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For the Flashpoint Timeline version of this event, see Zod's message.

―Incipit of the message[src]

A message was sent to the inhabitants of Earth by the Kryptonian Dru-Zod and the Sword of Rao to force Kal-El to show himself.[1]

Once the Black Zero entered Earth's atmosphere, Zod hacked into every to electronic device in the world to send a message to the inhabitants of Earth to inform them that they weren't the only ones in the universe and demanded that Kal-El turns himself over to him within 24 hours and warned the consequences that would come to Earth if he refused.

The Message[]

"My name is General Zod. I come from a world far from yours. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. For some time, your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody. For reasons unknown, he has chosen to keep his existence a secret from you. He will have made efforts to blend in. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who may know of his current location: the fate of your planet rests in your hands. To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within twenty-four hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences..."
―General Dru-Zod[src]

This message was sent out across the entire planet on all video frequencies. It was transmitted in many different Earth languages, to match the respective regions such that everyone could understand it. Wherever Kal-El was living, he would hear the message. Wherever there were people who knew of his existence, they would understand what was at stake.


After considering the possibilities, Clark donned his new Kryptonian suit and turned himself over to Calvin Swanwick and the United States Armed Forces so they could decide how to handle Zod's proposition. Receiving orders to hand the Kryptonian over to Zod, Swanwick led Clark out to be picked up by Faora-Ul in her dropship. Lois Lane joined at Faora's request, and the pair rode up to the Black Zero to meet General Zod, where they were both probed for information on the growth codex.[1]

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  • Zod's most prominent line was later used (with opposite intentions) as the tagline for an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention billboard in Central City: "You are not alone."