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Superman: Earth One, Vol. 2 (Superman Earth One #2)

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Following the events of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel by acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski and superstar artist Shane Davis, comes the long awaited sequel SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2!Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero, but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined! From ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam Quixote
Bad guy gets caught in a weird machine which zaps him and rather than killing him, warps him into a monster called Parasite. Superman worries about getting involved in developing nations’ politics and having sex with a human woman. Then Superman and Parasite fight – guess who wins? That’s pretty much the whole book.

There is a super-ton of stuff I didn’t like about this book. Probably the worst by far is the dialogue. J. Michael Stracynzski has a tin ear for how people, especially young people, s
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Anne
I didn't hate it as much as volume 1, but I'm still not in love with Straczynski's version of Superman. He seems like a creepy douche who is weirdly anti-social. I'm used to thinking of Clark as a bit removed, but not in a serial killer kind of way, ya know?
Blech. This was definitely not for me.
Alejandro
When I read the first volume, I liked it but I wasn't so hooked. However once I read this second volume I hardly can wait to read the third volume!!! Superman comics are good but they haven't a support gallery of characters so big as in Batman books and here they hit big including new characters. On the first book, you have Major Sandra Lee and here you see good development of her. But they hit the jackpot creating Lisa Lasalle! She is great since she is totally living in the personal life of Cl ...more
Joel
After 70 years of twisted continuity and an array of revamps, retcons, and retoolings--DC Comics' line of Earth One graphic novels are giving readers new and old clean experiences with some of their enduring characters. Both Batman and Superman had volumes released last year and both sold quite well.
There were more realistic takes on the franchises. The word realistic should not be confused with the grittier take on the characters in their respective movie series.

With Superman: Earth One, Volum
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Kimberly Melville
Dec 24, 2014 Kimberly Melville rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zack Snyder's Man of Steel fans...
Check out my review of both volume 1 and 2 here!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsFe34...
Brian Poole
Superman Earth One has been an unexpected success for DC the past couple years.

The concept behind the Earth One series of graphic novels is fairly straightforward. Top creators are turned loose to create timeless versions of DC’s best known heroes, unencumbered by decades of continuity. Because the Earth One stories take place outside of the main DC universe, creators can make changes and take chances that wouldn’t fly in the flagship line. It’s similar to the original concept behind Marvel’s Ul
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Paul Casteel
The second volume of J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis’ re-imagining of the Man of Steel in Superman: Earth One is overal a step up from Volume One, which readers do no necessarily have to have read to understand the events of this Volume.

The primary plot points in Vol. 2 are the larger philosophical questions raised by the presence of Superman and the personal and professional difficulties Clark Kent faces.

Straczynski finds interesting angles to explore in terms of the reality of Superman’
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William
Just something i liked.
I'm not a comic book buff, i know a lot of the characters and a good amount of the stories, but that comes from film, tv, and games mostly. I don't know this particular story's arc but I slipped into it with ease, i think that's one mark of a good storyteller, either that or comic books are easy to pick up. Whatever the case i liked it, i still prefer novels and using imagination, but my own mental aesthetic would never have come of with some of the beautiful depictions in
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Kevin
DC's Earth One books were designed to be the companies' attempt at making stories in graphic novels for their respected characters, as opposed to making individual comics. These stories exist outside of the main continuity as to let writers have more leeway in writing about aspects that haven't been written about before, without interfering with overlapping details. And it all started with 2010's Superman: Earth One. Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis made a cinematic reimaging ...more
Matisse
In a word: Super.

This is what the first volume of 'Superman: Earth One' should have been. While twenty-something Clark struggles to make his way through working at the Daily Planet, he also finds himself romantically involved, and neither of these situations are exactly familiar. Clark elaborates on the loneliness he experienced in childhood, which led to his self-imposed isolation...and then he encounters an enemy who can sap his powers away. Our hero comes to understand the innate frailty of
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Jenny Kim
I am giving this 2.5 stars. First,I love the cover. However, I felt like there were too many stories in one volume, some worked and others did not.

