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TV Review: Supergirl - Season 1 Episode 7 "Human for a Day"

12.08.2015
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EPISODE 7: "Human for a Day"

SYNOPSIS: Due to the events of last week, Kara is left powerless during a natural disaster. With Supergirl MIA, National City is in major panic-mode. Meanwhile, the earthquake has also caused problems with Alex and the DEO as they try to keep the villainous Jemm from escaping the facility. Will Kara get her powers back in time to save the city and can Alex put her distrust aside long enough to help Henshaw contain Jemm?

REVIEW:

It seems as if every superhero story has at least one episode that involves the hero losing his or her powers and having to live like us “normals”. Looks like it didn’t take long for SUPERGIRL to fall in line. In tonight’s action-packed episode, there were two main revelations. The first finally revealed what is going on with Hank Henshaw, or should I say J’onn J’onnz. The second, which took place at the end of the episode, showed General Astra finally coming back to National City to have it out with Kara. While the episode ended on a cliffhanger, it’s clear that next week’s mid-season finale is going to be a doozy.

I enjoyed tonight’s episode, partly because of the major reveals but also because of the theme – everyone can be a superhero. We saw that through the actions of three “normal” characters, James, Cat, and Alex. And throughout the episode Kara also proved that she didn’t need to have her powers in order to be a hero; her courageous, thoughtful heart will lead her to do good, no matter the situation.

Building off of the events last week, Kara used an exorbitant amount of Kryptonian energy defeating Red Tornado. And now she is powerless as she waits for her cells to reset by absorbing solar radiation. As it turns out, Superman also occasionally loses his powers when he expels a lot of energy during a fight. However, it usually comes back in 48 hours. Kara is already 48 hours in and is still a human, so what’s going on? Now she can get a cold and has to take a bus to work instead of flying over. The horror!

Meanwhile, another crimson villain is terrorizing National City. Well, not technically National City, but DEO headquarters. In a scene out of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Hank Henshaw and Alex visit Jemm, an extremely dangerous Kryptonian alien that is in his own Hannibal Lecter-esque cell. With the help of Alura’s hologram, the DEO discovers Jemm is one of the most dangerous criminals ever exiled to The Phantom Zone. He has unparalleled psychic powers, such as mind control and telepathy. So when an earthquake hits, coincidentally just as Alex and other DEO agents are “cleaning his cage”, the power goes out at DEO HQ and before the generator can turn on, Jemm escapes.

The DEO quickly goes on lockdown, and with only three mental inhibitor headsets, which will render Jemm’s powers useless, Henshaw has to choose which agents will venture into the bowels of the facility to capture Jemm. Of course we know Alex doesn’t trust Henshaw. And it’s because of this distrust that she doesn’t take kindly to Henshaw asking her to stay in the safety of the command center instead of going out with the team.  He says he wants her to stay behind because he trusts her to lead in his absence; however, she doesn’t believe him.

While the DEO is having problems containing Jemm, Kara is struggling with not having her super powers during a natural disaster. When the earthquake hit, James and Kara were walking in the city and Kara almost gets hit by a renegade car! However, James pushes her out of the way and in the process, breaks her arm. But have no fear, James rips off his shirt faster than you can say “Kryptonite”, and makes Kara a sling… all while flexing his guns, of course!

If there was ever a time National City needed Supergirl, it’s now. And since she is MIA, Maxwell Lord doesn’t let this absence go unnoticed. He broadcasts himself on every major network, telling the entire world how disappointed he is in the “unreliable” Supergirl. However, Cat doesn’t want that to be the narrative of her “creation”. So with Wynn’s help, Cat broadcasts her own inspirational message to National City in support of our hero. She reinforces that even though Supergirl isn’t there, her spirit is. Supergirl will return to National City when she is most needed. In the meantime, anyone can be a superhero if you choose to be a good person.

Kara can’t handle the negative things Lord is saying about Supergirl on the news, so she and James go to his location for damage control. Unfortunately, there is no dissuading Lord from his opinion; he says Supergirl is dangerous because she causes the city to get lazy and complacent. Now that she is gone, the City is in panic-mode because there is no one there to rescue them instead of them helping themselves. He also claims to have studied Superman and somehow knows that Supergirl must have also lost her powers. He even knows it’s weird that she doesn’t have them back after 48 hours.

