Superman’s Sister Is So Brutal DC Needs To Censor Her Kills
Dark Knights of Steel sees Superman’s sister go on a murderous rampage so brutal that DC has censored graphic details of the violence she perpetrated.
In the last issue DC Comics” medieval history Black Knights of Steel, Supermanthe sister of Zala Jor-ElThe actions of were so violent that they had to be censored. The recommended age group for the comic is 13+, so it seems DC deemed the violence too brutal for that age group to see the gory details. However, based on a preview of the issue, the carnage caused by Zala was actually drawn entirely before being covered up.
Black Knights of Steel is a limited series written by Tom Taylor with art by Yasmine Putri and Arif Prianto that reimagines the DC Universe in medieval times. In the series, Superman’s parents both escaped Krypton before its destruction and are now rulers of their own kingdom on Earth. They face off against a rival nation called the Kingdom of Storms, ruled by an alternate version of Black Lightning. This version of the hero, called simply King Jefferson, uses Green Arrow to assassinate Superman’s father, King Jor-El. Upon hearing this news, Zala Jor-El retaliates violently, killing Jefferson’s son. But apparently that’s not enough to quell his anger.
In Black Knights of Steel #3 Zala enacts a brutal series of murders. She begins by wiping out an alternate version of the Metal Men, shoving her hand into Gold’s chest and doing quick work on the others with her heat vision and super strength. His killing of Gold is actually censored in the final version of the comic, with a sound effect covering Zala’s hand emerging from his back. However, in the preview pages for this scene, the sound effect is missing and Zala’s hand is clearly visible, dripping with blood. Later in the issue, she murders King Jefferson by impaling him with a ship’s spar and this is covered in a sound effect as well.
While this censorship can hide the goriest details of Zala’s rampage, it can’t hide the brutal potential of Kryptonian powers. Superman’s moral compass generally prevents him from using the full extent of his abilities in battle, but Zala Jor-El is clearly not limited by such ethical constraints. Whether mainly due to its personality or the wilder nature of the medieval setting of Black Knights of Steel is up for debate. However, Prince Kal-El, the alternate version of Superman, seems to be more restrained than his sister, refusing to kill the man who murdered his father. It remains to be seen if his different approach to dealing with the perpetrators of his father’s murder will put him at odds with his more murderous sister, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to news of his actions.
Given the censorship of Zala’s violence in this issue, it’s unclear to what extent brutal violence will feature in future chapters. Perhaps this censorship is a sign that more content may be removed from future issues of the series. On the other hand, it could also be a sign that DC Comics is willing to let the series push the boundaries of what a title in its age group can include, as long as it’s covered to some extent like the kills Superman‘s sister performs in this issue. It would be difficult to surpass the level of brutality that Zala Jor-El poster in Black Knights of Steel #3, however, especially since his kills in that issue had to be censored.
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