Read the “Man of Steel” prequel comic starring Kara Zor-El


The MAN OF STEEL Prequel is the official tie-in comic to the 2013 film Man of Steel and the story is pretty important to the new Superman mythos because it reveals that Kara Zor-El exists in the MAN OF STEEL universe…at least in the very distant past. This comic was released as an exclusive digital download to purchasers of advance screening tickets from Wal-Mart.

You can download the full comic here.

The story focuses on Kara, who is recast as Clark’s distant Kryptonian ancestor from the era of Krypton’s interstellar colonization. The MAN OF STEEL Prequel is scripted by Sterling Gates (Supergirl #34-59) from a story by MoS creators David S. Goyer & Zack Snyder and Geoff Johns.


In line with the movie’s version of Kryptonian history, the story is set at the beginning of “Krypton’s Great Age of Expansion”, during which thousands of scout ships are setting out to terraform other planets. Kara Zor-El is a young Kryptonian who has earned her place in the “Explorer Guild” as the captain of one of the exploratory ships. We learn in the prequel comic that (SPOILER FOR MAN OF STEEL) Kara’s ship is the Kryptonian vessel discovered by Clark in the Arctic. In other words: Supergirl’s spaceship becomes Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. How awesome is that! And remember that empty lifepod shown briefly in the film? The comic’s ending hints that Kara may have been the sole survivor, if she managed to put herself back into cryosleep for thousands of years, presumably to awaken shortly before the events of the film. The big question left hanging is: where is Kara now?

MAN OF STEEL producer Deborah Snyder teased at a hint about that empty lifepod, but we won’t know more until the next film.

I haven’t fully worked out my feelings about the movie, but it sure has my interest. It isn’t what I wanted in a Superman movie, but there are some things I like about it: The genuine alienness of Krypton, the new status quo for Lois and Superman’s relationship, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The many elements taken directly from the post-Crisis comics and syncretized into something new and fresh, and done on a stunningly epic scale as we have never seen before. Dislikes: too much violence and collateral damage. A fundamental misunderstanding of Superman’s character. Not enough humor and joy, and not enough emotional connection to the characters to become invested in them. The sequel has much to work on.

Michelle Bacon

Michelle loves comics and code. A lifelong Superfamily fan, she's been collecting comics for 20 years, and running Supergirl: Maid of Might since 2000.

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