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Superman: H'el On Earth TP (The New 52) [Paperback]

Keneth Rocafort , Scott Lobdell
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1 July 2014 Superman
H'El has come to Earth! A figure from Krypton's past has come to Earth, hoping to revive the dead planet - in place of this one! Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, and the Justice League stand ready to fight, but whose side is everyone on? As hero fights against hero, will the Kryptonians be able to defeat H'El, who is their equal in every way? Collects Superman #13-17, Superboy #14-17, and Supergirl #14-17.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (1 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401246125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401246129
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Lobdell is a veteran of the comic book industry, having worked with nearly every major American comic book publisher. Lobdell is best known for his work on Marvel's X-Men franchise in the 1990's, penning such works as Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, The Age of Apocalypse, Generation X, amongst others. He is currently the writer of SUPERMAN and TEEN TITANS, each a part of DC Comics - The New 52.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
The story running through issues #13-17 of the New 52's `Superman' title is collected, along with Supergirl issues #14-17, Superboy issues #14-17 and Superboy Annual #1, as Superman: H'El on Earth HC (The New 52) (Superman (DC Comics)).

This is a big crossover story that brings the Superman family together (even Krypto), along with the Justice League, to combat a Kryptonian who claims to be Jor-El's test-pilot, and who has been wandering the stars since the destruction of Krypton. He has worked out a scheme to return to Krypton's past and avert the destruction. Unfortunately, his plan requires the destruction of Earth and the sun in order to power his technology. He has fooled Supergirl into joining him with the promise to return her to her family in the past, while also fooling her into thinking that Superman has `gone native' and is opposed to the idea - though he hasn't mentioned the destruction of Earth to her... Superboy the clone is drawn into the scheme simply due to his DNA being Kryptonian, and therefore he was also approached by H'el as part of his recruiting drive, though once he discovered that Kon-El was a clone, he was destined for the recycling bin - Krypton has apparently had its own clone wars in the past. I haven't read the Supergirl or Superboy series, though I have met Superboy in the Teen Titans collections. However, enough background is given in this story for you to be able to pick up on their individual - and personal - issues - Supergirl only speaks Kryptonian, doesn't like the `primitive' Earth and wants to go home; Superboy is having an identity crisis due to his clone-background, and the fact everyone he meets seems to want to use him as a weapon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars H'El on Earth. 11 Feb 2014
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Nice premise and a lot of good characters. Interesting to see how Supergirl has her own fortress in the New 52, and how Superboy is treated with suspicion by pretty much everyone.
I really enjoyed the Clark Kent moments in this, something we do not see a lot of in the action orientated comics of today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was H'el to get thru this. 15 Mar 2014
By Eric Iaboni - Published on
Speaking as someone who loves the Man of Steel, I was sorely disappointed with this collection. I haven't kept up on a monthly basis with the superman titles in the NEW 52, so I've been catching up on events by waiting for the releases of the trades. This one was at the top of my list; big crossover with the other superman family titles, a foe who was capable of standing toe to toe with with big blue, and an artist/writer combo that was consistent. I was not impressed. The story is disjointed and there is no flow between issues. I always felt like i was missing key part of the story, and the art and writing in the other SUPER books was below average. Highly anticipated, very disappointed. Don't waste your time friends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good jumping point for new readers wanting to get into the Super family of comics. 9 Dec 2013
By Edward Ho - Published on
I was hoping that this would be a decent jumping point for me to get into the super family of heroes, that being superman, superboy and supergirl. But this crossover has failed to do that. I found myself falling asleep inbetween these collection of issues and aside from the exception of superman, superboy and supergirl both came across as more of annoyances than awesome heroes. I found myself hating superboy's personality with his sarcasm and constant berating of superman's speeches and actions. As far as supergirl's concerned, she was so easily manipulated or just too naive for my taste to do her character any justice until perhaps the very end. The story lacked completion on how H'el, who is also kryptonian but weirdly much more powerful than superman or how he manages to have the ability to warp everywhere at once just to fill in for where the plot needs him. Like literally blinking/teleporting wherever, whoever, AND whatever the hell he feels like.

I felt the story was all over the place. As an avid reader of green lantern/glcorps series from sinestro war till present, batman, and aquaman... this pales in comparison.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars includes SAME Superman issues as Superman volume 3 (Superman 13-17); thin plot; tedious dialogue; beautiful art 22 Jan 2014
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Contents: BEWARE - this includes issues 13-17 of Superman (plus Superboy 14-17, Superboy Annual 1, Supergirl 14-17). The hardcover collection Superman vol 3 Fury at World's End includes the very same Superman 13-17, with the additional #0. Why did DC print both? I guess if you're standing in the store comparing them, fine; but if you pre-order on Amazon you get stuck with two copies of the same thing - Superman 13-17. I'd say just get this version and skip on Superman vol 3; I didn't read #0 yet, but you are in effect paying $20 for it if you already have this H'el on Earth collection.

Story: The story started out interesting, but just went on and on without anything new really. There's a copy of Marvel's Galactus and The Watcher; it just sounds too familiar. The Superboy sub-plot is interesting, as Kal-El has to help him figure out his powers; Superboy seems totally new compared to any old versions of him.

Characters: Superman is a jerk. I guess they're trying to make him young, as in inexperienced and youthful, but honestly I didn't admire him; I simply tolerated him. He's almost flippant and reckless, but not in a youthful way in which you could forgive him. Supergirl is very strange; I wasn't convinced by her character. H'el could have been interesting, but his one gimmick - he wants to undo the destruction of Krypton - is played over and over again in the story, and somehow he has God-powers yet he can't launch his ship off earth without destroying it.

Plot and dialogue: after the plot stalls out, it is very tedious. the dialogue is dreadful. I guess this work might be geared to a younger audience, or someone new to comics?, or perhaps Lobdell is stuck in the 1980s, but every bit of dialogue is pretty much either (1) describing what we see happening already, or (2) going off on long lines of exposition that have nothing to do with the action or plot. It was painful at times. With the predictable plot and the tedious dialogue, I just started skipping the words after a while and looked at the pretty pictures instead. I don't think I missed anything.

Artwork - Kenneth Rocafort's artwork is amazing! The layout was dynamic and engaging, the inking and coloring was subtle and powerful. (The tie-ins from Superboy and Supergirl were fine, but nothing stood out).

So, nice artwork, the appeal of Superman and the whole mythology permits me to forgive a few things here and there; but the duplication of the Superman vol 3 issues, the stalled-out plot and the painful dialogue make me want to give it only 2 stars, with another thrown in for the art and, well, it's Superman and it's very colorful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 3 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Better than expected considering I read the other mostly poor reviews.

I liked the way Superboy matured throughout the arc. Also the dialogue between him and superman was decent.

A bit more back story on H`el would have been cool he was kind of lame and repetitive.
I would have liked to know why his powers where so different than the other Kryptonians ( Kal, and Kara).

Over all it was a decent enough to read but not great.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Jun 2014
By Whimpy - Published on
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This was s fun book to read. The story was great! Doing the right thing is what Superman is all about and he does it even at a cost to himself.
Dragged slightly in the middle. Otherwise this would have been 5 stars.
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