All of a sudden, a woman rushes over and says her dad is in medical distress and needs assistance. Of course, Lord has been to medical school and is able to diagnose the problem right away. There is a problem with one of the man’s veins. However, they won’t be able to fix the problem without an x-ray. SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Since Kara doesn’t have her powers, she isn’t able to help, and the man dies leaving Kara devastated. However, this is all for the better. If Kara had her powers, she would have had to reveal her alter ego to Lord.

James consoles Kara and tells her even without her powers, she is still a hero. No hero can save everyone, but a real hero doesn’t stop trying. Kara takes the advice to heart – maybe a little too much so. She sees armed looters using the earthquake to their advantage. Ignoring James, Kara dons her Supergirl outfit and walks into the store to deal with the looters. But instead of her normal confident self, this time Kara is shaking; after all, she is completely susceptible to bullets. Kara quickly disarms the bad guys using her words instead of powers, proving to herself that she is a hero with or without her powers.


Back at DEO HQ, Alex is watching an ALIEN: ISOLATION-esque video feed, showing a first-person view of Henshaw and the other agents as they look for Jemm. Jemm easily destroys the agents but Henshaw is nowhere to be found. When he is finally found, Henshaw tells more lies to Alex, which encourages her to join the effort to capture Jemm. Part of her plan is to also figure out what is going on with her boss.

As Alex is going through the facility, the other agent with her is compromised. At that same moment, Henshaw grabs Alex and takes her into a room. Alex uses this alone time to finally call her boss out on his deception. She tells him she knows about her father and wants to know what really happened. But first, she has to disable Jemm. So, Alex has Henshaw handcuff himself to a pipe in the room and sets off to fight Jemm alone. No surprise, her battle with Jemm doesn’t go well. Even after knocking the gem off of his forehead, she is still no match for him. But just as she is about to die, Henshaw saves the day and kills Jemm. He isn’t the enemy after all…

During all of this drama at the DEO, an aftershock rips through the city, blowing up a gas line in the CatCo building and creating a fire. People are trapped on a higher floor, and because Kara doesn’t have powers, James steps up to save the day. He uses the elevator shaft as an access point to begin freeing people on top floors. But just when it looks like everyone will be saved, James loses his balance and ends up dangling from the elevator wires. When those break, James starts plummeting to his death and it is up to Kara to save him. As it turns out, a boost of adrenaline is what Kara needed to restart her Kryptonian powers. Apparently throwing yourself into an elevator shaft to save your crush is just what the doctor ordered. Her powers are reinstated and Kara brings James to safety. Now she is able to rush around the city, putting out fires (literally) and saving as many people as possible.

Now comes the big reveal. Hank finally tells Alex who he is. He is not Hank Henshaw, but is a shape shifter known as J'onn J'onzz. The DEO (including the real Henshaw and Jeremiah Danvers) went to Peru to capture him. However, when Danvers found out the DEO was going to hurt J’onnz, a peaceful alien refugee, he gave his life to save him. In return, J’onnz promised to protect Danvers’ daughter, Alex. So, he returned to the DEO in Henshaw’s form and recruited Alex.

The second major shocker of the night happens in the very last minute. As Kara is flying blissfully through the city, she is hit out of the sky by fellow Kryptonians. They hold Kara down, as she is once again face-to-face with her aunt, General Astra. I have been complaining that Kara and co. haven’t been properly preparing for Astra’s return and here you have it. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

 

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

  • Another day, another forgettable villain. For being such a ruthless killer on Krypton, Jemm was beaten fairly easily. But I can almost forgive this issue thanks to the resurgence of Astra. 
  • Since when do X-rays show veins? Perhaps with contrast dye, but anyway… I am getting too specific.
  • I know it’s part of her character, but it’s getting a little old that Cat can’t remember Wynn’s name. Hey, at least she seems to finally have “Kara” down pat.
  • Interesting that Wynn felt comfortable enough to call Kara out for her "inappropriate" hug with James. He walked in on the two sharing an intimate hug, and reminded Kara that James has a girlfriend. Of course, he also had some other nasty things to say about superheroes never getting the relationship they want. Since when?!
  • Interesting that the adrenaline during the armed robbery scene wasn’t enough to kick Kara's super powers into gear. But hey, using that as a way to save James was a lot better.
  • I love the relationship developing between Supergirl and Cat. Cat seemed really appreciative that Supergirl came to thank her for the supportive broadcast and for being a hero in her own right. I look forward to seeing this relationship move forward.

