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The Phantom Zone is a plane of existence located in subspace that was used by the Kryptonian race to imprison the planet's most hardened criminals.

HistoryEdit

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The Black Zero enters the Zone.

After General Zod and his Sword of Rao loyalists staged an attempt to take over Krypton, they were ultimately defeated and captured by the Sapphire Guards, after which the Council's spokesman Lor-Em sentenced them to 300 cycles of "somatic reconditioning" within the Phantom Zone. They were each promptly frozen in cryocapsules, and sent into the huge Black Zero starship, which in turn passed into the Phantom Zone Projector, entering the Zone.

However, when Krypton exploded shortly thereafter, the Black Zero was freed from the Zone, promptly freeing Zod and his loyalists. Under the guidance of scientist Jax-Ur, Zod was able to retrofit the Phantom Zone Projector into a Phantom Drive for the starship, thereby making Black Zero a craft capable of interstellar travel, by creating portals of instant access to any remote places in space (by briefly passing through the Zone). The Sword of Rao used their newly upgraded starship to search the universe for the Kryptonian survivor Kal-El, the stolen Growth Codex, and potentially habitable planets.

After 33 years of such travel, Zod's forces finally picked up a Kryptonian beacon and tracked it down to planet Earth, where they subsequently travel, with the intention of terraforming the suitable planet into a new Krypton with the help of the World Engine that they had discovered on the Daxam colonial outpost.

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Superman, escaping the Phantom singularity

Fortunately, the US military successfully used Kal-El's infant starship as a makeshift bomb against the Black Zero, with the two colliding Phantom Drives creating a temporary portal to the Phantom Zone. With Faora-Ul about to kill all aboard their plane, Colonel Hardy directed the ship directly into the Black Zero, sending the plane, the Black Zero and all within reach into the Phantom Zone, with only Lois, Superman, and General Zod escaping that fate.

Known InmatesEdit

  • Sword of Rao
    • Sub Commander Faora-Ul - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod as his second-in-command. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Sub Commander Tor-An - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod as his Head Pilot. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Nam-Ek - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod as his strongest soldier. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Jax-Ur - A Kryptonian scientist aligned with General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Dev-Em - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Nadira - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Car-Vex - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
    • Comander Gor - A Kryptonian warrior operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Colonel Nathan Hardy - A human who helped create a temporary portal on Earth to send the invading Kryptonians back, getting sucked in himself in the process.
  • Dr. Emil Hamilton - A human who helped create a temporary portal on Earth to send the invading Kryptonians back, getting sucked in himself in the process.

Former InmatesEdit

  • General Zod - A Kryptonian General, the former supreme leader of Krypton's Warrior Guild, a well as the subsequent founder and leader of the radical Sword of Rao. He was placed in the Zone for the crimes of murder (of High Eminence Ro-Zar, Jor-El, and others) and high treason against the Kryptonian Law Council, before escaping shortly thereafter however.

AppearancesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Zod's escape from the Phantom Zone is similar to how he escaped in Superman II, in which an external explosion frees them.

External LinksEdit


Superman universe
Media Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Untitled Superman film
Characters Clark Kent/Superman | Lois Lane | Perry White | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent | Jor-El | Lara Lor-Van | Emil Hamilton | Nathan Hardy | Steven Lombard | Jenny Jurwich | Lana Lang | General Swanwick | Peter Ross | Bibbo Bibbowski | Kara Zor-El | Bruce Wayne/Batman | Diana/Wonder Woman | Jimmy Olsen
Enemies Lex Luthor | General Zod | Faora-Ul | Doomsday | Mercy Graves | Jax-Ur | Nam-Ek | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Dev-Em | Nadira
Miscellaneous Metropolis | Daily Planet | Smallville | Krypton | Metropolis Police Department | Kryptonite | LexCorp | Super Suit | Kent Farm | Fortress of Solitude | Black Zero | Kryptonian | Command Key | Kal-El's Starcraft | Phantom Zone | Superman film series

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