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Kryptonian Physiology: Kryptonian cellular structure is much more dense, resilient, and biologically more effective than human tissue. They do not possess superhuman strength levels despite their enhanced cellular ability without their cellular structure charged with yellow solar energy. Without such charging, their physical capabilities are identical to a human of their height and weight who engages in regular physical activity. As aliens, they possesses several organs whose functions are not yet disclosed or understood, but are believed to be part of or the source of their bio-matrix force field and reclamation aura. Kryptonians' bodies also store energy actively within their bio-cellular matrix as an energy pattern which is linked to their body's electromagnetic field. This energy powers most of their electromagnetic capabilities such as flight, heat vision and other "sight"-based abilities while supplementing their physical abilities to superhuman levels. ◾Solar Radiation Absorption: As Kryptonians, their cells function like a super battery, hyper metabolizing specific wavelengths of radiation as fuel to enable living functions and/or superhuman abilities. Different wavelengths of radiation have different effects on Kryptonian physiology and well being, but their cells cannot absorb or utilize all types of radiation. The wavelength of their home solar system's red sun enables their body to function on an identical level of a healthy human while the Earth's solar radiation in both its raw and filtered state through the Earth's atmosphere acts as fuel to enable all of their powers. Every time Kryptonians use any of their superhuman abilities, their bodies expend absorbed sunlight and they are capable of utilizing any of them to various degrees through controlled circumstances. The solar-based radiation of a foreign blue star proved to increase their known abilities under a yellow sun to a higher degree and enabled additional powers. The existence and constant exposure to proven "healthy" radiation sources are not required for them to live and utilize their powers, but prolonged periods without exposure to them and/or utilizing their powers will require them to recharge in order to live and continue using their powers. ◾Superhuman Strength: The exact limits of Kryptonians strength are unknown, but they are capable lifting far in excess of 100 tons. Different periods and intensities of exposure to Earth's solar radiation can cause their strength to fluctuate over time. Kryptonians' known feats include lifting an enormous pyramid and flying it to Mars without any strain and having the strength necessary to shatter small planets. Unhealthy levels of high exposure to specific radiation can exceed Kryptonians' "normal" strength level.
◾Invulnerability: Their bodies are nigh-invulnerable due to their superhumanly dense cellular and anatomical structure as well as their radiating bio-electrical aura. Kryptonians are under some circumstances resistant or immune to different forms and levels of lacerations, blunt force trauma, energy-based assaults, falls from great heights, explosions, the cold void of space, toxins and all known diseases on Earth. Their supercharged bio-electric "aura" acts as an invisible "force field" radiating within a few millimeters from their skin. They can willfully utilize their aura strengthening it's power to a greater degree to provide an additional defense against certain levels of physical and energy attacks for a considerably short period of time, but doing so can endanger them should the attempted feat prove inefficient for any reason. Kryptonians utilize their aura by expanding it around a person(s) or object(s) to enable their structural stability when lifting or traveling with them. Kryptonians' invulnerability has been in constant fluctuation over the years. They have been shown surviving the blast of nuclear warheads, entering the Earth's sun and emerging unharmed and surviving the impact of an exploding sun.
◾Longevity: Kryptonians can live almost indefinitely if they reside under continuous exposure of Earth's sunlight.
◾Superhuman Stamina: They have the ability to maintain continuous physical actions for an undefined period. Kryptonians are shown to have unlimited stamina if they are consistently exposed to Earth sunlight.
◾Flight: Kryptonians are capable of flying at supersonic speeds (over two thousand miles per second) in a planetary atmosphere and at faster-than-light speeds while in space.
◾Superhuman Speed: They are capable of moving, reacting, running and flying at superhuman speeds. While not as fast as the Flash on planet Earth, Kryptonians can fly at speeds faster than light and are considered one of the fastest beings in the universe. They can use this power to disarm opponents, catch bullets or shrapnel and cross vast distances in seconds.
◾Superhuman Hearing: Kryptonians have incredible hearing at extreme variances of sound and pitch frequency, allowing them to pick up noises from across the globe. They have shown enough control to block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source/frequency.
◾Super Smell: On various occasions, Kryptonians have demonstrated that their sense of smell is significantly enhanced to the point they can smell odors across the entire planet.
◾Self-Sustenance: They do not need to eat or sleep (but are still capable of doing so) and don't require oxygen to breathe, enabling them to travel in space and underwater unprotected.
◾Healing Factor: Kryptonians have been shown to have an accelerated "healing factor" enabling them to heal almost instantaneously from most wounds.
◾Super-Breath: Kryptonians can create hurricane force winds by blowing, and also chill their breath to freeze a target. They can also breathe in large amounts of air to dispel clouds of gas by exhaling it.
◾Heat Vision: Kryptonians can fire beams of intense heat from their eyes. These beams can be made invisible, allowing them to work undetected, and can be adjusted to affect matter on a microscopic level. Feats include powering up the giant ion planet moving engines, annihilating an army of Doomsday in one blast, potentially rivaling the heat of a Star and bypassing a target's outer shell, avoiding damage to a person's skull for surgical purposes. ◾Super Vision: Kryptonians also possess a superior sensory arrangement of visual capabilities. ◾Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Vision': They can see into all of the EM Spectrum. Kryptonians can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing them to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
◾Telescopic Vision: The ability to focus their vision to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics.
◾Microscopic Vision: The ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the sub atomic level.
◾X-Ray Vision: The ability to see through anything except lead. Since it is passive, this ability would not generate harmful radiation in the same manner as a focused projection of hard X-rays.
Tor-An was a Kryptonian and a member of the military guild who had served under General Zod. Along with Zod, he was one of dozens of Kryptonians imprisoned within the Phantom Zone. When Zod and his followers were freed from the Phantom Zone, his second in command, Ursa, was charged with assigning five Krypontians as sleeper agents on Earth. Tor-An assumed the identity of a human entrepreneur named Carter, the CEO of the Empire Communications Network based out of Sydney Australia.
Tor-An successfully maintained his dual identity for eighteen months until the Kryptonian super-heroes Flamebird and Nightwing learned who he was and captured him. They fought with him in the skies over the ECN corporate office and succeeded in subduing him, returning him to the Phantom Zone.
Ursa came to Earth looking for her son Lor-Zod. after a prolonged battle that greatly injured her, she discovered Tor-An trapped inside the Phantom Zone stasis chamber. Realizing that he knew too much, she executed him.
First Appearance: Action Comics (1938) #846
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Action Comics (1938)
Annual 12 Adventure Comics (2009)
- 'Nightwing and Flamebird'HC
- 'Superman: Last Son'TPB
- 'Superman: Last Son'#307
- 'Supergirl's Wedding Day!'#846
- 'Last Son, Part Three'#875
- 'The Sleepers, Part I'#877
- 'The Sleepers, Part 3'#878
- 'The Sleepers, Part 4'#883
#10 Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton (2010)
- 'Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton, Part Six: Divided, Conquerable/Awake, Part 3 of 3'
HC vol. 02 Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird (2010)
- 'Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton'
HC vol. 01
- 'Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird, vol. 01'HC vol. 02
- 'Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird, vol. 02'TPB vol. 01
- 'Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird, vol. 01'TPB vol. 02
- 'Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird, vol. 02'
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