Who Is H'el And How Will He Influence The Superman Family Titles?

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Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the cool things about having three "super" characters with their own ongoing titles at DC is the potential for cross-over stories, and since the 'New 52' launched over a year ago, we haven't seen much of that until recently. Right now, DC is in the midst of their H'el On Earth story arc that follows Superman, Supergirl and Superboy in a big cross-over story that features the three characters' appearances in all three titles. In this story, the three have been fighting together against (or on the side of) H'el, a character of Kryptonian origin that seems to be on the attack against Superboy because he is a clone developed by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But who exactly is H'el and why is he all of a sudden on the offensive against Kon-El? More importantly, will his actions serve to drive an even larger wedge between Superman, Superboy and Supergirl?

In the H'el On Earth story arc, H'el appears on the offensive against Superboy, hell-bent on eradicating the character due to the fact that he is a clone. Yet one of the interesting things about the portrayal of this character in the series is that he has given us some insight into Superboy's character. For example, in issue #14 of SUPERBOY, H'el analyzes Superboy mid-fight through dialog, revealing that Superboy is "both Kryptonian and human musculature," and that he "detects subtle but profound differences on a molecular level." Now, H'el could be referring to Superboy's telekinetic powers and the way that his power set varies from that of both Superman and Supergirl's, but that's not necessarily set in stone either. Could H'el be analyzing Superboy on a completely different level? Could he be seeing the character and his power set and observing him in ways that not even Superman can? Is it possible (and we know, we know...this is not likely) that Superboy could be stronger in some ways?

== TEASER ==

In that same issue of SUPERBOY we see Superboy and Miguel out and about while Miguel tries to clear his friend's mind after a pretty traumatic experience. In the following scene, H'el appears before Kon-El and he begins speaking to him but he doesn't appear before Miguel -- meaning that H'el can choose who can see and hear him. That in itself is a pretty crazy power! H'el then proceeds to physically move Superboy to a different plane and challenge him to a fight since he is, after all, "an abomination to the House of El."

That got us thinking: what exactly are the extent of H'el's powers? Well, we know he is a telepath considering he clearly depicted the extent of his telepathy in SUPERBOY #14. And if he can communicate with other characters telepathically, there's a chance he can also read their minds, right? That would explain the scene we saw in SUPERMAN #14 where H'el explains his connection to Kal-El and his father. The question is, though, was H'el really Jor-El's "most prized and honored student, chosen to represent all of Krypton," or is he just using his telepathy so he knows what he needs to say? And if he did have that connection to Jor-El, and he was "chosen to represent Krypton," why doesn't Supergirl remember him?

H'el also seems to boast some telekinetic powers. In SUPERBOY #14 H'el is fighting Kon-El and Kon uses telekinesis against him, sending debris flying towards H'el's face, but H'el stops the debris and reverses it, hurling it in an attack against Superboy. Superboy also indicates that H'el is "stronger" than he is, right before his attack against H'el using his own T.K. fails.

However, perhaps his most interesting power is put on full display when H'el manipulates Supergirl, taking on the appearance of Superman following an explosion amidst a fight with the character. He is intentionally rude and abrasive towards Kara in an attempt to turn her away from Superman -- and it works. With the release of SUPERBOY #15 set to hit stores tomorrow, it's likely that we might see Superboy and Superman against Supergirl and H'el, and it will certainly be interesting to watch. Regardless of the outcome, it's interesting to see that this character who claims to be Kryptonian may actually drive these three to work together -- perhaps not now, but eventually. What do you think of H'el and the current H'el on Earth cross over story? Are you looking forward to see Supergirl and H'el take on Superboy and Superman? What do you think H'el's influence will be? Will it bring these characters together or serve to drive them further apart? And do you think H'el is really Kryptonian or do you, like Superman, also have your doubts?

#1 Posted by mcgregorp (46 posts) - - Show Bio

i really dont care for this story arc

#2 Posted by Trevel8182 (754 posts) - - Show Bio

Is his name really hell, cause that's really stupid.

#3 Posted by zachkastner (188 posts) - - Show Bio

Learn who the H'el he is! Yeah puns!

I'll see myself out now.

#4 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3567 posts) - - Show Bio
@mcgregorp: Yeah, it's been fine. I'm really counting on it to beef up in the next couple issues.
#5 Posted by ccraft (5557 posts) - - Show Bio

I cant wait to see this unfold. H'el seems really cool, and a great villian for superman.

#6 Posted by JLDoom (2310 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the fact that H'el is so damn powerful

#7 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4530 posts) - - Show Bio

@Babs: Wasn't He'l supposed to be a revamped Bizzarro in the New 52 at first?

