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Batman: Earth One, Vol. 1 (Batman Earth One #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,008 Ratings  ·  692 Reviews

Batman is not a hero.

He is just a man.

Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.

In a Gotham City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne's path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents’ true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics
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Sep 14, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
Thank God.
I've had a shitty reading week. I really needed for something to not suck.
And Batman: Earth One did not suck.

The reimagining of Batman's origin was interesting, the story was crisp and engaging, and the artwork was stunning.
It was a slice of heaven.

Why the hell did Gary Frank feel the need to make Bruce Wayne look like Christopher Reeve? I understood his creepy fanboy art when he drew Superman: Secret Origin. However, it makes no sense in a Batman comic.
Stop it already, Frank
Godina 1993.

Moj stariji brat: Betmen nije superheroj!
Ja: E jeste!
Brat: E nije!
Ja: E jeste!
Brat: E nije! On nije superheroj zato što nema super-moći!
Ja: KMEEEEEE!!! Mamaaaaaaaaa!!!! :suzegorke:

Godina 2000.

(Na televiziji najavljuju završetak Betmen sage u kojoj Bejn prebija kičmu nesrećnom šišmišu.)

Moj stariji brat: Najzad, već su dosadili s tim Betmenom, uostalom, koga je briga za te glupe stripove, MISTER NO JE ZAKON!
Ja: E nije!
Brat: E jeste!
Ja: E nije!
Brat: E jeste! I uostalom, kako neko sa slo
Back in the day Earth 2 was where the Justice Society of America lived separately from the Justice League of America on Earth 2 but then that all changed after FINAL CRISIS and a number of other graphic novels too long to list here.

Tale focuses upon a very new Batman who is trying to find out if his parents were murdered by a Mayor Cobblepot (yeah, The Penguin but he's thinner in the artwork). He's still learning to use gadgets he designed himself and the tale opens with him making a big mistake
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This had strong writing and great art. I have no major complaints. My Batman critical meter is high and I felt that while it did revisit the genesis of Batman with some unique tweaks, it really concentrates what makes Bruce Wayne/Batman who he is. You see Bruce as a raw vigilante, making plenty of mistakes, with a worried Alfred looking on and discouraging his kamikaze approach. I liked how prominent Alfred's role is in the story. It almost seems to go closer in the direction of "Gotham", but st ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Batman: Earth One is essentially a reworking of Batman’s origin with enough tweaks to recognize it, but with enough differences to make it quite different than the origin we’ve all read hundreds of times. It seems to combine elements from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, adding more material to make the story unique. At the start of his crime fighting career, this Batman is far less experienced; he’s quite human and gets hurt, alot. This makes the character ...more
L Alec
Jul 09, 2012 L Alec rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Is this still my Batman?

Geoff Johns hotly anticipated Batman: Earth One is a familiar tale... barely. Don't get me wrong; you've got the right notes being hit (Bruce's parents being murdered, his desire to wage a war on crime, Alfred’s unwavering dedication to Bruce) but it’s the key that’s different. This Batman origin tale is not unlike finding yourself in a place you’ve visited before, long ago. And instead of finding it as you left it, the world has changed into something disturbingly famili
Feb 11, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
How many times can DC tell Batman's origin story? Apparently, they haven't hit critical mass yet. At least Johns's take is actually good, and has some interesting new twists. The differences show up early on. Alfred isn't a genteel butler, he's a former soldier who served with Thomas Wayne. The Wayne's aren't murdered by a random mugger, but as part of a political assassination. Gordon isn't exactly on the make, but neither is he a spotless cop in a sea of corruption. They might seem like small ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Nicholas rated it it was ok
So the Earth One series is picking up the mantle of the old school What if... series in the DC universe. Here we have a re-imagined and updated origin story for Batman set in an entirely different continuity. Is it plausible? Yes. Is it good? Not really. I like Geoff Johns a lot and he definitely can write. It's just incredibly difficult when you mess with the staples of a beloved franchise and try to make them different. Example: In Earth One, Alfred is not the humble Wayne family butler. He's ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Subroto rated it liked it
Why ...Why does everyone have to try a hand at re writing Bob Kane's character ?

Well that rant apart ...this book is decent. It is not half as bad as you think it will turn out to be once you've started.

The characters are very gaudy - very b grade cinema. Interesting twists on Gordon's character (the one i loved the best)but overall very forgettable.

While I am at it ...yes this is one of the better earth ones (when compared to the Superman stuff)but that said this one suffers because it compet
Feb 13, 2016 Donovan rated it it was amazing
Geoff Johns is a golden god. But Batman is just a man. His legend has yet to be built. There's no Joe Chill in this universe, but the Waynes were still murdered. Bruce Wayne, a cocksure young man, makes mistakes, takes bullets, and falls from buildings to discover the truth. And with the help of Alfred, ex-mercenary, he'll find it.
Jesse A
Sep 14, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
Very well done. Good looking art. A somewhat fresh take on the character.
Sam Quixote
Jul 28, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
"Earth One" puts Batman in a parallel universe where his well-known story is flipped around so different aspects of it read differently to the Batman canon. This is "Year One" written another way and Geoff Johns does a fine job with it.

Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by an unknown murderer and Bruce was raised by his parents' faithful friend Alfred. When he becomes a man he decides to hunt down his parents' killer and bring him to justice while wearing a suit designed to terrify. He will becom
Dec 04, 2013 Hayden rated it really liked it
I was highly reluctant to pick this up, partly because it seemed like DC was trying to make Year One obsolete by remaking Batman's origin story, and also because chances are, everyone who will pick this up knows Batman's origin already. Why continue to shove it down our throats more and more? Well, I was actually quite surprised, because this book does a damn good job of revitalizing the Dark Knight legend.

