Alexei Navalny's life in 'Polar Wolf' remote Arctic penal colony

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Alexei Navalny's penal colony is the strictest penal colony you can get. Only those accused of the very worst crimes are sent to IK-3.

Nicknamed Polar Wolf, it is located in Yamalo-Nenets region, well above the Arctic Circle. Conditions, needless to say, are very harsh.

It is known for a culture of collective punishment and winter temperatures there can go as low as -20C.

Inmates have described being punished for the infringements of others by being made to stand outside in the winter without coats. Those who fail to stand still face being doused with cold water.

Snow covers the ground for months at a time - only to be replaced by muddy slush when temperatures rise above freezing, around May.

In the summer, prisoners are forced to strip to their waists in swarms of mosquitoes.

With summer comes long days with no nights. It all takes a heavy physical toll.

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most vociferous Putin critic

Navalny's day-to-day life will have been a lonely one, since December in IK-3 and before that at the IK-6 facility in Melekhovo, east of Moscow.

Since 2022, he had spent nearly 300 days in in solitary confinement and lately he was allowed one daily stroll in a nearby cell where the floor was covered in snow.

All he could see outside his window was a tall fence, and no light. In winter in the Arctic Circle, it's only ever dusk at best.

Map showing the IK-3 penal colony

With years of jail ahead of him, Navalny had to find ways of remaining relevant.

He filed complaints about prison conditions that would allow him to appear in court and deliver statements on camera on a regular basis. He tried to create a trade union for prisoners to campaign for better seats in the jail's sewing factory.

He made a noise so he wouldn't be forgotten.

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Navalny was known for his acerbic wit. He always tried to make light of his situation, no matter how hard the conditions were.

Through social media posts, written and posted by his lawyers, he talked about the conditions he was held in - often with more humour than many thought possible.

He described New Year's Day in the punishment cell, saying: "It goes like any other day: wake-up is at 05:00, bedtime at 21:00. So for the first time since I was six years old, I just slept the entire New Year's Eve. Overall I'm pleased. People pay money to celebrate the New Year in an unusual way, but I did it for free."

But his day-to-day life must have been truly testing.

In January 2023, he wrote about being assigned a new cellmate with severe mental health problems.

"There are many videos online about people who believe that they are possessed by demons and devils," he said.

His cellmate was "very similar" - emitting "a growling, guttural scream that periodically turns on and doesn't turn off for hours. He yells for 14 hours during the day and three hours at night."

A view of penal colony IK-3

On another occasion, he was made to share a cell with a person who had "serious problems" with hygiene.

"If you live in a cell, and some person lives at arm's length from you 24/7, and you are both one or two meters from the toilet 24/7, and the toilet is a hole in the floor, maintaining hygiene is of fundamental importance. And a prisoner who is problematic in this sense will instantly make your life unbearable."

Navalny was sure that neither of his cellmates arrived by accident. He believed they were just another way for the Russian prison system to make life hell for an inmate if they wanted to.

At 47 Navalny wasn't old, but being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok and spending three weeks in a coma took its toll. Living a life of constant deprivation in jail only added to that.

In December, he said his request to see a dentist had been denied for 18 months.

He had also developed serious back problems, and recently had difficulties walking and standing. One of his legs was going numb, possibly indicating a herniated disk.

Despite his smiles and relaxed air in court, with each appearance he became more gaunt.

In 2023, more than 500 Russian doctors signed an open letter demanding to have him seen by a civilian doctor after he said he had been suffering from a cough and a fever and had to share a cell with an inmate with tuberculosis.

Russian prisons have a long history of torture, both physical and psychological. Inmates are often abused by prisoners friendly to the administration, and rules that are impossible to follow add to the mental anguish.

The federal prison system itself estimates there have been an annual 1,400-2,000 prison deaths over the last five years. The number one cause is invariably put down to cardiac problems.

Lawyers treat this explanation with suspicion. "They can cover up anything as a cardiac arrest - even a suicide or a killing by other inmates or guards," says lawyer Irina Birykova.

In her experience, it's nearly impossible to overcome the hurdles created by the prison system if authorities don't want the cause of death to be independently verified.

Navalny's death has dealt an enormous blow to Russians who saw him as an emblem of resistance.

It was clear he could no longer lead Russia's opposition, but there was an underlying hope that one day the political situation would change and Navalny would be able to come back.

If Vladimir Putin ever needed to negotiate his own freedom or safety, Navalny might have been part of the bargain.

Most Russians now agree there is little hope now in protest. People will try to mark his death in their own way, laying flowers in locations where Navalny stood.

Some brave souls will even come out on to the streets, and they will be punished.

If shock following the Russian invasion of Ukraine failed to bring masses of people on to the streets, Navalny's death won't either.

But privately, a lot of Russians are grieving. For them, this will just be another very dark day and a loss of hope.

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The horrifying truth of superman's phantom zone has been revealed.

DC Comics' Phantom Zone has been a staple of the Superman series for many years, and now its horrifying true nature has been revealed.

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Superman has sent some of the universe’s evilest villains to the Phantom Zone , and now DC has revealed the horrifying truth of the prison world. In Action Comics 2021 Annual , a number of Superman’s descendants are whisked off to the notorious extra-dimensional prison and learn just what exactly it is. The issue is on sale now in print and digital.

The Phantom Zone was introduced in 1961’s Adventure Comics 283  as a prison dimension where inmates exist in a ghostly form; they are able to witness the outside world but are unable to interact with it. The nature of the Phantom Zone has been modified over the years, as have the inmates in it, such as the Kryptonian supervillain General Zod and Doomsday. In one incarnation, the Phantom Zone was the projection of the consciousness of a dark god named Aeythr; this version slipped into obscurity due to various reboots over the years, but now Aeythr is back in Action Comics Annual 2021 , written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Siya Oum and Scott Godlewski, colors by Hi-Fi and letters by Dave Sharpe.

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The House of El has gathered for the wedding of one of their own, but it is interrupted by Pyrrhos, one of Superman’s evil sons. He produces a device that he calls a relic of his ancestor’s time - a Phantom Zone projector - and teleports his siblings there. In the Phantom Zone, they meet Hank Henshaw, AKA the Cyborg Superman. He tells them that the Phantom Zone was the projection of Aeythr’s consciousness; when Aeythor was asleep, the Zone was peaceful—a place where consciousness could exist and still observe the outside world. Yet, Aeythr has awakened, and this transformed the Phantom Zone into a living nightmare. The group is only able to escape the Zone thanks to a Mother Box.

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The Phantom Zone has been a staple of the Superman comics for 60 years and some of his most infamous foes have been trapped there. Superman  and other Kryptonians thought the Phantom Zone would be a humane place to send criminals, but it is clearly not. Reintroducing the Zone as a projection of Aeythr’s mind not only adds a sinister layer to the Zone, it also could account for the differences in the various Phantom Zones over the years: its nature changes with Aeythr’s mental states. The more calm, humane Silver Age version can now co-exist with the more nightmarish interpretations of recent years.

Previously, the Phantom Zone was seen as a civilized place to send the universe’s worse , but now DC has revealed its horrifying truth - that it is the projection of a gods' consciousness, casting a whole new, nightmarish light on it.

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Inside Russia’s penal colonies: A look at life for political prisoners caught in Putin’s crackdowns

FILE In this file photo made from video provided by the Moscow City Court on Feb. 3, 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny makes a heart gesture standing in a cage during a hearing to a motion from the Russian prison service to convert the suspended sentence of Navalny from the 2014 criminal conviction into a real prison term in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's fiercest foe, has become Russia's most famous political prisoner. He is serving a nine-year term due to end in 2030 on charges widely seen as trumped up, and is facing another trial on new charges that could keep him locked up for another two decades. (Moscow City Court via AP, File)

FILE In this file photo made from video provided by the Moscow City Court on Feb. 3, 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny makes a heart gesture standing in a cage during a hearing to a motion from the Russian prison service to convert the suspended sentence of Navalny from the 2014 criminal conviction into a real prison term in the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, has become Russia’s most famous political prisoner. He is serving a nine-year term due to end in 2030 on charges widely seen as trumped up, and is facing another trial on new charges that could keep him locked up for another two decades. (Moscow City Court via AP, File)

FILE Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks at photographers standing behind a glass of the cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 20, 2021. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, has become Russia’s most famous political prisoner. He is serving a nine-year term due to end in 2030 on charges widely seen as trumped up, and is facing another trial on new charges that could keep him locked up for another two decades. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

FILE - Detained protesters are escorted by police during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Jan. 31, 2021. Memorial, Russia’s oldest and most prominent human rights organization and a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, counted 558 political prisoners in the country as of April -- more than three times higher than in 2018, when it listed 183. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Opposition leader Alexey Navalny, speaks with riot police officers blocking the way during a protest rally against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 25, 2012. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, has become Russia’s most famous political prisoner. He is serving a nine-year term due to end in 2030 on charges widely seen as trumped up, and is facing another trial on new charges that could keep him locked up for another two decades. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Police block a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Jan. 23, 2021. Memorial, Russia’s oldest and most prominent human rights organization and a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, counted 558 political prisoners in the country as of April -- more than three times higher than in 2018, when it listed 183. (AP Photo, file)

FILE Sasha Skochilenko, a 32-year-old artist and musician, stands in a defendant’s cage in a courtroom during a hearing in the Vasileostrovsky district court in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13, 2022. Skochilenko is in detention amid her ongoing trial following her April 2022 arrest in St. Petersburg on the charges of spreading false information about the army. She has spent over a year behind bars. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza is escorted to a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 8, 2023. Kara-Murza, another top Russian opposition figure, was sentenced last month to 25 years on treason charges. (AP Photo, File)

FILE In this handout photo released by the Moscow City Court, Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, on April 17, 2023. Kara-Murza, another top Russian opposition figure, was sentenced last month to 25 years on treason charges. (The Moscow City Court via AP, File)

FILE - Alexei Gorinov holds a sign “I am against the war” standing in a cage during hearing in the courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on June 21, 2022. Gorinov, a former member of a Moscow municipal council, was convicted of “spreading false information” about the army in July over antiwar remarks he made at a council session. Criticism of the invasion was criminalized a few months earlier, and Gorinov, 61, became the first Russian sent to prison for it, receiving seven years. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Andrei Pivovarov, former head of Open Russia movement stands behind the glass during a court session in Krasnodar, Russia, on June 2, 2021. Pivovarov, an opposition figure sentenced last year to four years in prison, has been in isolation at Penal Colony No. 7 in northern Russia’s Karelia region since January and is likely to stay there the rest of this year. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Andrei Pivovarov, former head of Open Russia movement, speaks with media in Moscow, Russia, on July 9, 2020. Pivovarov, an opposition figure sentenced last year to four years in prison, has been in isolation at Penal Colony No. 7 in northern Russia’s Karelia region since January and is likely to stay there the rest of this year. (AP Photo/Denis Kaminev, File)

FILE - Riot police detain two young men at a demonstration in Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 21, 2022. Memorial, Russia’s oldest and most prominent human rights organization and a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, counted 558 political prisoners in the country as of April -- more than three times higher than in 2018, when it listed 183. (AP Photo, File)

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TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Alexei Navalny turns 47 on Sunday, he’ll wake up in a bare concrete cell with hardly any natural light.

