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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, 128 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by DC Comics
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Dec 20, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this series. This was better in some ways than the first volume.

In this volume we see more ideas on superman's life and I really like what's being done with him. We get to see the creation of parasite (not my favourite bad guy) and again I like what they've done with him.

I'd say the reason I like this story is that they've made his story more realistic and they've given it more feeling.

My favourite part in this story was very moving. He talks about his first pet, how it di
Mar 14, 2016 Donovan rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
Eye rolls abound. He's perfectly average, "right down the middle." Enter Metropolis, the world of hipsters. Mumbling Jimmy Olsen. Bob Dylan singing stoop kid. Angsty paranoid Lois Lane. Clark's neighbor Lisa walked right out of Hot Topic, onto Clark's couch, singing Rocky Horror Picture Show, and finds writers (cough, Straczynski) very very sexy. I really wanted to give this series another shot after slogging through Volume 1 but I just couldn't do it. The dialog is absolutely terrible and off-p ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 13, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
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
Apr 22, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 16, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
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
Brian Poole
Mar 27, 2015 Brian Poole rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2013 Joel rated it it was amazing
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
Kimberly Melville
Dec 24, 2014 Kimberly Melville rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Zack Snyder's Man of Steel fans...
Check out my review of both volume 1 and 2 here!!
Jun 26, 2013 Tanneke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
Never knew Kal-El is a cat lover!
Apr 27, 2016 Ma'Belle rated it did not like it
So many things to hate about this book, I almost can't even.

I'll just mention a couple details that bugged me aside from the horrible storyline.

1. At the end of Vol. 1 of Earth One, Superman explains that his suit and cape Martha made, with the help of some Metropolis graphic designer ad man for the signature S, is the only thing he can wear, because naturally any other clothes would tear apart when he's flying at speed. Then we see him flying to the moon and around the planet and back in this v
Paul Casteel
Sep 19, 2013 Paul Casteel rated it really liked it
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’
Nov 10, 2012 William rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2015 Murry rated it it was amazing
I'm really starting to love this series. The story is amazing and really makes you love Superman. I always found him to be kind of lame because he's too "perfect" and no one likes a Mary Sue character but this particular volume really gives some emotional depth to Superman. Story and art 10 out of 10 for me.
Jan 29, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Recommended to Carol by: Cal
This was lent to me by a friend and I really like this take on the Man of Steel. I liked the new look and the loneliness he feels at having all this power.
The new look (minus the silly quiff) took away one of the things that always annoyed me about him ( the other being how people can be so blind that a pair of glasses hides his identity, but that's a rant for another day!) and his loneliness made him vulnerable and more human despite his powers.

It's been nearly three years since I read
Judy Abbott
Aug 30, 2015 Judy Abbott rated it really liked it
Yeni Superman maceraları devam ediyor. Bu bölümde Superman'in enerji emen bir canavarla mücadelesini okuduk. Öyle ki Superman'in uzaylı gücü yaratığı daha da güçlendiriyor. Ayrıca Lex Luthor ortaya çıktı ama çok çok farklı bir şekilde. Zevkli bir çizgi roman.
Sep 03, 2014 Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
B Gaukroger
Feb 18, 2016 B Gaukroger rated it really liked it
A good sequel to the first volume; There is admittedly a Marvel feel to this volume, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The whole "science experiment accident" supervillain, the awkward superhero, still struggling with his responsibilities and trying to fit in, and a fun loving red headed neighbor! Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot! Well, maybe not.
A good sequel, that on its own merit, isn't all that bad. The villain for this book is Parasite, who absorbs energy of all kinds, managin
May 07, 2015 Matisse rated it it was amazing
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
Jenny Kim
Mar 26, 2015 Jenny Kim rated it liked it
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
Nicholas Karpuk
Mar 04, 2015 Nicholas Karpuk rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
John Mccubbin
Sep 02, 2014 John Mccubbin rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2014 Cale rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 Jacob rated it did not like it
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
Mar 01, 2016 Brad rated it it was ok
The other three Earth One books I've read were stories that could only exist and unravel the way they did in this newly created world. That is not the case with this story, which is just another story of Superman battling the Parasite...(view spoiler)

The story continues the arch set up in Volume 1: Lois' distrust of the mysterious Daily Planet newcomer, Clark Kent. Other subplots include
Eneas Núñez
Mar 23, 2015 Eneas Núñez rated it really liked it
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
James DeSantis
Dec 23, 2015 James DeSantis rated it liked it
I strongly advise if you got this far you have to remember this is not the Superman you know or love. This is a different take. I see a lot of people comparing, which I think is wrong to do.

However, is this a good take? That's 50/50 for me. It's not horrible by any means but it does play by the books. I like the idea of it more than the execution. I feel like we should go deeper into him dealing with everyday issues over fighting a big bad every issue which sums up with a big battle in the city
Wing Kee
Jan 09, 2016 Wing Kee rated it it was ok
An interesting take but weak villain and poor characterizations make for a fairly frustrating read.

I enjoyed the first Earth One Superman book, it was different, a bit emo and painted a much more flawed and relatable Clark, so diving into this second chapter I hoped it would continue the world building, story and characters of the last chapter. Alas, this time around the characterizations, and villains feel very 1990s, and not in a good way.

World: I'm still not a fan of the art for this series
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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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