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H'el is an evil Kryptonian and a strong enemy of Superman.


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has made few appearances so far, but may return in the near future.


H'El was a Kryptonian space explorer who worked for Jor-El andLara. H'El loved the two dearly as if they were his own parents. When Jor-El became aware of Krypton's impending destruction, he constructed a prototype spaceship and tasked H'El to protect Krypton's history and knowledge among the stars.

However, the journey was a dangerous one. H'El survived many dangers and reached Earth, twenty-seven years after Kal-El, the son of Jor-El, had arrived.[1]

Resolving to save Krypton, H'El believed that Superman could help him, so he began watching him and everyone close to him, such as Superboy, a Kryptonian-human clone; and Supergirl, Superman's cousin.

Initially, he has a small encounter with Superboy, observing him from afar. Recognizing that Superboy is not a full Kryptonian, H'El intends to exterminate him after he meets Superman.[2] He also watches Superman's fight with a tripodal curiosananium, a Kryptonian animal.[3]

Later, he attacks Superboy in New York City. As clones were outlawed in Krypton, H'El believes Superboy to be an abomination. Despite the Teen Titans' intervention, H'El easily defeats them and escapes with the unconscious Superboy, believing him to be useful to his plan.[4]

Later, he confronts Supergirl at the surface of the Sun. He explains that he is on a mission to bring Krypton back to life and asks for her help. Supergirl is unsure and asks if they should include Kal-El in this. H'El believed that Kal-El had been corrupted by Earth's ways, however, he still sees him as his "little brother" and is not willing to give up on him. Granting Supergirl the ability to speak English, he sends her to bring Kal-El to him.[5]

Superman and Supergirl meet H'El in Metropolis' Centennial Park, where H'El explains his mission and attempts to convince Superman to join him. However, Superman refuses to believe H'El's story. He then tries to prove his loyalty to the House of El by killing the unconscious Superboy. Superman attempts to stop him and a fight breaks out between the two. Supergirl and a recovered Superboy attempts to stop them, but H'El brutally knocks them out. He also used a mental illusion to make Kara believed Superman attacked him. After defeating Superman, H'El leaves Metropolis to continue his plan.[1] Later on, H'El battled Superman and Superboy at the Fortress of Solitude and knocked them into space. He then reprogrammed the fortress to keep Superman and Superboy out.[6]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • Unique Physiology: Though a Kryptonian, H'El lacks the vulnerability to Kryptonite given to others of his race, due to being an artificial entity that is not cloned from a single Kryptonian.
  • Teleportation
  • Telekinesis
  • Telepathy
  • Astral Projection
  • Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, H'El possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
    • Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of H'El's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
    • Heat Vision: H'El can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected.
    • Super-Hearing: H'El' hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
    • Enhanced Vision H'El's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
      This umbrella ability includes the following:
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: H'El can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living thing.
      • Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
      • X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. H'El's can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived - such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans - is unclear. this ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
      • Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
      • Infrared Vision: H'El's can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
    • Flight: H'El is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
    • Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, H'El is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
    • Superhuman Stamina: H'El is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
    • Superhuman Strength: H'El's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
    • Superhuman Speed: H'El is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
      This also confers:
      • Superhuman Agility
      • Superhuman Reflexes
    • Super-Breath: H'El is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.


  • Vulnerability to Magic


  • In an interview, Scott Lobdell said that H'El was going to be the newest incarnation of Bizarro. However, the executives of DC Comics found Lobdell's version of the character so "bizarre", so they convinced him to make the new incarnation its own character altogether, and thus "H'El" was born.