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on 16 November 2016
I am a bit disappointed with the story in this volume...
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on 30 August 2014
I read a library copy of the paperback.
Firstly – that’s a silly name created just to make the title of this crossover – it’s contrived and actually annoying.
Much like this crossover.
That’s probably not quite fair, the idea of the crossover is a good one, linking Superman Superboy and Supergirl of this new52 universe together in a common thread is a quality idea and after the successes of the Batman franchise the omens were good.
The execution doesn’t quite fit the expectation.
Art wise there’s some good work here but Superman and Superboy are almost indistinguishable from one another (especially after the costume swap) – what age is Superman supposed to be now?
Story wise the crossover rattles along well enough albeit hardly groundbreaking but most of the changes in chapter/title jar strongly and make the reader feel they’re missing something vital which I don’t think is actually the case but this is not a fluid trade.
H’El himself gets the reverse ‘S’ shield scar on his chest every now and then and it disappears just as often as it appears and is never explained.
H’El’s powers are incredibly vague and varied and no explanation is given for why they are different to the rest of the Kryptonians.
Superman is presented as a veteran of many adventures (collecting all the strange beasts in his Fortress’s zoo for instance) but depicted as a young rookie which grates continually.
Superboy bleats about his origin and lonely upbringing constantly but refers to Superman as serious and humourless.
Supergirl has virtually no likeable features, the reader doesn’t even feel upset for her misguided aims or the betrayal she faces.
Credit here for so many issues collected in a trade and as a taster for all things ‘Super’ in the new52 it is interesting and engaging but does it send the reader off to subscribe to all the Super-titles out there...?
H’El no.
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on 11 February 2014
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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on 14 May 2015
A good story that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

One complaint levelled against the Superman character is that he doesn't get the opponents he needs to be tested and is often too strong for those that do. So what happens when he comes across someone who has his abilities, is stronger than him and manages to turn people against him? This is the question that H'el poses and the threat is great enough to pull in Superboy and Supergirl, as well as support from the Justice League itself.

H'el arrives suddenly on Earth and immediately searches for his fellow Kryptonian survivors, observing their behaviours. When he finds Superman he spins him a tale of his relationship with Superman's father Jor-El, suggesting that Kal-El is a brother to him, but when he reveals plans to bring Krypton back to life he becomes hostile and marks him for death. He finds Supergirl and manipulates her into falling in love with him and turning her against Superman. When he finds Superboy he believes the clone is dangerous (there is precedent for this, as Krypton was once almost destroyed by clones) and tries to destroy him, but is saved by Superman who stabilises the young hero.

H'el takes possession of Superman's Fortress Of Solitude and the race is on for him and Superboy to find help in order to stop H'el from destroying Earth, and in his desperation he turns to his worst enemy.......
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on 27 November 2015
This actually my first time purchasing any DC comic as I'm normally a manga reader. I know this is probably not the best entry point for someone new to the DC comics, however I am not completely clueless about the DC universe, as I read on the origin of most these heroes and villains. Having said all that I actually found this book very interesting and fun to read, and I thought it did a great job explaining things especially about the heroes that showed in the story. As a fun of action I though seeing superman going at it against someone equal or even superior to him in strength is always a delight to see. I would definitely recommend reading this book, but with a slight warning to newcomers.
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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. Both of these issues are addressed during the story and somewhat resolved by the end.

Although this is a big-battle story - as is the way with comic books - it does have much character building/developing aspects mixed in, and whereas I don't enjoy big battles for their own sake, I found that this was a very readable story because of all the `character' aspects that were leavening it. I was going to give it four stars, but only because I had read the final volume of Grant Morrison's Action Comics a few days before - Superman Action Comics Volume 3: At The End of Days HC (The New 52) - and that was definitely a 5-star book, but when I surveyed the other books in my review stack, I realised this did stand out above most of them, despite being a big-battle event.

THE SPOILER ZONE
Superman #13 introduces us to The Block, an advanced research facility hidden near the Earth's core, where Superman goes to exercise. Clark Kent then has a Spartacus moment in the newsroom and ends up walking out after a confrontation with Morgan Edge, followed by Cat Grant, whom he has inspired... Superman is then called to face a mile-long dragon that has appeared from somewhere and has started eating Metropolis. Supergirl pops up at the end to whinge that as it is actually an ancient Kryptonian creature, there must be a way back to wherever it came from...

