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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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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.
Son of 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...more
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...more
Rod Hilton
Disappointing followup to the excellent Earth One Volume 1. Whereas the previous volume was an interesting modern-day take on Superman that had a lot in the way of exploring the character of Clark Kent, this was mostly just a bad guy shows up and Superman is no match for him. And the villain, by the way, is drawn in such an absurdist manner it completely clashes with the "modern day mythos" style of the Earth One series in general.

I read this book last week and honestly, I can't remember much of...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mike
See Sam's review, or Chris Sims' War Rocket Ajax hatred of this book.
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...more
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...more
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
M. Ashraf
This was very good, it's as better as the previous one, maybe its only problem that you don't really care about this villain - Parasite - nor what happen to him, he was just another one and not cool enough to be recognized... but the most amazing thing was Superman character.

Here, we get to see a very well written character, with a good dialogues, some jokes and lots of good stuff... but more with his him Clark Kent ... his life back in SmallVille, his relations with others, how he dealt with...more
Jays
This is how you write a sequel, my friends. I didn't love the first volume of this story, even though I was completely taken in by the world that it was creating and the version of Superman that starred in it. As I said before, and still feel, this is the first time I've ever read a Superman story where I actually wanted to get to know Superman. He's usually the iconic boy scout that I just can't see my way toward. These stories have made him a lot more interesting to me and this volume was sign...more
Ted
*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads ***
** The Giveaway was Listed By DC Comics **
* I received my copy on Fri Nov 9, 2012 *

THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS AND DC Comics !

I will admit that I wasn't a big fan of this Graphic Novel. The artwork was superb but I found the story line lacking. It's definitely an interesting take on Superman in today's world which makes most of the story forgivable. I was disturbed by 2 major items that I found unforgivable. First that Super...more
Unai
Dec 18, 2012 Unai rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Ya hace mas de un año de el anterior tomo de Superman Earth One y como aun siendo una puta mierda, vendió lo que no esta escrito, DC y Straczynski se han puesto manos a la obra para sacar unos cuantos duros con otra historia de este Superman version pardillo y virgen. Si la primera parte era mas bien mala, esta se queda en prescindible. Ni aporta nada, ni hacia falta y lo único que hace un poco de “gracia” es lo de Lex2.


No hay mucho que contar. Clark tiene que espabilar en el periódico porque ya...more
Scott Lee
Still excellent although, for me, missing an undefinable something that makes it slightly less perfect than volume one.

Straczynski and Davis pick up where they left off (in plot and quality) in Superman: Earth One vol. 1, with a young Clark struggling to make a life for himself in Metropolis. This is another excellent volume, a worthy successor to the first.

This volume introduces another classic Superman opponent, and thankfully avoids for another full volume the appearance or mention of Krypt...more
Nicholas
In the 2nd volume of the modern retelling of Superman's mythos Superman Earth One Volume 2 finds a hero dealing with a life that he knows is not his and a people he honestly can never truly relate to. That is till he is touched by a being who literally feeds on the death of others.

Superman Earth One volume one impressed me with the honesty it took in finding a being who could do anything he wanted in the world struggling with the simple values of his adopted parents. This story picks up with the...more
Stephanie
(From my blog, Misprinted Pages.)

Leave it to one of the best modern writers in comics to make Superman relevant again. The second volume of Earth One (on sale November 6) is a literal investigation into the man and legend: his personal life and why he refuses to let anyone get too close, his work persona and how he makes himself appear to the public, and also his budding career as the Man of Steel — whom the U.S. government is studying in case the world’s alien miracle ever turns on them.

As Clar...more
Abhinav
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/12/...

Shadowhawk reviews J. Michael Straczynski’s latest installment of his excellent Superman: Earth One graphic novel series.

“Amazing, simply amazing. A real vision, a real depth, and a real hero with real conflicts.” ~Shadowhawk

I’m a huge Superman fan. Movies or comics or television, I grew up with Superman featuring prominently in my childhood, right alongside Batman. The old Warner Bros animated serie...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
SUPERMAN!!!!

Okey dokey!!

I really enjoyed this version of Superman: Earth One. Much better than the first one. This Superman is really growing on me. He reminds me of the one from the tv show "Smallville". Not too big and not too small... he's just like Baby Bear. JUST RIGHT!

And how can you not love this Superman? He had a cat growing up!! Just that right there gives him super golden bonus points in my superhero books.

I haven't read many Superman books but like I said, this one kept my attention...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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