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    H'el is a Kryptonian clone created from the cells of countless Kryptonians. He came to Earth seeking to destroy it in order to restore Krypton by using the energy released to protect his space-ship during time travel. Resolving to save Krypton, H'El believed that Superman could help him, so he began watching him and everyone close to him, such as Superboy and Supergirl.

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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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."

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    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?

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    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.

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    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?

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    #1  Edited By mcgregorp

    i really dont care for this story arc

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    #2  Edited By Trevel8182

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

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    #3  Edited By zachkastner

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

    I'll see myself out now.

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    #4  Edited By Kal'smahboi
    @mcgregorp: Yeah, it's been fine. I'm really counting on it to beef up in the next couple issues.
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    #5  Edited By ccraft

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

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    #6  Edited By JLDoom

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

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    #7  Edited By evilvegeta74

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

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    #8  Edited By ArtisticNeedham

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

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    #9  Edited By tomdickharry1984

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

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    #10  Edited By Trevel8182

    @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.

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    #11  Edited By Trevel8182

    @tomdickharry1984: Lmfao!!

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    #12  Edited By Jean199999

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

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    #13  Edited By Smart_Dork_Dude

    @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

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    #14  Edited By CircularLogic

    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

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    #15  Edited By GrimoireMyst

    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.

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    #16  Edited By Blackmoonrose13

    Well this is going to be H'el

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

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    #17  Edited By doordoor123

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

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    #18  Edited By RoastedRay

    "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.

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    #19  Edited By Icon

    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.

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    #20  Edited By Azrael66

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

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    #21  Edited By Cavemold

    where is his eyes at? TERRIBLE art...

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    #22  Edited By saoakden

    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.

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    #23  Edited By Calildur

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

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    #24  Edited By doordoor123

    @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.

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    #25  Edited By tensor

    H'el One powerful enemy

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    #26  Edited By bladewolf

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

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    #27  Edited By damswedon

    @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.

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    #28  Edited By colonyofcells

    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.

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    #29  Edited By davidgrantlloyd

    @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.

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    #30  Edited By davidgrantlloyd

    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

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    #31  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

    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.?

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    #32  Edited By Yung ANcient One
    @Azrael66 said:

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

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    #33  Edited By Beserkerfury

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

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    #34  Edited By ScarletBatman

    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?

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    #35  Edited By colonyofcells

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

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    #36  Edited By Casshern

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

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    #37  Edited By doordoor123

    @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.

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    #38  Edited By SUNMAN

    @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?

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    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.

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    #40  Edited By KINCART

    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?

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    #41  Edited By IamV

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

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    #42  Edited By Sovereign91001

    @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?

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    #43  Edited By kid Apollo

    is he the New52 Bizarro Superman?

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    #44  Edited By danhimself

    @kid Apollo said:

    is he the New52 Bizarro Superman?

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

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    #45  Edited By Nheritor

    He could be the missing world killer Reign spoke of.

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    #46  Edited By crabtree

    There is way to many supermans!!

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    #47  Edited By sunhawk

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

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    #48  Edited By sora_thekey

    @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.

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    #49  Edited By captainadamant

    This made me drop Superman and Supergirl :(.

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

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    #50  Edited By CrimsonAlchemist

    He'l seems like a really interesting character.

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