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Hank Henshaw

Hank Henshaw
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance

As Hank Henshaw:
Adventures of Superman #465 (April 1990)

As Cyborg Superman:
Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993)
Created by Dan Jurgens
In-story information
Alter ego Henry "Hank" Henshaw
Team affiliations NASA
Sinestro Corps
Alpha Lanterns
Notable aliases Superman, Man of Tomorrow, The Grandmaster, The Cyborg, Metallic Mass Murderer, Alpha-Prime
Abilities Technopathy
Kryptonian powers similar to Superman
Qwardian power rings

Hank Henshaw is a

  • Hank Henshaw at the Comic Book DB
  • REIGN OF THE CYBORG: Blaine Talks "Cyborg Superman", Comic Book Resources, October 3, 2007

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e Wallace, Dan (2008). "Cyborg Superman". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York:  
  2. ^ Ordway, Jerry (w), Ordway, Jerry (p), Janke, Dennis (i). "Krypton Man" Superman v2, 42 (April 1990), New York: DC Comics
  3. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Thibert, Art (i). "The Last Son of Krypton" The Adventures of Superman 465 (April 1990), New York: DC Comics
  4. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Giordano, Dick (i). "The Limits of Power" The Adventures of Superman 466 (May 1990), New York: DC Comics
  5. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Thibert, Art (i). "The Outcast" The Adventures of Superman 468 (July 1990), New York: DC Comics
  6. ^ a b c d Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg-Superman 1 (December 2007), New York: DC Comics
  7. ^ a b c Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Resurrections" Superman v2, 81 (September 1993), New York: DC Comics
  8. ^ a b Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Alive" Superman v2, 78 (June 1993), New York: DC Comics
  9. ^ a b Ordway, Jerry (w), Grummett, Tom (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "Life after Death" Adventures of Superman 500 (Early June 1993), New York: DC Comics
  10. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Prove It" Superman v2, 79 (July 1993), New York: DC Comics
  11. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Deadly Alliance" Superman v2, 80 (August 1993), New York: DC Comics
  12. ^ a b Kesel, Karl (w), Grummett, Tom (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "Line of Fire!" Adventures of Superman 503 (August 1993), New York: DC Comics
  13. ^ Roger Stern (w), Guice, Jackson, Denis Rodier (a). "Lies & Revelations" Action Comics 688 (August 1993), New York: DC Comics
  14. ^ Simonson, Louise (w), Bogdanove, Jon (p), Janke, Dennis (i). "The Return!" Superman: The Man of Steel 25 (September 1993), New York: DC Comics
  15. ^ Kesel, Karl (w), Grummett, Tom (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "Assault on Engine City!" Adventures of Superman 504 (September 1993), New York: DC Comics
  16. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Deadly Alliance" Superman v2, 82 (October 1993), New York: DC Comics
  17. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) # 13
  18. ^ Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994)
  19. ^ Jurgens, Dan (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Breeding, Brett (i). Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey 3: 2-3 (1994), DC Comics
  20. ^ The Final Night (1996)
  21. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #11 (2006)
  22. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #1-3 (2005)
  23. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #15
  24. ^ Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 (August 2007)
  25. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #22
  26. ^ one-shotTales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Cyborg SupermanDC Comics' solicitation for the
  27. ^ #1Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg-SupermanReview of , Silver Bullet Comic Books
  28. ^ Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Superman-Prime #1 (2007)
  29. ^ a b Green Lantern (vol. 4) #25
  30. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #48 (May 2010)
  31. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #49 (June 2010)
  32. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #50 (July 2010)
  33. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #51 (August 2010)
  34. ^ Green Lantern Corps (vol. 2) #52 (September 2010)
  35. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 3) #55 (March 2011)
  36. ^ Superman/Batman Annual #5 (April 2011)
  37. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #900
  38. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #901
  39. ^ Action Comics (vol. 1) #904
  40. ^ Team 7 (vol. 2) #5 (April 2013)
  41. ^ Supergirl (vol. 6) #21 (August 2013)
  42. ^ DC Comics
  43. ^ Smallville: Season 11 #2
  44. ^ Smallville: Season 11 #3
  45. ^ Smallville: Season 11 #4
  46. ^ JLA: Act of God #1-3
  47. ^ Supergirl': Chyler Leigh, David Harewood"'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 26, 2015. 
  48. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 31, 2014). "CBS' Supergirl Casting Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant and Others". TV Line. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  49. ^ "DVD Talk Review: Superman - Doomsday". Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  50. ^ By on. "DC Universe Online". DC Universe Online. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  51. ^ Batman: The Brave and the Bold #19


