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Batman: Earth One (Batman)

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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...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published 2012)
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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
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...more
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
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...more
L Alec
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...more
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...more
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
Cristian Marrero
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.
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
Sam Quixote
"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...more
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...more
Dave Harrison
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...more
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...more
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This was an interesting look at what Batman could have turned out to be. Unlearned, untempered, unscary. More of a whackjob than anything else. Yet in Bruce we all can still see a spark of the Batman we're familiar with. Gotham is ruled by crime, even James Gordon is running scared, and Oswald Cobblepot is the mayor. Could things be any worse?
Well worth your reading time.
Simply put, I loved this book. It was well written and well drawn, and I enjoyed the new take mainly because of the different ways well known characters fit into the story in unexpected plots. Loved it.
Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of Batman or Superman origin stories because their beginnings have been told WAY too many times (reason for reading this novel: book club book of the month). That being said, this origin story wasn't the worst, and it definitely was not the best.

Mediocre. That's how I would describe this entire novel--both art and story. I think Geoff Johns's attempt to stick out of the crowd by changing a few of the characters around (Alfred in particular) was admirable, but it ju...more
Scotty Cameron
Batman Earth One is a great way of creating an alternate Batman on a parallel Earth. It bares similarities with Frank MIllar's Batman Year One though it improves on it big time. Earth One is what I'd call a next generation Batman Graphic Novel it is set in the modern era because character have smart phones and it mentions blue ray. The premise of Batman Earth One is Batman parents are killed so Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) can win an election for Mayor. Batman looks for leads to his parents death...more
It seems like every writer/artist combination that DC brings on to write Batman wants to redo the origin story. And with the amazing success of Frank Miller's version, it's easy to understand why. Who doesn't want every filmmaker for a generation putting a version of Batman inspired by their work on the screen? So the appeal is understandable, even if the usual results are not.

Let's face it: the Batman origin story is simplistic and hard to change. If you mess with it too much, it's no longer B...more

After reading Geoff Johns "Darkest Nights" and being none too pleased, you can imagine my amazement when this graphic novel knocked my socks off. It must have been the editor or something. Someone helped make this a success, not Johns alone.

To keep it brief, this is not my favorite Batman Origin Tale, but shit, what a bold and fresh perspective. It took some balls to change so much while keep the big emotions intact. While I would have liked it to be longer, and some of the plot decisions wer...more
H.g. Simpson
I truly enjoyed this retelling of the birth of Batman. This story is told so often it almost feels wrung out, but the details included here (and some of the changes to the original story) really make it worth the purchase/read. (Not to mention the new back-story appears to already have been adopted into a few recent Batman series - hopefully to be adopted into the canon, as I have a preference for this story line.)

The story is thought-provoking and adds a deeper element to the significance of th...more
Craig Williams
Batman's origin story has been retold for years, most definitively in Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. In this retelling of Batman's first year, Geoff Johns mixes it up a bit, remaking Alfred into a badass ex-special forces type (trust me - it works), introducing Harvey Bullock as a thin, handsome go-getter, and most importantly, portraying Batman as a hotheaded fuck-up, which is an aspect of the character we rarely see. Normally, Batman is calm, calculated, and always right. This Batman reckles...more
Peter Derk
Really good re-imagining of the Batman origin. Actually, more than anything, it turns Alfred into a real dude, which might only SOUND exciting for fanboys like myself, but non-bat-fans might dig it too.

This book is a big departure from most of the Batman books from this time. The default Batman had become what comic nerds refer to as Bat-God. This is the Batman who is an unbeatable, untouchable force of nature.

The first memory I have of reading Bat-God was from the JLA relaunch of the late 90's....more
Tanmay Tathagat
Building a Better Batman
At this point in comic book history, one approaches an origin story with an overbearing feeling of tedium. This is particularly true in the case of a character like Batman, who has had his origin retold so many times in different popular mediums that one is immediately pessimistic about the possibility of it being any good. How can anything top Year One? Well, Batman: Earth One is a good medicine for such cynicism. This is a good book. Even though it does not come anywhe...more
Not the total rewrite of Batman's history I was expecting, but I liked that the changes made were original and unforeseen. It's not as gritty or dark as Batman: Year One, which is by this point probably the definitive Batman origin story, but it also feels a little more human, a little more relatable. In Miller's famous work, Bruce Wayne often comes off as totally single-minded, a sort of more cunning Travis Bickle; here his quest to find his parents' killer seems more natural, almost like somet...more
Gary Hoggatt
Batman is one of the most popular characters in the modern mythos, and his origin story is frequently retold. The gold standard for Batman's origin is, of course, Batman: Year One by writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli. In their 2012 effort Batman: Earth One, writer Geoff Johns and penciller Gary Frank try a new spin on the story, but it's only partially successful.

The main angle Johns and Frank attempt to take is to depict Batman as more human. He can fail, you can see his eyes, h...more
Justyn Rampa
The buzz around Geoff Johns' Batman Earth One was so deafening that I couldn't resist and had to buy it (with some gift money, but still).

I had read the first few pages in preview a week or so ago, and I wasn't blown away. I would say that I'm still not largely blown away, but I did enjoy it in the same way that I would enjoy a well written Elseworlds tail because that is what this felt like in some ways.

Everything is the same but everything is different.

This also felt like a prelude. Johns' t...more
Benjamin Featherston
If you're looking for the definitive Batman origin story, this isn't it. Read Frank Miller's "Batman Year One" instead. "Earth One" is a revisionist take on the Batman mythology, well told, with beautiful artwork.

The problem is that it is essentially a superhero story without any heroism. It embodies the worst qualities of the "dark and gritty reboot" trend. To make the Batman story realistic, Geoff Johns makes everyone contemptible. Bruce Wayne is not a hero, detective, or skilled fighter, and...more
Scott Lee
I love Batman. I really do. And this is Geoff Johns. Surely it had to be good. Right? Right? Okay, it was good, but I always expect greatness from Geoff and this wasn't great.

Bruce is shown in his Year One era, ala Batman Begins and several other origin stories/re-imaginings over the years. He is particularly unbatmanish though, as this book's version of Alfred points out in one sequence: "No recon? No tactics? Just a stupid bat costume? A Useless cape?" Bruce isn't Batman yet in this one. He h...more
GOD! Not one more Batman origin story!
Hell why not if its good!

The first line was what I was thinking when I started reading the book and the second line is what I said after finishing.

Its a griping re-imagining of the Batman Origin by Geoff Johns. The art is fantastic with clean strokes by Gary Frank. In the beginning Batman is not the master fighter with great skills he is more of an ordinary rich boy wanting to avenge the death of his parents. With him is his guardian/butler Alfred who has...more
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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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