Why is Superman stronger than Zod?

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2 years ago#1
Forgive me, I don't know much about Zod from comics. In fact if you guys wanna recommend some stuff for me to read about him that'd be great.

From what I know, he's a Kryptonian with a whole lot of military training. In Man of Steel (which isn't that good of a movie, but still) he shows his ability to adapt and hone his senses very fast. Why would Kal-El, someone who has no training at all, be able to beat Zod? Is it just because he's had a much longer (years) of exposure to the sun?

I know how powerful Superman is in the comics, but it all comes from the fact that he's Kryptonian, right? Or am I missing something?

Honestly I'm kind of embarrassed to be asking this. I can't believe I've never read any comics concerning Zod.
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2 years ago#2
PreCrisis Zod was a ghost, so no fights. Also, Kryptonians got their power instantly from the sun and will keep then as long as they were under its light. They instantly lost them if cut off from the source.

1986-2011 Kryptonians act like a living battery and get stronger the more sunlight they receive. It also means they deplete too, depending on usage. It also means they can have powers even if removed from a yellow sunlight source because of their storage. Superman has been under yellow light more than any other Kryptonian. But this doesn't mean they start out weak, unless they're a kid. After being adults they get a base form and improve over that. They're comparable to Superman, but won't last as long as he does if facing a constant challenge.

I haven't figured out exactly how nu52 works buts it looks like a combo of Pre and Post Crisis:
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2 years ago#3
Supez is #1.
Zod is not #1.

Not hard to figure out.

And Man of Steel was an amazing movie. Don't worry about not reading Zod in comics, he was pretty lousy until Last Son of Krypton, which is a must-read for fans of the Man of Tomorrow.
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2 years ago#4
Superman the hero.

That it, heroes always overcome the bad guy.
There other reasons like been younger or being on earth longer but really Zod skill should give him the win.
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2 years ago#5
LordRattergun posted...
And Man of Steel was an amazing movie.


lol
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2 years ago#6
The thing about MoS Zod, is that he's a chump and he's always been a chump. For all the chest thumping warrior born stuff he and Faora spit out, it's pretty clear they're actually full of **** and are pretty much just a pack of beefed up super-jabronis.

Which when you think about it totally makes sense, even if it was almost assuredly unintentional.

That and Superman arguably doesn't beat Zod. Zod WANTS to die, suicide by Superman, and goes out of his way to force Supes' hand. Ultimately getting exactly what he wants.
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2 years ago#7
Superman has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years..............Zod less than a day in man of steel. There is your answer for that continuity
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2 years ago#8
SteelCurtain17 posted...
Superman has been exposed to the yellow sun for 33 years..............Zod less than a day in man of steel. There is your answer for that continuity


This.

That and despite being the bred warrior, Zod was a pansy regardless.
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2 years ago#9
33 years.........

What a sleek, nuanced bit of writing from Goyer.
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2 years ago#10
ShiningFetus posted...
33 years.........

What a sleek, nuanced bit of writing from Goyer.


I'm willing to bet it went over 80%-90% of the general viewing audience's heads.
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