(The) Phantom Zone – 2

General Info

Issue No:
2
On Sale Date:
October 1981
Cover Date:
February 1982
Era:
Bronze Age
Story Title:
Earth Under Siege!

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Gene Colan, Dick Giordano
Writer:
Steve Gerber
Penciller:
Gene Colan
Inker:
Tony DeZuñiga
Letterer:
Ben Oda
Colourist:
Carl Gafford
Editor:
Dick Giordano, Dave Manak (associate)

Characters

Main:
Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El)
Heroes:
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Green Lantern (Hal), Wonder Woman (Diana Prince/Princess Diana), Zatanna Zatara, Flash (Barry Allen), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny)
Villains:
Faora, General Zod, Jax-Ur, Kru-El, Va-Kox
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Charlie Kweskill (Quex Ui), Mon-El (Lar Gand), Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Jer-Em, Az-Rel, Nadira, Nam-Ek, Steve Trevor
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Synopsis

Superman and Quex-Ul, as “Charlie Kweskill”, watch helplessly from the Phantom Zone as General Zod, Jax-Ur, and their Kryptonian cronies attack the Earth. They throw the Justice League satellite out of orbit, with many of the Leaguers aboard. They smash communications satellites, which causes an exchange of atomic missiles, stopped only by Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

Green Lantern’s power battery is stolen, and he is rendered unconscious by the Zoners when he pursues them, with his power ring charge running out shortly afterward. Supergirl tells Batman what has occurred, and then goes to the Fortress of Solitude, where the Zoners have already smashed open the door and destroyed the Phantom Zone projector and viewer. Supergirl engages General Zod, Jax-Ur and Kru-El in battle and is defeated.

Nam-Ek, who had been badly burned and convulsed by Az-Rel and Nadira, uses his Rondor horn to heal himself. Then he has a brief battle with Wonder Woman, who puts him under control with her magic lasso and compels him to tell her what has occurred.

Finally, Mon-El, still in the Zone, tells Superman and Charlie Kweskill that, unknown to Jor-El, there are other levels in the Phantom Zone, though only one has been penetrated so far by some Zoners. Superman and Charlie head into the next level, seeking an escape in time to save Earth.