See also

  • Hank Henshaw appeared in issue 19 of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold comics. Batman had to work with the Green Lantern Corps to keep Hank Henshaw from killing Hal Jordan.[51]
  • In a comic book crossover starring Superman and the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards and his team are forced into an uneasy alliance with Henshaw when the Marvel Universe's world-eating Galactus kidnaps Superman and transforms him into his herald. In conversation with Susan Richards, Henshaw points out the "ironic" similarity between his origin and the FF's. The story concludes with Galactus blasting Henshaw with a ray that turns him into a simple metal rod in response to his pleas for perfection, after the discovery that Henshaw was responsible for Superman coming to the Marvel Universe after he planted faked evidence that Galactus was involved in Krypton's destruction (having previously encountered the Silver Surfer in Green Lantern VS Silver Surfer, Henshaw had learned of Galactus and sought the enhanced power of becoming a herald).



  • Henshaw also appears in DC Universe Online in the ninth DLC, "War of the Light Part I". As a Hero, you fight him and Sinestro in "Assault & Battery", and again as a boss in "Mist Recovery". As a Villain, he assists the players in collecting Mist and fighting Kyle Rayner in "Mist Recovery".[50]

Video games

  • DC's direct-to-DVD movie Superboy, and the Eradicator), were combined into the Superman clone created by Lex Luthor in the film.[49]


  • Hank Henshaw appears in the series Supergirl, portrayed by David Harewood.[47] This version of the character is a CIA agent who is the head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO). Hank Henshaw goes on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.[48]


In other media

Hank Henshaw also appears in the Elseworlds story, JLA: Act of God.[46]

Henshaw is treated by Doctor Emil Hamilton, a friend of Superman's, until Lex takes over treatment, transferring Henshaw's consciousness into one of S.T.A.R. Labs' drones, which Hamilton describes as being basically robot Supermen. Once inside the robot body, Henshaw snaps, unable to stand living without a sense of touch, and attacks Luthor, blaming him for both turning him into a machine and (correctly) believing that Luthor caused the accident intentionally. (It is later revealed that Luthor wanted to bathe Superman in radiation so he could track his movements and location.)[44] Superman is forced to intervene and, after a brief though devastating battle, Superman is able to talk him down. He returns to S.T.A.R. Labs to continue treatment.[45]

Hank Henshaw appears in the first arc of Smallville Season 11, a comic book continuation of the television series Smallville.[42] Henshaw, depicted as a heroic pilot that Lex Luthor sends to pilot his new anti-alien Guardian Defense Platform, nearly dies when the Guardian Platform blasts its weapons inside the shuttle, causing a dangerous radiation leak. Superman rescues the crew (along with Hank's wife, Terri), but Hank gets the radiation-spewing shuttle safely away so civilians won't get injured by it crashing. Superman gets him out as soon as he can, but he's left covered in third-degree burns and suffering from locked-in syndrome.[43]

Other versions

When the human Henshaw is sent into space on the Excalibur on a long-term mission, he is monitored by the Clark Kent and Lois Lane of the pre-Flashpoint universe, who were trapped in the New 52 world following the Convergence, with Superman seeking to prevent the rise of some of his former adversaries in this world. When the Excalibur crashes, Superman saves the ship, but is puzzled to see that Henshaw is the only person on board.

While in space and after saving a planet called I'noxia, Zor-El, who survives Kryptons destruction and is reconfigured as a half-man half-machine by Brainiac to be his scout looking for stronger species in the universe.[41]

A fully human Henshaw appears in The New 52 as a doctor working for the Advanced Prosthetic Research Centre and colleague of Caitlin Fairchild. He is tasked into reactivating the android Spartan.[40]

The New 52

[39].S.T.A.R. Labs After the Doomsday clones are sent to another dimension, Henshaw is in custody of [38] Henshaw tries to fight them, but Superman rips his central node off, knowing that they would not survive a confrontation with the Doomsdays.[37] In the

Afterwards, however, Ganthet noted immediately that there was something different about her. Boodikka claims this is because Ganthet's newly discovered emotions allowed him to see her as she is (Boodikka's true self, now in control of her body again), not by what she is (an Alpha Lantern).[34]

Henshaw was seemingly killed when his lifeforce was finally separated from his nearly indestructible body by the combined full powered blasts of several Lanterns and Ganthet, and appeared on the mental plane of Alpha-Lantern Boodikka in an attempt to take her bio-mechanical body over, where both beings were their original, un-powered selves. Her essence, gifted with her innate, formidable combat skills, engaged his in one-on-one combat, and she quickly overpowered and killed his astral form.

