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Batman: Earth One, Vol. 1 (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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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
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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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Jesse A
Very well done. Good looking art. A somewhat fresh take on the character.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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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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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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Jim
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?)
Andrew
Jun 01, 2015 Andrew rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrew by: andrew.edwards91@gmail.com
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.
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
Trevor
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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
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
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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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Glenn
After the underwhelming Superman: Earth One, Vol. 1, I was fairly cautious picking this up. Having just finished reading it however, I can say I am glad I did. The art is great, and the story offers some interesting twists to Batman's origin story as well as some great new takes on some of Gotham's familiar faces.

I'm really looking forward to Volume 2!
Mason
Another origin story for a character that has, probably the most well known origin of any superhero (him and Spidey) Really i'm rating this so high because of the art and the final pages.
As far as a Batman story goes, it was decent. The idea that Wayne's parent's murder was something larger than just a random mugging could be intriguing, but it probably could've been executed better.
It was decent, but there are better Bat origin stories.
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.
Mung Tombing
Really loved the art and at times the story even kept me from blinking my eyes but just like that Gotham tv series this too was all over the place in my opinion.
Hector Ibarraran
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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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