He won’t be able to see or talk to any of his loved ones. Phone calls and visits are banned for those in “punishment isolation” cells, a 2-by-3-meter (6 1/2-by-10-foot) space. Guards usually blast patriotic songs and speeches by President Vladimir Putin at him.

“Guess who is the champion of listening to Putin’s speeches? Who listens to them for hours and falls asleep to them?” Navalny said recently in a typically sardonic social media post via his attorneys from Penal Colony No. 6 in the Vladimir region east of Moscow.

He is serving a nine-year term due to end in 2030 on charges widely seen as trumped up, and is facing another trial on new charges that could keep him locked up for another two decades. Rallies have been called for Sunday in Russia to support him.

In this grab taken from video provided by the Navalny Team on Tuesday. Feb. 20, 2024, Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny's mother Lyudmila Navalnaya speaks, near the prison colony in the town of Kharp, Russia. The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appealed to President Vladimir Putin to intervene and turn her son’s body over to her so she can bury him with dignity. Lyudmila Navalnaya, who has been trying to get his body since Saturday, appeared in a video outside the Arctic penal colony where Navalny died on Friday. (Navalny Team via AP)

Navalny has become Russia’s most famous political prisoner — and not just because of his prominence as Putin’s fiercest political foe, his poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, and his being the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.

He has chronicled his arbitrary placement in isolation, where he has spent almost six months. He’s on a meager prison diet, restricted on how much time he can spend writing letters and forced at times to live with a cellmate with poor personal hygiene, making life even more miserable.

Most of the attention goes to Navalny and other high-profile figures like Vladimir Kara-Murza , who was sentenced last month to 25 years on treason charges. But there’s a growing number of less-famous prisoners who are serving time in similarly harsh conditions.

Memorial, Russia’s oldest and most prominent human rights organization and a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, counted 558 political prisoners in the country as of April — more than three times the figure than in 2018, when it listed 183.

The Soviet Union’s far-flung gulag system of prison camps provided inmate labor to develop industries such as mining and logging. While conditions vary among modern-day penal colonies , Russian law still permits prisoners to work on jobs like sewing uniforms for soldiers.

In a 2021 report, the U.S. State Department said conditions in Russian prisons and detention centers “were often harsh and life threatening. Overcrowding, abuse by guards and inmates, limited access to health care, food shortages and inadequate sanitation were common in prisons, penal colonies, and other detention facilities.”

Andrei Pivovarov , an opposition figure sentenced last year to four years in prison, has been in isolation at Penal Colony No. 7 in northern Russia’s Karelia region since January and is likely to stay there the rest of this year, said his partner, Tatyana Usmanova. The institution is notorious for its harsh conditions and reports of torture.

The 41-year-old former head of the pro-democracy group Open Russia spends his days alone in a small cell in a “strict detention” unit, and is not allowed any calls or visits from anyone but his lawyers, Usmanova told The Associated Press. He can get one book from the prison library, can write letters for several hours a day and is permitted 90 minutes outdoors, she said.

Other inmates are prohibited from making eye contact with Pivovarov in the corridors, contributing to his “maximum isolation,” she said.

“It wasn’t enough to sentence him to a real prison term. They are also trying to ruin his life there,” Usmanova added.

Pivovarov was pulled off a Warsaw-bound flight just before takeoff from St. Petersburg in May 2021 and taken to the southern city of Krasnodar. Authorities accused him of engaging with an “undesirable” organization -– a crime since 2015.

Several days before his arrest, Open Russia had disbanded after getting the “undesirable” label.

After his trial in Krasnodar, the St. Petersburg native was convicted and sentenced in July, when Russia’s war in Ukraine and Putin’s sweeping crackdown on dissent were in full swing.

He told AP in a letter from Krasnodar in December that authorities moved him there “to hide me farther away” from his hometown and Moscow. That interview was one of the last Pivovarov was able to give, describing prison life there as “boring and depressing,” with his only diversion being an hour-long walk in a small yard. “Lucky” inmates with cash in their accounts can shop at a prison store once a week for 10 minutes but otherwise must stay in their cells, he wrote.

Letters from supporters lift his spirits, he said. Many people wrote that they used to be uninterested in Russian politics, according to Pivovarov, and “only now are starting to see clearly.”

Now, any letters take weeks to arrive, Usmanova said.

Conditions are easier for some less-famous political prisoners like Alexei Gorinov , a former member of a Moscow municipal council. He was was convicted of “spreading false information” about the army in July over antiwar remarks he made at a council session.

Criticism of the invasion was criminalized a few months earlier, and Gorinov, 61, became the first Russian sent to prison for it, receiving seven years.

He is housed in barracks with about 50 others in his unit at Penal Colony No. 2 in the Vladimir region, Gorinov said in written answers passed to AP in March.

The long sentence for a low-profile activist shocked many, and Gorinov said “authorities needed an example they could showcase to others (of) an ordinary person, rather than a public figure.”

Inmates in his unit can watch TV, and play chess, backgammon or table tennis. There’s a small kitchen to brew tea or coffee between meals, and they can have food from personal supplies.

But Gorinov said prison officials still carry out “enhanced control” of the unit, and he and two other inmates get special checks every two hours, since they’ve been labeled “prone to escape.”

There is little medical help, he said.

“Right now, I’m not feeling all that well, as I can’t recover from bronchitis,” he said, adding that he needed treatment for pneumonia last winter at another prison’s hospital ward, because at Penal Colony No. 2, the most they can do is “break a fever.”

Also suffering health problems is artist and musician Sasha Skochilenko, who is detained amid her ongoing trial following her April 2022 arrest in St. Petersburg, also on charges of spreading false information about the army. Her crime was replacing supermarket price tags with antiwar slogans in protest.

Skochilenko has a congenital heart defect and celiac disease, requiring a gluten-free diet. She gets food parcels weekly, but there is a weight limit, and the 32-year-old can’t eat “half the things they give her there,” said her partner, Sophia Subbotina.

There’s a stark difference between detention facilities for women and men, and Skochilenko has it easier in some ways than male prisoners, Subbotina said.

“Oddly enough, the staff are mostly nice. Mostly they are women, they are quite friendly, they will give helpful tips and they have a very good attitude toward Sasha,” Subbotina told AP by phone.

“Often they support Sasha, they tell her: ‘You will definitely get out of here soon, this is so unfair here.’ They know about our relationship and they are fine with it. They’re very humane,” she said.

There’s no political propaganda in the jail and dance music blares from a radio. Cooking shows play on TV. Skochilenko “wouldn’t watch them in normal life, but in jail, it’s a distraction,” Subbotina said.

She recently arranged for an outside cardiologist to examine Skochilneko and since March has been allowed to visit her twice a month.

Subbotina gets emotional when she recalled their first visit.

“It is a complex and weird feeling when you’ve been living with a person. Sasha and I have been together for over six years — waking up with them, falling asleep with them — then not being able to see them for a year,” she said. “I was nervous when I went to visit her. I didn’t know what I would say to Sasha, but in the end, it went really well.”

Still, Subbotina said a year behind bars has been hard on Skochilenko. The trial is moving slowly, unlike usually swift proceedings for high-profile political activists, with guilty verdicts almost a certainty.

Skochilenko faces up to 10 years if convicted.

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How Would We Punish Supervillains? The Legality of Arkham, the Phantom Zone, and More

how to punish supervillains punishment court and prison options for legality: Zod in the Phantom Zone, Raft, Arkham Asylum, brainwashing

The justice system is not well equipped to handle supervillains. In the past, I’ve written about some of the challenges associated with supervillain trials. Today, in belated honor of Independence Day, I’m going to consider some of the challenges associated with taking away one’s liberty. Specifically, I will consider the types of punishments the justice system could impose on supervillains.

Supervillains are different from regular criminals in two respects — their crimes tend to be more egregious ( killing half of all living things, taking over the world , sinking the United States, etc.), and they often have superpowers.

The first category isn’t much of a concern here, as the justice system has already developed the tools needed to punish egregious crimes. Superpowers, though, are a different issue entirely. In order to understand how the justice system could deal with superpowers, we must first have an understanding of why we punish criminals. Generally speaking, we punish people for four reasons: to deter future crimes, to keep society safe, to rehabilitate criminals, and to obtain retribution for past acts. Those same goals would apply to supervillains. The problem is that superpowers make it challenging to actually enforce punishments.

To take a simple example, consider General Zod from Superman . Zod has the same powers as Superman, so no existing prison would be able to hold him — he could just walk (or fly) out the door and continue his reign of terror.

General Zod how to punish supervillains punishment court and prison options for legality: Zod in the Phantom Zone, Raft, Arkham Asylum, brainwashing

Comic books are replete with criminal escapes, to the point that some people refer to comic book detention facilities as “ cardboard prisons .” Obviously, supervillains require special accommodations. At the same time, supervillains still have rights. In particular, they have a constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishments.

That right manifests itself in a few ways: The severity of a punishment cannot be disproportionate to the severity of the crime, torture is prohibited, and punishments must not be inherently cruel or contrary to “evolving standards of decency.” With those standards in mind, we can evaluate some of the punishment solutions that have appeared in movies and comic books to see whether those solutions would withstand constitutional scrutiny.

The Raft is a prison from the Marvel universe that is “built for people with special abilities.” In the MCU, the Raft is located underwater someplace secret, whereas In the comics, it is located near Rikers Island. The prison deals with superpowers in two ways — by keeping supervillains physically isolated from the rest of society and by using power dampeners.

