SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Man of Steel #6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Fabok, Alex Sinclair and Josh Reed, on sale now.
While on the surface, Rogol Zaar may seem to share similarities with Superman villains like Doomsday or Mongul, over the course of the six-issue Man of Steel miniseries, he’s proven to have his own motivations and methodology. It's these differences which have quickly set him apart from Superman’s rogues gallery in a number of unique ways.
With the pair set for a final clash at the Earth’s core, it takes the intervention of one of Superman’s closest allies to stop the alien madman. But with few answers left for the many questions posed by his arrival, Superman is left more in the dark than ever regarding the true nature of his newest deadly enemy.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Last week’s issue of The Man of Steel ended with Superman realizing that if Rogol Zaar was truly responsible for the destruction of Krypton, then he’d be more than willing to do the same to Earth over its handful of Kryptonian immigrants. Confronting his enemy at the core of the Earth, Kal-El finds Zaar, along with a mysterious technology which threatens to rip the planet apart, killing seven billion people in order to get to just three Kryptonians. Thankfully, Superman is able to distract the madman long enough for him to get his hands on the doomsday weapon and remove it, baiting the proud alien into a confrontation and outsmarting him with quick wits and quicker flying.
As the pair fight in space, Superman quickly realizes that Rogol Zaar isn’t going to get tired, he isn’t going to go down easily, and his doomsday machine still threatens to explode. It’s only thanks to the intervention of his cousin Kara, aka Supergirl, that Superman (and Earth) manages to survive. Kara takes it upon herself to separate Rogol Zaar from the axe which grants him much of his power, and then blasts the villain with energy from the Phantom Zone Projector, trapping him inside the Kryptonian limbo prison where he can’t hurt anyone.
In the aftermath, Green Lantern swoops in to contain the still dangerous doomsday device, but Superman isn’t one-hundred percent satisfied with his cousin’s solution to the problem.