 

FINAL VERDICT:

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3:44AM on 12/09/2015

I thought it was good for this series....

But good, bad, or indifferent, I give it a 10 for the JJ reveal. Not only was it cool, but they never really tried to steer you wrong intentionally and you can see everything that J'onn did along the way and how it could have been misunderstood, but was never lazy writing. Plus he looked cool while shifting into his real body. That is some inspired casting there (considering how mediocre some of the characters and villains are).
But good, bad, or indifferent, I give it a 10 for the JJ reveal. Not only was it cool, but they never really tried to steer you wrong intentionally and you can see everything that J'onn did along the way and how it could have been misunderstood, but was never lazy writing. Plus he looked cool while shifting into his real body. That is some inspired casting there (considering how mediocre some of the characters and villains are).
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8:23AM on 12/08/2015
I knew it. I guessed Henshaw was J'onn several episodes ago. I figured 1 or 2 things:
1: He's an evil character capturing Phantom Zone prisoners for Astra to unless for the finale
or
2: He's the Martian Manhunter and with the glowing eyes really made me think this. He didn't just disarm the bomb in that episode, I'm guessing he phased through the wires to disarm it and viewers just didn't see it.
Still have to watch this episode but they really need to work on the writing. I mean, with
I knew it. I guessed Henshaw was J'onn several episodes ago. I figured 1 or 2 things:
1: He's an evil character capturing Phantom Zone prisoners for Astra to unless for the finale
or
2: He's the Martian Manhunter and with the glowing eyes really made me think this. He didn't just disarm the bomb in that episode, I'm guessing he phased through the wires to disarm it and viewers just didn't see it.
Still have to watch this episode but they really need to work on the writing. I mean, with Spider-man, Jamieson is a huge reason why people rally against Spider-man but here with Maxwell Lord it feels so phoned in when he goes after Kara. I mean the episode before this, she literally stops 2 guys from running over kids and somehow Lord still makes her the "bad" person. It's lazy writing. Who in the HELL would side with the douche whom almost ran over the kids, and still showed ZERO regard for the kids lives, and instead would see Supergirl twist a guys arm in anger and be mad at HER for it?! Every single time something like this comes up, it's just horrible writing to fit the story but it makes no logical sense at all, especially when witnesses see what actually happened.
I'm still giving the show a chance, but it needs to be less dumbed down.
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7:16AM on 12/08/2015
I liked it. The show is pretty descent. Once you realize it isn't the same tone as Arrow or The Flash, it kind of falls into place. You're not going to have those dark, moody characters. Kara isn't like that.
I liked it. The show is pretty descent. Once you realize it isn't the same tone as Arrow or The Flash, it kind of falls into place. You're not going to have those dark, moody characters. Kara isn't like that.
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12:27AM on 12/08/2015
The bad guy was named jemm and a hologram revealed him to be a truly outrageous misfit, this had to be an attempt by the writers at a bad joke pop culture reference easter egg to jem and the holograms.
The bad guy was named jemm and a hologram revealed him to be a truly outrageous misfit, this had to be an attempt by the writers at a bad joke pop culture reference easter egg to jem and the holograms.
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5:11AM on 12/08/2015
Dude Jemm is a comic character.
Dude Jemm is a comic character.
9:54AM on 12/08/2015
No shit gradz, right now jem and the holograms are comic characters also based on the old 80's cartoon. [link] In the comics hank henshaw is white and later becomes cyborg superman not the martian manhunter like in this show.
No shit gradz, right now jem and the holograms are comic characters also based on the old 80's cartoon. [link] In the comics hank henshaw is white and later becomes cyborg superman not the martian manhunter like in this show.
12:57PM on 12/08/2015
No, he's a DC character and ally of J'onn J'onnz with the powers he had here just stronger. You want to insult the show find another way, because you're wrong. Oh and if you paid attention Hank Henshaw is still a separate character and could easily still become a cyborg. One more thing don't educate me on DC.
No, he's a DC character and ally of J'onn J'onnz with the powers he had here just stronger. You want to insult the show find another way, because you're wrong. Oh and if you paid attention Hank Henshaw is still a separate character and could easily still become a cyborg. One more thing don't educate me on DC.
1:54AM on 12/09/2015
Hank henshaw is the cyborg superman a villain a cosmic class villain that went toe to toe with darksied. Cyborg Superman is also known as the Grandmaster of the Manhunters(the robots not j'onn fool.), Herald of the Anti-Monitor, and Alpha-Prime of the Alpha Lanterns. Henshaw has shown enhanced intelligence and computational abilities; his mind works sharply and with extreme speed. His analytic powers are impressive €” he is able to use his senses to read information directly from
Hank henshaw is the cyborg superman a villain a cosmic class villain that went toe to toe with darksied. Cyborg Superman is also known as the Grandmaster of the Manhunters(the robots not j'onn fool.), Herald of the Anti-Monitor, and Alpha-Prime of the Alpha Lanterns. Henshaw has shown enhanced intelligence and computational abilities; his mind works sharply and with extreme speed. His analytic powers are impressive €” he is able to use his senses to read information directly from machines (and, with careful usage of his heat vision, he can even reprogram machines). Hank Henshaw was a crew member of the doomed LexCorp space shuttle Excalibur. Hank and the other three members of the Excalibur crew (including his wife, Terri) were exposed to cosmic radiation, resulting in the crash of their shuttle. As a result of the radiation exposure, the human bodies of two crew members were destroyed. However, their minds survived and they were able to construct new bodies out of pure cosmic radiation and bits of earth and the shuttle. Initially, Henshaw and his wife suffered no ill effects from the radiation and the crew traveled to Metropolis, in the hope of using LexCorp facilities to cure their transformed crew mates. During a brief battle with Superman, the crew member now composed of radiation became unhinged and flew into the sun. By this time, Henshaw's body had begun to rapidly decay while his wife was beginning to phase into an alternate dimension. With Superman's help, Henshaw was able to use the LexCorp facilities to save Terri, but died immediately afterwards. The remaining member of the shuttle crew committed suicide using an MRI booth.[1]

