By Scott Lobdell, Dan Jurgens, Ray Mccarthy, and HI-FI
This week in villains month DC gives H’EL a solo in Superman. H’EL was recently created by Scott Lobdell, and had a crossover in the Superman family books called “H’EL on earth.” The story line wasn’t bad, but wasn’t one of the greatest Superman crossovers either.
We begin 10 years in the past on the planet of Krypton. For most of this issue, H’EL is actually in a coma and we are treated to a story with a younger Jor-El as he tries to convince members of the science counsel that H’EL is from the future and Krypton is going to explode. We get to see some friendly interaction between Zod and Jor, which is great, and the reveal at the end of the book will leave readers raising eyebrows and dropping jaws.
Scott Lobdell has been getting progressively better on Superman, since he took over it a while back. Having H’EL in a coma for most of the issue was a risky move, but it yielded dividends. H’el’s internal monologue was entertaining, and Lobdell did a really good job of showing the bond and respect H’EL has for Jor-El. Lobdell should also be commended for the scenes featuring Zod and Jor, which were inserted to make readers want more. Lobdell also left the issue with a great cliff hanger that is sure to set the internet buzzing.
The artwork of Dan Jurgens is some of the best in Superman’s history. He has returned for this issue and doesn’t seem to miss a beat. From the first page of H’EL is a stasis tube, to the fight scenes when he wakes up, this is a beautifully illustrated book, and it will make most fans remember all the great work Jurgens did on prior stories. The best panel, includes a shocking spoiler, so we can’t mention it, but readers will be surprised, and the art work of Dan Jurgens makes it all the better.
H’EL is a extremely well written and drawn issue. Scott Lobdell and Dan Jurgens put together an excellent story with superb art. This book will catch readers of guard with how good it is. Pick it up while you can.