What really caught me off guard about this was how dark and twisted the story goes. I've a
Oct 16, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
I liked a lot this new take of Batman's origin. I loved the changes to give a fresh look but keeping the heart of the story. Even the character designs are awesome. The book acomplishes to show a very human Batman, that he is on his very first days as the Caped Crusader, making mistakes, needing help to perfectionate his gadgets and even focused only into avenging his parents' murders and not fighting crime in general. Amazing new factors as the family of Martha Wayne, new characters related to ...more
Oct 04, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Seems like Batman's origin story has be retold countless times. Is there really any room for yet another?

Johns and Frank put forth a good argument in a brisk, exciting new take on Bats. Surprisingly good.
Dec 21, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this more than I did. I think both of the Superman: Earth One titles were very well done, and if anything served as a template for the Man of Steel movie (which I think I'm in the minority opinion-I like the movie). Here Johns goes to his familiar writing well, that of going to the work of those who came before him.

But, instead of going to classic Batman writers such as O'Neil, Moench, Miller, etc., Johns goes to the Christopher Nolan.David Goyer Batman. The result is a d
Nov 10, 2014 Victor rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Batman Earth one is the retelling of an iconic origin with a new twist. With the earth one series from dc comics there is a lot of wiggle room to explore. Again another collaboration by Geoff Johns and Gary Franks means another hit. Geoff Johns creates a fresh take on batman origin the way only he can. An amazing cover and signed by the writer and artist starts this book off in the right direction. In the beginning we are shown an inexperienced batman who does a lousy job at capturing his pray. ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
OK this is an AWESOME book. Geoff Johns strikes gold once again. I really enjoyed the Superman: Earth One story, but this one was gold. Alfred re-imagined as a badass mofo; Bruce as a spoiled rotten kid; Harvey Bullock as the Gold standard supercop; Lucius Fox getting some much needed love. There's so much to enjoy here. First: watching one of Bruce's homemade gadgets malfunction and how badly it ends up hurting him (you NEVER see that! But it makes great sense). Also, the decision to have a cos ...more
And odd, dark, yet interesting take on the origins of the Batman. Enjoyable enough, but not one I would reread. (Though the parallels with the new show Gotham are a bit uncanny. Was this used as somewhat of a basis?)
Cristian Marrero
Jul 20, 2012 Cristian Marrero rated it really liked it
I really did like this beginning and how it set the path for Bruce and Alfred's bond. That lighter was priceless. You can finish this in one sitting if you're any type of fan of Batman.
Jul 06, 2012 Geremy rated it really liked it
People have often said that DC don't take enough risks with their characters. Particularly with their staple two, Batman and Superman, that they are "over protective" of their personalities, relationships and settings. That every revelation is often met with a conservative re-tread. I for one think this an over generalisation. The new 52 has alone proved that much.

And Batman: Earth One continues to push the boundaries of DC storytelling of its staple characters to a new zenith. The tale that Jo
Dave Harrison
Jun 22, 2012 Dave Harrison rated it liked it
Pretty good refreshed Batman origin story. Alfred is an old war vet friend of Bruce's dad. Penguin is less of a cartoonish baddie and more of a sick, sadisitic Sin City-style villain. Earth One's Batman is somewhat reminiscent of Year One's Batman. The history of the Arkhams and the Waynes is a terrific new backdrop.

But the best part of the book was that you can see Bruce's eyes in the Batman mask. It's very subtle, but incredibly effective. It completely changes him. He's not a demon, just an
David Caldwell
Batman is just starting out. He doesn't have a bunch of cool gadgets and those that he does have aren't reliable. At this point, he sees his mission as simply avenging the murder of his parents. How things will change.

This was an interesting take on Batman and the start of his crime fighting career. We also get to see early stages of Jim Gordon and his daughter, Barbara. Even Harvey Bullock had not started down his path yet. This story shows all of the character as more human in a way. They all
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Jun 01, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok
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An uninspired take on the Batman origins that brings nothing interesting or unique to the table. Painfully average, yet completely professional with good plotting and nice artwork.
Sep 06, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this being new to superhero comics. I know the basic story of batman and I enjoyed this take on it. Well done.
Apr 27, 2016 Ma'Belle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superheroes, dc
I finished this book in one quick, thoroughly enjoyable sitting despite having a rough day, and at the end was torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars. "How did Geoff Johns write a comic this well?!!?" I asked myself. "I haaaate everything I've ever read by him!" But this is such a great, tidy re-characterization of so many Gothamites that I'm giving it the full 5 stars.

I loved seeing Batman failing repeatedly, entering fights he can't win, not being very observant or detective-like, and having to b
Oct 24, 2015 Bekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2015-reads

I went in knowing nothing about this story, with little expectations, and well, IT'S SO GOOD!

Earth One follows the beginnings of Bruce Wayne and Batman. I LOVED seeing younger Bats struggle and just outright FAIL at taking down bad guys. He gets hurt a LOT and this story's BADASS Alfred teaches him some hard lessons. I also really liked the portrayal of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock (who in particular, really surprised me), characters I normally find interesting but not too invested in. I
Ryan Stewart
Feb 18, 2015 Ryan Stewart rated it really liked it
Just read this for a third time since it came out and I keep finding new things to like about it. It really is a fun take. However, it's a fun take that still does a lot of things I find annoying. Perhaps the most irritating part of Johns' tale is portraying a young Batman as a bumbling idiot who makes tons of mistakes. While mistakes are sure to be more frequent in the early stages of being a vigilante, Bruce still has been trained in dozens of martial arts, studied with some of the greatest de ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Trevor rated it liked it
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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