#8 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2256 posts) - - Show Bio

@Trevel8182: You mean like Sinestro, Despero, Darksied, Blackagar Boltagon, Mister Sinister?

#9 Posted by tomdickharry1984 (837 posts) - - Show Bio

What a $#!t name!! Is the next one A'Sol or L'Sozr...iditos!!!

#10 Posted by Trevel8182 (754 posts) - - Show Bio

@ArtisticNeedham: At least they try to alter the word for the others but for H'el they just put a comma and took away the second L.

#11 Posted by Trevel8182 (754 posts) - - Show Bio

@tomdickharry1984: Lmfao!!

#12 Posted by Jean199999 (548 posts) - - Show Bio

I for one really hope he is here to stay. I like his attitude.

#13 Edited by Smart_Dork_Dude (2682 posts) - - Show Bio

@evilvegeta74 said:

@Babs: Wasn't He'l supposed to be a revamped Bizzarro in the New 52 at first?

Yeah, but he wound up being to different a character from Bizarro so they made him his own character. I kinda like his look though. However I HAVE noticed that there are a few pics of him WITHOUT the backwards S-shield so I can only assume this is to distance him from Bizarro should DC, hopefully, bring the REAL Bizarro back

#14 Edited by CircularLogic (282 posts) - - Show Bio

He'l is terrible. God that dialogue is SO GENERIC it hurts. And the backwards S? Really? Just had to hammer in the point that he's a threat to Superman because he's supposedly his equal and opposite, huh? Thank god for Scott Lobdell, Master of Subtlety right here, Amirite?

Maybe one day he can reveal the secret to why he's called He'l. That's a puzzler

#15 Edited by Grimoire (566 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm interested in what plays out with this cross-over storyline. Maybe Supergirl will try to think of the future instead of the dead planet Krypton. I also want to see if Wonder Woman will teach Superman how to fight against H' el who is stronger than him.

#16 Posted by Blackmoonrose13 (230 posts) - - Show Bio

Well this is going to be H'el

I am sorry I couldn't help it I am sorry.

#17 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

I love how all of the people complaining haven't read it.

#18 Posted by RoastedRay (45 posts) - - Show Bio

"A powerful Kryptonian who believes Earth has weakened and disgraced Superman's heritage." That is this guys description. It basically sounds like they took the same plot of Death of The Family and changed it a little to fit for superman. Creative.

#19 Posted by Icon (2107 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm anxious to find out more of H'El's back story and to see how much of what he says is true. It will be interesting to see how the 3 Supers are able to beat him (assuming they even can) and whether or not the rift H'El has caused between them will worsen.

#20 Posted by Azrael66 (277 posts) - - Show Bio

H'el looks like a Dragon Ball enemy, which is awesome.

#21 Posted by Cavemold (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

where is his eyes at? TERRIBLE art...

#22 Posted by saoakden (1082 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm very interested to see what kind of mark he leaves on Superman, Supergirl and Superboy. I can't wait to see where this story goes.

#23 Posted by Calildur (77 posts) - - Show Bio

Isnt he Match? I mean he looks similar....

#24 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

@RoastedRay said:

"A powerful Kryptonian who believes Earth has weakened and disgraced Superman's heritage." That is this guys description. It basically sounds like they took the same plot of Death of The Family and changed it a little to fit for superman. Creative.

How does that sound at all like Death of the Family? Yes, they're both family events, but that is all I see.

#25 Posted by tensor (5071 posts) - - Show Bio

H'el One powerful enemy

#26 Posted by bladewolf (870 posts) - - Show Bio

It's actually a pretty decent arc so far. I'm enjoying it!

#27 Posted by damswedon (499 posts) - - Show Bio

@doordoor123 said:

@RoastedRay said:

"A powerful Kryptonian who believes Earth has weakened and disgraced Superman's heritage." That is this guys description. It basically sounds like they took the same plot of Death of The Family and changed it a little to fit for superman. Creative.

How does that sound at all like Death of the Family? Yes, they're both family events, but that is all I see.

Big bad thinks having a connection to an outside force has weakened the hero. So the big bad decides to destroy the outside force the make the hero strong again.

#28 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Since H'el has displayed mostly telepathic and telekinetic powers, he could be just Helspont with a mental disguise. It is also possible H'el is a kryptonian space experiment who is very adaptable like Duplicate Boy and develop any power as needed. Since Supergirl needs a boyfriend, my suggestion is for Supergirl to hook up with H'el and have a dozen kids.

#29 Posted by davidgrantlloyd (363 posts) - - Show Bio

@evilvegeta74 said:

@Babs: Wasn't He'l supposed to be a revamped Bizzarro in the New 52 at first?

Apparently, yeah. To the best of my knowledge there was a last minute editorial change. Not sure why.

