world, and declared it New Krypton. The threat of General Zod has become more terrifying than ever in recent issues of Action Comics. The rogue Kryptonian successfully led a group to invade the Fortress of Solitude, and almost killed Superman's son, Jon. It was ultimately revealed that he had a single goal: to rescue his wife and son from the Phantom Zone, where they had been imprisoned. With that achieved, Zod left Earth in order to launch the next stage of his plan.
Zod's goal has finally been revealed in this week's Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps # 37. That issue sees Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner investigate the planet Jekuul. There have been reports of unauthorized mining, which would be illegal given the world's natural inhabitants are only in the equivalent of the Stone Age. To the Green Lanterns' shock and horror, they learned that Jekuul has been claimed as "home" by Zod's family, allied with the Kryptonian Eradicator. Two Green Lanterns don't stand a chance against three Kryptonians and an Eradicator; the only reason they're not killed is because Zod doesn't want their rings to fly off in search of new bearers, revealing their deaths to the Corps.
This week's Action Comics #996 ties into this. Superman has teamed up the time-traveler Booster Gold, and the two heroes have been bouncing around different timelines. They've now arrived on an alien world - one with a statue in honor of General Zod. It doesn't take long for Superman and Booster to learn that this is Jekuul in the future, a world conquered by Zod and claimed as "New Krypton." Jekuul's natural inhabitants are now nothing more than slaves. Unfortunately, Superman and Booster are stranded here, their time-ship badly damaged. That's when they're discovered by the Eradicator and Zod's son, Lor-Zod, now a powerful adult. Again, it doesn't go well for the heroes, and the villains even deduce they've arrived in a time-ship.
DC's "Rebirth" has seen the comic book publisher put tremendous effort into tying their arcs together. Zod's story, for example, began in the pages of Suicide Squad, with the Squad unwittingly setting him loose. He soon made his presence felt in Action Comics, and it seems his threat is only escalating. Disturbingly, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 refers to Zod planning a mysterious "campaign," and Action Comics #996 dropped a reference to an upcoming war between Earth and (New?) Krypton. It seems Zod's plans aren't over yet, and he aims to make New Krypton something of a military powerhouse. With Superman trapped in the future, only the Green Lantern Corps can stop him. But Zod has already taken out two of their biggest guns with ease.
This is clearly only the beginning of DC's plans for New Krypton, and the threat of General Zod looms over the entire planet Earth.
Action Comics #996 and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 were both released on January 24.
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