Saturday, June 22, 2013
Zod – Year One – Brian Manton
Issue 1, Page 15
Notes: This is a bit of a retrofit/elseworlds history of Zod which uses some pre & post crisis storylines. Jax-Ur has been imprisoned for destroying Krypton's moon (and the lunar colony of Kandor along with it) during an attempt at outlawed interstellar space travel.
Kryptonian jail cell. A purple energy field buzzes across the entrance.
JAX-UR sits on the floor, in the rounded corner of the barren room, his knees tucked into his chest. With a hopeless expression, he looks up toward ZOD.
Zod stands outside the cell, with his arms behind his back. He wears a Kryptonian military uniform.
Zod: You've heard of this "Phantom Zone" Jor-El has been playing with? Well, I've suggested a use for it. They're going lock you up in there, Jax-Ur.
Zod switches off the cell energy barrier with the control panel on the wall. He maintains eye contact with Jax-Ur, who has gotten up off the floor and looks to Zod with a glimmer of hope.
Zod: Be grateful. If not for me you'd already have been launched into space with a crystal in your brain.
Jax-Ur: Do... do you believe me? The sabotage?
Zod has entered the cell. His eyes look up and to his left, as he thinks. Jax-Ur is confused.
Zod: They call me General, but do not let me command my men as an army.
Zod (linked): The Council refuse to act on sound intelligence.
Zod stands in front of Jax-Ur, looming over him. Jax-Ur is terrified.
Zod: Mark me, Jax-Ur... the Coluan was coming for Kandor.
Zod (linked): I was not going to let him take it.
Jax-Ur has backed away, horrified. Zod clenches his fists.
Zod: The Council appointed me to defend Krypton because they knew I could act where others would falter.
Zod(linked): I will bring war to Colu.
Close on Zod - his eyes narrow, determined.
Zod: That's where your spaceships come in.