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We knew the crossovers were coming, but as things go, this one sounds fairly modest — a mere three-issue tale spanning Supers Man, Boy and Girl as they face the menace of the shirtless, alien terror, H’el, who is so horrible he wears his cape around his waist like a skirt. Sounds pretty basic and maybe even jumponable? Going by the cover art, though, it looks like some injury-to-the-arm is headed our way.

Cover credits: SUPERBOY #14 (on sale November 14) by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean, SUPERGIRL #14 (on sale November 21) by Mahmud Asrar and SUPERMAN #14 (on sale November 28) by Kenneth Rocafort.

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This fall, there will be an electrifying crossover occurring in SUPERMAN, SUPERBOY and SUPERGIRL. Spanning across all the series’ #14 issues, “H’el on Earth” will put these super-beings into battle with the maniacal alien, H’el.
 
Written by Tom DeFalco and featuring art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean, SUPERBOY #14 guest stars Supergirl and the Teen Titans. 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? We don’t want to spoil anything so all we can say for now is that his actions will change the course of a planet’s fate!
 
Below, take an exclusive first look at “H’el on Earth” by checking out the covers for SUPERBOY #14, SUPERGIRL #14 and SUPERMAN #14.


 
The cover for SUPERBOY #14 (on sale November 14) by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean:
 

 
The cover for SUPERGIRL #14 (on sale November 21) by Mahmud Asrar:
 

 
And last but certainly not least, the cover for SUPERMAN #14 (on sale November 28) by Kenneth Rocafort:
 

20 COMMENTS

  1. From the PR:

    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.

    I’m not sure what to think of that description. Supergirl is brainier than Superman is? Superboy is willing to kill while Superman isn’t? Superman is effectively the weakest of the three? Or was the writer just trying to add some spice to the summary?

    SRS

  2. “H’el on Earth”? I wonder what Mike Mignola & Dark Horse think with BPRD in the middle of an “Hell on Earth” storyline. Not that they can trademark that common saying, but it’s a bit strange for 2 series to have the same name for a cross-over, just a different spelling.

  3. I’ve somehow developed the impression years ago that Superman was smarter, Supergirl was faster, and Superboy was stronger. I’m not sure how or where these impressions developed.

    Clearly I have no idea what’s going on.

  4. Supergirl was raised in Kryptonian society and technology. She’s older than Superman (she remembers her younger cousin as a todler).

    Superboy was cloned and raised in a laboratory by a super-secret organization.

    Superman grew up in the Midwest, with a solid, American upbringing.

    So, when “nature” is a constant, the “nurture” aspect becomes important.

    I do like the Bizarro/Doomsday aspect.

  5. “Supergirl is brainier than Superman is?”

    She’s had he equivalent of a Kryptoinian High School education, so with regards to understanding the universe and physics and such, yes. By a lot. Think of it as a modern day high school student versus a Middle Ages educated guy.

  6. You’re confusing smarter with knowledgeable.

    She may be more knowledgeable but she may not necessarily be any smarter.

  7. Thanks for the info on Supergirl—although, if she’s older than Superman now, shouldn’t she be called Superwoman?

    No, that would poll badly.

    SRS

  8. H’el? Really? I guess next there will be D’eth
    and Ki-El and Blu-Ud. Oh and “Superboy” getting his skin ripped off. They really need to just create a horror line to get this stuff out of their systems.

  9. Think of it as a modern day high school student versus a Middle Ages educated guy.

    These days they’re probably pretty equivalent.

  10. Oh! H’el…..like Superman is Kal-El and the villian’s name is H’el, like his kryptonian name is the same as the earth word …Hell. Very creative DC very creative it’s this brilliant story telling that keeps Superman on top!

  11. “They really need to just create a horror line to get this stuff out of their systems.”

    They have one – it’s called the New 52.

  12. Look Superboy is stronger, Superman’s smarter why do we have burden these creators with continuity from 5 months ago. We should just be reading mediocre stories and dancing under the same roof, man. Come on it’s great in here it’s the New52 soon to be the All New 54 keep in it fresh in 2014! Yeah…….

  13. The third cover works best for me, but I am distracted by the folds of Superman’s cape. It looks like it is made of tent vinyl. But good drama, contrast, composition. And He’l’s skirt is not too obvious.

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