Earth One

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Earth One
Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Gives new insight into Clark Kent's transformation into Superman and his first year as the Man of Steel.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2010
ISBN: 9781401224684
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC S
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged ) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Alternate Title: Superman Earth one


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Aug 29, 2013
  • Bearddis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2013
  • RagnarH rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

Apr 03, 2011
  • TheBigMan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 12, 2011
  • ejwise72 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 09, 2011
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 12, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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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