However, Hank Henshaw had not truly died. Though his physical body had expired, he was able to transfer his consciousness into the LexCorp's mainframe. Now able to control technology, Henshaw appeared to his wife in a robotic body; the shock of the shuttle accident, Henshaw's death and his bizarre rebirth was too much for Terri and eventually led to her insanity and death. By this point, Henshaw's electronic consciousness had begun to disrupt Earth's communications networks. Using NASA communications equipment, Henshaw beamed his mind into the Birthing Matrix which had carried Superman from Krypton to Earth as an infant. Henshaw crafted a small exploration craft from the birthing matrix and departed the planet.[2]

Henshaw spent some time traveling between planets; bonding with local lifeforms to learn about the culture and history of various worlds. Over time, Henshaw became delusional and paranoid, believing that Superman had caused the deaths of himself and his wife, then driven him from the Earth. Arriving on a planet controlled by alien overlord (and Superman nemesis) Mongul, Henshaw learned of the Warworld and forcibly recruited Mongul as part of a plan for revenge against Superman.

Reign of the Supermen: The Man of Tomorrow

With Superman dead after his battle with Doomsday, Henshaw was unable to directly seek revenge against the man he had come to perceive as his enemy and instead sought to destroy Superman's reputation. To that end, the Cyborg claimed to be Superman reborn; using knowledge obtained from the birthing matrix to construct a cybernetic body with organic portions genetically identical to Superman and technological components built with Kryptonian alloys. Along with destroying a Superman memorial plaque in front of the Daily Planet, the Cyborg exiled Doomsday into space and defended the President of the United States from an assassination attempt.[3] As a result of the latter incident, the White House endorsed the Cyborg as the "true" Superman and he provided the President with a communications device. When confronted by Lois Lane, the Cyborg claimed his memory was "blurry" but he could see a "spaceship on a farm. The name 'Kent'", suggesting Henshaw may be aware of Superman's secret identity.[4]

Henshaw's arrival as Superman was simultaneous with three others: John Henry Irons, the self-styled Last Son of Krypton (Eradicator), and the modern Superboy.

