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Batman: Earth One (Batman Earth One #1)

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A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published 2012)
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StoryTellerShannon
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
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Anne
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.

Except...
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
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Sesana
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
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
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Nicholas
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
Subroto
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
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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
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Hayden
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
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Alejandro
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
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.
David
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.
Jesse Athey
Very well done. Good looking art. A somewhat fresh take on the character.
Geremy
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
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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
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Alan
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
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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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Trevor
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Gavin
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
Dave
A whole different take on the Batman Origin,set on "Earth One", so as not to be confused with the regular "DC" Batman, this is a whole different take.
This Batman does not strike fear into the hearts of crooks. His costume is mocked, gets in the way at times. His equipment fails... In some ways this seems like what a 'Batman' in the 'real world' would face.
Everything we know of the Batman origin gets turned around, upside down-Alfred, Gordon, the motives behind the murder of the Waynes, nothing
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Victor
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
Tays
As far as origin stories go, Miller's Batman: Year One is on top of my list when it comes to such an iconic character. But this modern retelling by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank comes in on a close second. It's a whirlwind of emotions, this book was. It takes a slight different path and have more minor characters being involved within the story. Take for instance, Alfred here is such a badass what with all the you-dont-mess-with-me facade he's putting up. Gordon seems to be a little hopeless at the ...more
Andrew
Mar 12, 2015 Andrew rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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.
Julius
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.
Jennifer
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.
Teena
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
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Daniel Sepúlveda
Amazing story about the beginning of Batman...
Ryan Stewart
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
Caitlin
This is easily one of my top five favorite Batman stories ever. I just finished it and still can't get over how much I loved it. Geoff Johns has really played with facets of Batman lore here and there were quite a few things that surprised the hell out of me reading it. I'm not going to spoil anything because the surprise is half the fun of reading it. But small nerdy things aside, what makes this story one of my absolute favorites is how very human it makes Batman. In the flashback scenes, he's ...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
David
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
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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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