Neither of those mechanisms poses a constitutional problem. We know that physical isolation isn’t a problem since real-world prisons are often located in remote locations, including Alcatraz, Guantanamo Bay, and even Rikers Island itself. Power dampeners also do not create a constitutional problem, since they are needed to keep the facility secure and to prevent criminals from escaping.

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A potential complication would arise for prisoners who need their superpowers to live. For example, if power dampeners were used to take away the invulnerability of the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl , they would die from the wounds they had obtained while invulnerable. For those people, power dampeners would amount to a death penalty and so could not ordinarily be used.

  • Deterrence: Normal
  • Rehabilitation: Normal
  • Retribution: Normal
  • Safety: Normal
  • Cruel and Unusual: No

Arkham Asylum

It is unclear whether DC’s Arkham Asylum uses power dampeners, but it is implied that the facility has the ability to control and detain people with superpowers. The key question relating to Arkham Asylum is whether it is permissible to subject criminals to involuntary psychiatric treatments.

The easy answer to this question is “yes.” Technically, the villains who are housed in Arkham Asylum were not found guilty of any crimes, but were instead found not guilty by reason of insanity. Contrary to what most people think, defendants who are deemed criminally insane do not go free, but are instead detained for the purpose of obtaining psychiatric treatment. This happens in the real world regularly through a process called civil commitment .

how to punish supervillains punishment court and prison options for legality: Zod in the Phantom Zone, Raft, Arkham Asylum, brainwashing

However, people who are involuntarily committed have a constitutional right to treatment that will afford them a realistic opportunity to return to society. That means that harmful procedures like shock therapy or lobotomies are illegal.

  • Deterrence: Low
  • Rehabilitation: High, provided the doctor is not Harleen Quinzel
  • Retribution: Low
  • Safety: Low, based on the frequency of escapes
  • Cruel and Unusual: No, unless Dr. Hugo Strange is one of the doctors

The Phantom Zone

The Phantom Zone is featured in Superman comics, as well as in Superman II . As explained by Wikipedia , “The inmates of the Phantom Zone reside in a ghost-like state of existence from which they can observe, but cannot interact with, the regular universe. Inmates do not age or require sustenance in the Phantom Zone; furthermore, they are telepathic and mutually insubstantial.” The problem with the Phantom Zone is that it amounts to an indefinite sentence of solitary confinement, a practice that has been recognized as violative of the Eighth Amendment. Even Superman himself concluded that the Phantom Zone amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and opted to subject his nemeses to a shrink ray rather than the Phantom Zone.

  • Deterrence: Probably as high as we can expect from any punishment
  • Rehabilitation: Low — pretty much everyone who leaves from the Phantom Zone goes on a murderous rampage.
  • Retribution: High
  • Safety: High
  • Cruel and Unusual: Absolutely

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Superman isn’t the only hero who tried to solve the supervillain problem with a shrink ray. Ant-Man tried the same thing. He created a prison called “the Big House” that literally diminished the threat level of supervillains by shrinking them down to the size of an ant. In fact, the prison guards were ants. When it comes to normal criminals, there is a strong argument to be made that involuntary shrinking would violate the Eighth Amendment, since it imposes a drastic and invasive physical change.

Those objections carry less weight when it comes to supervillains, since there is a plausible argument that we need to shrink inmates to maintain order and security in the prison. Although prisoners have rights, courts have ruled that prison officials have a lot of latitude when it comes to maintaining prison security.

In one case, the Supreme Court even held that prison officials were allowed to conduct body cavity searches on inmates. Given that exclusion, it seems hard to argue that shrink rays should not be allowed.

  • Deterrence: Ant-Sized
  • Safety: High (except in the comics, the tiny prisoners escaped)
  • Cruel and Unusual: No. But it is funny.

Brainwashing

Avengers: Standoff introduced Marvel readers to Pleasant Hill, a city that was actually a prison. SHIELD had used a cosmic cube fragment to rewrite the memories and personalities of several major villains, most notably including Baron Zemo. The villains then lived normal lives in Pleasant Hill, without having any knowledge of their past. The residents of the town were happy and healthy and lived productive lives.

This raises an interesting question — would it violate the Eighth Amendment to rewrite someone’s memories or change their personality in order to eliminate their criminal tendencies? This question does not have an easy answer.

Avengers: Standoff Pleasant Hill

While operations that eliminate one’s ability to function in society are illegal, the government can require psychiatric patients to take personality-altering medication, as well as (at least for now) change a defendant’s sexual tendencies through treatments like chemical castration. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that the constitutionality of cosmic cube personality rewrites depends on the danger posed by the criminal and the extent of the rewrite.

If the rewrite left the underlying personality intact but simply eliminated their desire or motivation to commit crimes, the procedure would likely be allowed (at least in the case of the most dangerous criminals). On the other hand, if the procedure completely eliminated the criminal’s personality or the essence of their identity, it would probably be unlawful.

Incidentally, the cosmic cube fragment also rewrote Captain America’s brain to make him an Agent of Hydra, after which he took over the world. Obviously, the procedure would not be allowed if it were not reliable.

  • Deterrence: Pretty high, I guess?
  • Rehabilitation: The best
  • Retribution: None — the criminals don’t know they have been punished.
  • Safety: The best
  • Cruel and Unusual: Hard to say, but probably

One of the foundational debates in constitutional law relates to the interplay between liberty and security. It is often said that the constitution is not a suicide pact. But at the same time, we are willing to go to war and risk our lives to defend our freedom.

It is not easy to find the right balance. When it comes to prisoner rights, the debate plays out differently. By breaking the social contract and trouncing on the rights of others, prisoners forfeit many of their most important liberties. But even the worst criminals, including supervillains, have basic human rights and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

The fact that supervillains pose a greater threat to society means it is permissible to impose more restrictive conditions on their confinement. In doing so, however, we must be careful not to lose sight of the rights we are attempting to protect. As the late Justice John Paul Stevens once wrote , “For if this nation is to remain true to the ideals symbolized by the flag, it must not wield the tools of tyrants even to resist an assault by the forces of tyranny.”

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The Phantom Zone is a plane of existence located in subspace. It is a fearsome prison used by Kryptonians to trap and imprison the most evil, malevolent and corrupted. The Phantom Zone is only accessed by the Phantom Zone projector (designed by Thinker Guild scientist Jor-El ).

When a phantom drive is installed onto a starship (such as General Dru-Zod 's Black Zero and Kal-El 's infant one ), it gains the ability to travel instantly to any other location in the universe by briefly passing though the Phantom Zone. However, the collision of two phantom drives creates a brief portal to the Zone, with it appearing as a singularity, sucking into it all objects that have at one point interacted with the sapphire-blue energy from the zone.

  • 1.1 Imprisonment
  • 1.3 Re-imprisonment
  • 2.1 Known inmates
  • 2.2 Former inmates
  • 3 References
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History [ ]

Imprisonment [ ].

Process of imprisonment in phantom zone

The process of imprisonment in the Phantom Zone.

After General Dru-Zod and his Sword of Rao loyalists staged an attempt to take over Krypton (murdering Jor-El , High Eminence Ro-Zar , and many others in the process), they were ultimately defeated and captured by the Sapphire Guards , after which High Eminence Lor-Em sentenced the war criminals to 300 cycles of "somatic reconditioning" within the Phantom Zone for the crimes of murder (of High Eminence Ro-Zar , scientist Jor-El and others) and high treason. 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. [1]

However, when Krypton exploded shortly thereafter, the Black Zero was freed from the Zone, promptly freeing Zod and his loyalists . Under the guidance of his scientist ally Jax-Ur , Zod was able to retrofit the Phantom Zone Projector into a Phantom Drive for the starship, thereby making the 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 a planet suitable to Kryptonian terraformation.

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 traveled, 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. [1]

Re-imprisonment [ ]

Phantom Zone reimprisonment

Fortunately, the US military successfully used Superman '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 his C-17 cargo plane, USAF Colonel Hardy flew it directly into 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. [1]

Inmates [ ]

Known inmates [ ].

  • Faora-Ul - An infamous Kryptonian war criminal of the Kryptonian Civil War , General Dru-Zod 's second-in-command as the Sub-Commander of the Sword of Rao . Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Tor-An - A Kryptonian war criminal of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod as his Head Pilot. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Nam-Ek - A Kryptonian warrior of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod as his strongest soldier. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Jax-Ur - A Kryptonian leading malevolent scientist aligned with General Zod during the Kryptonian Civil War . Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Nadira - A Kryptonian warrior of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Car-Vex - A Kryptonian warrior of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Gor - A Kryptonian warrior of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Dev-Em II - A Kryptonian warrior of the Kryptonian Civil War , operating under General Zod. Escaped before being sent back to the Zone.
  • Nathan Hardy - A human. He was a United States Air Force pilot who helped create a temporary portal on Earth , by crashing the Boeing C-17 cargo plane he was flying into Black Zero , to send the invading Kryptonians back. Tragically, his plane was sucked in as well. killing him, his crew and everyone else on board.
  • Dr. Emil Hamilton - A human . He was an eminent scientist with the US Department of Defence's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He was onboard Col.Hardy's C-17, which crashed into the Black Zero . He (and everyone else on board the plane) was killed on impact.

Former inmates [ ]

  • Dru-Zod - An infamous Kryptonian war criminal, former General of the Kryptonian Warrior Guild and the Sword of Rao . Sentenced to the Zone for the crimes of murder (of High Eminence Ro-Zar , Jor-El , and others in the Kryptonian Civil War ) and high treason against the Kryptonian Law Council . However, he would escape shortly thereafter, upon Krypton 's destruction. Zod would also avoid being imprisoned in the Phantom Zone a second time during the Black Zero Event , as he remained out of range of the singularity created by the collision of two Phantom Drives; he battled Superman until the latter was forced to kill him.

References [ ]

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The Phantom Zone is a prison-like parallel dimension appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics . It is mainly associated with stories featuring Superman . It first appeared in Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961), and was created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp . [1] It was frequently used in the Superman comics before the continuity was rebooted in the 1980s, after Crisis on Infinite Earths , and has appeared occasionally since.

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A horde of Phantom Zone inmates gang up on Superman and Supergirl. As Kal and Kara fight them off, Lucius Fox manages to open a portal to bring them back to Gotham, but they have to hurry. Supergirl intends to push her cousin through the portal and stay to block the dimensional rift off, but Superma

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  • 4 Appearing in "Divergence: Martian Manhunter"
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Synopsis for the 1st Story

A horde of Phantom Zone inmates gang up on Superman and Supergirl. As Kal and Kara fight them off, Lucius Fox manages to open a portal to bring them back to Gotham, but they have to hurry. Supergirl intends to push her cousin through the portal and stay to block the dimensional rift off, but Superman shoves her through the portal first, and stays within the Zone to hold the inmates back.