The Destruction of Coast City

When an alien ship appeared over Coast City, the Cyborg revealed his true intentions, attacking and severely injuring the Eradicator as Mongul's craft destroyed the city, killing millions. The Cyborg was then able to convinced the White House and the public that the Eradicator had been responsible for the destruction of Coast City, turning the public against the Kryptonian. He also came within a hairsbreadth of killing the Eradicator in direct combat. After tricking and defeating Superboy, Henshaw set about preparing to launch a warhead that would convert Metropolis into a second Engine City. However, Superboy was able to escape and warn the resurrected true Superman, John Henry Irons and Supergirl of the Cyborg's plans. The quartet traveled to the site of the former Coast City where Superman, Supergirl and Steel confronted Mongul and the Cyborg while Superboy stopped the missile from destroying Metropolis. While Green Lantern defeated Mongul, the Cyborg lured Superman and the Eradicator to the Engine City main reactor and attempted to kill Superman with the Kryptonite that powered the engine. Henshaw attempted to kill Superman using a concentrated blast of Kryptonite radiation, but the Eradicator intercepted the blast at the expense of his own life. However, as the Kryptonite energy passed through the Eradicator, the radiation was altered and acted to restore Superman's powers. Superman was then able to easily defeat the Cyborg (partially due to the Kryptonite weakening the Cyborg's Kryptonian form) by vibrating Henshaw's body to pieces.[5]

Cyborg returns

Before exiling Doomsday into space, Henshaw had installed a device on the monster to allow him to detect if Doomsday were to ever escape. After the destruction of his "Cyborg Superman" body, Henshaw transferred his consciousness into this device, as Doomsday was "the safest place in the galaxy" for the Cyborg to hide. Doomsday was eventually brought on board a space cruiser and managed to escape, landing on Apokolips. Henshaw re-emerged once again, reconfiguring an exo-armored Apokoliptian trooper into a new body, establishing his standard appearance with long hair and red armor, and began to lay siege to Apokolips alongside Doomsday (although the Henshaw's body possessed Superman's Kryptonian DNA, Doomsday did not seem to perceive the Cyborg as a threat). The Cyborg successfully took over most of Apokolips, but was destroyed by Darkseid's Omega Beams after a short battle with Superman.[6]

Apokolips and Beyond

Darkseid's attack did not kill the Cyborg; rather, the Omega Effect had stored Henshaw's consciousness in a small orb, with Darkseid planning to use the Cyborg against Superman at a later date. Darkseid eventually freed Henshaw, with the understanding that Henshaw was to leave Apokolips and never return.[7] The Cyborg eventually aligned himself with an intergalactic "tribunal", which was seeking to bring Superman to trial for the crimes of his ancestors. Henshaw assisted the tribunal in capturing Superboy, Supergirl, Steel and Alpha Centurion, who had been preparing to rescue Superman. However, the Cyborg betrayed the tribunal and attempted to conquer their planet for conversion into a new Warworld. Superman and his allies stopped the Cyborg's plan and, when Henshaw's involvement in the destruction of Coast City was brought to the attention of the tribunal, they found the Cyborg guilty of genocide and sentenced him to death. As an electronic consciousness, Henshaw could not be killed by normal means and was transported beyond the event horizon of a black hole, where not even energy could escape from the gravity.

Rather than being destroyed, the Cyborg was transported to another universe. The Cyborg destroyed a planet in another attempt to recreate Warworld, attracting the attention of the Silver Surfer. Their short battle was interrupted by the arrival of Parallax (Hal Jordan), who had been tracking the Cyborg for some time, seeking vengeance for the destruction of Coast City. In the confusion, Henshaw managed to escape and was returned to his native universe.[8]

The Cyborg would again encounter Hal Jordan, at the very brim of the Godwave, a nexus of statues that flow forth energy vital to the preservation of the Fourth World. Parallax used his powers to generate representations of the victims of Coast City, who tore the Cyborg's body apart. Jordan then dispersed Henshaw's consciousness into the Godwave and the Cyborg was once again seemingly destroyed.[9]

During a crisis involving the Godwave, Superman (wearing at the time his "Blue Energy Costume") traveled to New Genesis, and encountered Henshaw again, Henshaw had become part of the Godwave's structure and had crafted a small world comprised of his memories, which he used to taunt Superman, after seemingly being defeated. However, unknown to Superman, the Cyborg stored his own consciousness in Superman's technological containment suit. After Superman returned to Earth, Henshaw escaped and eventually constructed a new body, posing as a substitute high school teacher in an attempt to become human again (even managing to convince Ashbury Armstrong that he possessed some goodness). However, in a fit of rage, Henshaw revealed his true identity as the Cyborg and this body was destroyed in a short fight with Superman. To escape detection, Henshaw stored his consciousness in a toy. This toy was later stolen by the Toyman, leading the two villains to join forces to kill Superman. To this end, the Cyborg designed a machine that would break Superman's energy form down into multiple components and beam them to different points in the galaxy, preventing Superman from reforming. A malfunction in the machine caused Superman to split into Superman Blue and Superman Red, the latter of whom eventually defeated and captured the Cyborg.[10]

