Nam-Ek is a Kryptonian war criminal (Kryptonian Civil War) and member of the Sword of Rao, as well as the strongest soldier of General Zod and one of the first great enemies of the hero Superman.

Together with General Zod, Nam-Ek attempted to re-establish Krypton on Earth by bringing about a terraformation apocalypse (in the Black Zero Event), but he was ultimately defeated by Superman and re-imprisoned in the Phantom Zone.


Nam-Ek was born on Krypton, biologically created to be strong and joined the Kryptonian Warrior Guild.

Kryptonian Civil War

He became a loyal follower of General Zod, joining the latter's radical Sword of Rao movement, and thus helped them in the attempted coup on Krypton. After it's failure, however, he and his allies were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone by High Eminence Lor-Em.

Search for Kal-El

After Krypton imploded and set him and Zod's forces free, they set out in an attempt to locate any other surviving Kryptonians at the various colonial outposts across the universe. This eventually led them to Earth.

Showdown in Smallville

Superman battling Nam-Ek

Nam-Ek battling Superman.

Nam-Ek and Faora follow Zod to Smallville in search of the Growth Codex. There they attack Superman and begin to get the better of him. However, Superman regains his superior solar-energy and utilizes his experience with his powers in Earth's atmosphere. The US Military arrive to take out the Kryptonians. In response, Nam-Ek destroys several fighter planes before re-engaging Superman in combat. Nam-Ek then gathers Faora, who collapsed, and they regroup back on the Black Zero.

Black Zero Event

Nam-Ek later fights along with General Zod's other forces when they begin terraforming over Metropolis. However he, Faora, Tor-An, Jax-Ur, and the rest were sucked into the Phantom Zone yet again when the two Phantom Drives collided over the city, causing a temporary portal.


Genetically engineered into the Kryptonian Warrior Guild as a warrior, Nam-Ek was a fierce combatant, but due to him being the product of mixing Kryptonian genes with those of a Rondor beast[1], Nam-Ek, while being inhumanly huge and muscular, has limited intelligence and is unable to speak, while also, according to Faora-Ul, is genetically incapable of feeling empathy towards his enemies[2].

Powers and abilities

  • Hybrid physiology (Kryptonian-Rondors): As a Kryptonian, Nam-Ek's bone structure is almost identical to that of a human. On a planet near a red class M main-sequence star (like Krypton with its sun Rao), Nam-Ek would have physical attributes nearly identical to those of humans, but if on a planet near a yellow G-type main-sequence star (like Earth), he has many new abilities and powers, all of them far beyond the capabilities of humans and even metahumans, making him appear godlike (indeed rivaling an Old God in power). However, Nam-Ek notably never did manage to master the powers of heat vision, X-ray vision, Arctic breath, and flight. Also, even without his powers, Nam-Ek is still very strong, due to his Kryptonian physiology mixed with the DNA of the Rondors.
    • Solar battery: Nam-Ek's Kryptonian cells absorb only yellow solar energy and this in turn fuels all of his alien powers and abilities. His cells also store solar energy as well, allowing him to retain his powers under roofed structures or even at night, although he eventually needs a yellow sun to recharge his powers.
      • Superhuman strength:
        Nam-Ek throws a van

        Nam-Ek throwing a van effortlessly.

        As a Kryptonian, Nam-Ek has a tremendous level of superhuman strength, virtually incalculable. He can generate large shock-waves with his mighty punches, he can effortlessly hurl cars and trucks great distances, shatter concrete, break through thick metal walls and doors with ease, and fight evenly against fellow Kryptonian Superman. In fact, his blows were powerful enough to visibly hurt the latter, while Nak-Ek's larger hulking physique allowed him to initially dominate the younger Kryptonian. Together with Faora-Ul, he was also able to force Superman back down when the latter tried to fly up into the air. Nam-Ek was able to hurl a railroad car at Superman so hard, that the latter was briefly knocked unconscious.
        • Super leaps:
          Nam-Ek leaps into the air

          Nam-Ek leaping at the US military.

          Nam-Ek is able to use his incredible strength to perform super jumps, shown when he easily leaped onto a flying military jet, and when he quickly caught up to Superman, when the latter tried to fly up into the air.
      • Superhuman stamina: Nam-Ek almost never grows tired if he is continuously powered by the yellow sun of Earth. He doesn't need to eat, sleep, or breathe. Hence, he ferociously battled with Superman and numerous human soldiers without ever needing to stop and catch his breath.
      • Superhuman speed: Nam-Ek, in spite of his inhumanly huge physique, can run and react at incredible speeds, and was able to land several brutal blows on Superman in their fight. However, Nam-Ek is still noticeably slower and less nimble than less bulky fellow Kryptonians Superman, Faora-Ul, and General Zod, as well as the speedster Flash. As a result, the faster and more agile Superman was able to catch and dodge quite a few of Nam-Ek's blows as their fight progressed.
      • Invulnerability: Nam-Ek's body is incredibly durable, virtually indestructible. Hence, he can withstand massive explosions, exposure to both temperature extremes, falls from great heights, high-caliber bullets, anti-tank depleted uranium rounds, Maverick missiles, plasma bolts from Kryptonian weaponry, Superman's heat vision attack (though it caused him burning pain) and even numerous mighty blows from fellow Kryptonian Superman, remaining unscathed, though Superman ultimately managed to knock him out with a tremendous punch. While Nam-Ek can be affected by the considerable force of powerful impacts, they only at most cause him to stumble and briefly knock him down, leaving him unscathed. The only things capable of breaking through Nam-Ek's invulnerability and actually harming him are beings of comparable incalculable strength (such as other Kryptonians), as they are strong enough to physically break though his invulnerability.
        • Healing factor: Nam-Ek, in the rare instances when he is hurt, is capable of healing at superhuman speeds, especially in direct sunlight. However, if the injuries are serious enough to instantly kill him, his healing factor will not be able to save him.
      • Longevity: Nam-Ek, as a Kryptonian under a yellow sun, has a lifespan far greater than that of a human. As such, he doesn't show signs of age as long as the yellow sun is there to empower him. Nam-Ek is unaffected by earthly diseases and draws energy from the sun to live, meaning that had Nam-Ek stayed on Earth, he would have effectively been an ageless immortal.