Somewhere else, the animals of the Kamandi's world decide to invade Gotham and kill all humans. Kamandi and his allies observe the scene while hiding, wondering how to stop them.

Back on the Batcave, Kara refuses to give up Kal, although Lucius tries to talk her out of going back to the Zone. Supergirl finds a Batrope left for Batman. Quickly she snatches the grappling gun up, shoots at her cousin, reels Superman in through the portal and destroys the makeshift Projector before the Phantom Zoners can get out. When Superman complains that she should have left him behind, Supergirl points out that he would have done the same for her. Lucius interrupts their conversation to warn them about the army of intelligent, talking, armed animals tearing up Gotham.

General Symian, the leader of the animal army, is trying to lure the champion human out of hiding by creating as much havoc as possible. Kamandi decides to face up to Symian to keep him busy, but he loses. Symian is about to kill him when Supergirl comes along and punches Symian across the street. Superman scoops Kamandi up and the heroes fly away.

The animal army of the Kamandi world mass-attacks Superman and Supergirl, but they are not a challenge for two Earth-One Kryptonians . Realizing they are outmatched, General Symian orders to detonate bombs around Gotham City as a way to delay them as he gets ready his ultimate weapon.

Kal and Kara let the army's leaders escape while they rescue people. Afterwards, Kamandi meets them again, and the three heroes come up with a plan. Kamandi starts talking about the stories recorded by the ancient texts of his world, and Supergirl cuts him off quickly before he can tell Superman she would die as fighting the Anti-Monitor . Kara remembers the visions she watched in the Phantom Zone narrating her life and her death in battle, [1] and tries to get used to the idea that her fate is sealed. Kal notices she looks frightened and anxious and asks what is going on. She comes out with a transparent excuse. Kal states he isn't buying her story, but Kara replies she's sticking to it.

As per their plan, both cousins pretend to be knocked unconscious when the Kamandi army attacks again and Superman lets himself be captured. Symian reveals his secret weapon: an ancient unused nuclear missile. Then both cousins reveal it was all a ruse. Superman picks the warhead and flies far away while Supergirl defeats Symian and his army easily.

Both cousins say goodbye to Kamandi and their ally and friend leaves. Then Kal asks his cousin again why she has been hovering over him for days like she never has before, and he also asks if there is something she is not telling him. Kara replies she just doesn't want him to die.

Suddenly an earthquake hits Kamandi's New York City. Wondering if that seism is connected with their victory, the cousins decide to take the fight to the entity responsible for the present conflict. [2]

Appearing in the 1st Story

Featured Characters:

  • Supergirl (Earth-One) (Also in a vision)
  • Superman (Earth-One)

Supporting Characters:

  • Kamandi (Earth-AD)
  • Lucius Fox (Earth-One)

Antagonists:

  • The Anti-Monitor (Pre-Crisis) (In a vision) (Cameo)
  • General Symian I (Real name revealed) (First full appearance)
  • "Telos" (Behind the scenes)

Other Characters:

  • Tuftan (Earth-AD) (Cameo)
  • Jor-El (Earth-One) (Mentioned only)
  • Statue of Liberty (In ruins) (Cameo)
  • Antimatter Universe (In a vision) (Cameo)
  • Phantom Zone
  • Earth-AD (Mentioned only)
  • Earth (Mentioned only)
  • Krypton (Mentioned only)
  • Hell (Mentioned only)
  • Antimatter Cannon (In a vision)
  • Phantom Zone Projector
  • Utility Belt (Cameo)
  • Batmobile (Cameo)
  • Antimatter (In a vision)
  • Death of Supergirl (In a vision)

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  • Helen Demoff (First appearance)
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  • Mars (Flashback only)
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  • Superman and Supergirl's story continues in [[]] .
  • "Divergence: Martian Manhunter" is an eight-page "special sneak peek" promoting Martian Manhunter (Volume 4) . It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: Martian Manhunter .
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  • Images from Convergence: Adventures of Superman Vol 1 2

Recommended Reading

  • Action Comics (Volume 1)
  • Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
  • All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
  • Supergirl (Volume 1)
  • Superman Family (Volume 1)
  • Supergirl (Volume 2)
  • Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
  • Power Girl (Volume 1)
  • Supergirl (Volume 3)
  • Supergirl (Volume 4)
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  • Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
  • Power Girl (Volume 2)
  • Supergirl (Volume 6)
  • Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
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  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
  • Action Comics (Volume 2)
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  • Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El (Volume 1)
  • Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
  • Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
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Links and References

  • ↑ Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1
  • ↑ Convergence #6
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DC Comics Presents #97

DC Comics Presents » DC Comics Presents #97 - Phantom Zone: The Final Chapter released by DC Comics on September 1986.

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Final issue. An untold tale of the pre-Crisis universe! Featuring Superman, Jor-El, Lara, General Zod and the Phantom Zone criminals Bizarro, Lana Lang and Mr. Mxyzptlk in the 38-page "Phantom Zone: The Final Chapter."

With the imminent destruction of Krypton looming, Jor-El desperately seeks a safe haven for Krypton's populace. Jor-El's research into parallel dimensions leads him to discover the Phantom Zone. Jor-El projects himself into the Phantom Zone, finding it to be a horribly oppressive environment. In his haste, Jor-El failed to connect the projector properly and finds that, to his horror, he is trapped within the Phantom Zone. Jor-El's wife, Lara Lor-Van, intuitively sensing his distress, makes the necessary connections to the projector, and pulls her husband from the Phantom Zone. Lor-Van is outraged that her husband would take such risks. Though the Phantom Zone proves not to be Krypton's salvation, it ultimately serves Krypton as a prison for the most heinous of criminals. Men like Jax-Ur, who's unauthorized rocket experiments resulted in the destruction of Krypton's moon, Wegthor, along with it's entire populace. Va-Kox, who mutated Krypton's fish into horrific monsters. Dr. Xadu, for his nightmarish experiments on Kryptonian citizens. Faora Hu-El, for the brutal murder of 23 men. Nam-Ek, for killing the Rondor, a protected species on Krypton. The most infamous of all, though, was General Zod, a military leader-turned-dictator, who raised an army of inorganic "men" to seize power, at Fort Rozz. Jor-El personally sentenced his cousin, Kru-El, to the Phantom Zone. Kru-El had built a cache of forbidden weapons, but it was the shame he brought to the House of El that earned Jor-El's ire. The Phantom Zone, though, was not just a depository for Krypton's most wanted. In truth, the Phantom Zone was the manifested collective consciousness of two entire civilizations, both of which died violently when their worlds collided. On some level, that consciousness was aware of the Kryptonian's intrusion into it's being.

Led by General Zod, several of the Phantom Zone inmates attempt to telepathically influence Jor-El into releasing them, at a time when Jor-El is mentally weak. His wife prevents him from activating the Phantom Zone Projector. To prevent further such escape attempts, the Phantom Zone Projector, along with all of Kru-El's weapons, are rocketed into deep space. In the Valley of Juru, the wizard, Thul-Kar, finds that he has arrived too late to join his order in ritual suicide. To preserve his life, and escape the destruction of Krypton, Thul-Kar mystically transports himself into the Phantom Zone. In the final moments before Krypton's destruction, Jor-El launches his only son, Kal-El, in a rocket aimed for Earth. Thul-Kar's sorcerous abilities allow him to make direct contact with the consciousness of the Phantom Zone, called "Aethyr". Thul-Kar creates a fetish of the Bizarro World, which Aethyr seems to inhabit. At that moment, the true Bizarro-World implodes, collapsing into a white hole. As the Bizarro World fetish crumbles in Thul-Kar's hands, Aethyr seems to have undergone a change. The Phantom Zone consciousness is suddenly desperately in need of moving it's essence into the physical world. On the fifth dimensional world of Zrff, Mister Mxyzptlk is sentenced to a null zone, for the crime of bigamy. Thul-Kar reaches out to Mister Mxyzptlk, in the Null Zone, offering him freedom and revenge on his enemies, in exchange, momentarily, for control of his mind and powers. Mister Mxyzptlk agrees. Thul-Kar forges a link between the Aethyr and Mister Mxyzptlk, giving Mister Mxyzptlk an enormous boost in power. Immediately, the fifth dimensional imp breaks free from the null zone. MIster Mxyzptlk exacts his revenge on his jailers by destroying their city. Lana Lang and Clark Kent are in the middle of a news broadcast, when the severed head of Bizarro crashes down upon the news desk, announcing the presence of Mister Mxyzptlk.

Kent rises to meet the challenge, as Superman. Mister Mxyzptlk draws a city-sized meteor of pure Kryptonite down on Metropolis. Despite the danger, Superman smashes into the meteor, shattering it into millions of pieces. Only when corpses begin falling from the sky does Superman realize that he has just destroyed Argo City. As a debris cloud of Kryptonite settles over Metropolis, Superman collapses. With Mister Mxyzptlk as it's anchor, the Aethry completes it's journey into the material world. The instant it does so, the Phantom Zone ceases to exist. All at once, the worst of Krypton's criminals descend on Earth. Though he has been completely consumed by the essence of the Aethyr, MIster Mxyzptlk's personality is still dominant. In revenge for what Thul-Kar has done to him, Mister Mxyzptlk, acting through the Aethyr, begins to reabsorb the Kryptonian escapees, starting with Thul-Kar and Nam-Ek. Superman awakens on the Moon. With his telescopic vision he sees General Zod, and the rest of the Kryptonian villains, razing Washington D.C. Superman beats General Zod into unconsciousness, before taking on the other escapees. Though he fights valiantly, Superman is eventually overwhelmed by their greater numbers. Faora Hu-El is just about to murder the Man of Steel when Aethyr/Mister Mxyzptlk reabsorbs her into itself. Having attained Godhood, Aethyr/ Mister Mxyzptlk departs Superman's dimension, along with all the newly imprisoned Kryptonian criminals. With the destruction of Argo City and Metropolis, Mister Mxyzptlk feels his victory over Superman has been so total, that he need not ever vex the Man of Steel again. Crestfallen at his utter defeat, and grieving the loss of the two cities, Superman is left to cope with the horror of Mister Mxyzptlk's final victory.

