Earth One

Earth One

Book - 2010
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J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, joins forces with rising star artist Shane Davis (SUPERMAN/BATMAN: THE SEARCH FOR KRYPTONITE) to create this original graphic novel that gives new insight into Clark Kent's transformation into Superman and his first year as The Man of Steel. This is the first in a new wave of original DC Universe graphic novels, featuring top writers' and illustrators' unique takes on DC characters.
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2010].
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781401224684
Characteristics: 136 unnumbered pages :,coloured illustrations ;,27 cm.
Alternative Title: Superman : Earth one

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mexicanadiense
Sep 08, 2015

Although I read, and enjoyed, "Superman: Earth One, Vol. 2" first I'm glad I circled back and read this one as well.

Yes, it's yet another re-telling of Supes origin story.

Yes, the first half of the book or so has a distinctly Smallville-ian feel to it. Nice hoodie, Clark!

And, yes, the Big Bad was a disappointment.

But...J. Michael's writing was on point, and the sequence of Clark interviewing for jobs in various fields in Metropolis was awesome, and the art was great, well planned out and richly coloured.

I can't help but feel that a lot of this was used as direct source material for the film "Man of Steel", which will no doubt divide fans just as much as that movie has, but it's worth revisiting and considering on its own merits.

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samie981
May 28, 2015

This is a different story about superman's origin. So times as I was reading I was confused on what was going on. I think that is a kind of good origin but I kind of prefer the original.

Bearddis Aug 29, 2013

This is yet another retelling of Superman's beginning. If you read this expecting anything new you won't find a whole lot. It is perhaps a bit more modern take on the things a young Clark Kent would face on his way to adulthood. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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RagnarH
Apr 02, 2013

Feels like something I've already read a few times under different artists.

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TheBigMan
Apr 03, 2011

I really enjoyed this Superman comic. It had very nice artwork, good action scenes, and even a few good laughs. Overall it was a nice surprise and I had a good time reading it. 9.5/10.

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ejwise72
Mar 12, 2011

Although I was hoping for something more epic in scale both in its narrative prose as well as visually, Superman: Earth One is decent retelling – or updating, rather – of the Superman origin mythos. Straczynski ditches some elements that have become canonic since John Byrne’s reworking of the Man of Steel’s mythos back in the mid-80s. For instance, he removes Jonathan Kent from the picture, leaving Clark with only a mother by the time he moves to Metropolis. Personally, I’ve always liked that version better – which may be prejudiced by my love of the first Superman film. Having his father still alive may have made for more parental influence, but leaving him with only a mother clearly adds more pathos to Clark’s personal life – adding to the weight of being the surviving son of Krypton, as opposed to off-setting it.

As a potential new “universe” in the DC multi-verse, I’m not entirely sure how well one this will develop. If competitor Marvel’s Ultimate line is any indication – where many titles have been passed from writer to writer at the same rate that the narrative quality slowly suffered. Which make me naturally hesitant about this effort. If passed into other hands, I can imagine the premise of this reinterpretation going south in no time. Here’s hoping that Straczynski is given full creative rein and control to prove me wrong.

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22950006357453
Jan 19, 2011

clark kent decides not to become superman and let the world take care of itself, while he pursuse his own happiness. until he is forced against his will to pitch in to combat an alien invasion.
what a commitment kal-el.
lois and jimmy show more character and gumption than this dude. very reminicent of the movie 'good will hunting' where you got a dude with exceptional gifts who doesnt know what to do about them.

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Keogh
Jan 12, 2011

An intriguing, self contained alternative version of the early years of Superman.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

Superman’s beginnings have been revisited many times, in comics, film and television, so aside from his downtown threads, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE is not breaking a lot of new ground in showing a younger Clark Kent, unsure of his place in the world. But this adventure does put an aggressive spin on his origin (Krypton’s explosion was intentional, not accidental) that gives Superman new interstellar enemies and a fresh mission: to avenge his home world. What’s best is DC’s commitment to producing an original graphic novel rather than releasing this story in single issues. The Earth One line is introducing a number of DC’s heroes to a new generation, and next year Batman will receive its treatment from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

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