DK’s LEGO Character Encyclopedia books have often included more obscure characters or versions of them as exclusive minifigures. For example, the previous edition of the LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia offered fans a Pirate Batman minifigure and next year’s updated book continues this tradition.
Due to be published on May 3, 2022, the LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia New Edition will include a minifigure of Val-Zod, the Earth 2 version of Superman. First appearing in issue # 19 of DC Comics’ 2014 New 52 series, Earth 2, the character is a variant of Superman who hails from an alternate universe.
Val-Zod is a Kryptoinan pacifist who took on the mantle of the Man of Steel after his Earth’s Superman was killed battling the forces of Darkseid. Initially reluctant to fight, Val-Zod was forced to battle a deformed clone of Superman, before finally taking on the role of the Man of Tomorrow himself.
Although the character is little-known outside of the world of comic books, he’s set to appear on the small screen in a forthcoming HBO Max series to be executive produced by (and possibly starring) Michael B. Jordan. This could potentially explain the choice to include Val-Zod as a minifigure in the LEGO DC Character Encyclopedia New Edition, as this version of Superman starts to become more visible in mainstream media.
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