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10 Superman Plots DC Comics Never Resolved

Some of the most interesting comics involving Superman and his supporting cast were ultimately unresolved or forgotten by DC Comics.

Superman is the most iconic superhero DC Comics has, and that’s because he was the first and remains timeless. With such a long history, it’s understandable for the Man of Tomorrow to have some forgotten stories in his past. These stories, for one reason or another, simply didn’t get a satisfying resolution.

RELATED: 10 Iconic DC Characters And Their Forgotten Relatives

True, some Superman storylines do “end” by virtue of not continuing, but they leave so many questions in their wake. Oftentimes, they’re questions that will never go answered due to the nature of comic books rebooting every half decade. Regardless, that intrigue is why fans still hope for closure regarding these Superman comics.

Jor-El reveals his identity to Lois Lane in Superman: Rebirth comics

In the early run of Rebirth , an enigmatic character simply known as Mr. Oz had been manipulating things from the shadows. This man turned out to be none other than Jor-El, Superman's father. Jor-El was ripped out of the timestream by the all-powerful Doctor Manhattan during the New 52's cataclysmic destruction, leaving him stranded on Earth to witness the worst of humanity.

This was a big reveal, and it ended with Jor-El being whisked away by a mysterious figure. Despite that intriguing hook, Bendis completely ignores this plotline when he picks up the storyline and portrays Jor-El as what he’s always been before Rebirth . In turn, that made Jor-El’s early arc in Rebirth age poorly .

9 Maelstrom

Maelstrom walks with the Female Furies of Apokolips in DC Comics

At the end of the Maelstrom storyline, Superman and Supergirl banishes the titular villain to a backwater planet with no name. Such a powerful villain would typically return to the fold at some point, but unfortunately for her, Darkseid's demise during the chaotic events of Final Crisis doomed Maelstrom to remain stranded on the harsh planet.

With no trace of her ever since it's natural to assume that she was never retrieved. However, in the unpredictable world of DC Comics, there's always a chance for a surprise twist, but as far as the Kryptonian cousins are concerned, she’s of no consequence, despite having an entire storyline dedicated to her before. Of course, Supergirl and her stories being underrated is nothing new.

8 Superman: Grounded

Superman flies and smiles in superman grounded

The Superman: Grounded storyline takes a different approach to the Man of Steel’s struggles. Instead of dealing with an insurmountable cosmic threat, Superman is instead forced to confront the public that he’s dedicated himself to serving for years. Grounded poses several questions that make Superman and the readers question his role as humanity’s paragon.

RELATED: 10 DC Villains Who Should Never Fight Supergirl

Unfortunately, the writer J. Michael Straczynski left the comic halfway through, and sadly, he took several of those interesting questions with him. The story quickly lost track of its human elements and decided to blame the public’s mistrust of Superman on magical gaslighting Kryptonite. An unfortunate fate for a promising storyline.

7 Kathy Branden

Kathy Branden as Beacon in DC Comics

Although focusing more on the Superman family , Kathy Branden played an important role in the early parts of Rebirth . By all accounts, she was being teased as Jonathan’s first love, and even fighting off Manchester Black together with Damian Wayne. Sadly, Kathy seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Another casualty of Bendis taking over the Superman run, Kathy hasn’t been seen in years, nor even mentioned. Jonathan has a new love interest now as well, so it’s unlikely Kathy will come back as a romantic option for Jon. Overall, such a fun character not having any resolution to her established arc is unfortunate.

6 The Phantom Zone Inmates

Superman battles Kryptonians from the Phantom Zone

Superman finds himself trapped in the Phantom Zone surrounded by all the enemies he’s imprisoned there over the years. Many villains are introduced in this storyline, some of whom were never even seen before. However, when the actual “escape” part of the story happens, many of these villains just disappear.

Cha-Mel, Gor-Nu, and Bal-Gra are briefly mentioned but never make an appearance during the escape or the epilogue, where the remaining residents are trapped in a crystal. Interestingly, Gra-Mo, the last prisoner sent into space before the creation of the Phantom Zone, is also missing, despite his previous encounter with Superman. They are never seen escaping or dying, so it’s a mystery what’s happened to them.

5 Chris Kent

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In the Phantom Zone, General Zod slept with his close military confidant, Ursa, who gave birth to Lor-Zod. Lor-Zod was initially a villain who worked with his mother to seed Kryptonian sleeper agents on Earth. However, his encounters with Superman eventually convinced him to turn against his father. He was even adopted by Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

RELATED: 10 DC Villain Victories That Weren't Worth Their Cost

Lor-Zod changed his name to Christopher Kent, and even took up the mantle of Nightwing for a short time. After Zod invades Earth, however, Chris sacrificed his freedom to push Zod back into the Phantom Zone, where he reverted to a boy once more. He has never been seen in mainline comics since, leaving his story on a bittersweet cliffhanger.

4 Doctor Stratos

Doctor Stratos as a water elemental

This little-known villain from Adventures of Superman #431 by Marv Wolfman and Erik Larsen had the rare “victory” against the Man of Steel. At first, his experiment seemingly results in his accidental death, with him falling into the ocean. However, he quickly turns into a powerful giant and vows revenge on Superman.

Unfortunately, Doctor Stratos was never seen again after this story arc, as Marv Wolfman left the series six issues later. It’s a mystery if the last few panels of this comic will ever be revisited. Still, Superman should take care whenever he’s near a huge body of water, lest he gets pulled in by a vengeful ghost.

3 Lena Luthor

Lena Luthor from DC Comics hearing Mother Box chants

Lena Luthor, in pretty much every mainline appearance, is a walking non-resolution. In the 90s, Lena was Lex’s daughter who disappeared without explanation. Originally depicted as Luthor's biological child, the character's disappearance was eventually clarified during the Infinite Crisis storyline.

Unfortunately, this came right before a cosmic retcon that would then turn Lena into Lex’s sister, not his daughter. Even in this universe, Lena’s daughter was fated to be like her mother, disappearing after another cosmic event. In essence, Lena has a bad habit of never getting closure on any of her storylines.

2 Who Took the Super Out Of Superman?

Xviar in Prison talking to Superman

Superman rarely loses his superpowers, and that’s exactly why "Who Took the Super Out of Superman?" was a unique story. It primarily focused on Clark Kent’s mental blocks. Without the costume, Clark is unable to use any of his Kryptonian powers. By the end, the entire scheme was revealed to be caused by an alien named Xviar.

After a grueling battle, Xviar is thrown into an interplanetary prison alongside the rest of Superman’s foes, such as Brainiac . Unlike Brainiac, who obviously breaks out on his own eventually, Xviar is never seen again, and this is despite coming dangerously close to ending the Kryptonian’s career forever.

1 The Black Ring

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Escape from the Phantom Zone is a Superman / Batman crossover published in 2017. It included Batgirl (Rebirth) first Annual (with story and art by Hope Larson and Iñaki Miranda) and Supergirl (Rebirth) issues #9-11 (written and illustrated by Steve Orlando and Brian Ching).

Supergirl asks Batgirl 's help to sneak into a Project Cadmus' secret base and break out an alleged Kryptonian prisoner called Gayle Marsh who has been sending her psychic distress calls. As might be expected, though, it was a trap: Gayle was told she could get their mental issues fixed if she travelled to the Phantom Zone , using Supergirl's body as a beacon to pinpoint its dimensional location. Despite Supergirl's warnings, Gayle opens a portal and vanishes.

Sometime after, Supergirl is attending a press conference where Tychotech is introducing a new machine which is suspected to be stolen alien technology. Since the device is a machine which siphons off power from the Phantom Zone, Barbara Gordon is also attending on behalf of her clean energy company. Suddenly, a super-villain attacks the exhibition, and during the ensuing battle the Phantom Drive starts malfunctioning, opening a rift to the Zone. Benjamin Rubel, a mutual friend of both heroines, gets dragged into the twilight dimension, forcing both Supergirl and Batgirl to go through the portal to rescue him.

The trio are making their way through the nightmarish landscape, trying to come up with a way to escape, when they are captured by the minions of Xa-Du, one of the worst criminals of Krypton. Xa-Du was the one who tricked Gayle into going into the Zone to force her to use her dimensional-travel powers, but Gayle thwarted him by wrapping herself in an unbreakable energy bubble. So Xa-Du has been capturing and boiling other inmates alive to merge their sun-powered bodies into his powered armor, and so becoming powerful enough to break Gayle's psychic shield.