Like the volume one, this one explores more of Clark/ Superman as a person, with flashback to his past. There is the development of Lois and Clark's relationship which starts with Lois taking the first step out of pure jealousy as a reporter.
All the women, except Lisa (Based on what I've read so far in this volume), plays key, strong roles in the gr
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Nicholas Karpuk
Superman stories always have to walk a fine line. It's easy to make him either bland, or a dick. Beyond that, it's very easy to fall into the trap of just throwing in villains who are as strong as him or stronger, and have it culminate in a Dragonball Z fight that leaves the city looking like Godzilla got roughed up in it.

The second volume seems to nail the personal stuff a bit better than the first, but the villains fell a little bit flat for me.

Parasite in particular didn't do much for me. He
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Jane
While I found the first volume's problem being little boring the second volume's problem is more...I don't really know how to say it? Trying to be too gritty again? Trying to be Super-Batman again? Bringing up the awkward "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" thing which I've seen many fans point out that is Superman can take a #1 and not destroy a toilet he could handle sex with a human? The Parasite's sister dying just to drive him over the edge and highlight a fear Clark's had all his life? I don' ...more
Paolo Aceves
As a long time Superman fan I was truly excited to read this issue, it had been a long time since I read Vol. 1 and for this to randomly fall on my lap was a great surprise. The premise of the book follows Clark Kent as he's trying to adapt to his new life in Metropolis, and the world trying to figure out what Superman is and if he will be a menace in the future, and if so how to manage. In all this there is a supervillan created by the old fashioned way of having an evil character accidentally ...more
John Mccubbin
This was yet another amazing book, and although there isn't much between this book, and the first, this one came very close to being the best of the two. J. Michael Straczynski continued to show that he could make awesome Superman stories, and although he disappointed me with Grounded, he has since made up for that with these two graphic novels. What I loved most about Straczynski's writing was that although he continued to amaze with some awesome action, he also continued to delve more into the ...more
Cale
So wasn't the whole point of the Earth One books to put Superman in a more 'realistic' world? And if so, why is the second volume focused on the very nonrealistic villain the Parasite? It makes the whole book feel like Superman Reboot: Year One rather than Superman in the modern world.
That being said, the story is okay, focusing on Clark Kent more than Superman, as he tries to find the balance between what he can do and what he should do. Often repeated themes, although visited a little differe
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Alan
Much like the first Straczynski entry in this volume the character's science fiction roots show. Siegel and Shuster were science fiction fanboys who originally wanted to break into the science fiction pulps, and instead they created one the most difficult characters to write.

The Superman question is this. Do you go big, over the top big like Grant Morrison's and Mort Wesigner's Superman, or do you go for the science fiction which Edmond Hamilton (a science fiction author). There is a third optio
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Jacob
Public library copy.

Feels like it was years ago when I read volume one, which I don't recall liking. I didn't like this book either. Lois Lane is still drawn like Deborah from HBO's Dexter so I don't think I can trust the artist to draw anything from his mind if he's going to trace screen captures of famous actors. If you thought the movie the Man of Steel was everything Superman was not supposed to be then this movie takes the cake.

I don't buy comics written by J. Michael Stracyznski because I
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Rade
Not as good as Volume One, but still fairly entertaining story. Superman has always been my favorite superhero. I always seen him as someone who has a good heart and will do anything to protect the people he lives among, yet he is not like them, just looks like them.