Superboy #14 sees Superboy returning with Lure from the previous issue's events, where apparently someone has been trying yet again to use him as a living weapon. Flatmate Bunker then takes him out partying to forget his troubles, when H'el pops in to visit, though only Kon-El can see him. Discovering that he is a clone, H'el proceeds to attack, and Bunker calls in the Teen Titans for backup...

Supergirl #14 opens at the Block, where an autopsy reveals that the Kryptonian dragon had some dodgy DNA; Supergirl than visits her Kryptonian-speaking friend Siobhan (where we see a future plot-thread begin, but Kara doesn't, as she has zipped off to her undersea lair, where H'el reveals himself to her, along with the battered Superboy. He tried to convince her that earth is not worth bothering with, and that she should join him in his attempt to return to Krypton before the disaster.

Superman #14 sees Lois and Clark having a confrontation over his leaving the Daily Planet and her moving in with her boyfriend, interrupted by Supergirl's arrival. Fortunately, Lois thinks that Cark is reduced to interviewing `cosplay' enthusiasts. Kara then takes Superman to meet H'el, which doesn't go well, the fight leaving a chunk of Metropolis in ruins, and Superboy's battered body...

Superboy #15 sees Superman taking Superboy to the Fortress for medical examination, where he discovers that Kon-El's DNA contains combined strands of Kryptonian and Human. Superman gives Superboy the Kryptonian battle-suit to wear in order to stop the cell degeneration started by H'el, and goes back to his old blue T-shirt and cape. H'el arrives in the Fortress and throws the Super-guys out...

Supergirl #15 sees Kara reminiscing about her life on Krypton, before joining H'el in the Fortress, and being sent into the bottle-city of Kandor to retrieve the city's power crystal, required to fuel H'el's space-time warp. The citizens of Kandor are all in suspended animation, by the way. I had been wondering what happened to them. H'el projects a hologram of himself in to join Kara, in his `original' Kryptonian form, not the mutated version we are seeing in the outside world. A romance is beginning here...

Superman #15 sees he two Super-guys visit Luthor in his prison, to discuss what H'el's probable plans are. Luthor takes a strange interest in Superboy and his origin... The Justice League are waiting to join the fight when the two leave.

Superboy #16 sees the Justice League and the Super-guys assault the Fortress; Superman is trapped in an alien prison consisting of pocket-dimensions; Superboy jumps in to help him escape. In the Himalayas, a team of scientists discover an alien artefact that sends out a mysterious summons to `The Oracle'...

Supergirl #16 sees a fight between Supergirl and the Flash, and a reunion with Krypto (rescued from the Phantom Zone in the Action Comics link above).

Superboy Annual #1 sees Superboy and Superman's adventures in the pocket-universe prison, as the two slowly begin to bond; meanwhile the Justice League continue their attack, while H'el completes building his space/time device.

Superman #16 opens with H'el describing his time with Jor-El leading up to his space-flight, a deepening romance with Supergirl, and further fighting with the League and the Super-guys, before H'el teleports the Fortress away, and his device begins to power-up...

Superboy #17 sees the device start to affect Earth's environment, and a fight between Superboy and Supergirl, as Kon-El tries to use his TK power, which the suit has been affecting, to stop the device.

Supergirl #17 sees a fight with Wonder Woman, as she tries to protect Superboy's attack on the device; the rest of the League is called away on rescue missions as the earth's environment starts to suffer from the device's activity; and Superman and H'el fight once more. Wonder Woman uses the lasso of truth to try and reverse Kara's brainwashing, and H'el calls on her to chose between Krypton or Earth...

Superman #17 has a close encounter - courtesy of H'el throwing him into space - with the Oracle, which will have some bearing on a future story [my money is on a "Superman's Return to Krypton" one: see below...] before the final confrontation with H'el, where Supergirl uses the Kryptonite powering the Kandorian power crystal as a weapon against him. The solar system is saved, but H'el is cast back into Krypton's past, where a young Jor-El finds him...
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on 3 June 2016
I thought it was ok. Very disjointed at places and requires bit of re-reading.
It feels like the teams were no communicating well during this crossover.
Characters and Ideas get introduced but never explored further.
Also the Supergirl is just written terribly.
I gave it two stars due to the banter between Superbly and Superman.
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