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Who Is Val-Zod? 7 Superman Comics Books That You Should Read

Catch up on the origins of DC Comics' Black Superman through these must-read comics books.




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The DC Multiverse is buzzing with talk of a rumored new project that will reportedly chronicle the story of Val-Zod, a Kryptonian from Earth 2. Michael B. Jordan is said to be developing a limited series centered around Val-Zod for HBO Max. There’s no official confirmation yet, but Jordan is no stranger to superhero movies, having appeared in “Black Panther” and “Fantastic Four.”

Val-Zod is a relatively new character to the Multiverse. Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott debuted the Black Superman persona in the “Earth 2” comics in  2014, but he appears in dozens of issues, which gives Jordan lots of content to potentially use. Val-Zod’s super powers include: superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman stamina and agility, infrared vision, and X-ray vision. And of course, he can fly. He’s also has the power to start a hurricane with his breathe, and he has genius-level intellect. To learn more about the Black Superman, check below for a list of comic books to read. For more reading recommendations, check out Black Panther comics, and vintage comics books to add to your collection.

“The Multiversity: Deluxe Edition”

This fact-filled guidebook is essential whether you’re a newcomer to the DC world, or you just want to brush up on your facts. Featuring Val-Zod, and each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, “The Multiversity: Deluxe Edition” by Grant Morrison, analyzes events, and includes a map of known existences, and bonus adventures.

“Earth 2: The Kryptonian”

Although Val-Zod is only credited with having one appearance in this volume, it may arguably be his most significant. In “Earth 2: The Kryptonian,” Superman has gone to the dark side and joined forces with Darkseid. What happens when the most powerful superhero turns evil? Enter Val-Zod, a Kryptonian with superpowers to match, but only if the other DC superheroes can convince him to join them in the fight against evil. Will they do it in enough time? Order the comic book today and find out!

“Earth 2: The Dark Age”

DC fans across the Multiverse love the twists and turns of this storyline. Continuing with the Superman’s descent into darkness, Val-Zod appears in “Earth 2: The Dark Age” along with the emergence of a new Batman who might just save the day from the rogue Superman.

“Earth 2: Society: Planetfall”

“Earth 2: Society: Planetfall” picks up one year after Apokolips destroyed Earth 2 leaving your favorite heroes (plus a few new ones!) to rebuild and start a new society. In the midsts of trying to navigate this new world, Terry Sloan secretly creates a new technology that can alter the course of the future. In an effort to do good, our heroes must make sure that Sloan’s Genesis Machine doesn’t land in the wrong hands. It’s a race against time to see who will prevail.

“Earth 2: World’s End Vol. 1”

“Earth 2: World’s End Vol. 1” lets you step inside a parallel existence and into Earth 2, where the horrible villain Apokolips and the Four Furies of War are determined to wreck havoc. Join Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and the DC gang in their fight against evil.

“Convergence Issue #4”

The heroes of Earth 2 must face Travis Morgan (a.k.a. The Warlord) in “Convergence #4.” The book serves up a fascinating stories with heroes battling it out for the fate of their future. The evil alien, Brainiac, has stolen 50 doomed cities from across time and brought them to his own world to rule over in chaos. Meanwhile, Earth 2 heroes have entered Skartaris in hopes of finding a way to stop Telos, the life form controlled by Brainiac.

“Earth 2: Collision”

In “Earth 2: Collision,” Darkseid and his minions, who were thought to have been banished long ago, return to Earth 2 in a cataclysmic collision that could end it all. Batman, Huntress, and Power Girl are ready to defend Earth 2, but will it be Doctor Fate — the inexperienced sorcerer — who can join the DC heroes, defeat the evil armies, and save the planet?

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