In the Brightest Day crossover, Henshaw would eventually return and work with the Alpha Lanterns as they attempted to augment every Green Lantern, including Ganthet, into an Alpha.[30][31] This was apparently at the suggestion of the robed figure holding Ion and Parallax who told him that Ganthet held the knowledge to destroy him permanently, after Henshaw's attempts to provoke Nekron into killing him during the Blackest Night failed because he lacked a heart to attract Nekron's interest.[32] By threatening to make the Alpha Lanterns kill themselves if Ganthet does not cooperate, Henshaw forces Ganthet to work on reversing the augments that turned the Green Lanterns into Alpha Lanterns, hoping that he can use the resulting information to restore his original mortal body.[33]

Death and retrieved

Most of Henshaw's body survived the explosion, but it took further damage when Superman-Prime hurled the Anti-Monitor into space. The upper part of his skull was retrieved by the android Manhunters. Unable to detect any life signs and confused without his leadership, the Manhunters reanimated the brain of the Cyborg Superman. He shed a tear when he realized he was still alive.[29]

When the Green Lantern Corps decide to detonate New Warworld and the central power battery of the Sinestro Corps to destroy the Anti-Monitor, Henshaw allows himself to be trapped behind a shield and exposed to the massive explosion. Before he is destroyed, however, he thanks the Green Lantern Corps.[29]

He is later seen briefly in Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Superman-Prime, having presumably been beaten back by the combined strength of Superman, Supergirl, and Power Girl.[28]

Meanwhile, Manhunters begin an assault on the JLA satellite. Hawkgirl, Black Lightning, and Red Arrow retaliate; however, all three are neutralized when Henshaw assists in the attack and he successfully tampers with the mechanics of the satellite core. As the satellite is thrown out of orbit, Superman appears and engages Henshaw in battle. Their fight continues on Earth, while Sinestro transports his crew and his ship from the anti-matter universe. At first Superman seems 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.[6]

Henshaw was the focus of the Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Cyborg Superman one-shot that was released on October 3, 2007.[6][26][27] In this book, Henshaw and his Manhunters head to Earth to assist the Sinestro Corps in their attack. En route, Henshaw stops leading the Manhunters which continue to their preprogrammed destinations. As he watches them go, he remembers 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 down memory lane by going to his wife's grave. He digs her corpse out and rips it into two, shouting that all he wants is not to be with her, but for these memories to fade.[6]

[25] It is revealed that Henshaw has joined the Sinestro Corps so that the Anti-Monitor can later kill him and allow him to rest in peace.[24] Henshaw's head is taken by the

Cover art for Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Cyborg Superman #1, by Ethan Van Sciver.

Sinestro Corps

Henshaw's head is then brought by a Guardian back to Oa so that they can learn of how he was able to take control of Biot, what he has learned from the Manhunters and to learn about "the 52"[23] (referring to the 51 alternate Earths created during the second Crisis as well as their own reality). It is also revealed that the Cyborg knows of the 52, though exactly how he came by this knowledge isn't made completely clear. It is stated that he has explored "The Bleed"; the space between dimensions, which could have occurred when he was imprisoned there, when he was imprisoned in the Source Wall, or his past exploration in the Marvel Universe.

Henshaw has also used Kryptonian technology to upgrade the Manhunters. During the Green Lantern story arc No Fear,[22] Kryptonian robots are seen servicing the Manhunters. Henshaw, the Grandmaster, allowed the Green Lantern Corps to rebuild for unspecified reasons as a part of his master plan. While Henshaw explains that he first encountered the Manhunters around the time he was imprisoned in the Source Wall by Parallax, it has yet to be revealed how the Cyborg was able to escape the Phantom Zone and take control of Biot. Henshaw is defeated when Biot explodes, destroying most of his body aside from his head.

Henshaw returns in a form similar to his original body, when he is revealed to be the Emerald Twilight saga.


The Cyborg later attempts to take over Kandor, but fails when he is defeated by Superman and sent to the Phantom Zone. Shortly after the Superman Y2K story, Henshaw escapes the Zone and attacks Superman, who was suffering from kryptonite poisoning. Henshaw is defeated with the help of the Kandorians and sent back to the Phantom Zone, swearing revenge. However, he is not encountered on subsequent visits to the Zone.

During a crisis involving the Godwave, Superman (wearing his blue energy costume at the time) travels to Superman Blue and Superman Red, the latter of whom eventually defeats and recaptures the Cyborg.

[1] The Cyborg encounters

Henshaw in his later, less Superman-based costume. Art by Doug Mahnke

Rather than being destroyed, the Cyborg is transported (unknowingly by another villain DC Universe by the end of the story. Parallax undid the destruction of the planet that Henshaw had caused using power donated from the Silver Surfer.