And now a fully powered Kryptonian has just fallen in his lap.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade : Magog boasts that "[his] lance cuts through all mortal matter."
  • And I Must Scream : Xa-Du fuels his armor by boiling other Phantom Zone inmates' bodies and sticking his souls to his armor.
  • Badass Boast : Magog delivers the next line before beginning his battle with Supergirl: Magog: "Supergirl. They cry for you. Your legend's already begun...and that's fine. I'll just have to kill it while it's young."
  • Badass Fingersnap : Supergirl defeats Magog by causing a shockwave which knocks him down with a snap of her fingers.
  • Bad Liar : As trying to convince Supergirl that she is Kryptonian, Psi reveals her real name Gayle Marsh. Batgirl quickly points out that is not a Kryptonian name when stating her story does not hold up.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block : Magog begins their battle by flinging his spear at Supergirl, who ducks and grabs the bladed projectile with both hands.
  • Batman Gambit : Batgirl taunts and baits Xa-Du until he becomes so mad that he blurts out that he lied to his minions about getting them out of the Phantom Zone . His minions, who let Xa-Du slaughter plenty of them to fuel his power, believing he would set the survivors free, are not amused . Realizing that he has been baited and his minions have turned against him, Xa-Du gets angrier at Babs, who reminds him that she told she knew his kind. Xa-Du: YOU! Girl-thing! You did this! Batgirl: Told you. I know your type .
  • Big Bad : Xa-Du is a Kryptonian mad scientist who was sent into the Phantom Zone due to his penchant for making experiments with people.
  • Big "NO!" : Benjamin Rubel screams a very loud "Supergirl, NO! " when Kara willingly dives into the jaws of a huge psychic dragon.
  • Bit Part Bad Guys : At the very beginning, Red Spur is chased away by Batgirl and Supergirl before the beginning of the main plot.
  • Bridal Carry : Supergirl collapses after getting hit with Psi's psychic attack, prompting Batgirl to carry her in her arms when they escape from Project Cadmus' black site.
  • Calling Your Nausea : Supergirl falls on her knees and mutters she is going to throw up after being subjected to Psi's psychic attack.
  • Canon Immigrant : Selena, the villain of the Supergirl (1984) movie is introduced as a sorceress.
  • Clothes Make the Superman : Magog's lance can "cut through all mortal matter", and his god-forged golden helmet is nearly indestructible.
  • Continuity Nod : Tychotech, Simon Tycho's company, makes a reappearance where Simon's mysterious disappearance is mentioned. Given the events of Supergirl (2011) , his disappearance will be permanent and probably remain unexplained.
  • Cool Gate : The Tycho Eidolon machine generates a dimensional portal shaped as a glowing energy sphere which drags everything surrounding it into the Phantom Zone.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive : Katarina Bissell, CEO of Tychotech. Although it is unclear how deeply she was involved in her company's dirty dealings, Tychotech did take credit for creating stolen experimental technology. And she definitely does not like government agencies poking their noses into her company's inner workings.
  • Crazy-Prepared : Invoked when Batgirl explains she needs to be ready to anything because she is not invulnerable, before revealing she hides lock picks in the lining of her cape. Batgirl: "The first thing is ditching this cell. And when you're not a Girl of Steel, you come prepared..."
  • Crisis Catch And Carry : Kara and Babs must sneak out of Cadmus before being spotted by security. However, Kara is unable to stand upright after getting struck by Psi's psychic attack, so Barbara grabs her friend and takes her away to safety.
  • Cue the Sun : In the aftermath of their joint adventure, Supergirl and Batgirl are sitting on a rooftop, watching the sun rising while arguing the latest developments and promising to help each other before parting ways.
  • Dénouement : After getting out of the Zone, Supergirl and Batgirl talk over their adventure and the Tychotech device which started the whole mess being stolen technology. Batgirl promises to help Supergirl if she needs her again, and then both heroines fly/swing away.
  • Destructive Saviour : As soon as he sees Supergirl arriving at a clean energy exposition, Ben Rubel's immediate assumption is that something is going to blow up. Supergirl is humorously ticked off by his words, but Ben is proved right when a super-villain attacks the ceremony, and their battle causes an engine overload and explode. Benjamin Rubel: Supergirl ! You're here , too?! Wait, is something going to blow up ? Supergirl: I do not only show up for explosions.
  • Disaster Dominoes : Magog interrupts Tychotech's press conference by throwing his spear at Supergirl. Kara manages to grab the spear, but the bladed tip hits the Phantom Eidolon. The device is turned on, creating a dimensional vortex. Ben Rubel gets dragged into the dimensional portal, and Batgirl jumps into it to rescue Ben. Supergirl flies into the portal to rescue her, and the trio becomes trapped in the Zone.
  • The Dog Bites Back : Xa-Du convinces other Phantom Zone inmates that he could get them out of the Zone if a sufficient number of them sacrifices their bodies to fuel his powered armor. However, Batgirl gets Xa-Du to slip he never intended release anybody other than himself, and he does not even regard his minions as anything other than raw materials. When his surviving minions express their outrage over their treatment, Xa-Du dismisses them contemptuously... until he realizes he has been surrounded by a crowd of mad criminals. First Mook: Lord Xadu. In your passion, you've returned to our native tongue. The crew finds your words...disturbing. There's much to answer for. Xa-Du: What?! I answer for nothing! My escape is the only thing that could give your mundane flesh meaning! Second Mook: We sacrificed our bodies in hopes of freedom. Your hope was a lie. Third Mook: But we're all criminals here. We're taking our sacrifices back— piece by piece.
  • Evil Gloating : Batgirl goads Xa-Du into keeping rambling on about how he will wreck terrible vengeance upon her for ruining his plans until he spits out that he never intended to fulfill his promise of breaking his fellow inmates from the Phantom Zone. His minions immediately take exception to his lies and manipulations and turn against Xa-Du. Xa-Du: I know little of your language, picked up from my time in the Aethyr Switch's mind. But it should suffice to murder you in your own tongue. Batgirl: Right. Keep talking.
  • Evil Plan : Xa-Du lures Psi into the Phantom Zone , hoping to force her to open an inter-dimensional rift which lets him escape from its prison. Though, Psi wraps herself in an energy cocoon to protect herself from Xa-Du. Undeterred, Xa-Du begins merging his fellow inmates' souls into his armor in order to become powerful enough to break Psi's shield.
  • Fate Worse than Death : Xa-Du's minions openly think death is a kinder fate than becoming stuck to Xa-Du's armor. Mook: Thing is, ya can't die here. But ya can sure change shape. So when we boil ya down an' funnel ya inta Lord Xa-Du's ecto-armor, ya spend yer life as melted jelly . Imagine it. I'd go crazier .
  • Friendship Moment : After their first team-up, Kara and Barbara are lying on their backs on the Mojave Desert and engaging in little talk while Supergirl recovers. When Kara asks if she can call Babs in case that she needs her again, the latter smiles and answers she already put her number in Supergirl's phone.
  • An Ice Person : When sneaking into Project Cadmus, Kara and Barbara bump into a metahuman called Caleb who can summon blizzards and ice storms.
  • If I Had a Nickel... : Barbara utters the line after Kara tells her about some telepathic messages she has been receiving: Supergirl: There is a girl there. A prisoner . Test subject. She needs our help. Batgirl: And how'd you find out about her? Supergirl: Long-distance telepathic transmission. Only I can hear her. Batgirl: Ah, the old incarcerated psychic trick. If I had a nickel for every time—
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy : Xa-Du shoots one heat blast at Batgirl, who is just some few feet away, and he misses. Justified, as Xa-Du's original appearances state that while he may be a genius and a Kryptonian, he's not a trained fighter and has a poor record against people in his weight class.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink : When Supergirl says she needs her help to break into a black site, Batgirl decides she needs coffee to get through that conversation.
  • It Has Only Just Begun : After meeting Psi and sneak Supergirl out of Cadmus, Batgirl states she has the feeling that stealth mission has only been the beginning of their adventure, and they will soon meet Psi again.
  • It's All My Fault : Supergirl apologizes to Batgirl and Ben for being unable to stop them from falling into the Zone. She is utterly blameless for that mess since villain Magog was the one who wrecked the generator which opened a dimensional vortex, Ben was dragged into the maelstrom, Babs jumped after him and Kara simply flew after her...but Kara blames herself anyway.
  • Kirby Dots : Every time Magog swings his spear, the blade leaves a trail of glowing purple energy surrounded by crackling black dots.
  • The Load : Benjamin Rubel slipping and falling into a dimensional vortex is the only reason that Supergirl and Batgirl become trapped into the Phantom Zone. During their adventure, Ben does nothing but tag along and react to things with shock while Supergirl and Batgirl use their powers, skills and brains to both survive in the Zone and prevent their friend from dying. Even though Ben insists that he does not want to be rescued, his actual attempt to help them out ends up with both Kara and Babs saving him from being pounded into paste by an enraged inmate.
  • Lovely Angels : Kara and Barbara renew their friendship as battling a particularly sadistic Kryptonian Mad Scientist.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless : One of the minions of the Big Bad Xa-Du is a muscle-bound giant who absolutely dwarfs Supergirl and Batgirl. They knock him out with two punches (keep in mind Supergirl was depowered at the time).
  • Never My Fault : When Supergirl tries to reach Psi out, the young psychic remarks that Supergirl helped get her there from the Earth and accuses her from being working for Xa-Du... clearly forgetting that she was the one who tricked Kara into helping her find the Zone, and Kara warned her against going to the Zone repeatedly .
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero : One jailer gives the sorceress Selena one stale, moldy loaf in punishment for her latest offense. Though, the mold growing throughout the bread gives Selena a tool to bypass her cell's anti-magic protection, and she can cast a spell to get rid of her guards and blow her cell up.
  • Non-Action Guy : Ben Rubel gets accidentally dragged into another dimension, forcing Kara and Babs to dive into a dimensional hole to save him. Ben, who is a teen journalist with absolutely no skills to speak of, contributes to their adventure by freaking out every time he sees something unusual and stepping back and aside while the girls do all the work (breaking out of a cell, fighting villains, finding a way back home...)
  • Noodle Incident : When Ben Rubel expresses concern about Batgirl 's escape plan, Babs replies she has been in worse spots than "trapped in a pocket dimension and captured by a mad scientist who plans to boil your flesh", and she has gotten herself out of them with less resources. Benjamin Rubel: That's the best plan we've got? Batgirl: I've gotten out of worse spots with less . Benjamin Rubel: Man... I haven't fought anyone since Middle School. Batgirl: I waited until High School.
  • Oh, Crap! : Supergirl and Batgirl have sneaked into a Project Cadmus secret base when Kara suddenly hears D.E.O. director Cameron Chase walking down the hallways. Kara freaks out right away because Chase explicitly forbade her from breaking into the facility.
  • "Open!" Says Me : Babs and Kara sneak in a clandestine black site to free a prisoner. They have to open a cell door, but they've not got the key, so Kara rips the door off its hinges.
  • Our Dragons Are Different : When enraged, Psi transforms into a castle-sized purple psychic dragon with large batwings.
  • Phantom Zone : Supergirl and Batgirl are thrown into the Zone while Xa-Du, one of most depraved Kryptonian criminals, is slaying other inmates as part of a scheme to set himself free. Ben Rubel: Supergirl? I can barely feel anything...What is this place? Supergirl: A Kryptonian prison outside our universe, Ben. The Phantom Zone. Discovered by my family... Batgirl: Feels like low gravity. Supergirl: Not much is solid here, Batgirl. Inmates are meant to contemplate their crimes. Kryptonians have no strength here.
  • Power Glows : The dimensional rift opened by the Tycho Eidolon looks like an energy ball which gives off a blinding violet glow.
  • Rage Breaking Point : After going into the Phantom Zone, Gayle finds out that the person who claimed to be able to fix her issues is Xa-Du, a Kryptonian amoral scientist who intends to use her power to get out of his prison. Frightened, Gayle protects herself by wrapping her body in an unbreakable psychic bubble and putting her mind in sleep mode. Nonetheless, she can still feel the Phantom Zoners' evil thoughts hammering into her head constantly while Xa-Du gloats about turning people into fuel for his armor until he becomes powerful enough to break her shell and forcing her into obedience...or killing her. Sometime later, Supergirl sneaks into Xa-Du's fortress to try to free her, but she is found and slashed with poisoned claws by Xa-Du. Then, Xa-Du taunts Psi by asking if she is angry. Psi replies by transforming into a massive roaring psychic dragon and turning his citadel into rubble.
  • Recruitment by Rescue : Subverted. The new Fatal Five head towards Limbo Town to free and recruit a witch called Selena. Still, Selena breaks out of her imprisonment five minutes before their arrival. Yet still , she joins the super-villain team anyway.
  • Redundant Rescue : Selena breaks out of her cell five minutes before the Fatal Five come along to release her. Selena: You're five minutes too late for a jailbreak, whoever you are.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless : Played with. Supergirl joined the Department of Extranormal Operations with the understanding that she would help them develop her rocketship's "Phantom Drive" Kryptonian propulsion technology. However, Tychotech steal their experimental technology, and then they hold a press conference where they present a generator which draws power from the Phantom Zone... and almost sends all attendants into the Zone when it malfunctions.
  • Revenge by Proxy : Once Psi has woken up, Xa-Du does not longer need to kill Supergirl to carry his goals out, but he intends to do it anyway to spite her dead uncle, the one who discovered the pocket dimension where Xa-Du was exiled to. Xa-Du: You woke the Aethyr Switch. And I didn't even need to boil you. Note I said "need." I'll still do it as a Thank-you to your dead uncle.
  • Right in Front of Me : When he sees Supergirl arriving at an exposition that he was sent to cover, Ben Rubel tells her that he is glad that he was chosen to cover the ceremony instead of his rival Kara Danvers. Ben Rubel: Man, I'm glad I didn't miss this. Miss Grant only sent one of the young innovators. Good thing she took my pitch over Danvers'. Supergirl: ...Right. Good thing.
  • Schmuck Bait : When Batgirl points out that "telepathic message from unfairly imprisoned psychic" has "trap" written all over it, Supergirl argues she cannot run the risk that this specific distress call is not legitimate. Unfortunately, Batgirl's suspicions are proved right, and they are attacked by the "imprisoned psychic" when they find her.
  • Seen It All : Ben is understandably upset over being thrown into an other-dimensional Hell, being jailed by a mad scientist -who wants to boil his flesh and turn his soul into fuel for his armor- and watching a girl transforming into a giant psionic dragon. Supergirl and Batgirl are unfazed, though, stating that they know how to deal with such shenanigans because they're routine stuff to them. Benjamin: My God, she... She's a dragon ! She split the whole city apart! This is too much, it's crazy ... Batgirl: We handle crazy every week, Ben.
  • Sensory Overload : When Ben is being cornered by Xa-Du's minions, Batgirl quickly tosses a stun beacon at him and tells him to cover his eyes. The ensuing, blinding flash is so overpowering that all mooks fall to their knees, rubbing their aching eyes and moaning in pain.
  • Sitting on the Roof : After leaving the Zone, Kara and Babs are sitting on a rooftop, watching the sunrise and complimenting each other.
  • Stunned Silence : Batgirl becomes speechless when she asks Supergirl if she wants to hang around, and Supergirl replies she would be grateful if Batgirl helped her break into a black ops government facility.
  • Supervillain Lair : Xa-Du has a base in the Phantom Zone called Aethyropolis where he houses his troops, locks his prisoners away and performs horrible experiments. Built from ghost carbon, one of the few solid substances in the "twilight dimension", it looks like a pyramid-like bluish-grey castle surrounded by sharp spires.
  • Talk to the Fist : When Xa-Du is threatening Batgirl, Babs cuts his rant off by kicking his mouth. Xa-Du: Batgirl! You stole Kara Zor-El's solar tallow. Because of you, my ecto-mail is no stronger than a sick Kryptonian child would be on your world. But even a weak Kryptonian flesh suit is strong enough to rip out your heart! Batgirl kicks his mouth Xa-Du: Heh.
  • This Is Gonna Suck : Supergirl whispers a soft, quiet "No" when she realizes that she and Batgirl have fallen into the clutches of Xa-Du, one of the most depraved and cruelest criminals from Krypton. Jiln-Ka: You need not explain that to me, Kara Zor-El. Supergirl: ...How do you know my name, Captain Jiln-Ka? Jiln-Ka: "Captain" was only a lure. It's "doctor". Supergirl: ...No. Xa-Du: Dr. Xa-Du. And I know the House of El. I said I'd take you to Aethyropolis. I will. I have use for your meats.
  • Thrown Down a Well : When Ben wonders why he cannot feel anything but cold, Supergirl explains that is part of the punishment. Criminals are not supposed to find their banishment pleasant. Ben Rubel: What is this place? I can't feel anything... I'm cold from the inside out. Supergirl: That—That is normal, Ben. It is expected as part of the punishment for the worst Kryptonian criminals...sentenced to the Phantom Zone!
  • Took a Level in Cynic : Psi does not want to believe Supergirl's claims of wanting to help her because a lot of people have abused and manipulated her after claiming to be invested in her welfare. Psi: Cadmus said they'd help me— They lied. Xa-Du said he could help me— He lied. Now you're here to help me? Why the Hell should I trust you?
  • After Kara tells Babs about Gayle's psychic message, Batgirl reminds her that incarcerated psychic is an old trick and points out several holes in Gayle's story (such as her definitely non-Kryptonian name). Supergirl replies that she is aware that it sounds like a trap, but she must walk into it because she cannot risk leaving one of her people in danger.
  • Right after falling into the Phantom Zone, Kara, Babs and Ben are found by Jilk-Ka Batgirl notes he sounds as a bad actor and Kara agrees, but she argues they need to find something to stand on. Jiln-Ka: That, my lost friends...is the sound of hope. My name is Captain Jiln-Ka. We spied you, my crew and I— adrift on the Phantom tide. Lost at sea. But no more. There is purchase in this place. The solid city of Aethyropolis. We can take you there. Batgirl: Don't know what he's saying, but it sounds like he's rehearsed it. You buying this? Supergirl: No. But we need to be on solid ground.
  • Trapped in Another World : Kara, Babs and Ben are thrown into a parallel dimension, with no apparent way to return.
  • Unknown Rival : Supergirl is attacked by the villain Magog, who claims she did -or, better said, will- destroy his family. Kara, who does not even know who Magog is -let alone his family-, but is used to strangers attacking her for things she has not done, tries to reason with him. When Magog refuses to elaborate, or calm down, she simply knocks him out. Supergirl: Who are you? We do not have to fight— Magog: I know what you did— What you will do![...] Supergirl: You are not the first to attack me for things I have not done—
  • Unwitting Pawn : Xa-Du convinces young psychic Gayle Marsh that he can fix her mental issues if she goes into the Phantom Zone. Gayle manipulates Supergirl into coming to her, uses her body as a beacon signal to find the Zone, and finds out that Xa-Du's real goal is to use her inborn power to break out of his dimensional prison and cause mayhem in the physical world.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left : Magog slips into a dimensional portal when his attempt to kill Supergirl fails, and he is surrounded by troops of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations.
  • Villain Teleportation : Magog owns a device which allows him to teleport himself away when in danger.
  • Wedgie : In the very first issue, Supergirl accidentally wedgied Batgirl by grabbing her by her pants when she's about to fall.
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : Supergirl and Batgirl break a cryokinetic guy called Caleb out of his cell and make off with him. When they meet again, neither of them mentions what happened to Caleb.
  • Wolverine Claws : Xa-Du's gauntlets are armed with poisoned claws.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit : Psi sends a telepathic distress call to Supergirl, pretending to be an imprisoned Kryptonian to trick Kara into releasing the former.
  • Wounded Hero, Weaker Helper : After being struck and brought to her knees by a powerful psychic attack, Supergirl needs Batgirl to carry her out of the prison complex where both heroines had broken into.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One : Despite Supergirl's efforts to prevent it, Gayle goes into the Zone and falls into Xa-Du's clutches.
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History [ ]

