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Subj: Re: Why Did Hank Henshaw Hate Superman, And Wasn't It Hinted That He Knew Who He Was?
Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 at 06:28:31 pm EST (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Why Did Hank Henshaw Hate Superman, And Wasn't It Hinted That He Knew Who He Was?
Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 at 12:18:56 pm EST (Viewed 87 times)

    I was able to read (Through Scans.) the first encounters with a regular Hank and Superman, this was before he was The Cyborg. He didn't seem to harbor any animosity towards Superman. So, did he just totally go crazy when he left earth on the matrix, or did that change him? Henshaw is one of my favorite villains, but thinking about this, I'm not sure if this makes sense. I know that it got retconned in later that he had a death wish (This was kind of cool.), so I guess that's why he maybe picked so many fights with him?

After Superman tried helping Hank and his friends, only Hank's wife made it. Hank's body died but his consciousness lived on by going into a machine. Eventually, he made his way back to his wife but she couldn't handle the new Hank and died as a result. Realizing he was too dangerous to live on Earth, Hank left it. But not before using tech from Superman's birthing matrix and obtaining his DNA.

While in space, Hank slowly went mad and came to the mistaken notion that Superman was to blame for the death of his friends and wife. Hank also blamed Superman for the exile into space. So, he secured the help of Mongul before making his way back to Earth to exact his revenge.

It wasn't really retconned that he suddenly wanted a death wish, it was just a progression of his character. As a Cyborg, he had a perfect memory and could recall every moment of his life. All those happy memories with his wife were like torture to him (he even said something akin to that at one time while battling Superman). That's why he wished to die.

Today, though, Cyborg seems to have changed his mindset because he no longer desires to be human and went out of his way to become the Cyborg Superman again. How he even became human again is a mystery that has not been solved as of yet. Maybe Dr. Manhattan's meddling did it, who knows.

    Also, I read that there was an issue that hinted that he knew that Clark was Superman. I remember him encountering Lois during that whole crazy Reign of Superman storyline, was that it? I don't remember how the conversation went. From what I hear though, nothing was done with it after that. So, I guess that it was just a vague hint?

It was nothing more than a vague hint that he might have known. He mentioned to Lois Lane, in an interview, that he remembered a farm in Kansas, the last name Kent. But, aside from that one moment, it was never revealed (to my knowledge) that Hank knew Clark was Superman. If Hank did know Superman's secret, he didn't care and did nothing to exploit such a secret.

Hope this helps.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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