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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 January 1st 2012)
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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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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...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...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
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.
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
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...more
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
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
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
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...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
Trevor
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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.
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
Jeb
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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Loved this!!

A new twist on the Batman story! Sure, it's been done before, but I really dug this one.

What's different about this one?
Alfred was a friend of Bruce's Dad who seemed kinda bad ass. I think he could be played by Liam Neeson, which is funny because that would be Henri Ducard in Batman Begins.

And what about the murder scene of Mom and Dad?
Well, in most stories they go out to a movie and leave through the back exit. A happy well behaved family.
This one is kinda similar but with a twist....more
Gilang Danu
Not the masterpiece I expected, but at least it's fun to read. Johns' take on Batman origin story is a 'safe' one, he didn't rewrite the whole history, but again, every inch of a character named Batman had been exploited for 70 years now, in almost every storytelling medium known to human.
There are only so little space left untouched in Batman's life, and Johns (with Frank) can still perform well in this very tight room.

The most interesting part of Batman Earth One is the reinterpretation of Al...more
Chris
I have been out of touch with comics for many years now. I try to keep up with what is happening with Batman at least, but this was a surprise when I saw it was coming out to Hardcover graphic novel. I really wanted it but new I could wait for the day I go back to the comic store and start collecting these again. Well, my brother-in-law, against my wishes, bought this for me as a belated birthday gift. The child in me couldn'twait to rush home and read this, and that is exactly what I did. I do...more
Boots
i don't know anything about continuity in batman comics. i doubt i ever actually read a complete batman comic until this year, but i did enjoy the heck out of this one.

in a revolving door of re-telling batman's origin story, this one does everything right, by which i mean bruce wayne doesn't just emerge from vague "training" to instantly become the nemesis of every mad criminal in gotham. no, he's disorganized, clumsy, and, in some cases downright hapless in his early efforts.

this is a wonderf...more
Ted Williams
I'm almost speechless after reading this, as it's a fantastic retelling of the origin story, and really does manage to make the story vibrant and fresh again.
I can't resist making comparisons with both Batman:Year One, and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins as they both take a similarly 'realistic' take on the story and strangely Alfred even looks to my eyes, a little like Christian Bale in some panels.
To me Batman :Earth One exceeds both of these as it reinvents the characters in some truly int...more
Craig
I've been a long time reader of comics and in the past I used to follow Batman and Superman monthly. But it got to a point where they created too many titles for these characters and they would inevitably start crossing over into each other and I didn't want to buy four or five titles a month to get one complete story. Thank goodness for collected editions. And for books like this.

I enjoyed when DC put out books under the Elseworlds series. They could be hit or miss, but I like seeing different...more
Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.

This is by far my favorite Batman comic I have ever read. It does what it says, it shows Batman in a new way. It shows a little more back story, which I always look for, and fail to find in many Batman comics.

I like the variety and differences in how the characters are from the way that they are usually portrayed. It makes me see Batman as more of a regular person, more humane, more relatable. Batman isn’t perfect, he's not “super”, and that’s how he should be...more
Theodis
I missed out on the opportunity to read Superman: Earth One, so I did not want to pass this one up. This is an awesome retelling of how Bruce Wayne becomes the Dark Knight he is known the world over as. Geoff Johns does a wonderful job of presenting "alternative" lives of figures Batman readers have come to love (or hate). The most surprising of these is Alfred, who is not the quiet gentleman he has always been known as.

I put alternative in quotes on purpose as readers should not see this as an...more
Aaron
Batman as you've never seen him before. All the familiar elements are here, but done in brand new ways. Thomas Wayne is running for mayor of Gotham against the incumbent mayor Cobblepot. When he is the subject of death threats he and his campaign manager wife (the former Martha Arkham) call in Alfred Pennyworth to provide security. Batman and will know what comes next, but there are enough new twists and turns to keep even the most diehard Batman fan engaged. And Gary Frank's art brings a realis...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...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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