The Zulian Maletarians are a race that can multiply by possessing people. They originated from a dark planet at the edge of the Rao system and were forced to flee for unknown reasons. After that, they plotted to take over planets until the Kryptonians banished them to the Phantom Zone . The Zone somehow prevented the Zulian Maletarians from multiplying, though they retained their ability to psychically inspire fear and misery, causing them to attack other Phantom Zone inmates indiscriminately and leading to the realm being aptly named after them as its prison-guards and the most dominant species therein. [1]

After the Anti-Monitor Crisis , the Phantom Zone was split into numerous dimensional planes; going from being a single dimension to many, so the Phantoms spread into the new "archipelago" of dimensions. In late 2020, Supergirl was sent to the Phantom Zone, attracting the attention of the phantoms. [2] Disconcerted, she was going to be attacked by the Phantoms but was saved by Zor-El . [3]

Prime Phantom

Prime Phantom .

When the Superfriends opened a portal in the tower to the Phantom Zone to rescue Kara, the Phantoms left. Eventually, the heroes managed to arrest some of them back but several had already escaped, including Prime Phantom . Secretly, they possessed Silas [3] and a few more citizens of National City . Then, they faced the Superfriends again, but the heroes banished almost all of them to their original universe; but Prime Phantom managed to escape again. [1] The Phantoms made the Superfriends hallucinate with their worst nightmares when they entered the Phantom Zone to rescue Kara. [4]

Lex Luthor summoned several Phantoms from the Phantom Zone to defeat the Superfriends . However, since the Phantoms feed on fear, they attacked him and Nyxlygsptlnz and imprisoned them in the Phantom Zone instead. [5]

Known Phantoms [ ]

  • Prime Phantom

Known individuals infected by phantoms [ ]

Powers and abilities [ ].

  • Fear projection: According to Brainy, phantoms initially attack their victims through psychological means; mentally tormenting them. Next, they attack their victims physically. [1] Within the Phantom Zone, this ability is amplified to the degree that a phantom doesn't even need to be in close proximity of its victims; and unless the phantoms' targets are somehow protected or if the influence is somehow mitigated, their recipients will become trapped in a catatonic state through something J'onn described as "fear visions". [4]
  • Infection: Phantoms are capable of infecting others when they attack if they get close enough to cut their target(s), which later leads to the afflicted becoming another phantom. [1] Once infected, after a short period of incubation, the soul of the infected individual leaves the body (which is the point when the victim's transformation occurs) and becomes trapped in a chrysalis at the phantom's nest. If the cocoon isn't shattered before it fully hardens, the souls of the infected within the chrysalis will be lost forever. However, if the souls are released from the cocoon, this will free all infected individuals; restoring them to their normal selves. [6]
  • Cryokinesis: Phantoms are capable of generating extreme coldness and ice.
  • Teleportation: The Prime Phantom was somehow able to open a portal that engulfed him in order to escape from the containment chamber built by the Superfriends.
  • Accelerated healing factor: Phantoms have the power to heal much faster than humans, as seen when they were hit several times by Brainy's blaster and Alex Danvers' gun and were able to heal quickly without any injury.
  • Flight: The Phantoms can fly.
  • Life-force detection : Phantoms are capable of honing in on the life-forces of other creatures. M'gann M'orzz developed this ability while a portion of her soul was trapped in the Phantoms' chrysalis. [6]

Appearances [ ]

Supergirl [ ], references [ ].

