Kal-El of Krypton is a counterpart of Superman from the Dark Multiverse. At some point in time, he was abducted by Perrus the Benevolent after felling through reality itself and imprisoned into the dungeons of his castle on the Kingdom of Benevolence until he was freed by Derek James/Sideways.
Kal-El was born on Planet Krypton somewhere in the Dark Multiverse from two Kryptonian scientists of the House of El. Before the destruction of his home planet, Kal-El's parents sent him away on a rocket who eventually crashed on Earth where he was raised as a human. Quickly, the Kryptonian discovered that the Sun gifted him extraordinary abilities that made him a God-like being.
Years later, he began wearing a red cape and jeans and became a superhero whose deeds led the Daily Planet journalist, Lois Lane, to call him Superman. Meanwhile, under his civilian alias of Clark Kent, he became a journalist of the Planet under Editor-in-Chief George Taylor.
During his career as Superman, he fought many villains, including a giant robot; at some point in time, he also died and was somehow resurrected. Eventually, Kal-El somehow fell into a space gap and began crashing through the Dark realities; however, the Dark overlord, Perrus the Benevolent found and kidnapped the Kryptonian: after leading him into his castle on his self-made reality outside the Dark Multiverse, Perrus imprisoned Superman in the dungeons inside the cocoon of a Green Kryptonite-powered giant centipede.
Some time later, Derek James/Sideways was similarly stuck in the dungeons and found the cocoon that kept Superman imprisoned; as Sideways destroyed the shell, Superman came out of his prison and revealed himself to the young superhero: they were suddenly attacked by the Insect Queen that weakened Superman with her Krypto-Power so Sideways had to cut the centipede in half to save the Kryptonian hero. After telling Sideways his story, the two heroes reached the Unseen who warned them about the incoming destruction of the dimension because of their previous actions: Superman and the others were rescued by Sideways' abilities that allowed them to escape the Kingdom of Benevolence.
The group eventually reached the Sheeda's realm into the Dark Multiverse where Superman proved his abilities by destroying the monstrous creatures and saving the Seven Soldiers of Victory as well as freeing himself from the Kryptonite poisoning.
After freeing the dimension from the Sheeda's control, Superman told Sideways he preferred to stay there in the Dark Multiverse to repair the Dimensional Ark so that he could travel through the realities in order to help people wherever he's needed. Then, the two young heroes parted ways.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superman possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Superman's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Superman can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Superman's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Superman's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Superman can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Supermans can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Superman can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Superman is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Superman is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Superman is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Superman's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Superman is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Superman is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.
- Longevity: Superman can live longer than regular humans, remaining at his prime as long as he was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superman possesses the same potential weaknesses as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- This incarnation of Superman is clearly inspired by the The New 52 version of Superman (Clark Kent).
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