The Cyborg eventually aligns himself with an intergalactic genocide and sentence him to death. As an electronic consciousness, Henshaw cannot be killed by normal means and is transported beyond the event horizon of a black hole, where not even light can escape from the gravity.

Darkseid eventually frees Henshaw with the understanding that Henshaw is to leave Apokolips and never return. [19] Darkseid did not kill the Cyborg; rather, the

Apokolips and Beyond

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 form, Henshaw transfers his consciousness into this device as Doomsday is "the safest place in the galaxy" for the Cyborg to hide. Doomsday is brought on board a space cruiser and, despite frantic efforts of the crew to jettison him, kills the crew, and upon landing on Darkseid's Omega Beams during a battle with Superman.[18]

Hank Henshaw as drawn by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding in Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #1.


It was later revealed that Henshaw chose to attack Coast City first because he and his late wife were former residents. This was part of an effort to erase his former life.[17]

[16] Superboy is able to escape and warn

[13][12].second Engine City intended to convert Metropolis into a nuclear warhead After tricking and defeating Superboy, Henshaw prepares to launch a [12] When an alien ship appears over

Destroying Coast City

[1] Henshaw's arrival as Superman, the self-styled Man of Tomorrow, was simultaneous with that of three others:

After destroying a Superman memorial plaque in front of the Daily Planet, the Cyborg exiles Doomsday into space, prevents a secret identity.[8]

[8] With Superman apparently dead after his battle with

Cover to Superman (vol. 2) #79.
Art by Dan Jurgens.

Reign of the Supermen

Henshaw spends some time traveling between planets, bonding with local lifeforms to learn about the culture and history of various worlds. Henshaw would later come to believe that Superman was responsible for the tragedy of the Excalibur after learning that around the time of the accident, the Man of Steel had thrown a rogue Kryptonian artificial intelligence (the Eradicator) into the sun. Henshaw believes that this created the solar flare that resulted in the Excalibur crew's transformations (although Superman had shared this concern with Terri after he saved her life and she had confirmed that the flares would have been triggered before Superman disposed of the Eradicator).[6] Over time, Henshaw becomes delusional and paranoid, believing that the Man of Steel had intentionally caused the deaths of himself, his wife, and his crew, then driven him from the Earth. Arriving on a planet controlled by alien overlord and Superman foe Mongul, Henshaw learns of Warworld and forcibly recruits Mongul as part of a plan for revenge against Superman.[7]

Though Henshaw's physical body expired, he was able to transfer his consciousness into the LexCorp mainframe. Now able to control technology, Henshaw appears to his wife in a robotic body. The shock of this bizarre rebirth is too much for Terri and in a fit of insanity, she jumps to her death from the nearest window. By this point, Henshaw's electronic consciousness has begun to disrupt Earth's communications networks. Using NASA communications equipment, Henshaw beams his mind into the birthing matrix which had carried Superman from Krypton to Earth as an infant.[1] He creates a small exploration craft from the birthing matrix and departs into outer space alone.[5]

In a pastiche of the origin of the Fantastic Four, Hank and the other three members of the Excalibur crew, including his wife Terri, are part of a LexCorp-designed radiation experiment that is affected by a solar flare, causing their shuttle to crash.[1] As a result of their 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 cosmic radiation and bits of earth and wreckage from the shuttle, respectively. Initially, Henshaw and his wife suffer no ill effects from the radiation (though Hank's hair turns white), and the crew travels to Metropolis in the hopes of using LexCorp facilities to cure their mutated crew mates. During a brief battle with Superman, the crew member now composed of radiation becomes unhinged and flies into the sun, thereby destroying himself. By this time, Henshaw's body has started to rapidly decay while his wife is beginning to phase into an alternate dimension. With Superman's help, Henshaw is able to use the LexCorp facilities to save Terri. The remaining member of the shuttle crew commits suicide using an MRI booth to tear apart the metallic components of his body.[4]

Hank Henshaw first appeared as a crew member on board the doomed NASA space shuttle Excalibur in Superman #42, and Henshaw and the other crew members were next seen in Adventures of Superman #465.[2][3]

Left: Hank Henshaw and the Excalibur crew after being exposed to the radiation. Right: Hank Henshaw as his body decays. Art by Dan Jurgens.

Fictional character biography


  • Fictional character biography 1
    • Reign of the Supermen 1.1
    • Destroying Coast City 1.2
    • Return 1.3
    • Apokolips and Beyond 1.4
    • Manhunters 1.5
    • Sinestro Corps 1.6
    • Death and retrieved 1.7
    • The New 52 1.8
  • Other versions 2
  • In other media 3
    • Television 3.1
    • Film 3.2
    • Video games 3.3
    • Radio 3.4
    • Miscellaneous 3.5
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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