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 " Phantom Menaces "
  • ↑ " Rebirth "
  • ↑ 3.0 3.1 " A Few Good Women "
  • ↑ 4.0 4.1 " Fear Knot "
  • ↑ 6.0 6.1 " Lost Souls "
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  • 2 Barry Allen (Earth-1)
  • 3 Eobard Thawne

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Welcome to the February 2024 Road Ahead where we start our journey into the Star Wars : The Phantom Menace™ arc! In today’s post we will be presenting you with information and developer insight on the new Mandalore Bonus Zone, the Gungan Faction, the Galactic Republic Faction, Guild Gifting, Jar Jar Binks and a new raid, the Battle for Naboo! 

And yes we did say Jar Jar Binks! 

As a reminder, anything in the Road Ahead is subject to change. But without further ado, enjoy February’s Road Ahead! We look forward to reading and watching your reactions! 

The first item up for discussion is the new Bonus Zone! 

New Bonus Zone! 

While we don’t have full details on the new Bonus Zone, we are working on one and learning our inspiration from Star Wars Rebels, so you’ll find yourself on a scarred planet riddled with conflict and heavily influenced by the Galactic Empire. So gear up your Squad, prepare for battle and help your Guild to Victory! 

Who’s Required?

As we are still working on developing the new Bonus Zone, the requirements haven’t been finalized yet. However, you can expect that some of our newer Mandalorian faction characters (Bo-Katan (Mand’alor), Dark Trooper Moff Gideon, etc.) and some old favorites (like Sabine Wren) will likely make an appearance. We’ll be sure to post an updated list once the requirements have been locked in.

Star Wars : The Phantom Menace™ (Episode 1) - Battle for Naboo Raid

What better way to celebrate Star Wars : The Phantom Menace™’s 25th Anniversary than with an iconic battle on the planet of Naboo! We are excited to give you all an early read-in and look at the next Raid and the direction we are looking to go while we build out our Episode 1 SWGOH adventure. You and your Guild will find yourselves in the middle of conflict, participating in the Battle for Naboo against waves of Battle Droids with no end in sight! Will you be able to sustain all that fire power? Gear up your Gungans who will give you your best chance of survival and maximum point potential! Our initial target date for this is around summertime, but we will keep you folks posted as we get closer to launch. 

Next - a word from the design lead for this raid! 

What has it been like working on the Raid?

I enjoy making events with narrative opportunities, like the Territory Battle and the Jedi Knight Cal’s Hero Journey, so working on the Raid has been a lot of fun. We’re trying to really nail that feeling of nostalgia and excitement that comes with watching the Battle for Naboo – do you remember the first time you saw those battle droids unload from the transports?

What are some characters/Factions that may be required? 

While the Raid is still in production and nothing is finalized, we are currently leaning towards subsets of characters found in these factions: Galactic Republic, Jedi, Separatists, and, of course, Gungans. In ‘Battle for Naboo’, the Gungans with Jar Jar Binks on their side will give you the best opportunity to be successful in the Raid. The Gungans will be featured as a faction inside the Battle for Naboo Raid, much like Jabba the Hutt was for the ‘Krayt Dragon Hunt’ and Leia Organa was for the Speeder Bike Pursuit Raid. When we get closer to Raid Launch, we will be sure to communicate with you the final details so you and your Guild can be prepared for action! 

Speaking of the Battle for Naboo Raid, here comes an awesome new faction, Gungans !

A word from the design lead for The Gungan faction: 

Gungans rarely left their home planet of Naboo, and because of this they were exceptionally proud and protective of their home. We wanted this faction to represent that moment in The Phantom Menace of them standing steady on the battlefield as the Trade Federation invasion unfolds in front of them. The Gungan team will have significant upfront power from their Shield Generator to defend against any would-be attackers. While much of the team works in an orderly fashion, there is a member that may cause a bit of disarray to the battleplans. 

Who are the Gungans? 

Boss Nass - A boisterous Leader who commands the Gungans of Otoh Gunga with pride and utilizes their unique technology to achieve victory. Boss Nass’ Shield Generator will provide Gungans a way to avoid damage early on in the fight. 

Captain Tarpals - Decisive attacker that sets up his teammates for success and inflicts sizable damage to the enemies.

Gungan Boomadier - Versatile attacker that capitalizes on enemy debuffs and ramps damage while using abilities when the Shield Generator is up.

Gungan Phalanx -  A stout tank that is willing to assist his allies in need and provide coverage with his shield.

New Legendary Unit:

Jar Jar Binks - A Gungan Support who isn’t afraid to interject into the battle and offer his own, how should we say this, brand of help…confounding the enemy. Since Jar Jar is a Legendary Unit, you will need the other 4 Gungans to unlock him. 

With Jar Jar Binks on their side, the Gungans will do great work and cause a bit of Chaos during the Battle for Naboo Raid, so be sure to gear them up and utilize the shield generator. 

Kit reveals and how to obtain these characters will be provided in their usual cadence, so stay tuned for more information! 

Queen Amidala + New Galactic Republic Characters 

Another iconic character is making her way to the Holotable, Queen Amidala! She will be a future Conquest chase character as well as accompanied by 2 new characters for the Galactic Republic faction. While we don’t have full details ready to share on her supporting cast yet, we will say these characters are also iconic and we can’t wait to tell you more about them 

Now let's hear from the design lead working on Queen Amidala! 

What does Queen Amidala do?

She does some interesting new things that haven't been seen a lot in Star Wars ™: Galaxy of Heroes. Without going into many details, there’s a lot coming with her that is going to be fun to play while also making you learn to get the most out of her squad. We’re still working on the details and functionality, but I am excited to see the reaction to what is to come. In a later section, we’ll go over the Decoy mechanic a little bit!  

How will they synergize?

She has some interesting mechanics around fairly unused Buffs in our game. I think using her squad to gain the most potential out of the buffs while staying behind the decoy mechanics will be crucial to making the most of her team. 

Where will they be used?

Her Omicrons are in GAC, but she will also have solid Raid utility, helping you power through the Battle for Naboo.

We will provide more details in the future on the Queen and her crew at a later date!  

Any new Mechanics? 

Decoy! Naturally. 

It’s a summoned unit with a permanent taunt which leads into the thematic feel for Star Wars : The Phantom Menace™ and her character, as the decoy sets out to protect the Queen. 

The uniqueness of her kit happens while the decoy is active. Queen Amidala will gain a new status effect called Queen's Protection, and for how many stacks of QP Queen Amidala has, she gives double of its effects to other Galactic Republic allies.

Once the Decoy is defeated, the Queen gets to take a bonus turn, gains a gnarly locked buff, and inflicts an enemy with something nasty. 

How's it been working on Queen Amidala? 

I legit lost my mind when I found out I would get to work on her! I don’t know about you folks, but I feel that Queen Amidala has some of the MOST iconic costume designs in a movie. The dresses, the makeup, the crowns, she is everything! So much that I just wanted to make her as iconic as she was in The Phantom Menace . Trying to match that has been challenging, but something I really looked forward to doing everyday, especially since she was such a role model for me growing up! My hope while creating this character is that I gave her the justice she deserves through her abilities and viability on the Galaxy of Heroes Holotable!  

Guild Gifting

Last but certainly not least, a feature that has been requested a ton in our surveys, Guild Gifting is coming to the Holotables! With this feature you will be able to, as you guessed it, gift bundles to fellow Guild Members through a very easy UI system. Below you will find a few images from our prototype builds that will showcase to you how this feature will work. 

Step 1 : Go to Gifts in the store tab and select the gift you want to give

Step 2 : Pick a member of your Guild you’d like to gift to (If you are unable to send them that particular gift, the option will be grayed out)

Final Thoughts From the Star Wars ™: Galaxy of Heroes Team

CG_Meathead (Community):

We thoroughly enjoyed talking about these amazing characters coming to Galaxy of Heroes  this year. Personally, I'm really excited about the Gungans and the Republic Faction under Queen Amidala, though I am trying to figure out who I’m going to go after first. That’ll be a late night with coffee, snacks, and conversation with myself to figure that one out. Or a couple late nights because, you know, snacks and coffee. I look forward to my Guild sending me gifts. I mean, me sending people in my Guild Gifts. 

Conceptually, the Raid feels awesome. Having been able to sit in the meetings for the Battle for Naboo Raid, I can easily say the passion and excitement displayed by the folks working on the Raid, especially for how they want to capture the moment properly, has been exciting to see and experience. 

 CG_Miller (Lead Game Designer): 

The Phantom Menace celebrating its 25th anniversary this year offers up the perfect platform to introduce some Episode I content, namely Naboo and the Gungans, with a featured spotlight on the one and only Jar Jar Binks! If you couple that with fending off a massive horde of Trade Federation Battle Droids in the Battle for Naboo raid, we have a very exciting start to 2024! We love leaning into on-screen synergies and scenes as the inspiration for our characters, ships, and events in the game, and our Phantom Menace content is perfect for this.

CG_Coffee (Producer): 

Jar Jar: I’m ecstatic we are getting him into the game along with a Naboo environment and the Queen herself. The Phantom Menace has a soft spot in my heart and a lot of the team (and our players!) grew up watching it, so there was no way we were letting the anniversary go unnoticed. It’s been a joy watching the team work through all the ideas they had to bring some of the excitement in Episode I to life in our game, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. 

And with that, so ends the February 2024 Road Ahead! We appreciate you taking the time to read over what we have going on in the near future and look forward to reading your conversations and posts about the above. 

2024 is going to be a great year for Star Wars™ : Galaxy of Heroes and we are thrilled to be on this journey with you all. 

-SWGOH Dev Team

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