We have heard for some time now that the three Super-books were going to have a crossover at some point. And those same hints talked about how the three weren't going to necessarily enjoy each others' company. Supergirl would be fearful (and maybe want to kill) Superboy. Supergirl and Superboy would reject Superman as a mentor. And Superman was a 'loner' incapable of mentoring anyways.
Over on the Source blog we finally got some information about the crossover, dubbed 'H'El on Earth'. Here is the link: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/08/10/announcing-hel-on-earth
And here is some of that post.
“H’el on Earth” will put these super-beings into battle with the maniacal alien, H’el.
Fresh from the events of SUPERMAN #13, Superman’s deadliest new foe comes after Kon-El!
Picking up right there, Supergirl too meets the villainous H’el. But what happens when Kara finds herself agreeing with his pro-Krypton/anti-Earth plans? SUPERGIRL #14 is written by Mike Johnson and illustrated by Mahmud Asrar.
And in SUPERMAN #14, written by Scott Lobdell and illustrateed by Kenneth Rocafort, the Man of Steel himself will be forced to come face to face with the gang’s worst nightmare: a creature of unknown Kryptonian origin who is not only more powerful than Superman, but is also smarter than Supergirl and more lethal than Superboy. How will Superman combat a threat of this magnitude?
So the first thing that I noticed was that this 'maniacal alien' seems to be a mix of Bizarro and Match. There is no denying the more crystalline/clay look to him or the backwards 'S' on the chest. I do find it pretty much par for the course that in the new DCU, Bizarro might be call H'El. It sounds sooo much edgier. But is this really Bizarro? Or something new?
I do think that 'El' being part of the name makes me think he has some connection to the the super-family. And a pro-Kryptonian plan, being a creature of unknown Kryptonian origin ... is he a Kon-El, a deadly clone? Is he some sort of World Killer experiment, the content of the 5th tube in the Argo City lab? Some Eradicator-effected being? Or something different. So I am interested.
But the thing that caught my attention the most about this blurb were the adjectives used to describe the super-family members.
More powerful than Superman? I can understand that.
More lethal than Superboy? Is that the best adjective for Superboy? Do I really want a lethal Superboy? Has he been lethal?
But 'smarter than Supergirl'? That made me smile. The best adjective for Supergirl was smart. Not angry. Not aggressive. Not edgy. Not misanthropic. Not isolated. Not alienated.
This is the first promotional blurb that has spun Supergirl in a positive light and more in line with what has been happening in the comic. Thank goodness!
The cover for Supergirl #14 (at the top) is a nice action shot.
Here is the cover to Superman #14. I have to say, Kenneth Rocafort draws a great Supergirl, even if she is trashed and hanging from a lamppost.
And I am glad that RB Silva is back on art duties in Superboy. Weird cover for Superboy #14. though. I wonder what it all means.
Hopefully we will see the three heroes work together against this threat. I am glad that the three will interact on any level as I still can't fathom how Superman hasn't talked to Supergirl a second time.