#30 Posted by davidgrantlloyd (363 posts) - - Show Bio

There's a good point in the article as to why Kara doesn't remember H'el.

The story arc has started out pretty cool, hopefully it continues to get better

#31 Edited by The Stegman (25957 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny people complaining about the name H'el, like names in comics are really that ground breaking, like how 90% of X Men titles or events are just a pun on an X sounding word, isn't that X -cellent.?

#32 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4885 posts) - - Show Bio
@Azrael66 said:

H'el looks like a Dragon Ball enemy, which is awesome.

#33 Posted by Beserkerfury (153 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks like utter trash, I guess I shouldn't expect much from a superman comic.

#34 Posted by ScarletBatman (366 posts) - - Show Bio

Couldn't H'el be a super powered clone of Superman? He hates Superboy because Superboy turned out "normal" and "good" where as H'el turned out twisted and weird? If he has telepathy and a twisted personality, he could easily construct a false backstory to help him manipulate the other Kryptonians. His backwards "s" looks like it was carved into his flesh, maybe he did it to himself to look like his genetic progenitor?

#35 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

H'el seems to be using the kryptonians against each other to eliminate all the kryptonians on earth for maybe the coming invasion.

#36 Posted by Casshern (142 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah I agree...he does remind me of Bizzaro. AND THATS COOL IF HE IS!!!

#37 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

@damswedon said:

@doordoor123 said:

@RoastedRay said:

"A powerful Kryptonian who believes Earth has weakened and disgraced Superman's heritage." That is this guys description. It basically sounds like they took the same plot of Death of The Family and changed it a little to fit for superman. Creative.

How does that sound at all like Death of the Family? Yes, they're both family events, but that is all I see.

Big bad thinks having a connection to an outside force has weakened the hero. So the big bad decides to destroy the outside force the make the hero strong again.

Are you even reading H'el on Earth? That isn't even what it is about. It is about a Kryptonian trying to rebuild Krypton. Feeling that way about Superman doesn't mean anything.

Death of the Family is driven by that, but H'el on Earth isn't at all. He'l on Earth is more complex then that.

#38 Posted by SUNMAN (7265 posts) - - Show Bio

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

@evilvegeta74 said:

@Babs: Wasn't He'l supposed to be a revamped Bizzarro in the New 52 at first?

Yeah, but he wound up being to different a character from Bizarro so they made him his own character. I kinda like his look though. However I HAVE noticed that there are a few pics of him WITHOUT the backwards S-shield so I can only assume this is to distance him from Bizarro should DC, hopefully, bring the REAL Bizarro back

wait this guys not Bizarro? can someone point me towards an interview or something?

#39 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

Seems to me H'el is starting to look more and more like Doomsday to me in New 52 with what we have seen so far. I'm intrigued by the character no doubt and wanna see where they go with this story.

#40 Posted by KINCART (205 posts) - - Show Bio

I say he is a clone. Didn't they mention in a Superboy comic that he was the second clone of Superman made by N.O.W.H.E.R.E.? Who was the first?

#41 Posted by IamV (107 posts) - - Show Bio

H'EL eh? House of EL... the name works out

#42 Posted by Sovereign91001 (4976 posts) - - Show Bio

@Trevel8182 said:

@ArtisticNeedham: At least they try to alter the word for the others but for H'el they just put a comma and took away the second L.

You mean how in the above example the 'E' and 'D' of Darksied are switched? Or how Sinestro has an 'O' tossed on the end, or Bizzaro dropped the 'E' and added an 'O'?

How is one okay but the other isn't?

#43 Posted by kid Apollo (720 posts) - - Show Bio

is he the New52 Bizarro Superman?

#44 Posted by danhimself (22712 posts) - - Show Bio

@kid Apollo said:

is he the New52 Bizarro Superman?

he was originally supposed to be Bizarro but he eventually became a new character

#45 Posted by Nheritor (39 posts) - - Show Bio

He could be the missing world killer Reign spoke of.

#46 Posted by crabtree (1613 posts) - - Show Bio

There is way to many supermans!!

#47 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio

when is H'EL going to be involve PowerGirl? they could use h'el to introduce karen to the superman family.

#48 Posted by sora_thekey (8184 posts) - - Show Bio

@zachkastner said:

Learn who the H'el he is! Yeah puns!

I'll see myself out now.

Well, you made me laugh. I think you can stay.

#49 Posted by captainadamant (19 posts) - - Show Bio

This made me drop Superman and Supergirl :(.

I'll wait for Snyder to do a nice makeover. :)

#50 Posted by CrimsonAlchemist (409 posts) - - Show Bio

He'l seems like a really interesting character.

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