The Kryptonian woman Faora Hu-Ul was notoriously known for her hatred for men. Part of the military, she served at a concentration camp where she tortured and murdered many men on he home planet Krypton. After she was finally caught, Faora was judged and sentenced to 300 Kryptonian Years in The Phantom Zone for her numerous crimes against the Kryptonian people.
Faora Hu-UI was created by Cary Bates and Curt Swan, and her first appearance came in Action Comics #472, which was released in June, 1977.
Silver Age / Earth-One
While imprisoned, Faora would find herself plotting ways of getting her hands on other male Kryptonians including The Man of Steel himself Superman. After escaping The Phantom Zone, Faora would go after Superman and in they're first encounter in battle she force him to flee.
Modern Age / Pocket Universe
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Faora appearing in a pocket universe created by the Cosmic Entity known as the Time Trapper. Within the pocket universe, Faora was known as Zaora and she was accompanied by fellow Kryptonians General Zod and Quex-Ul. These three would trick the Lex Luthor of that pocket universe into releasing them out of the Phantom Zone.
New 52 / Prime Earth
Faora was a member of Krypton's military forces who despised Krypton's ideals of peace and science and desired a return to the old days, when Krypton was a brutal militaristic empire. In time, she met Dru-Zod, a colonel who shared the same dream. In time, Zod gathered a group of like-minded supporters, but he became especially interested in Faora because of her blood lust. Faora became complicit in Zod's engineering of a false flag operation, which triggered a war with the alien Char. Jor-El, an old friend of Zod's, discovered the deception and turned Zod over to the authorities. This resulted in the sentencing of Zod and his followers, Faora among them, to the Phantom Zone. But being trapped in the Zone would not mean the end of Zod's villainy or Faora's devotion to him.
During their time within the Zone, Zod and Faora became acquainted with the Warworld, a humongous alien war machine and planned to use its endless armies to conquer the outside worlds. Their plan also involved the Kryptonian monster known as Doomsday, also a prisoner within the Zone. Zod and Faora released the beast from his captivity and threw him across the boundaries of the Phantom Zone, weakening them and allowing for their eventual escape.
Major Story Arcs
Modern Age / Pocket Universe
The Death of Zaora
After leave Phantom Zone, Zaora and her fellow Kryptonians would cause havoc among the humans upon the Earth inside the pocket universe trying to conquer the Earth itself. After they saw how resistant the humans were to their conquest the three Kryptonians destroyed the Earth's atmosphere killing nearly all life on Earth. Superman had to intervene by stripping the three Kryptonians of there powers by using gold kryptonite. After they were left powerless, Superman would completely destroy them by using green kryptonite in punishment of what they had done on the Earth.
New 52 / Prime Earth
Arrival at Earth
Doomsday's actions allow for Zod's escape to planet Earth but Zod becomes separated from Faora, who remained trapped. To release her, Zod tricks Superman, Jor-El's son, into taking him to his Fortress of Solitude and giving him access to his Phantom Zone Projector, releasing Faora. At first, Faora becomes aggressive and disoriented but exposure to Earth's yellow sun gives her superpowers and restores her sanity. Before long, Superman and his girlfriend Wonder Woman intercept them, engaging in combat. The Amazon Princess beats Faora, until Zod threatens to kill Superman unless they are allowed to leave, forcing her to let the Kryptonian criminals escape and ensure Superman's safety. With Superman and Wonder Woman in retreat, Zod and Faora construct a Phantom Zone portal in the South Pacific, using stolen human technology. In all of a sudden, Superman and Woman return, wearing magic armor and seeking a rematch.
Zod reveals his plan was that Doomsday would break the barrier between normal space and the Phantom Zone, facilitating an invasion from the War. Although the heroes initially defeat Zod and Faora by detonating their armors at point-blank range, Zod and Faora are empowered a direct beam of sunlight, sent by the Greek god Apollo, who sought revenge from an earlier defeat by Superman, even if it was by proxy.
Zod and Faora brutally defeat their opponents and throw them into a nuclear reactor, believing they would no longer be a threat. But while Zod and Faora enter the Phantom Zone in order to liberate the Warworld, Superman and Wonder Woman manage to set off a large nuclear explosion that destroyed the portal, trapping Zod and Faora in the Zone once again. Much later, Batman and Wonder Woman travel to the Phantom Zone, hoping to a find a cure for Superman, who had become a new iteration of Doomsday. They stumble upon Non, who revealed Zod and Faora had mysteriously vanished after Doomsday was released from the Phantom Zone.
Powers and Abilities
Faora is Kryptonian and as such has similar abilities, including but not limited to; flight, super strength, super durability, super hearing, super speed, and various visions like heat and x-ray. For a full list of powers see the Kryptonian page.
Faora has also been stated to be an expert martial artist skilled in the Kryptonian fighting style known as Horo-Kanu. In addition, she had a power which set her apart from other Kryptonians in that she could project mental lightning.
Faora appears in the 1988 Ruby-Spears cartoon in episode "The Hunter" along side other Phantom Zone criminals, voiced by Ginny McSwain.
Legion of Super-Heroes
Faora makes a cameo appearance along side other Phantom Zone criminals in the episode "Phantoms".
Faora was portrayed by Canadian actress Sharon Taylor making her debut in the season 8 episode "Bloodline" as a fellow prison escape with General Zod from the Phantom Zone.
Superman / Superman II
Faora served as the basis for the character Ursa in the original Richard Donner films Superman and Superman II and apart from the name change, bore many similarities. Ursa, however, went on to become a separate character when inserted into the DC Comics canon.
Man of Steel
Faora is portrayed by the German Actress Antje Traue in the 2013 Zack Snyder-directed Superman franchise reboot for Warner Bros. Man of Steel.