In a firm sense of irony, Henshaw shared with Superman a crossover encounter with the Fantastic Four, convincing Superman that Galactus was the true ravager of Krypton for a time, the result transformed Superman into the herald of the world devourer for a while. Galactus transformed Henshaw into an inanimate slab of metal after Henshaw demanded he be made his heir, and be made "perfect", since he was half-human, his reduction to this state, void of all human matter, was as perfect as the merciless Galactus could perceive.[11]

Henshaw later attempted to take over Kandor, but this failed when he was defeated by Superman and sent to the Phantom Zone. Shortly after Y2K, Henshaw escaped the Phantom Zone and attacked Superman, who was suffering from Kryptonite poisoning at the time. He was defeated with the help of the Kandorians and sent back to the Phantom Zone, swearing revenge. However, he was not encountered on subsequent visits to the Zone.

Lost Lanterns and Manhunters

Henshaw eventually made his way to Sector 3601, to Biot, the homeworld of the Manhunters, where he became their new Grandmaster.[12] He gathered many Green Lanterns who were previously thought to be dead and used them as power sources for his new model of Manhunters, the Highmasters.[13] However, Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner discovered his operation. Jordan and Arisia combined the might of their power rings with one of the Highmasters, destroying the organic portion of Henshaw's body and most of Biot.

The Guardians of the Universe believed that, during Henshaw's time in Sector 3601, he may have discovered one of their closely guarded secrets: the existence of the Multiverse.[14]

Sinestro Corps

Main article: Sinestro Corps War

Henshaw remained in custody on Oa until he was freed, along with Superboy-Prime, by a strike force of Sinestro Corps members. He was brought to Qward, where he was made into a herald of the Anti-Monitor, along with Superboy-Prime and the Parallax-possessed Kyle Rayner.[15] However, Henshaw's only reason he joined the Sinestro Corps was that he has been promised to a final death at the hands of the Anti-Monitor as a reward for helping the Anti-Monitor achieve his goals. A death he has longed for that none even Superman can seem to give him.[16]

Henshaw and his Manhunters headed to Earth to assist the Sinestro Corps in their attack. En route, Henshaw stops leading the Manhunters, which continue to their pre-programmed destinations. As he watched them go, he remembered everything that has happened to him; from their dreadful shuttle accident to his wife's suicide when she sees him in his robot form. He finishes this journey of his mind by going to his wife's grave. He dug her corpse out and ripped it into two, shouting that all he wants is not to be with her, but for these memories to fade.[17]

Meanwhile, the Manhunters begin an assault on the Justice League Satellite. Hawkgirl, Black Lightning, and Red Arrow retaliate; however, all three were neutralized when Henshaw assists in the attack and he successfully tampered with the mechanics of the satellite core. As the satellite was thrown out of orbit, Superman appeared and engaged Henshaw in battle. Their fight continues on Earth, while Sinestro transports his crew and his ship from the Anti-Matter Universe. At first Superman seemed to have the upper hand, however after two punches, Henshaw strikes with great power and rage, punching him through the Statue of Liberty. By the end, Henshaw has Superman in a choke hold, thinking that the victory is near. However, Superman was not alone. Power Girl and Supergirl came to Superman's aid, and managed to defeat the Cyborg Superman, later throwing him at Superboy-Prime. He commented that they almost managed to kill him that time.[18]

When the Green Lantern Corps decided to detonate New Warworld and the Qwardian Central Power Battery of the Sinestro Corps to destroy the Anti-Monitor, Henshaw was trapped behind a shield and exposed to the massive explosion. Before he is finally killed, however, he is able to thank the Green Lantern Corps for their mercy in ending his life. A small fraction of Henshaw's corpse was found after the explosion. The Manhunters confirmed that he had perished, but were confused without his leadership. Seeking the leadership "programming" of their grandmaster, the Manhunters funnel a massive amount of energy into the Cyborg Superman, and he experienced yet another resurrection, crying when he realized he is alive yet again.[19]

Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns

After the Sinestro Corps War, Hensaw abandoned the Manhunters and was later present during the Blackest Night, trying again to seek his death. Henshaw attempted to provoke Nekron into killing him, but failed as he lacked a heart to attract Nekron's interest. A distraught Henshaw was then approached by an unknown being, who told him that the Guardian Ganthet held the knowledge to destroy him permanently.[20] Henshaw followed this advice and approached Ganthet, coming into an agreement in working with the Alpha Lanterns, with the intentions to augment every Green Lantern, including Ganthet, into an Alpha.[21][22] His purpose of working with the Alpha Lanterns is to alter himself, such that he will be mortal again.[23] He began his experiments on the Alpha Lanterns to reverse-engineer their cyborg attributes into humans. Despite killing several Alpha Lanterns, Hank was ultimately successful in devising a way to reverse-engineer some of the Alpha Lanterns. Before Hensaw can force Ganthet to perform his new surgery on himself, the Green Lantern Corps spoiled his plans and destroyed his physical body. Hank then tries to transfer his consciousness into Boodikka. During this attempted transfer of consciousness Boodikka overpowers Henshaw with her willpower and cuts his essence in half, thus destroying Henshaw.[24]

Reign of Doomsday

However, it seems that even this is not enough for Henshaw to be killed. While surveying the remains of New Krypton, Boodikka was attacked by Doomsday, seemingly unprovoked. However, when Supergirl and Batman got her to the JLA Watchtower, Doomsday quickly followed, revealing why he was attacking her - Henshaw was still alive inside her.[25] Taking over the Watchtower, the presence of Doomsday overrode Henshaw's desire to die, vowing to destroy the beast once and for all even with Batman and Supergirl stuck in the crossfire. With one mighty blow, Henshaw tore through Doomsday, ripping his body apart. However, Doomsday recovered and, to the Cyborg's horror, he became "Cyborg Doomsday", took over the Watchtower and vanquished Henshaw, kidnapping him and Supergirl in the process.[26]

Henshaw and Supergirl were taken to a satellite along with other Supermen such as the Eradicator, Steel, and Superboy. Instead of assisting his fellow captives, Henshaw explored Doomsday's satellite on his own and subsequently discovered that the Doomsdays that fought the heroes were clones of the original created by Lex Luthor.[27] Although Henshaw was then willing to fight alongside the Supermen against the Doomsdays, Superman incapacitated him by ripping his central node off, knowing that they would not survive a confrontation with the Doomsdays.[28] After the Doomsday clones were sent to another dimension, Henshaw was taken into custody of S.T.A.R. Labs.[29]




Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers
— Electronic Consciousness: Since he is, at the core, an energy being, Henshaw is extremely difficult to permanently destroy, as he can transfer his electronic consciousness into any nearby machine. The maximum distance range of this transfer is unknown, although Henshaw was able to somehow transmit his mind from the "Cyborg Superman" body on Earth to the tracking device attached to Doomsday, following Reign of the Supermen.
— Technomorphing: Unlike most techno-paths, he does not just command them, he incorporates them into himself and nearby technology becomes an extension of himself. He can take any machine and, once it is a part of him, he can transform it into anything his mind can imagine, and thanks to time spent traveling across many universes, he can imagine a lot. Among other abilities, Henshaw can animate machines, construct any technological device, control any mechanical system (during Reign of the Superman, the Cyborg briefly "possessed" Steel's armor) and change the shape of the mechanical components of his "bodies" (most frequently changing one or both of his hands into various energy weapons).
— Cyborg Kryptonian Physiology: Thanks to his interactions with Superman's birthing matrix, the Cyborg possesses knowledge of both Superman's Kryptonian genetic code and Kryptonian technology. This information allows the Henshaw to construct bodies with organic portions that are genetically identical to Superman and mechanical components built from Kryptonian alloys. Using Superman's genetic code gives the Cyborg access to all of Superman's powers, including super strength, speed, invulnerability and senses.
1:57AM on 12/09/2015
This show effed up Jemm Son of Saturn as they more or less made him Desparo.
This show effed up Jemm Son of Saturn as they more or less made him Desparo.
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