This vol deals with a man who gets trapped in a machine that turns him into a mutated creature called the Parasite. He has an ability to suck out all the energy out of both living and nonliving things, which as you can assume lot of
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Eneas Núñez
It's an incredibly cliché story, one we have seen thousands of times with other heores, and hundreds of times with superman. A Psychopath becomes a supervillain via an unsurvivable experiment and what is his course of action? Destroy everything he finds and superman has to stop him. So why am I giving it 4 stars?
Because Straczynski nailed the character of Clark, which is really odd, considering in Vol. 1 he made him an emo jerk with no purpose. This Clark is one the best I've read and not only
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Glenn
I was expecting much more from a hardcover graphic novel from a writer such as JMS. But I never once got that iconic feeling of "Superman will save the day" from reading this book. Volume one was an ok setup, but this volume disappointed me. If you want a great "alternate" Superman saga, read Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman.
Melinda
Superman can be just like us and miss things that are right in front of his face and then have to face the consequences of his inattention. Many writers of Superman can to often put him on a pedestal this book brings him down a little and tarnishes that boy scout image that he has had for to long. I am more impressed with Clark. He writes a story about something that touches him and doesn't want to run because no one will care is his rationale but Clark puts his foot down and says well maybe peo ...more
Logan
WOW AGAIN! This sequel does not disappoint as most sequels do. This book continues Clark Kent's journey to being a superhero. Superman's love interest is pretty awesome too, and its not Lana Lang, Wonder Woman or Lois Lane, its an entirely new character! This book does delve a little deeper to Clark's past before Metropolis, and has some heart felt moments. Fight scenes are top notch!

As for the Villain, its Parasite which was pretty cool because i haven't seen much of him in The New 52. They do
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Mike
See Sam's review, or Chris Sims' War Rocket Ajax hatred of this book.
Blake Petit
Following up on Straczynski and Davis's first volume, "Superman: Earth One" Vol. 2 reintroduces one of Superman's classic villains, the Parasite. The reinvention of the villain works just as well as the reinvention of Superman did in the previous volume. This book also expands Superman's universe bringing in a very different version of one of Superman's greatest enemies, and gives a powerful personal arc for Clark Kent as he tries to find his way as a journalist. Very strong second installment. ...more
Tanneke
Never knew Kal-El is a cat lover!
Dima Yakovenko
Продолжение истории становления Супермена получилось очень и очень славным. Еще первый том в этой альтернативной вселенной – "Земля Один", был неплохим, но второй превзошел оригинал практически во всем.

Сюжет берет свой старт примерно там же, где закончилась первая часть. Кларк Кент спас Метрополис от инопланетного врага, устроился работать в Дэйли Плэнет и продолжает спасать людей по всей планете. Однако относительно спокойную жизнь Кента прерывает новый таинственный враг, чье появление предвеща
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Dani
Not as good as the first installment but certainly had its moments. I'll definitely read volume 3. Clark is still settling into Metropolis. People still don't know what to make of Superman (friend for now? foe in disguise?). Clark really has a thing for the letter "L" and alliterative chicks whose first and last names start with it. New "super-friendly" apartment neighbor happens to be a woman who hooks for extra cash, which is in keeping with DC's darker renderings of heroic tales in recent yea ...more
Teena
Jun 08, 2013 Teena rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Teena by: Phil
Shelves: graphic-novels
3 stars out of 5.

Pretty good. Solid writing, and decent art (the panels got kind of repetitive/monotonous the more I read). However, I really liked how baby Clark/Kal-el had his small curl of hair (that was cute), and Louis Lane looks a bit like Dexter Morgan's sister, Deb (not a bad thing, although it did take me a while to get used to her look). My favorite character is definitely the Kryptonian spaceship (and Clark's cat when he was younger lol)!

I didn't care too much about Parasite as a vi
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Nick
When JMS came to DC a few years ago, it was inevitable that he would work on the Man of Steel. He was coming off a very successful run on Marvel's Thor and his writing style and voice lend itself to what Supes ultimately stands for. After the successful Earth One, JMS attempted to tackle the monthly format with Superman in the Grounded storyline that eventually became just that. DC pitched his premature dismissal from that book as a way to allow him to focus full time on the sequel to Earth One, ...more
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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