Nam-Ek beats Superman around

Nam-Ek beating Superman ferociously.

  • Expert combatant: Nam-Ek, as a member of the Kryptonian Warrior Guild, is a fierce and ruthless combatant, though his fighting style, unlike the more sophisticated ones of General Zod and Sub-Commander Faora-Ul, is one based more on brute force and his huge hulking physique rather than martial arts, though it is just as effective. However, while Nam-Ek was able to use this to initially dominate Superman in their fight, the latter utilized his superior agility and speed, managing to gain the upper hand against Nam-Ek relatively quickly.

  • Kryptonite:

    Kryptonite xenomineral.

    Nam-Ek's greatest weakness is this radioactive green xenomineral from Krypton, as it is extremely deadly to him. Kryptonite exposure makes Nam-Ek instantly lose his powers and invulnerability, and induces sickness symptoms in him, which collectively weakens Nam-Ek to almost human levels, to the point that he can be relatively quickly incapacitated, defeated, and even killed by an opponent as strong as the heavily armored Batman, if the latter is wielding a Kryptonite weapon. In addition, wounds inflicted by Kryptonite will not vanish after the mineral is removed from proximity to him (making Nam-Ek unable to regain full power even after his superpowers subsequently return), and they will only heal upon Nam-Ek being directly exposed to yellow solar radiation.
  • Limited Free Will and Intelligence: Nam-Ek's greatest psychological weakness comes from him having been genetically engineered in a Genesis Chamber (for the Kryptonian Warrior Guild), with thinking boundaries programmed into his engineered DNA. In addition, due to his genes having been mixed with those of a Rondor beast, Nam-Ek is relatively unintelligent, and unable to speak, only to follow General Zod and Faora's orders. As a result, Nam-Ek has a poor grasp at free will, is often prone to dogmatic tunnel vision, and is utterly unable to live out any lifestyle other than the one that he was born for. While these thinking boundaries did allow Nam-Ek to be an extremely formidable warrior (as he genetically lacked empathy toward his enemies[3]), they also made him unable to diplomatically coexist with humanity (like Superman could), or to account for Superman's innovative combat strategy (of effectively using all of the powers that Nam-Ek had not yet gained, as well as Nam-Ek's weaknesses, against him). Indeed, this is what allowed the free willed Superman to overpower Nam-Ek, despite being a far less experienced combatant.
  • Red sun radiation: Nam-Ek is robbed of the powers that he gains under a yellow G-type main-sequence star when exposed to the radiation of a red class M main-sequence star. Because of this, any environment filled with red sun radiation (such as Krypton with its sun Rao) will render him to human levels.
  • Kryptonian atmospherics: Nam-Ek, when breathing in an atmosphere, the composition of which is identical to that which was once on Krypton, and remaining in an environment shielded from any solar radiation (such as the interior of his Black Zero), is induced to lose access to his stores of solar energy, which, in turn, renders Nam-Ek to human levels. Kryptonian air will not, however, have such an effect on Nam-Ek when he is in an environment full of yellow solar radiation, as he still had access to his powers on Earth while wearing a Breather with Kryptonian air.
  • Sensory overload: As Nam-Ek has superhuman senses, his brain can be overwhelmed by the information it takes in. Though he can gradually learn to hone his senses in time, an attack on his sight and/or hearing can briefly stun and greatly weaken Nam-Ek. Hence, he was forced to compensate for this by wearing a Kryptonian Breather while on Earth.
  • Beings of equal power: Nam-Ek, when fighting beings of comparable incalculable might, such as other Kryptonians, Olympians, New Gods or the monster Doomsday, is more vulnerable, as they can generate enough force to knock out, injure and even kill Nam-Ek, breaking through his invulnerability without the need of Kryptonite, much like how Superman was able to temporarily knock Nam-Ek him out with a tremendously mighty punch during their battle. It did, however, still take quite a bit of effort on Superman's part to do this though, as Nam-Ek was able to withstand numerous blows from him, which, while visibly very painful to Nam-Ek, left him almost unscathed afterwards.





  1. Cox, Greg (2013). Man of Steel. Titan Books. ISBN 978-1781165997. 
  2. Cox, Greg (2013). Man of Steel. Titan Books. ISBN 978-1781165997. 
  3. Cox, Greg (2013). Man of Steel. Titan Books. ISBN 978-1781165997. 

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